New to Cloth Diapering ?
Many of my customers want to know my opinion on the style & type of diapers they need as well as accessories to successfully cloth diaper their child.
For parents that are about to have a child and would like to start cloth diapering from the beginning, I have the following recommendations: (Disclaimer: it is always good to try several different styles on your child to see which style you like working with the most as well as which style fits the child the best - people's favorites run the gammut from prefolds or fitteds with covers to all-in-ones to one size diapers)
What you will need to get started:
36 XS or Small Diapers (depending on brand and style)
36 cloth wipes
1 Prince Lionheart cloth wipes warmer
2 containers of SLS-Free Wipes Cubes
2 tins of cloth diaper friendly diaper rash cream
1 Diaper Sprayer (convenient, but not necessary)
You can expect your newborn baby to be in a size XS/SM for roughly the first three-six months. Obviously this estimate will vary greatly depending on how big or small your baby is when he or she is born - but up to about 10-12 lbs is when they start moving to size small. After that, you can either stick with sized diapers (and by now you'll know what your favorite style is) or you can graduate into a one size diaper which will carry your little one through his or her potty training years. I would recommend at least 18-24 of the next diaper that you buy, whether it be a sized diaper or a one size diaper. Sized diapers tend to have a longer life than one size diapers do so if you're planning on using these cloth diapers for a second or third child, sized diapers are the way to go. One size diapers will rarely last beyond that first child because repeated washing/drying really takes a toll on the fabric and elastic.
I do not recommend using the one size diapers on a newborn baby as they tend to be just a bit too big for newborns. The one exception to this statement, from my experience, is the Rocky Mountain One Size Diapers. These have leg adjustments that go smaller than any other one size diaper I have seen. If you don't get a properly fitting diaper, you will experience leaking.
What do I do now that I have the diapers? Where do I go from here?
Cloth diapering is as easy as using diaposables. Once the diaper is soiled, you dump whatever you can into the toilet (if you have a diaper sprayer, then spray any additional material off into the toilet as well) and put your dirty diaper in your hanging pail until wash day! If you prefer to rinse your soiled diaper off in a sink, I'd recommend hanging it to dry before putting it in the hanging pail. Using a hanging pail (or dry pail as some call it) is just that - a pail to store dry diapers in. Now, it's ok to take a pee-stained diaper right off the baby and put that into the pail - more than likely the baby will not have wet the diaper so much that it's dripping off. If you are using inserts with pocket diapers, you can either take the inserts out of the diaper when you put it in the pail, or you can take them out on wash day.
Why do I need to purchase diaper rash cream? Isn't that a problem you're not supposed to have using cloth?
Very good question. The diaper rash cream is a preventative measure. If you are breast feeding your baby, the baby may have an allergic reaction to something you ate and transferred to him/her through your breast milk. The reaction usually comes in the form of a diaper rash. On an older baby that has been introduced to solid foods, he/she may have a reaction to a food that was given. Diaper rash is also prevalent in babies that are teething. In some cases, babies will react to the type of detergent you're using to clean the diapers with. This is why we recommend Country Save Powdered Detergent. This detergent is one that has been accepted by most, if not all, of the cloth diaper manufacturers as acceptable to use.
The above is a bare-bones list of things you need to welcome your new baby into this world. Some other items you may want to consider are: BPA-Free Plastic
or Stainless Steel Baby Bottles, Soft-Soled Shoes
, An All-Natural Dishwashing Liquid
that removes milk or formula stains or Swimwear
for your little one!