Now that you’re interested in cloth diapers, your first question is probably: “Where do I start?”.Your first decision is to determine which type of cloth diaper you are most comfortable with, and what your budget is like. Just like cars, all cloth diapers perform the same basic function, but you have to determine whether you’re happy to drive a Huyndai Atoz, or prefer a BMW! However, most people like to try out a few of each, since different diapers are better depending on the situation. For example, you might prefer one type of diaper for overnight use, one for daytime use, or another when the babysitter is over.
What are the different types of Diapers out there?Prefolds
If you’re on a tight budget, or if you have twins for instance, need to cut costs and aren’t afraid to do a little folding, then prefolds are the diaper for you. A prefold system is a very economical practical diaper and is a very good option if the thought of the initial expense of cloth Diapering bothers you.Prefolds require a waterproof diaper cover to keep things dry. You can either choose to use the traditional terry towelling squares and a Snappi with a waterproof, or a more advanced system like Bambino Mi or Econobum, which are both available via Doodlebums.With the introduction of the One size fits all Econobum system there is no longer a need to buy different sizes of prefolds and covers which makes this a truly affordable and economical option. For a more luxurious prefold option you may consider the Flip diaper system with an organic cotton prefold.
A cross between an all-in-one nappy and a two-part system, the inner soaker poppers inside the outer shell so that it comes apart for easy washing and drying and cleverly goes back together again ready to simply fasten around your baby. bam+Boo Baby is a hybrid diaper.Pocket Diapers
Pocket diapers are a two-piece diapering system typically with a piece of fleece, hemp or bamboo fabric that makes up the inner portion of fabric, and a waterproof outer layer. An absorbent material is placed inside of the pocket, making the whole system act as an all-in-one system that keeps your baby dry. Duki, Earthbabies, Bam+Boo,Cherub Tree and Bumbeetles offer Pocket Diapers.All-In-Ones that fit to size
Also known as AIO’s, all-in-ones are fitted diapers that have an outer waterproof layer already attached. These diapers are ideal for out-of-home use, as they are very similar to disposables. You could add extra absorbency via a doubler at night. The Kushies or Earthbabies pocket diaper are the ones for you. A point to remember is that these diapers will need to be bought according to your baby’s size, so quanitites of each size are needed to see you through to potty training. Also, they cannot be used from the Newborn stage.One-Size Fits All (OSFA) All in One (AIO) Combination
These diapers are economical. You don’t need to buy different sizes of each diaper as they typically have snaps, which adjust to fit your baby from birth to potty training. The one downside of all-in-ones is that they tend to be a little bulky on newborns but work well from about 4Kgs.
Mother Nature products, BumGenius, Flip, Econobums, Earthbabies, Bumbeetles, Cherub Tree, Bam+Boo, andBiobaba have One-Size nappies. Most OSFA diapers have AIO covers, but some, like Econobum and Mother Nature, have seperate waterproofs.Accesories
Some accessories are must-haves, while others are nice-to-haves. Accessories can include:
– A Laundry Bag, which you can insert into a lidded nappy bucket. Two are necessary since you will need one for holding dirty diapers while the other is in the wash.
– A wet bag for holding dirty diapers while you are out for the day.
– Detergent that is safe for cloth diapers.
We highly recommend the Biowashball or any eco-friendly detergent product.
– A small squirt/spray bottle with a solution of water & tea tree oil to be used as a pre-treatment for stains before soaking. A new product on the market, ProBac, is very nappy friendly and available at most retailers for spot treating stains.
– A diaper sprayer(currently only available overseas) or a regular handshower for rinsing poop off of your diapers into a bucket or the toilet (once your baby starts solids).
– If not using a diaper sprayer,flushable liners are another way of easily removing poop from your diapers as the majority will be flushed with the liner leaving little to spray off.
There are many opinions about diaper washing, but this is what has worked for us:
– Prior to starting solids, there is no need to rinse poop off of the diaper. Just place it straight into the pail after you have discarded the paper liner.
– Once your baby has started solids, use a diaper sprayer to remove the poop from the diaper. Then place it into the bucket (pail).
– Use your washer’s highest water level. Sometimes front-loaders will also have an “extra water” setting which you should select. Always try and wash a full load and do not use water hotter than 60 degrees celcius.
– A rinse cycle with half a cup of white spirit vinegar and a dash of Lavender oil makes a great natural softener that smells great.
– Dry in a tumble dryer, on a clothes horse or even better, out in the sun. Tip: the sun is a good natural disinfectant and whitener.
Do keep the following in mind:
– Do not use chlorine bleach. It will break down fibers and noticeably shorten the life of your diapers. In addition, it will most likely irritate your baby’s skin. – No fabric softeners.
These will cause your diapers to repel. However, Tumble Dryer sheets are a good alternative. – Stick to Soap free detergents. Use brands like Enchantrix, Bloublommetjies, Triple Orange or Earthsap. – If you use ordinary detergent, use only half the recommended dose. Use a solution of bicarbonate of soda and white spirit vinegar in your rinse cycle every few weeks to strip the nappies of any soap residue, which can lead to very smelly nappies.
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