8 Cloth Diapering Tips

8 Cloth Diapering Tips

I have been cloth diapering for a year and half now and I am so happy I told my husband one day, “We are cloth diapering and it’s not up for discussion.”. We have saved a lot of money and my son went from having endless diaper rashes to a clear bum. For nearly 11 months, I had two in cloth diapers, a toddler and a baby.

My three-year-old recently potty-trained himself! After several unsuccessful times of trying to teach him, I just let him take the lead. Two weeks after switching him to full time underwear at home and cloth trainers at daycare, he was day trained. Just two weeks after that he was night trained, with the occasional accident. I attribute our use of cloth diapers to the fact that he was relatively quick to potty train.

If you are contemplating switching to cloth diapers here are my top tips:

1. Don’t be intimidated by cloth diapering. Once you get past all the different types of diapers and lingo, it really is a simple way to save money and the environment.

2. It is okay to start out slow. Purchase a few different brands and types of diapers to see how you like it. If you don’t want to invest in new diapers right away, there are several different ways to buy second hand. I built my newborn cloth diaper stash through Craigslist and then my toddler stash through the online cloth diapering community Diaper Swappers.

3. Cloth diapering does not add that much more laundry to your weekly chores, depending on the size of your diaper stash. Expect to go through 18-20 diapers per day with a newborn, 15-17 diapers for 4 to 12 month-olds, and 8-10 diapers for a toddler. Diapers usually start to reach their maximum stink after 2 days, so if you want to reduce your laundry, aim to have enough diapers to get through 2 days.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for cloth diapers as a baby gift. This is a great way to save money and try out several different types and brands.

5. Grandmothers who are now in their 70′s and 80′s used nothing but cloth diapers. If you want some great advice and tips for washing, using, and saving money with cloth diapering tap into this resource.

6. You are bound to face washing routine problems, including diapers that stink from built up detergent residue. Don’t give up. You may have to try several different wash routines to find out what works best for your type of washing machine and water type.

7. The poop factor isn’t as gross as you think it is. Even with disposable diapers you will run into explosive messes. Parenting is just messy.

8. Make sure you use cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent. The effectiveness of detergent depends on several factors including your water softness, type of washing machine and the sensitivity of your child’s skin. Check out this great detergent chart for more information.

Mindi Stavish is a cloth diapering mama to three little boys. She is a working mom (redundant title) but in her “spare time” she blogs over at Simply Stavish.