Changes Per Day
Average Cost Per Diaper Total
|Age||Changes per day||Total Diapers||Average cost per diaper/total|
|up to 2 months||12||720||(.18) $129.60|
|2-5 months||10||900||(.24) $216.00|
|5-12 months||8||1680||(.24) $403.20|
|12-18 months||6||1080||(.28) $302.40|
|18-24 months||6||1260||(.30) $378.00|
|24-28 months+||6||720||(.38) $273.60|
|Wipes||avg. 6 per day||5472||(.03) $184.69|
What?? Cloth Diapers?: Types of cloth diapers
||Prefolds have three panels of absorbent cotton or organic material. While you can use folding and fasteners, the easiest way to use a prefold is to use a velcro-closing, tight-fitting cover and just lay the prefold inside the cover. A diaper cover is necessary as it provides the waterproofing for the diaper. See our Prefold Folding Guide.||Unbleached Indian Cotton Prefolds|
Bummis Preemie Prefolds
|Contour||Contours are like prefolds, expect they are shaped around the legs. They do not have elastic around the waist and must be used with covers. They are the middle between prefolds and fitted diapers. Kissaluvs makes a one size contour diaper with elastic around the legs.||Kissaluvs Contour|
|Fitted||Fitted diapers need an outer cover to provide waterproofing. However, the diaper is one tailored absorbent piece and does not require any folding or fasteners as it has snaps or aplix of its own to stay on the baby.||Kissaluvs Fitted|
|PUL Diaper Cover||A diaper cover is needed with all three of the before-mentioned diapers. It is just a layer of waterproof fabric that tightens with velcro over the diaper.||Thirsties Duo Diaper Cover|
Bummis Super Brite
|Diaper Shell Systems||
Diaper shell systems have an outer waterproof shell and allows for snap-in absorbant liners. When changing, switch the inner liner for a fresh one and reuse the outer shell. Extra inserts can be snapped in for more absorbency.
|Gro Baby System|
Flip Diaper System
|All in one||All in one diapers have the absorbent diaper and waterproof diaper in one piece that is easily fastened on the baby with snaps or aplix. It is much like a disposable diaper. They are available in sized or one-size varieties that fit babies from 7-35 pounds. They take longer to dry because of the layers of the diaper being inseparable.||bumGenius Organic All in One|
bumGenius AIO XS
|Pocket diapers have a waterproof outer with fleece interior. The diaper has a pocket in the back where washable absorbent liners are inserted. You can easily customize the liners to match the absorbency that is required. They fasten with aplix or snaps. Pockets are available in sized or one-size varieties that fit babies from 7-35 pounds.|
Tiny Tush Elite
FuzziBunz One Size
- 4-6 Diaper Covers. Your best choices are either the size 1 Thirsties covers (these fit 6-18 pounds) or Bummis Super Brite Covers.
- Snappi diaper fasteners if using prefolds or contours (optional)
Have enough diapers. At the least, you need 24 diapers to cloth diaper a newborn. This will have you washing every other day, which is manageable. Any less and you will run out and get frustrated. 36 diapers will spread your laundry out to every 3 days.
- Have Diapers that Fit Well.
Ill-fitting diapers can cause leaks. Nothing would be more frustrating than to have leaking diapers all the time. One of the ways to fix this is to make sure that the diapers you are using fit correctly. Newborns will do best in small diapers made for their small size. For many babies, it may just be too early to use one-size diapers. Prefolds and covers work great for newborns and are easier than many people think! Just trifold the prefold and lay it inside the diaper cover. Or, try one of the other folds mentioned in the Prefold Folding Guide. We have a prefold package and a prefold/Kissaluvs package. Remember, even an average 8 pound baby is still very tiny! The bumGenius AIO XS are a very popular choice for newborns as well! Get a cute three-diaper bundle here!
- Have Diapering Supplies Handy for Changing Time. To make for quick and easy changes, find a good place to keep all of your diaper changing supplies together. Newborns have a tendency to pee and poop as soon as the diaper is off, so it is a good idea not to use your bedspread as the changing pad!
- Plain and Simple Water Wipes are Best.Newborn skin is very sensitive. We highly recommend that you use pure warm water on a cloth wipe for wiping newborns. Store bought wipes contain chemicals that can be irritating to sensitive skin. Warm water will do the clean-up trick well. You may want to consider a premade or homemade wipe solution for when your baby gets older, but for those early weeks, just use plain water.
- GroVia: You can get one soaker pad and a shell set or choose to purchase them in bulk using the Part-time Experience or Full-Time LIVE Kit. Soaker pads can also be purchased separately to supplement your stash.
- 24 premium prefolds or 18-24 fitted or contour diapers.
- 6 Diaper Covers. For an older baby, choose the size 2 Thirsties diaper covers (These fit 18-40 pounds) or Medium/Large Bummis Super Brite Diaper Covers. Some people are also enjoying the Flip One Size Covers.
- Snappi Diaper Fasteners if using prefolds (optional, but especially recommended for older babies. See our Prefold Folding Guide for folding help.)
What do I need?: Diapering supplies
- 2 wetbags -travel size for diaper bag. (One clean...one dirty, but some prefer just one wetbag.)
