After my last post about cloth diapers I got a few questions, so I thought it would be helpful to do a ‘Q & A’ post. I hope this will help you decide if cloth diapers are the right choice for your family. These are questions I’ve received from readers and done my best to answer.
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To get you started, after trying several brands, my favorite diapers that I used for both kids were the Bum Genius one-size snap diapers. There are a variety of reasons I prefer these over any other, but I’ll be referencing these diapers more than others.
Can you explain a little bit about the inserts? This is just to soak up pee right? – That’s right! You can see a full breakdown about how it works here, but it is basically 3 layers of microfiber terry that wicks away the moisture and holds it. This way your baby’s bottom stays relatively dry, even when the diaper is wet.
Do you buy them separately? – You can get them easily from amazon, and buy them one by one. I love all the colors and patterns that they have, so it’s nice to get to pick and choose or grab one of each! Each diaper comes with a one size insert as well as a smaller insert that can be used for the newborn stage, or as a doubler when the baby is older and needs more padding to make it through the night.
Do you wash them in the washing machine? – I do! It seems like it would be gross, but it’s really not They are washed separately from our clothes, and our washer is always clean after! I put the dirties in straight from the pail or wet/dry bag and do a short wash on the cold setting to get all the yuck washed out and then do a longer wash on hot/cold setting with the detergent. Then throw it all in the dryer!
Do you wash the inserts in the actual cloth diaper – I have tried doing this, but have found its much better to go ahead and shake the insert out. There is a small flap on the inner back side of the diaper, you just pull it back and shake a bit and the insert will slide out. And yes this can usually be done without touching anything yucky.
How many do recommend for one baby? – If you are starting from birth I would suggest around 20. I never bought newborn cloth diapers, so I just used disposables until my baby’s legs are fat enough to fit in the cloth diapers I use. For both of my kids this happened when they were 1 month old. Newborns need changed about 12 times a day! so having 20+ diapers will put you washing every other day, which is best for the diapers anyway.
How long do you usually keep one cloth diaper on the baby – It really just depends on how often the baby uses the bathroom! You don’t have to worry about blow outs so I guess you can wait a bit longer, but during the day I change them as much as I would if we were using disposables. It is nice during the night because I don’t have to change my 2 month old in the middle of the night at all. It holds everything in and she doesn’t have any leaks, but during the day I wouldn’t want her sitting in a wet diaper that long.
Do you change the whole diaper or only change the insert? – There is a brand (Flip) that allows you to only change the insert. I have a couple friends who loved using this system, and I got a few of the diapers to try, but I didn’t favor using it. To me, it was more complicated and if you have an active baby/toddler like I do, it is hard to get the baby to hold still while you put the insert in place. I didn’t love it, and I didn’t really end up using the ones I bought.
How to convince your partner – My husband thought I was crazy until I showed him the price difference! That got him to agree to it right away. After our son was born he got to experience using disposables, for the first month, and then cloth, and he actually liked cloth way more! They don’t get squishy like disposables do, and it doesn’t leak out onto you (unless you didn’t put the diaper on tight enough). I would ask him what concerns your partner has, and then see if you can find a solution to those concerns together. It’s not worth fighting over, but for us, it has been a great way to save money!
prices prices prices! – startup cost is obviously more. But if you have a baby shower and ask for people to give you cloth diapers that may not even be an issue! All of my son’s diapers were gifts, but I ended up buying some for our daughter. If you have time to watch for sales too!
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