A lot of my friends are having babies. Shocking for 20 somethings, right? Any who. I keep getting asked very detailed questions about how I do cloth diapers. I am tired of answering emails. Blog posts would serve everyone better. The number of products out there is overwhelming. Even when you go to cloth diapering sites for help, it looks like they are speaking a different language. My best advice is talk to people who use cloth and read a lot of blogs about what works best for different people. I stay at home full time with one baby, what I do might not work the best for someone else. I did a lot of research while I was pregnant and finally decided that I would make a choice and make whatever I chose work. And it has worked well.
Several posts are in order to answer these questions well:
- Overwhelmed. What do I need to start?
- Stocked. How do I use these things?
- Gross. How do I wash these things?
First things first, what do you do when someone rolls their eyes and tries to talk you out of it when you tell them you want to do cloth? Roll your eyes back and tell them to shut it. It will save you tons of money and it is your choice. So unless they are the ones doing the changing, it really doesn’t matter what they think.
Some disclaimers to start:
I use Osocozy prefolds, Snappis (updated diaper pins), and Thirsties snap wraps (rubber pants for old school people). I haven’t used any other diapering products. I don’t know anything about all in ones or g diapers. I like what I use, so I have never been tempted to try anything different.
Starting cloth diapering can be pricey. If it this is your first kid and you plan on having more, it will pay off exponentially. I am not sure I would recommend cloth diapers if you are only having one kid. It is a lot of work and the pay off isn’t as great. My motivation for using cloth is purely financial. If your motivation is to be eco-friendly, go for it.
I highly suggest registering for as many of your diapering supplies as possible. I had a registry on Amazon and it worked great. There are cloth diapering stores, but not in all areas and trying to get friends and family to go to those stores might be kind of a hassle. I actually suggest doing an Amazon registry for your entire baby registry. You can pull items from other websites like Target, Babies R Us, etc., it is really nice to be able to manage everything in one spot.
If you plan on doing cloth diapers from day 1, I suggest getting some extra small covers. The prefolds you can fold down to fit a smaller baby. I waited until she was about a month old; there is no way the size 1 stuff would have fit her as a newborn.
The following are the things I have used and the number of items that have worked best for me. Other people will suggest different things; this is just what I have done.
Everyday usage 1 month through 12 months
- 36 Osocozy Size 1 Prefolds
- 8 Thirsties Size 1 snap wraps
- 6 Snappis Size 1
- 20 cheap baby washcloths (to use as wipes)
Everyday usage 1 year through Present (16 months)
Nighttime Use 3 months through 12 months
Nighttime Use 1 year through Present (16 months)
- 1 Diaper Pail
- 1 Diaper Sprayer (I don’t actually have this one. My husband made ours from a dish sprayer. But I have friends who have had good luck with this one)
- 2 Wet Bags (make sure it zips closed)
- Rockin’ Green Detergent
- 1 pack of Bummis Reusable Fleece Liners (for use when you need to use diaper cream so it doesn’t gunk up your actual diapers)
- Flushable diaper liners (I only use them when I am out of the house)
I will write the next two posts on cloth diapering soon….unless life gets in the way…which it has a habit of doing.