If you're in the beginning stages, just considering cloth diapers as a viable option, trying to figure out what you need to know, then this post is for you.
Switching to cloth diapers in order order to save money is one thing, but many people choose cloth because they HAVE to save money.
We're often asked what we recommend to someone who needs a really inexpensive method of cloth diapering and where to get started. Here's my two cents!
Cloth diapering can be easy, but don't underestimate the importance of inserts, extra inserts, doublers, boosters and prefolds for absorbency.
Do you really need all these different types of inserts? Why do they even exist? Read this post to find out what the deal is!
Its that time again! Time to discard the old calendar and turn over a clean page in a fresh new one. Time for new beginnings and clean starts. Time for New Year resolutions! Before I start though, I have a confession to make: I stopped making New Year resolutions years ago.
Fitted cloth diapers come in all shapes and sizes and CAN totally be confusing.
How can you tell which kind you need and what are their differences? In this blog post I'll feature a few fitteds and their unique features.
She thinks cloth diapering is for hippies.
My mother-in-law and I have a very special relationship that involves colossal amounts of passive aggression (on her end) and patience (on my end). My husband is an only child from rural NY and I come from a huge family of eccentric French-Cajuns from New Orleans. You do the math.
The Cloth Diaper Blog is getting an editorial facelift and we are stepping outside the diaper pail to bring you new topics and fresh content! Feel free to comment about our new approach and let us know if there is a topic that you would like to see.
Looking for the best cloth diapers for cloth diapering on a budget? Well then you've come to the right place!
Read this informative post about the various cloth diapers offered by Diaper Junction, that not only are affordable, but they work just as good as some the the most popular more expensive brands.
One of the first questions a cloth diapering newbie faces with a bit of trepidation is the question, How many cloth diapers will I need? Most people agree that a good number of diapers to have is 18 if you want to cloth diaper full time and wash them every other day, but this answer might not suit for everyone.
Read this great post for helpful advice on how many you might need.
I knew from the start of cloth diapering I would use cloth wipes. It just makes sense. I'm already washing the diapers, why not the wipes too?
So how do you use cloth wipes? Are they inconvenient? Actually, I think they're easier than you think!
Choosing cloth diapers? Trying to make sure you're prepared? Read this blog post from one cloth diaper mom about how she prepared herself for cloth diapers and then began to wonder "can you ever really be prepared?"
about cloth diapers? Try them out!
This post highlights reasons why you should consider giving cloth diapers a try. Where to start, which
cloth diapers you should try, what you can expect and more.
It can be staggering to think of making the paradigm shift from disposable diapers to cloth diapers when you think of all the things that are out there that you absolutely need in order to start successfully. The thing is, though, you dont need most of those thingsthough many of them certainly make life as a cloth diapering parent easier.
Cloth diapers have a lot of advantages. And they have come a long way since the days of your grandparents. And the perfect example of this is a new development in the world of cloth diapers called All in Two diapers. This new diaper concept is a hit or miss with parents, though.
All in Two diapers are great cloth diapering systems that use actual diapers with covers and liners that are inserted in the middle of them. These liners are removed from the diaper and replaced when the diaper is soiled instead of changing the whole diaper. If the diaper is clean, it can remain on your baby for the entire day like a set of clothing.
All in Two Diapers
More and more people are becoming more environmentally concerned. And because of this, more mothers are switching to cloth diapers. If you are considering cloth diapers, then all in two diapers may be for you. This information may be able to help you make this decision a little better.
The idea of all-in-two cloth diapers is an increasingly popular one. These are similar to the traditional pre-fold and cloth diaper cover system, but they are also a little different. The idea of all-in-two diapers comes from the need for easy cleaning and changing.
Not everything you hear about cloth diapers is true. In fact, a lot of the perceptions about cloth diapers that are preventing people from making the switch back to cloth diapers are false.
It would be more advantageous for you to know more about cloth diapers before you completely shun the idea of using these as opposed to disposable ones. You will find that you and your baby stand to gain more when you use cloth diapers. Take a look at these top 3 myths about cloth diapers:
Determining Cloth Diaper Size
When it comes to buying clothes for your baby, purchasing the correct size is important. It’s necessary to not only buy clothing that isn’t too short or too small, but also clothes that they can grow into a little bit. If you’ve decided to use cloth diapers on your child—consider them an addition to your baby’s wardrobe and realize that buying the right sized diapers for your baby is just as important as buying the right sized clothing—actually, more so, because jackets and onesies have never been asked to contain poop or keep sheets dry at night!
