Why should I use cloth diapers?
Please see our page “about cloth” for our lovely thoughts and some facts about cloth diapering.
Types of Diapers
All In One’s diapers have the absorbent pad sewn into the diaper with a waterproof material (pul) on the outside and stay dry material on the inside. They are one unit, no stuffing required. This is the closest concept to a disposable diaper except it’s reusable.
A pocket diaper can come fitted or one size. It is a shell that has a waterproof outside material with a stay dry material on the inside. A small opening can be found on the inside, normally the back. You add the absorbency by adding an insert (or two) inside. The insert will lay flat in between the waterproof and stay dry material. You remove the insert from the shell prior to washing normally at diaper changing, splitting them up and putting them in the diaper pail or a Planet Wise Hanging Wet Bag.
One Size Diapers
One Size diapers grow with your baby normally ranging from 5-35 lbs. The snaps and adjustable elastics on the shell allow you to size the diaper up or down to accommodate a growing baby. Add your own absorbency insert(s) depending on your absorbency needs. The customizable sizing should allow you to use these from birth to potty training.
What’s the difference between a doubler, insert and a liner?
A doubler is an absorbency pad that lies inside the diaper between the diaper and baby’s bum.
An Insert goes into a pocket diaper between the waterproof material (pul) and the stay dry material.
A liner is a biodegradable paper that lies between the stay dry material of the diaper and baby’s bum. When soiled, remove and flush in toilet with solids. These can be convenient to remove poops from diapers.
How many diapers will I need?
We recommend 12-20 diapers depending on how often you want to be washing diapers. Newborns tend to be diaper changed more frequently than older babies. On average a newborn baby is diaper changed 8-10 times per day. As they get older, diaper changes will decrease possibly as low at 4 diaper changes per day.
What else may I need to make my cloth diaper experience great?
Wet bags/Pail Liners
Small wet bag for going out
Phosphate free laundry detergent
How do I wash my cloth diapers?
We recommend a prewash on cold, hot wash and a cold rinse. Hang or tumble dry on medium setting. More laundry tips can be found on our Laundry Care page.
How often should I wash my cloth diapers?
To reduce stains and lingering odors wash every 3-4 days.
Where do I store my dirty diapers?
You no longer need to soak diapers. We recommend using a pail liner in a plastic bin with a lid, or one of our hanging wet diaper bags. Shake your diapers into your washing machine from your pail liner or hanging wet bag and wash the bag at the same time with your diapers. You’ll never have to touch a dirty diaper with this process!
What do I do with the poopy ones?
Newborns - we recommend a quick rinse prior to storing in your wet bag to avoid stains. You don’t need to rinse but it helps and will prevent stains in the long run.
When baby starts solid food their poops firm up quite a bit. Shake solids into toilet and then store in a pail or wet bag until wash time.
Liners are also an easy way as they are biodegradable and flushable. Lay in your diaper between the cotton and baby’s bum. Most of the poop should be on the liner and then flush away.
If I have a stain, how do I get rid of it?
The best way to eliminate stains naturally is to hang your diapers to dry outside on a sunny day. This process is called “sunning”.
You may also try soaking your clean diapers in our Rockin Green detergent for one hour, then let launder as usual skipping the soap. Rockin Green is an effective cloth diaper detergent to help keep stains away.
As a preventative, rinse your poopy diapers prior to storing in your diaper pail or wet bag and wash your diapers at least every 3-4 days.
Can I use bleach?
We don’t recommend bleach. It’s too harsh on fabric, skin and the environment.
Can I use regular diaper rash creams with cloth diapers?
We recommend looking for a cloth diaper safe diaper cream. Non-diaper safe creams can lead to build up on your cloth diaper fibers interfering with maximum absorbency.
You’ll most likely find you will not need as much rash creams when switching to or using cloth diapers.
Why are my diapers leaking?
You will want to check fit and absorbency.
Fit – is the diaper too big or too small?
If the diaper is too big you might have leaks from the legs or waist. If it’s too small it might not be absorbent enough to hold the amount of pee your child voids.
Absorbency – has your baby grown? Does he or she require extra absorbency due to bigger urine voids? Try adding a larger insert or an additional inserts/doubler. Something about night time and doubling up diapers maybe
Or do you have residue build up on your diapers? (see below)
How do I know if soap residue is built up on my diapers?
If you have build up from soaps, natural oil and or diaper creams you will find water will bead off the material rather than soak into the cotton fiber.
To test this, take a nasal aspirator and squirt a stream of water to mimic a urine stream. Do the water beads absorb into the material or bead off? If the water is beading off, it most likely means you have a layer of residue on top of the material interfering with absorbency and we recommend you strip your diapers. (see below) Or check out the video here for a demonstration.
Stripping? What is that?
It’s a natural way to wash away any residue build up from laundry soaps, brighteners, natural oils and baby creams.
Wash your clean diapers on the hottest setting followed by a cold rinse with no detergent. Repeat if necessary. Retest absorbency with the nasal aspirator.
If you’ve turned your water heater down for child safety, turn it up 30 minutes prior to stripping for the hottest water.
For more laundry tips including a few different stripping methods see our laundry care page.