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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cloth diapering series: Tips and Tricks

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To continue my cloth diapering series, I want to talk about some of the tips and tricks I've learned over the last two years. I need to say that I am not an expert and I certainly don't know everything or have all the answers, but I have learned a thing or two, and I'm pretty good at finding out what I need to know. Maybe I'll convince you to give cloth a try!

Cloth diapering series - Tips and Tricks

Cloth diapering can save you money: The amount you spend on cloth diapers vs. disposables is so little, even if you go with the most expensive ones, and the savings keep adding up the longer your kid is in diapers and if you are able to use the same diapers for more than one kid. You will use more water, more laundry detergent, more electricity, which all cost money, so that's something to consider.

Cloth diapering isn't all or nothing: You can still use disposable diapers. Just because you use cloth doesn't mean you must all the time. Realizing this really made me feel better.

Just because you picked one type doesn't mean you have to stick with it: Figuring out what works best for you and your baby is tricky and maybe what you chose isn't working. Sell them!

There is a huge market for used cloth diapers: Buy/sell/trade groups exist and selling cloth diapers is not only possible, it is sometimes easy. Some brands or prints even fetch more money that they sell for brand new.

The cloth diapering community is big and friendly and informative: Got a question about cloth diapering? Almost anyone who uses cloth diapers will be willing to lend a hand. There are baby shops for in-person advice and online groups for advice, trouble-shooting, ideas, opinions... everything.

You can use a diaper service: A diaper service is the best of both worlds in my opinion. You use cloth diapers and you don't have to wash them. It is most likely more expensive than buying and washing your own or using disposables, but if you want to use cloth it's another option.

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It isn't just about the diapers: To cloth diaper with ease, you'll need a few other things. I touched on a cloth-friendly laundry detergent and wet bags to hold dirty diapers (at least 2 so that you'll have one to use while the other is in the wash). Also a small wet bag for your when you go out (I have 2), and diaper liners or a diaper sprayer are handy.

Covers or un-stuffed pocket diapers can be used as swim diapers: No need to buy disposable swim diapers if you have covers or pocket diapers. Just know that the chlorine can bleach the diaper so either have one dedicated diaper or use them all. Don't use cloth? Consider getting a cloth swim diaper. You can use a wet bag for wet diapers and bathing suits too.

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Cloth diapers may help your kid potty train earlier: Some say that because the kid can feel wet in cloth diapers potty training will be easier and will happen at a younger age. I don't know if this is true, but it might be worth it to get out of diapers sooner!

Cloth diapers, especially with snaps, are hard to take off: For the kid, that is. You've heard the horror stories where the kid was napping and when the parent went to get them there was poop everywhere. Betcha it was a disposable diaper.

They are so much cuter than disposables: Just take a look at all the colours and prints available in cloth diapers!

There are lots of things I didn't cover because frankly it would take too long and I am not an expert. There are some great blogs out there all about cloth diapering and others that touch on it. A great post I read recently about dealing with daycare with a kid in cloth was on Mommy Miracles. If you're in that situation, you may have a bit more work to do than someone like me who stays home.

What I Do

Here is how I cloth diaper my little girl. I have about 20 pocket diapers, almost all one brand, two large wet bags and two small ones. I don't use cream on her unless she gets a rash and then I put her in disposables until the rash goes away. I line my diapers.

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I wash a bag full of diapers (10-14) every second night using the routine I mentioned here (rinse, wash, rinse) using a cloth-friendly detergent (that I use on all of our laundry now). I hang them to dry, outside about once a week in the summer. About every month I add a small bit of bleach to the wash cycle. About every 6 months I soak the diapers in some blue Dawn then rinse, rinse, rinse to keep them fresh.

I use disposables at night and when we travel and I don't feel one bit bad about it. When I need help with something I hit up a Facebook group I belong to.

Up Next

Like promised I will be posting a giveaway tomorrow for my favourite brand of cloth diaper so be sure to check back!

I would love to hear if you use cloth diapers on your kid and what kind. 

{See the previous posts in the cloth diapering series here: Types of cloth diapers, Washing and drying.}


  1. I full on cloth diaper with a seriously mixed up stash I got second hand! We also use a disposable over night more out of habit than anything, our cloth can handle it.

    I'm into it for the green aspect ( I believe the increased used of renewable resources like water is better than increasing permanent landfill waste) and the economy of it. The only way to waste money cloth diapering is to buy them as a fashion accessory. If you stop shopping when you have enough, you're in good shape.

  2. I used a diaper service (Sweet Peach, based in Perth, family business) and will do it again if we have another baby. I purchased a mix of used and new diaper covers (I miss them!) and after Max started sleeping longer stretches we moved to disposables at night because he would just be soaked right through, even with extra padding.

    If we were going out for longer stretches, we would use disposables, but if it was just to the grocery store we would use a cloth diaper.

    We used the cloth diapers until January part-time. When Max started daycare we started with cloth, but he was/is an avid pee-peer so he was requiring changes every hour and that is a bit much. So we went to disposables.