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Cloth Diapers 101

Cloth Diapers 101

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Quick review of Cloth diapering for beginners with a focus on a tight and limited budget. SECOND PAGE USEFUL WEIGHT AND SIZE CHART (and kg conversion for web buying) FOR PREFOLDS.
Quick review of Cloth diapering for beginners with a focus on a tight and limited budget. SECOND PAGE USEFUL WEIGHT AND SIZE CHART (and kg conversion for web buying) FOR PREFOLDS.

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What to Buy
So, which diapers should you get? How many? What kind of pail? What about cloth wipes? I'll try to giveyou a few options on this page. Keep in mind when thinking about buying cloth diapers not only the fitand absorbency for when used, but also how it will affect washing and drying. A diaper and cover washmore easily than an All-in-One, whose layers are sewn together.I would suggest having at least 24 diapers, although you can get away with less if you wash more often.For a newborn, who can often go through 10-12 diapers a day, I would definitely suggest at least 2 dozen,and then you can get less in larger sizes. Some diapers are "one-sized," but few of these fit a newbornwell - they tend to be bulky. However, many you could use from 2-3 months up.It's tempting to want to get all one type of diaper, all one type of cover, and so on. I would urge you to tryseveral different types and brands and experiment with what works for you before going all out. I find Ilike a mix of diapers for variety and different needs - I will often do a prefold without a cover at home, a pocket diaper when out, or a fitted with a wool cover for a night diaper. Some people do only use one typeall the time and it works for them.
On a tight Budget
If you are on a tight budget, prefolds are the way to go. If you get 2-3 dozen of each size, a few goodhemp doublers, and a few covers (like Bummi Whisper Wraps or Imse Vimse Bumpy Day and NightCovers) in each size, you'll be good to go from birth to potty learning for under $300.00 BRAND NEW.Infant prefolds might be a bit bulky on a newborn. One answer to this might be to just buy a few of thethin Gerber prefolds you can find at Target or Babies R Us to use at first. You can also find preemie size prefolds. Since you change a newborn several times at night, you won't need to worry about a night diaper lasting for hours on end.Quick note- the Gerber Prefolds are not for a regular stash and once you’ve made the decision to stick with Cloth Diapering you will definitely want to get some real prefolds. Ebay is a great place to start andcan really help you stay within budget. Expect to pay about $1.00 to $2.00 a prefold depending onmaterial and luck.
On a Tighter Budget
Used is the way to go! Check out and network on free sites like Cafemom, Diaperswappers, Diaperjungle,Diaperpin, and if you’re crafty think about trying your hand at making your own. Prefolds are so cheapthough you can buy them brand new easily- but not so on covers.
Remember o ther moms are incredible resource s !
Post questions on forum boards if you have regular internet access and ask what brands work, what don’t, and what other moms are doing. You’ll find manyvery eager to share their thoughts and opinions, and these are the places to go hands down if you run into problems and need help and/or practical and emotional support.
Diaper Pail- Dry Pail is Easiest
For our diaper pail, we use a flip top pail with a reusable liner, the same kind many diaper services use.Many moms just use a flip top garbage can. I would suggest looking for something that a reusable bag fitswell in and can do a reasonable job with odor. I like having two liners that I change out when I wash.
Cloth Wipes
You can buy them on ebay, at specialty stores, or make your own. They all work so it really depends onhow much money you have to burn. It is easy to make your own wipes by cutting up old receiving blankets or sewing them out of fleece, terry, or hemp.I used to soak my wipes in a mixture that is mostly water with a squirt of Dr. Bronner's, and a few dropsof tea tree oil and lavender, wring them out, and keep them in a wipes warmer. I then switched to keepingthe solution in a bottle and squirted it on the wipes when needed. You can buy premade wipe solutions aswell, or keep a wet wipe tub and a squirt bottle for the diaper bag.
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