One of the first questions a cloth diapering newbie faces with a bit of trepidation is the question, “How many cloth diapers will I need?” Most people agree that a good number of diapers to have is 18 if you want to cloth diaper full time and wash them every other day, but this answer might not suit for everyone. How many diapers you have will really depend on your baby’s age, and on how often you wash diapers.
Choosing cloth diapers is much easier with a clear understanding of the cloth diapers and cloth diaper accessories that are currently on the market. As the market is constantly improving itself, with manufacturers and Work-At-Home-Moms (WAHMs) launching new cloth diaper products, we will update these cloth diapering definitions. Feel free to bookmark this page for future reference.
If you're in the process of choosing cloth diapers instead of disposables, chances are you're trying to figure out which diapers to buy, which are most affordable and what's the difference between them, right?
This great post breaks down the various costs, compares diapers and gives you an explanation of the different types of cloth diapers available to you.
I make my decision to use cloth diapers well-known whenever possible and when people see my daughter's adorable fluffy butt, there is one inevitable question that is always asked: “What do you do with the poop?”
Okay, so you’ve decided to cloth diaper probably because you know you’ll save thousands doing so not to mention the fact that you’re helping the environment and your baby’s precious skin. But what next? What does cloth diapering your baby entail?
The stash. You need a stash of diapers that will suit your cloth diapering needs. The amount of diapers you should have will depend upon whether or not you will be using cloth diapers full time or part time. A newborn will soil 8-12 diapers a day and an older child will soil 6-8 diapers a day. I would suggest that you need enough cloth diapers to get you through at least two days of diaper changes if you’re going to cloth diaper full time. If you are going to do it part time, any number of cloth diapers will help keep your disposable diaper bill down. Even if you only use three cloth diapers a day, that means you won’t have to buy 90 disposables that month.
I rarely ever take the time to write, or blog, or even e-mail for that matter, about anything let alone cloth diapering. Clothing diapering is pretty amazing though, amazing enough that I’d take the time to write about it. When my wife first told me she was pregnant I was ecstatic! When my wife first told me she wanted to cloth diaper… I panicked. I’m a bit stuck on the way things are for most people, and most people do not cloth diaper.
In my opinion, there’s nothing cuter than a baby’s cloth-diapered bottom, or what cloth-diapering parents like to call a “fluffy bum.” Yes, it’s bigger than the bottoms of disposable-diapered babies, but we like it that way. That large bum means that we’ve chosen the best for our babies! And besides, it’s great when they’re first learning to stand and walk because it offers some cushion for the many spills and falls that are bound to happen daily.
It can be staggering to think of making the paradigm shift from disposable diapers to cloth diapers when you think of all the things that are out there that you absolutely need in order to start successfully. The thing is, though, you dont need most of those thingsthough many of them certainly make life as a cloth diapering parent easier. When I started shopping for cloth, looking at the list of these important things was dizzying to my head and to my budget:
The most common complaint I hear about cloth diapers is the BULK. When I first tell people that I cloth diaper my girls they often get a puzzled look on their face and then inevitably tell me they don’t want something that big. I too had this preconceived notion when I first started cloth diapering. I thought back to the day when thick prefolds were the only option, fastened with pins and then covered with tough plastic covers. I was very surprised, however, how little I noticed it when I actually started using the cloth diapers. The only time it seems to be that much bigger than the disposables is at night when I use cotton prefold and a staydry liner together.
Among experienced cloth diapering families it is well known that you must use cloth diaper friendly rash creams and ointments with your cloth diapers. The problem, is that it's one of the most frequently forgotten or not even considered issues for those new to cloth or considering cloth.
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Is there a new style or brand of diaper that you've just been dying to try? Perhaps you have a diapering method that works for you and you love the brands you already have, but you've had your eye on a new print or hot new brand?
