How to start cloth diapering

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So you’ve decided to give cloth a go! Now what!? Read on for 3 easy steps to get you started on your cloth diapering journey. 


Step 1:

Get enough diapers and inserts for a day. This is about 6-8 diapers+inserts. Your child will typically need a change every 2 hours. If you’re trying to do cloth on a budget, wait to get more diapers till you hit a sale day or buy used. Cloth diaper sales are always happening! Some brands will do huge sales for their anniversary or owner’s birthdays. The best sales are during earth month and black friday week. Another way to cloth on a budget is starting with used diapers. FB marketplace is a good place to look for gently used cloth diapers. If you do buy used make sure to check out my post on tips for buying preloved diapers!

Step 2: Decide what you’ll do with the poop!

There’s a lot of options out there for removing poop. Most people I talk to prefer the toilet sprayer attachment. You can find many different options for these on amazon. Many people also prefer using liners. In my experience liners help but they move a lot and you still end up spraying some of the diaper. My preferred method is dumping what I can into the toilet and taking outside to spray with my hose. Outside I have an old chair with clothespins. I clip the diaper up, spray, and let it hang dry outside. This also helps me get stains out quickly. Sunning is the best way to get rid of cloth diaper stains so this method does it all. We live in Sunny Arizona though so this may not be an option in colder climates. I can’t imagine spraying a diaper outside in the snow lol. 

Step 3: Set up your wash routine!!!

I’m going to start by saying this piece scares a lot of people away from cloth diapering. Some cloth wash groups say you have to be very specific and do the wash routine exactly as they say which can feel impossible. My motto for this is if we can still handwash diapers to clean them it doesn’t need to feel complicated. This piece shouldn’t scare you. If it does reach out to me on instagram for wash routine support! Its pretty basic and almost like washing your clothes. It can be adjusted to fit your needs. 

My wash routine for two in cloth!

  • Gather my 1-2 days worth of cloth ( i have a basket or wetbag in the bathroom and kids rooms)
  • Best practice is to rinse or pre-wash diapers daily and add back to an open airy basket. ( I personally have a hard time remembering to do this or making time for it)
  • Remove inserts from covers and add to machine separately 
  • -rinse ( my washers been acting up so i do 2 rinses now)
  • The inserts+covers will be stuck to the washer wall so peel them off and make sure everything is back to the center of your washer.
  • Then I add soap! I’ll put a list below of all approved soaps- different soaps require different amounts. 
  • Wash on hot, and use heavy soil option
  • Wash on hot again with just a little bit of your detergent
  • Rinse on hot
  • Hang dry covers! Inserts can go in your dryer or hang dry!
  • Once dry stuff and add to your shelf or cloth diaper storage! 
  • This is what works for me! It may not work for you. You may have a really heavy wetter and need to rinse your diapers daily to prevent ammonia. Doing a rinse daily is preferred but i have a hard time adding that chore to my busy schedule. Ill forget a lot of times and then end up with mildew smelling inserts that I left in my wash.
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