Using cloth diapers can seem like a
daunting task all on its own.
Using cloth diapers right from the
start as you get a grasp on mothering
can seem overwhelming
The nice thing is that it isn't really dificult or time consuming at all.
Here are some helpful tips:
~ Learn about cloth diapers before your baby gets here. Decide what kind of cloth diapers
you want to use, attend a cloth diapering class, talk to other cloth diapering moms.
~ Newborn fitted diapers make the beginning few months so much easier. Used in
combinationwith small contours or prefolds, it can be an economical way to get started.
~ If you plan on using prefold or flatfold diapers, practice folding before baby gets here, on
baby dolls or stuffed animals – or a friend's baby! A good idea for any diaper actually.
~ Do purchase good quality diaper covers- this will make a BIG difference.
~ Avoid stocking up on one type or brand of diaper before baby gets here. Every baby is
shaped differently. Many diapers have different measurements with each size.
This can mean what works great for a friend may not be so great for you because
of your baby’s shape and the diapers' shape.
Ask around for diapers that seem to be the most versatile, or use prefolds (they can be
folded to fit any baby’s body type) until you have time to order different diapers after
you’ve tried a few and know what will work.
~ Prewash all of your diapers before your due date. If this is your first, this will probably be
done before you enter your third trimester purely out of excitement. This is fine! If you
have brand new diapers, they will need to be washed and dried several times
before they will be ready for use. This removes the stiffness, helps them “quilt”, puff up
and get soft for your new baby’s bottom.
~ Get your diapers assembled and ready to go. Once your diapers have been washed and
dried, it’s time to find out how to store them. Generally, diaper stackers will work fine for
preemie/infant prefolds and other diaper styles. You can store your diapers in a large basket
or on your changing table.
if you use cloth wipes you can store them in a disposable wipes container and once baby
arrives you can make your own diaper wipe solution and pour it right on your wipes in the
~ Get to know how you wash your diapers. It may even be helpful to post a paper about your
washing routine right on your washer so that whoever is doing laundry will know exactly how
to wash them without having to ask you.
~ Let your family and friends know you do intend to use cloth diapers when your baby is born.
If you have a baby shower or people ask you what you want, you can make up a “wish list”
of cloth diapers (include the businesses you would want them bought from, including brand
names and sizes), or ask for gift certificates to your favorite cloth diapering stores.
~ If you choose to use pocket diapers, try to have them pre-stuffed so there is no work
involved when you start to use them. Include them in your hospital bag or birth supplies
(depending on where you plan to birth) so you have them with you and ready for use.
~ If you will be using an all in two, have the diapers ready to go with the inserts snapped in
the diaper so when your baby is born, you will be ready to go!
~ Have enough diapers on hand to get you through 2-3 days before having to wash.
No doubt, when you have a baby, your laundry multiplies.
You don’t need the added stress of having to wash your diapers every day.
Avoid storing your diapers for longer then 3 days betweenwashings (your fabric can break
down quicker and odors can develop that are hard to remove), but it is certainly a relief to
have enoughdiapers to get you through a few days at a time.
~ If you are using prefolds, invest in some Snappi® diaper fasteners. These are very quick
and easy to use compared to pins.
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