This is a pretty awful video but I was working off of very little sleep!
Cloth Diapering Basics:
- It’s easier than it looks
- You don’t need fancy soap or special rules for washing
- You can start with as little as 7 but it’s best to have 30 covers and twice as many inserts
- There is no “right way” to cloth diaper
- You don’t have to cloth diaper a newborn – in fact, wait a week or a few until the meconium is out of his/her system and they are big enough to fit into the smallest fitted diaper cover or full system
What is what? AIO? Hook and Loop?
One of the most overwhelming things about cloth diapering for us was when we’d go to a store or talk to someone already in the cloth diapering game and they’d ask, “Oh do you all use AIO and did you find that hook and loop didn’t work for your family? It didn’t for ours? Do you strip yours?” We were always caught off guard and felt like we shouldn’t even bother cloth diapering because we clearly didn’t know what we were doing.
Here’s the thing – diapers 30 years ago where basic chinese prefold cloth diapers with safety pins and no covers. Our parents were lucky to have pull on plastic raincoat type diaper covers in plain white but most would just use cloth without a cover!
So I decided that I was going to make it easy on myself and use the same thing but with some really cool covers with prints, that are completely waterproof, and get rid of the safety pins. We started off with about 5 newborn covers and a dozen prefolds. Both pictured below. Click to purchase on Amazon.
Now there are some that are an entire diaper (AIO or all in one) and you don’t have to put inserts/prefolds but I didn’t like that because once you dirty the diaper you can’t reuse the cover. I found that we could go through about 3 prefolds and one cover if they just peed and even with poop, particularly as they get older and poop gets more solid. So unless you want to buy like 60 AIO and wash very frequently it makes more financial and environmental sense to do covers and prefolds – so keep it old school.
- 20 billion disposables end up in landfills every year, most of which take over 500 years to decompose.
- Despite all the water used to wash cloth, they are still 30% more environmentally friendly than disposables.
- Disposables are made of wood pulp which alone uses an incredible amount of water.
- They are the 3rd largest single product in the waste stream behind newspapers and beverage containers.
There is really only one – you can literally save thousands of dollars by using cloth. Thousands.
Where can I buy them locally?
I like to actually touch diapers and see if I like the look and feel in person so the only diapers I ever ordered online where the Alva and they ended up being our favorite and most affordable. Here’s a list of where you can buy locally:
I want to buy online!
Cordy and Ike’s is owned by a local mom and she has a great website with tons of cloth diapering stuff! I haven’t shopped there yet but I will soon.
Amazon, of course, is a great place to get some cloth for cheap with the perks of same day shipping and free two day shipping.
Here’s a list of extras you will want to purchase to make cloth diapering a little easier.
So I think that covers pretty much everything. It’s a lot easier than it looks so try it out and see if this works for your family. If it doesn’t, you can donate your fluff to families in need or sell it to someone else!
Have a great week!