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Saturday, September 24, 2011

What to buy to begin cloth diapering

On a tight budget, but want to go green and choose cloth? You can actually cloth diaper your kids for under $400 from birth to potty training! You can find some great info on different styles and brands of cloth diapers on our Cloth Diapers 101 page.
  • Enough cloth diapers to last through a 24 hour + period (the length of time will depend on how often you have decided you want to wash your cloth diapers)
  • Cloth Diaper safe detergent. Most manufacturers recommend Rockin Green, Allens Naturally or Wonder Wash. Each manufacturer has a list of cloth safe detergents, if you are questioning which ones your cloth diaper manufacturer recommends, feel free to contact us.
  • A cloth diaper pail or somewhere to store your soiled
    cloth diapers until wash day
  • 24-36 cloth wipes or 2-3 cloth wipes per cloth diaper
These items are not essential but are nice to have:
  • a wetbag to store your soiled cloth diapers in during outings(we have 2 we rotate)
  • 2 cloth diaper pail liners (these are not essential, however without them you will need to wash out your pail each laundry day, having two allows you to switch them while one is being laundered).
  • wipes cubes- add your dry cloth baby wipes to a plastic container, a wipes warmer and just pour the solution over top,
    or add pre-moistened cloth wipes to a mini wetbag for outings. A 10g trial pack will last roughly 2 months.
  • 6 cloth diaper doublers- not necessary for
    newborns as they are changed so frequently, but essential for a heavy wetter, especially overnight .
  • 6 cloth diaper liners- Cloth diaper liners may extend the life of
    your cloth diapers. These help reduce staining and removal of solids, or to protect your cloth diaper while using rash creams (liners then need to be washed separately if you are using them for creams); highly
    recommended for those first few meconium days or for older babies who are on solid foods. Cloth diaper liners are not needed for breastfed babies. (you may also choose to purchase disposable diaper liners which can be flushed down the toilet)
  • Diaper sprayer- to spray off solids into the toilet. This is not needed if you are using cloth diaper liners.
  • A large diaper bag. Cloth Diapers take up more space than disposable diapers do, so if you plan to be out for a while you will need a large diaper bag to hold them.

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