Considering cloth diapers, but not sure where to start? We’re about to get real about catching the poop, without breaking the bank.
Why cloth diaper?
- Health and wellness. Did you ever read your package of disposables closely? It actually says your supposed to flush any baby biohazard before disposing of the diaper itself, but much of it goes straight to the dump inside the already chemical-laden diaper, which leads me to…
- Keeping disposables out landfills. How long does it take a disposable to decompose? Ask Google – 500 years!
- Cloth is chemical free. No worrying about what’s in baby’s diaper. Did you know diaper manufacturers are not required to list the ingredients in diapers on the packaging because diapers are considered a medical device? Learn more and sign the petition to bring about change here.
- Cloth diapers can reduce diaper rash when used properly and changed often. Yes, cloth does require you change a bit more often than disposable, but really, you don’t want baby chilling in a wet diaper either way.
- Cloth diapers are sometimes credited with helping children potty train earlier. This is not the case for everyone, but for us, it definitely helped. My kids hated being wet from the newborn stage. With a disposable, the wetness is pulled away from baby’s skin – cloth diapers allow baby to feel wetness, and as toddlers, my children were all about dry pants. Both were fully trained around age two.
- Cloth diapers way cuter than disposables. I mean, have you seen them? You can get pretty much any design you want on a cloth diaper. Some mommas even have them customized.
What will you need?
Many parents choose to skip cloth diapers at the newborn stage, as most newborn-sized diapers only fit until 10-12lbs. If you’re looking for an affordable, budget-friendly way to start from birth, consider prefolds or flats and waterproof covers. These are easy to wash and care for, and are super inexpensive compared to other options, such as all-in-ones.
Here’s what’s in our newborn set:
- 11 all-in-one (AIO) diapers (these have a waterproof covering over the absorbent part and are the closest in ease, in comparison to using a disposable)
- 15 fitted diapers (these require a waterproof cover)
- 18 newborn/infant prefolds (these require a waterproof cover)
- 6 newborn/infant flats and 10 half-sized flats (these require a waterproof cover)
- 3 Snappis and 4 Boingos (for holding flat and prefold diapers on/shut)
- 8 waterproof covers
- 30 reusable cloth wipes (which we will continue to use when baby wears one-size diapers later on)
One-size (OS) diapers fit most babies from 8lbs through toddlerhood and are often where many parents choose to start their cloth diapering journey. This list is more of an approximation of our stash, since our one-size diapers are still mostly packed away until baby will be big enough to use them.
- 44 one-size, all-in-one style diapers
- 5 pocket style diapers (which we often use for nighttime because the absorbency can easily be adjusted for long periods of time)
- Oodles of prefolds in various sizes, including toddler prefolds for closer to potty training time
- 10 larger flats (we often use these in the pocket diapers for nighttime because they are super absorbent)
- 5-10 waterproof covers
- 50+ fleece liners (these are homemade – I buy fleece remnant when I can get it cheap and cut it with a fabric roller. This wicks some moisture from baby’s bum, and makes it easier to get solids out of the diaper.)
How much will it cost?
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