6 tips for cloth diaper newbies

I must admit that before I first started using cloth diapers, I was scared of the cleanup. Baby poop on cloth just seemed nastier and I can’t just throw the diaper away. Nevertheless my husband and I agreed that the pros outweighed the cons. We went ahead and made the purchase! So far it has worked out great for us. The cleanup isn’t as horrible as I imagined it to be. Not that I look forward to each poopy diaper, but you get used to it. If you’re a new mummy (or daddy) who’s looking to cloth diaper your little one, here are 6 tips to make your cloth diaper experience a more pleasant one.

Test Drive
Deciding on which brand or type of cloth diaper to use can be overwhelming for new parents. There are so many choices available. I recommend looking into sites such as Diaper Junction, where they offer trials of different cloth diaper brands. This way, you can try out which diaper works best for you and baby before committing.

Less Covers, More Inserts
We chose to use the Buttons diaper covers and inserts because it was a little more affordable and the covers can be used from the time your babies are born until they are potty trained. If you choose to use this type of cloth diaper, make sure to buy enough inserts, which depends on how much laundry you want to do in a week. You need fewer covers because you can reuse them once or twice for pee diapers, if you don’t mind the smell.

Remove Stains in the Sun
Trust me, the sun is your friend when it comes to poop stains on the diapers. After washing we always let the diapers dry in the sun. Any visible stain that are on them while they are wet will magically disappear once dry. Thank you Mr. Sun.

Use Diaper Liners
At an additional expense, you can opt to use disposable liners to make cleanup easier. This is especially useful for on the go cloth diapering, as the liners are usually flushable, so you can flush it down along with baby’s poop.

Buy a Wet Bag
You will need one of these to put baby’s dirty diapers into when you’re cloth diapering outside of home. They are lightweight, waterproof and contain smells pretty well. No one will suspect you’re carrying a poopy diaper around.

Go Part Time
Yes cloth diapers can be slightly inconvenient when travelling. We do use disposables for outings because they take up less space in my backpack. Sometimes you just don’t want to carry a bag of soiled diapers around and that’s absolutely okay.

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I hope these tips have been helpful and will encourage more parents to make the switch. I know cloth diapering may not be for every family. Though you’ll never know until you give it a try.

♥ Melody

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