Using today's cloth diapers is simpler than you may think - after all, the diapers were invented by Moms like you! Here are 10 tips to getting started on your journey:
SELECT A SIZE:
Decide if you prefer size diapers (that fit a specific weight) or one size diapers (that adjust to fit from aprox. 10-35lbs).
PICK SUPER CUTE COLORS & PRINTS:
Leave generic diapering to your friends using disposables.
Purchase 20-24 diapers to get started if you want enough to wash every second day. 12-16 if you are cloth diapering an older baby (over 6 months), if you are diapering only part time or if you don't mind daily washing.
You will need a place to store your diapers until wash time, preferably a washable diaper pail or hanging style wet bag. You may also want an optional diaper sprayer to rinse soiled diapers over the toilet as well as cloth wipes for cleaning baby's bottom. Also useful are wool dryer balls to decrease drying time in the dryer and flushable or disposable liners for easy cleanup when baby starts solids.
TRY IT ON:
After receiving your order of diapers, try one on before washing the entire lot to ensure a perfect fit. You cannot return washed or soiled diapers.
DIAPER CHANGES: Simply plop solids if any in the toilet, and place the diaper in your diaper pail. Remember to separate the insert from the diaper before placing in your diaper pail if you are using pocket style diapers like AppleCheeks or AMP.
YOUR FIRST LOAD OF LAUNDRY:
Empty diaper pail contents into the washing machine. Soak or rinse/spin on cold and then run a hot water cycle with the max amount of detergent recommended on the package for the size of your load. Rinse with cold water. Line dry or dry on low setting in your dryer. Use any detergent that doesn't contain added fabric softener. Unscented detergents are preferred as sometimes babies can be sensitive to excessive fragrances.
YOUR FIRST WEEKS:
Like any new routine, getting used to cloth diapers takes time and patience. Your first few diaper changes and washings may take some getting used to... don’t give up!
ENJOY THE EASE:
Once you get into your groove, you won’t even think twice about using cloth. Plus, you will never have to worry about running out of diapers, making midnight runs to the store to buy diapers, storing bulky boxes of diapers in your house or buying diaper rash ointments and creams. In other words, all you’ll ever need to diaper your baby is in your home... where it should be.