Cloth Diapers 101
Full time cloth diapering requires the following:
24 cloth diapers
4-6 cloth diaper covers (if required)
1 diaper pail with pail liner
36 cloth diaper wipes
Choices in Cloth Diapering
The prefold diaper is your most basic choice in cloth diapering. A Prefold cloth diaper is a rectangular shaped diaper that is divided into 3 sections (lengthwise). You will need a diaper cover and fastener.
Fitted Cloth Diapers
Fitted diapers are a contour diaper with elasticity around the legs and waist. Fitted diapers come in a range of sizes.Fitted diapers require a diaper cover.
All in One Cloth Diapers
All in One (AIO’s) cloth diapers are fitted diapers that have an outer waterproof layer included. Everything in one piece – similar to a disposable diaper!
Pocket Cloth Diapers
Pocket diapers are similar to All in one diapers. Pocket diapers are specifically designed to include a pocket at either the back or front of the diaper for added absorbency. An insert, liner or absorbent material is placed in the back pocket.
One Size Cloth Diapers
One size cloth diapers are a diaper that fits a child from birth to toddler years. Typically, one size diapers fit children between 8 and 35 lbs.
Diaper covers are a waterproof outer layer that repels or absorbs liquids and solids. A diaper cover is designed to keep baby and cloths dry! Diaper covers come in 3 materials: PUL (“plastic” like), Wool and Fleece. Wool and fleece are more breathable and make excellent overnight and heavy wetter choices.
Cleaning your Cloth Diapers
To begin, you will need to acquire a diaper pail. We recommend using a Dry Pail Method which involves placing your dirty diaper (minus poop) in the diaper pail to be washed.
Diaper sprayers and bio- liners are excellent tools to help with getting rid of your poop.
When you are ready to wash your diapers you simply empty the diapers into the washing machine.
The most basic routine for washing and cleaning your cloth diapers is:
1) Hot regular wash
2) Cold rinse cycle
3) Machine dry on Medium or hang to dry
If your diapers smell clean, absorb easily and does not cause skin irritations then you have chosen a good detergent. Nellie’s Laundry Soda & Rockin Green are both safe detergents for cleaning diapers. You can also view Bummis comprehensive Detergent List
Here are few tips to keep in mind to ensure that you are properly caring for your diapers during the washing and cleaning process
* Pre-wash your diapers 3-5 times for maximum absorbency.
* Bleach should not be used on cloth diapers. Place your diapers in the SUN – a natural bleaching agent! place your diapers in the SUN!
* Fabric softeners and dryer sheets should be avoided.
* Diaper creams should only be used with a liner inside your diaper.