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Your little one is on the way, and you've decided to go cloth. Or maybe your little one is already here, and you are ready to switch from disposables to cloth. Perhaps you are undecided, and just want someone to help you sort the whole thing out. Maybe your baby's bum has been riddled with diaper rashes and you just don't know what else to do. Either way, congratulations on your decision!
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Cloth diapering and daycare, one of these things just isn’t like the other.
Living in Tennessee, I get strange looks anytime the subject of cloth diapering is discussed. Usually along the lines of “You must love to deal with poop, bless your heart.” I just smile.
When I started looking in to cloth diapering, I assumed you were supposed to pick one brand/style and use it for every diaper change, all day, all night. I thought it would be so complicated and confusing to have different brands and styles, different covers, inserts, materials, etc. I quickly learned that each style of diaper has its pros and cons, and that an entire stash made out of one style may not function as well as a diverse one.
Imagine our pleased surprise to see that Eastside Library in Spokane, Washington will hold a free class on diapering this weekend. With the rising advocacy for cloth diapers connected to green concerns, it's great to see a free community event is available to people in that area who want to learn more. Even if parents ultimately decide not to go cloth, that the opportunity is there for learning the ease of use and economical benefits gives me hope that perhaps other communities will take a cue from Spokane and offer similar classes.
“We’re using reusable diapers, you know!” my trendy sister said to her soon-to-be-husband as she snuggled up to her only niece who also happens to be my daughter.
Great tips and tricks to read before beginning to invest in cloth diapers. This post highlights what cloth diapers to buy and how many, in order to ensure that you end up with a cloth diaper stash that will suit your baby's needs.
When we went to the beach this summer for our vacation, I was so excited to use my daughter's cloth swim diapers for the first time.
Now, I sort of realized that swim diapers are not waterproof. I'd read somewhere that they are made this way so that a baby won't be held down by absorbent layers while swimming. But honestly, it just didn't occur to me that putting my baby in her swim diaper before getting to the pool just wasn't the best idea.
There are a couple of cloth diapering accessories I have found to be indispensible to my cloth diapering routine. I think they are items any cloth diapering mommy or daddy absolutely must have.
I’ve come to the conclusion that cloth diapering is not for wimps. BUT, it’s also not as difficult as it may seem, at first.
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Before this review, I want to thank Diaper Junction for their generosity; I can't recall the last time I received such great customer service from an online source and more than that-such AWESOME FREEBIES!!!
I have tried the FREE Flip One Size Diaper System I won and am very impressed.
If you are new to cloth diapering and happen upon one of the many websites that sell cloth diapers, then all the titles, monikers, and nicknames can be quite confusing - I should know! I came into cloth diapering pretty much on my own; there were no brick and mortar diaper stores near me so I had no one to talk to about, and no opportunities to see, these wonderful cloth diapers in person.
That is one of the first things people ask when they consider the option to cloth diaper. This question is usually closely followed by, "What does all this mean?" AIO (all-in-ones), pockets, one size, doublers, inserts, prefolds, covers; it's like another language, not to mention overwhelming!
If you've ever considered cloth diapers, but were a little scared of the initial investment, we have an ideal set-up for you to try cloth diapers over at Diaper Junction!
A good selection of our cloth diaper inventory is available for you to try at absolutely NO RISK to your wallet!
On Friday we posted about how to build a cloth diaper stash, most specifically, Emi of The Cloth Diaper Report's question, "How did you decide on what styles and brands of diapers to purchase.".
Most of the time when I see the words "fast", "efficient" and "economical" grouped together it brings to mind preservative ridden fast food restaurants or low-quality dollar stores.
That is why I LOVE the cloth diaper fold known as the Angel Fold. It is fast and efficient to put on baby, as well as economical. The Angel Fold utilizes diaper service quality cloth diapering products that will hold up over time through subsequent babies. You would be hard pressed to find a better deal.
This week I was invited to a baby shower. As in the tradition of expectant mothers, a gift registry was made available at the nearby commercial baby stores or baby sections for me to select a gift to bring to the shower. I enjoy shopping for baby gifts. I remember my first child - my first baby shower. It was a magical time, a special time.
Summer is here and with it comes water activities. Whether your baby or toddler is playing in a backyard wading pool, or going with you to the community pool or public waterpark, a swim diaper is a necessity.
