CLOTH DIAPERING BASICS WITH LITTLE BEETLE DIAPERS
all the options available, cloth diapering can seem
an overwhelming way to go.
shaped, sized and fitted diapers much like the familiar
disposable diaper except they are washable and reusable.
We choose to offer only fitteds because of their convenience, affordability, versatility, and well, their good fit!
Little Beetle size 1 diapers fit from approximately 6 to 18 lbs. Size 2 diapers fit from 18 to aroud 30+ pounds. These come in aplix and snap fastening options.
Aplix- It is basically industrial velcro made to withstand lots of opening and closing.
Snaps - The diaper fastens with polyresin snaps. These are also made to withstand repeated washing, drying and snapping.
Which do I chose? At the end of the day, it really is personal preference.
How many diapers do you need per day and in total?
need around 12 diapers per day
The number of diapers you will need in total can be adjusted according to your wash routine.• If washing every day, multiply the daily requirement by 2 (for newborns you would need 16)
•For washing every other day, multiply by 3. (So, for newborns, you would need at least 24. Once your baby is in a size 2 diaper (around 18 pounds), you would need around 18)
•Every 3 days, multiply by 4
It is important to remember that the more diapers you have in rotation, the less likely they are to show excessive wear and tear.
Check out our Little Beetle Organic Merino Wool Cover and Soaker Shorts for both day and night use. They are organic and scrumptiously soft!
We do also offer an easy and quicker to clean PUL cover made by Imse Vimse. PUL covers are a trust worthy staple to have on hand. And they can be especially nice during the first weeks of cloth diapering.
For diaper covers, 4 to 6 is a good number to keep in rotation.
Doublers- These are a great diaper accessory. They are ideal to fit into your diaper for night-time or heavy wetters. The come in an hourglass shape and are a perfect fit for our Little Beetle diapers as they slide under and are held secure by our innovative Little Beetle booster!
Diaper Liners - These are to
be used as needed to prevent or help heal a rash.
Silk diaper liners are a wonderful and natural
alternative to fleece liners. They still act as
a 1 way barrier against wetness just as fleece
does pulling moisture away
from your baby's skin and keeping their bottom
healthy and dry, yet our raw silk retains
some of the natural sericin with antibacterial
properties to help sooth your baby's skin. 10 is
usually a good number to keep.
(Some people recommend storing the wipes in a container filled with cleaning
solution, but that option does not seem to us to be any easier or more
efficient. Negatives of that method include the use of more solution
and the task of assuring it is changed often enough so as not to have
created a breeding ground for germs.)
Either way it is a simple process: For newborns, put the dirty diapers straight in the bag. Once your baby is on solids, shake the poo off the diaper or liner and into the toilet. Toss liners and diapers into the bin. This is known as the dry pail method. A few drops of Lavender oil (or Tea Tree oil) on one of the wipes or the bag will take care of odors until wash time.
We advise against soaking diapers with sodium bicarbonate as its residue can have a corroding effect on the fabrics when washed on hot.
How to Wash - We recommend a cold pre-wash/wash or rinse first, then a hot wash (140 degrees Fahrenheit).
Do not boil your diapers as this can ruin the elastic.
Use a small amount of laundry detergent each time (too
much detergent can create a residue).