Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cloth Diapering made as easy as 1...2...3!

Cloth Diapering can be easy.  Granted, you can do research on top of research, read product reviews, articles, blog posts and join online communities.  Sometimes though, the more you know the more confused you get, especially if you've yet to try or even see a cloth diaper in person.

In a nutshell, there are some basics, all you'll need to get started with cloth diapering.
  • Cloth Diapers!  To cloth diaper full-time and wash every 24 hours I recommend you have enough diapers for a minimum of 12-18 diaper changes.  You won't want to have the exact amount you need, you'll want a little more, this will help when you have washing issues, a sick baby (or sick mama), or simply use more diapers than expected.  It's always a good idea to have backup diapers.
  • A Diaper Pail or Hanging Pail Liner!  A doorknob pail works great, either hanging in the bathroom or nursery or used inside a garbage pail/diaper pail as a pail liner.  With cloth diapers you'll definitely need a place to store your dirty diapers until laundry day.
  • Cloth Diaper Safe Detergent- It's important to know that not all laundry detergents work for cloth diapers.  You'll want to avoid detergents that contain lots of optical brighteners, fabric softeners, fragrances and dyes.  Visit your cloth diaper manufacturer for list of cloth diaper safe detergents.
Other cloth diapering accessories you might want to consider...Diaper Sprayer, makes laundering diapers easier.  Cloth Diaper Safe Rash Ointment, so that you don't ruin your diapers by using Desitin and other heavy diaper cremes. Cloth Wipes, much easier to use than disposable wipes when you're a cloth diapering family.

So that's the skinny on your cloth diapering basics!

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