Any time there are multiple babies and/or toddlers in a home still in diapers, the budget has to expand to keep those kids' bums covered (pun intended *wink*). One thing you do not see in the disposable diaper market, but is a steadily growing style of cloth diaper is one-size cloth diapers. One-size cloth diapers are an economical approach to cloth diapering multiple children of varying ages and sizes.
Let's talk about the modernization of cloth diapers, shall we? We all know that cloth diapers have been around for quite some time - ask your grandmother, she'll know, but to say that today's diapers have not advanced would be a falsehood. Yes, you can get the same ol' single-layer, flat squares. And if you're really hankering for it, you can even secure them with metal diaper pins and use waterproof plastic pull-on pants to keep the moisture in. BUT? You don't have to. Nope ... diapers have moved into the new millenium.
Are you familiar at all with the National Association of Diaper Services? If not, check out their link - specifically, their directory of cloth diaper services across the United States. Not everyone wants to care for their child's cloth diapers in their home - we understand that. Our goal is to promote the use of cloth diapers over disposable diapers and, hopefully, run a successful family business in the meantime. However, we understand that not everyone is within our reach - and for those that aren't - we want options available.
Cloth diapering truly isn't the nightmare that some think it is. In fact, over and over at our online cloth diaper store we hear about how EASY it is and how our customers wish they had started earlier.
We've talked about why using baking soda in your cloth diaper wash can be beneficial and now we are going to tackle the question about distilled white vinegar. Please note, I did NOT say apple cider vinegar ... which is not to be used unless you want your diapers to become discolored or dingy.
There is a lot of accumulated knowledge out in the online cloth diapering community regarding. One of the questions we get often is whether or not you should use Baking Soda to wash your cloth diapers.
Once you've decided to cloth diaper and selected the cloth diapering system you are going to use, your next step is to determine the proper size for your baby.
As we read across blogs and web forums we hear a lot of excuses for why families don't cloth diaper their babies - even from families who pride themselves in making earth-friendly choices.
The Quantico Marine Corps Base hosts a monthly class for expectant husbands and wives to attend together called Baby Boot Camp. The six-hour program covers the gamut of experiences that new parents can expect, from sleeplessness to get this ... changing diapers!
Most parents that consider cloth diapers for their babies have more questions regarding washing the cloth diapers than anything else. Yes, they are concerned about getting the right sizes and absorbency, but primarily they want to know about upkeep. "You put the cloth diapers WITH POOP ON THEM into the washing machine?" Why yes, yes you do. The same way you put dirty clothes and underclothing into the washing machine.
There is a myth that has perpetuated itself far too long – the myth that somehow disposable diapers are easier than cloth diapers. The myth has sustained itself from the mouth of our grandmothers and their horror stories of dunking, washing, wringing, and pinning cloth diapers.
When it comes to selecting cloth diaper covers we are often contacted with queries and general confusion about how to choose between the various styles and fabrics. Knowing that everyone comes into cloth diapering with differing levels of knowledge, we want to clear it up a bit for you here. Consider this your guide to cloth diaper cover styles and fabrics.
With all the choices available in cloth diapering, it can be a bit confusing, perhaps even overwhelming when you are first tackling the job of stocking up for your little one.
Before making your selection, you first need to recognize the difference between the types of cloth diapers and how each type of cloth diaper fits your baby's needs.
Here we'll outline the difference between prefolds, fitted diapers and all-in-ones.
Our quick tricks make it easy to change a baby's diaper.
Organize your diaper changing table
- Keep clean diapers and wipes within reach, along with spray or diaper cream.
- Store diapers in a drawer, on a shelf, or in a basket. A basket is a nice place to keep cloth diapers.
- With a basket you don’t need to fold prefolds or fitted diapers since most cloth diaper folding can be done in a few seconds during changes. Plus, you can easily pick up the basket and move diaper changing duty anywhere in the house.
- Protect the changing table with an absorbent or waterproof pad.
- Make the area interesting for your toddler. If you have a mobile, look at it from below. What does your baby see?
- Put the a flip-top diaper pail within arm’s reach so you can toss the wet diaper away without letting go of your baby.