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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

How cloth diapering works part one - what you need

I told you on Monday that cloth diapering is easy, and I'm willing to bet that not all of you believe me!

I was surprised myself at just how easy cloth diapering can be.

For starters, here's what I recommend you purchase:

18-24 diapers
5-10 diaper covers
24 cloth wipes
a water sprayer
a garbage can big enough to hold 2 days worth of diapers (mine is like 20 gallons, 10 would be fine for diapering one child)
a wet bag
diaper liners (optional, but highly recommended)
3-4 doublers

Here's a couple photo samples of everything I just mentioned, except for the sprayer because I forgot about it. :P

Clockwise from top left: diaper cover, pock
et diaper with insert, diaper liner, cloth wipe, doubler, prefold diaper

Diaper pail and wet bag (also, a few wet diapers, in case you didn't know what to do with the pail, I guess!)

You can see two types of diapers in my picture. The prefold, which you fold into thirds and place inside the diaper cover, and the pocket diaper, in which you stuff the insert inside the pocket. Hence the name. When you change the pocket diaper, just pull out the insert before you throw it in your pail. I find that prefolds leak less, and pocket diapers travel better because they take up less space in your diaper bag.

The sprayer is to fill with diaper solution to spray your cloth wipes (or your baby's heiny) with. I've filled mine with a witch hazel/water mix, a tea trea oil infused water, water with a little baby wash. There are a lot of options, and the water seems to be the only important ingredient.

The doubler is to use at night to prevent leaks, you just place it on top of the diaper (where it will be closer to baby's skin). Many doubler also help to wick away moisture and help baby keep feeling dry.

The liners are designed to help remove solid waste. You simply lift it out and flush it down the toilet. These are not expensive and definitely a worthy investment! If your baby is still exclusively breastfed, these are not necessary because breastfed-baby poo is so runny. However, breast milk poo is water soluble so there's no need to rinse the diapers before washing, anyway.

So, there are the basics. There are ton more resources out there, but this is what we've been using in our home the past year.

If you're interested in ordering some cloth diapers or learning more about what's out there, here are two great resources to check out:

Check back friday to learn how to set up a wash routine for your cloth diapers!

Questions? I know you guys have got 'em!

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