For those who've yet to diaper a baby at all, choosing to start with cloth diapers full time can be easier than for those trying to transition from current disposable diaper use.
These are tips intended for those in this precarious transition phase. "To cloth diaper or not to cloth diaper, that IS the question."
Tips for making the transition to cloth easier
First, don't plan on quitting disposables cold-turkey. Plan to try at least a few styles and/or brands of cloth before you invest all in one kind. You never know what style you'll like best, what closure you'll end up preferring or what size will fit your baby the best.
They may say "one size" cloth diapers but they don't all fit exactly the same.
Second, don't stress over giving up disposables all at once. Plan on using about three cloth diapers a day to start. This gives you time to learn how to care for them and takes into account that there may be times you need to re-wash, or times you could run out of diapers completely.
It's important to note that cloth diapers need to be changed more frequently than disposables. Just because you can get through with 3-5 disposables per day doesn't mean you shouldn't plan on having at least 6-8 cloth diapers per day. How many you need also has a lot to do with the age of the baby being diapered.
Connect with the community online. Via our Diaper Junction facebook page, cloth diaper forums and other social media outlets online, you have a means of being provided support virtually 24/7.
We promise, you WILL love cloth diapering, but there can sometimes be a learning curve, especially if you've only ever used disposables.
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Mary S Date 10/17/2013
Thank you for this article! It's reassuring for those among us who are trying to make the switch but feel intimidated at the thought of "going cold turkey."
Allison E Date 10/18/2013
wish Id seen this when I made the switch
Rachel N Date 10/18/2013
Good advice. I would like to say though that all babies should be changed 6-8 times a day, disposable diaper or cloth diaper. Just because the disposable hasn't leaked doesn't mean it is clean.
Cassandra Lawrence Date 10/20/2013
Great advice, I'll be sure to share it with other whom I recommend cloth diapering! We actually did the same thing, after my little ones cord stump fell off we cloth diapered during the day and used disposable at night. From there we just slowly cut out until we used 100% cloth :)
Melissa Schultz Date 10/21/2013
Good ideas when making the switch seems overwhelming! I can't stress enough the point that you should try different styles to find out what fits your baby and your life the best! Don't buy a whole stash before experimenting with different types!
Katrina Date 10/24/2013
Will be transitioning from disposables to cloth within the week for my 6 week old. Excited!!
Wendy Date 10/24/2013
Good things to know! I am finding the switch a little overwhelming but we're doing okay. Definitely stuck with the disposables during the night so far. I think that's my big worry!