Prefolds • Hybrids • All In One's • Pockets • Fitteds • CD Workshops • Washing
Does the thought of cloth diapers and the added work and laundry that come with them frighten you? You're not alone...and you also don't have anything to fear! The lingo and work involved can seem overwhelming, but we will break it down for you.
If your mother or grandmother used cloth diapers, she probably used some kind of prefold with a rubber pants cover. Modern prefolds follow that same concept, but the covers have gotten much cuter!! The prefold itself just looks like a flat piece of cotton or hemp. You fold it in thirds and the baby wears this underneath a cover. Each time the baby pees/poops, you change out the prefold. This is a very cost effective way to cloth diaper because you only need a few covers ($10-$16 each) and a bunch of prefolds ($8-$10 each). This is also a great option for newborns since they typically go through 10-12 diaper changes per day.
Best Bottoms offers a modern diaper system that's a little bit easier than folding a prefold, but still cost effective and a great solution for frequent diaper changes. This style of diaper has a shell with 2 snaps where an organic hemp insert fits perfectly in it. Simply change out the insert with each diaper change. Inserts come in 3 sizes and are sold in packs of 3 for $17.50. The shells that hold the inserts are $16.95 each.
AIO's (All In One's)
These are the easiest style of cloth diapers to put on and off your baby because they basically fit similarly to a disposable diaper (but fluffier and cuter!) The entire diaper will need to be changed with each diaper change. These are a great option for when you baby gets a little older and goes through less diaper changes. I'd also recommend having a few Lil' Joeys on hand for your newborn to simplify those middle of the night diaper changes. Lil' Joeys fit babies 4lb-12lbs and cost $29.95 for set of two. Thirsties AIO's range from $15.75-16.75 per diaper.
These diapers have a pocket opening for a hemp or microfiber insert to fit inside. The Rumparooz pockets come with two inserts. You can use one or both at the same time for varied absorbency needs. As your baby gets older and starts sleeping through the night, the added absorbency of two inserts will come in handy, especially if he's a heavy wetter. The inserts do need to be removed and stuffed back in before and after each wash so there is a little bit more work involved, but this style of diaper also dries faster than the AIO because of this. The Rumparooz pockets are $23.50-$25.50 and fit babies 6lb-35lbs.
Fitteds go on just as easy as an AIO. They look and fit just like an AIO, but they're not water proof so they need to be worn underneath a cover. This is another great option for a baby that sleeps through the night and is going 8-10 hours without a diaper change. They're super absorbent and cost $17 each.
Keep in mind that you don't have to go “all or nothing” and could opt to use cloth when you're home and Naty disposable diapers when you're out. Traditional disposable diapers have a lot of chemicals and toxins in them so if you chose to do both, opt for chlorine free/plastic free disposables to keep your baby and the environment safe! If you are ever in need of asking questions please do not hesitate to contact us immediately! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are going "all in" and are committed to using cloth diapers you will need to start out with:
Newborn: 20-24 diapers
6-12 months: 14-18 diapers
12-24 months: 12-16 diapers
Potty Learning: 4-8 diapers
(The above chart assumes that you will be washing every other day.)
Take the plunge, get started today and you will see how fun and easy it is to dress your baby's bum with fun colors and patterns! And if you still have questions, please join us at our next Cloth Diaper Workshop!
Washing Cloth Diapers at Home
Wash all diapers at least one time before use. Washing and drying your hemp diapers and inserts at least three times before use will wash away the natural oils that inhibit absorption.
diaper changing station:
Shake solids into toilet after each diaper change. Store your soiled Cloth Diapers in a diaper pail or wetbag. A standard 52-quart garbage pail with a lid works great and can be purchased at your local department store.
For optimum cleanliness, limit the size of your load to no more than 18 diapers and wash every other day. Use COLD or WARM water for the pre-wash cycle without detergent to help pre-clean your diapers. If you do not have a pre-wash cycle on your washer, a short or quick-wash cycle will work just as well.
Choose a HEAVY cycle and wash on HOT with 1 Fragrance-free 3-in-1 Laundry Detergent Pod or 1-4TBS of Eco Sprout laundry detergent. If you have a new high-efficiency washer, do not use the sanitize cycle as the extremely high temperatures will damage the diaper components. Avoid all soaps as well as ‘Free & Clear’ and popular baby detergents. Most detergents on the market will leave a residue on your diapers that will affect absorbency and cause odors or diaper rash. Be sure not to use bleach or fabric softeners either. Instead, try GrabGreen Bleach Alternative, which is safe for use when needed. You can also add a couple Wool Dryer Balls to soften your diapers and reduce drying time.