- 2 diaper pail liners or large/xl hanging wetbags. (One clean...one dirty, one in one room, one in another. Some people prefer having just one diaper pail liner.)
- 24 cloth wipes and (optional) wipe spray
- Cloth diaper safe diaper cream. Essential! Have a tube on hand! More info on creams below.
- Cloth Diaper Sprayer. This is very helpful especially when baby starts solids. I love mine and am glad that I didn't wait too long to get one. I was hesitant at first, but am sold now! It is a must-have in our house and makes cloth diapering an older baby easy!
- Cloth diaper safe detergent.
- Optional: Dryerballs. These keep diapers fluffy and aid in faster drying times.
Daily Life with Cloth Diapers: Prefold Folding Guide
Folding prefold diapers is actually simple. Grab a stuffed animal and try out these 4 different folds. Then, try on your baby!
The Trifold Fold: Good for newborns and infants. Lay out the prefold. Trifold it and place in diaper cover. Put on baby. Fasten cover. For tiny babies, fold the prefold in fourths the other way instead of thirds. Then place in cover. This shortens the prefold.
Bikini Twist Fold.Lay the baby on the prefold. Twist the bottom portion of the prefold. Bring up the prefold between legs. Secure with Snappi and sides of diaper, adjusting the front rise as needed. Fasten diaper cover.
The Angel Wings Fold. Trifold the prefold. Flare out both sides on the top of the diaper. Place baby on top of the prefold. Bring up the prefold between legs. Secure with Snappi and the “wings” on the side of the diaper, adjusting the rise as needed. Fasten diaper cover.
The Jelly Roll Fold. Lay the baby on the prefold. Roll both sides in toward the middle making a taper. Bring up the prefold between legs. Secure with Snappi, adjusting the rise as necessary. You can see how the roll around the legs helps to keep messes inside. Fasten diaper cover.
Daily Life with Cloth Diapers: Washing cloth diapers
- Place wet and and soiled (breastfed) diapers in wetbag or diaper pail. Do not soak diapers. For solid waste diapers, use a diaper sprayer and/or diaper liners to remove solids. Place diaper in wetbag, soaking wet.
- Empty contents of wetbag or pail into washer. If bag or pail is soiled, add to washer. Run a cold rinse to wash out stains.
- Run a regular wash on hot or warm. Use 1/4 of the recommended detergent. Use detergent free of dyes and chemicals. We love Nellie's Natural Laundry Soda. Never use fabric softeners. They will coat the diapers and make them non-absorbent. Optional: Once per month, add 1/4 c. bleach to wash load to keep smells away. This bleach routine works great for microfiber inserts, please check with the manufacturer's suggestions before trying on all other types of diapers.
- Run a second rinse on cold. This will be sure that all detergent is rinsed out of the diapers. Extra detergent can cause irritation for baby and smelly diapers.
- If using pockets or waterproof wraps, hang dry. Hanging wet diapers in the sun will naturally bleach out stains. All diaper parts can be tumbled dry on low heat. UseNellie's PVC Free Dryer Balls to decrease the drying time.
- Stuff pockets or fold diapers to use again. Be happy you saved money & resources, and kept your baby comfy!
Daily Life with Cloth Diapers: Cloth diaper creams
Cloth diapers do a lot of work! Using cloth diaper safe diaper creams will keep them clean and absorbent.
So, how do you know what makes a safe diaper cream? Diaper creams that contain cod liver oil are a no-no when it comes to cloth. This ingredient is found in many of the brands of diaper creams that are found at the local stores. The diaper cream ointment will coat the cloth diaper (just like it does to your baby's skin) and make it non-absorbent. The liquid will start to repel off the fabric.
Three A+D ointment ingredients that are not good for cloth diapers: cod liver oil, wax, and paraffin.
Here are some great alternatives that are all cloth diaper friendly!
Grandma El's Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention
This all natural diaper cream is made by the company that makes Gro Baby diapers. It comes in a convenient push up tube, so no messy hands! Cloth diaper safe!
This natural, vegan, toxin-safe cloth diaper safe cream is simply perfect for your Angel Baby.
- Check with your Day Care Provider. There are no set laws against cloth diapers, but still, many providers may be hesistant at first. However, there may be some state regulations that are in place regarding cloth diapers. Contact your Department of Health to find out if there are any in your state. Take some time to show your provider what they need to do to use cloth diapers. A simple pocket or all in one diaper is often very new to many people. Providers are very often surprised at how simple cloth diapers actually are!
- Is the inside of the diaper soaked when you have a diaper leak?
- Does the diaper fit well?
- Is the diaper all tucked in?
- Is it leaking at night?
Help me! Cloth Diaper Problems!: Stripping Cloth Diapers
Occasionally people have the need to strip their cloth diapers. Either they are a holding a smell or there is residue detergent on them that is causing them to not absorb well.
- Always do a cold rinse before you wash the diapers with hot/warm water.
- Wash the diapers at least every other day to cut down on the time that the diapers sit with poop on them. Rinse diapers before putting them in the storage pail or bag.
- Sunning! It really works! Just put your rinsed, wet diapers out in the sun to naturally bleach the stains out. This also naturally kills bacteria! Here is the proof: I put 24 Kissaluvs fitted diapers out in the sun to dry and here are the results after 2 to 3 hours of sunning:
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