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Must-Haves for your Cloth Diaper Starter Stash!

Posted by Julie on 8/11/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To
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Must-Haves For Your Starter Stash

Cloth diapering isn't complicated but there are certain things you should know and things you can invest in that can make choosing cloth easier.

Below are some must-haves for your starter stash!

Prefolds. Even if you aren't sold on the idea of using these old school cloth diapers as your primary diapering method, they come in handy in ways you can't imagine. They double as inserts, burp cloths and changing pads and can be used as a diaper in a pinch if you have laundry issues and run out of clean pocket diapers or all-in-ones.

Covers. Covers can be used over fitteds, flats and prefolds or over your favorite stay-dry insert. They also double as a swim diaper when needed or can be used over a leaky pocket or makeshift diaper in emergency situations. Covers are economical and easy to use. They don't require washing after every use, simply replace your absorbent insert or diaper and reuse the cover until you feel or smell that it needs laundering.

All In Ones. Every mom should have a few all in ones, even if just for backup. They are super convenient and great for use when you have a spur of the moment babysitter or have to perform an ultra-fast diaper change.

Primary diapering method. Whether using pocket diapers, hybrid diapers or another method as your primary diapering style, you'll want to make sure you have enough to get you through at least 36 hours without needing to wash. More if you want to wash less often and slightly less if you need to wash more often.

Cloth-safe diaper cream. Rash creams might not be on your radar UNTIL your little one gets their first rash. You reach for the Desitin and realize it can't be used with cloth. Having a cloth diaper safe rash remedy or preventative is essential for keeping baby happy and comfortable without ruining your cloth diapers.

Wetbags. While not an absolute necessity, wetbags give you a stylish storage option for your soiled diapers and ensure that you don't forget about them in plastic shopping bag or zip lock. They're washable and versatile and can contain not only diapers but soiled clothing, bathing suits, wet towels and more.

Cloth Wipes or Washcloths. No one's perfect and let me tell you it's super easy to run out of disposable wipes, even during a messy diaper change. Purchasing cloth wipes or extra washcloths for backup is a great idea and you never know, you just might stop buying disposable wet wipes all together!

The above are suggestions for creating the best starter stash. Much of the above are things you'll end up needing or buying after you get started. We're saving you the hassle. Learn from our experience and consider investing in some of the above from the start!



Stephanie Lowe
Date: 8/12/2015
I agree, we own prefolds, covers, ai1, fitteds, and pockets. Even if you find you don't like one style save it trust me it will coming in handy in a pinch! My husband was not sold on the idea of cloth wipes until he used them and now we save even more money by not buy disposable wipes! An you can make your own wipe solution it is super easy, and you probably already own the think to make some!
Date: 8/12/2015
Cloth wipes are a lifesaver; in the messy newborn poop stage it never took more than one or two, and now that there are so many fewer messy diapers I'm finding them better than baby washcloths for wiping his face after he eats solids. I never saw the need for wipe solutions; plain water works just fine, though I do keep bumGenius bottom spray in my diaper bag for changes when I'm not near a water source. Try water before any wipes solutions; you don't have to worry about it going bad, causing reactions, costing money, or being unavailable. If you keep the peri-bottle from the hospital, it works great to leave full of water at the changing station to wet wipes as needed. Don't underestimate plain old lanolin as a diaper rash cream. You need a good supply for your nipples anyway, and it melts when it gets hot, so if you wash your diapers hot it will wash out just fine. My son hasn't been particularly prone to diaper rash, but any rashes he's gotten have cleared right up with lanolin, and it worked well when he got chapped around the mouth from eating too. We bought some sample sizes of various creams and haven't touched them. If you're diapering a newborn, don't believe anyone who tells you a stash of 18 diapers is sufficient. Get 24-30. Now, with a 6-month old, 18 would probably be fine, but we got stuck with an insufficient newborn stash, and by the time we realized we needed more and ordered them, he had almost outgrown them.
Jilliann M
Date: 8/15/2015
We like to use the cheapy gerber prefolds for burp rags don't want to waste the good ones!
Hannah FG
Date: 8/15/2015
Hannah FG
Date: 8/15/2015
so my last attempt posted before I wrote anything so let's try this again.. As far as diapers go I think fitted with covers are glorious, but I also LOVE my Best Bottoms and Thirsties. There are so many to choose from it is hard to narrow down favorites but I do know that at the newborn stage the KangaCare lil joeys were the only thing that fit my son well (plus they are super cute) and as he got older the Best Bottom covers and liners probably became our goto just because they are so easy and affordable. I like the Thirsties AIO also but as my son started wetting more heavily he needed more absorbency than the microfiber in the Thirsties had alone so I had to get some inserts for them but with the hemp inserts (I use these: I don't have any issues. I like to try a lot of things out to see what works the best and so far my favorite resource has been Kebbie's Diaper Bag ( ). There are so many choices, the owner has a wealth of knowledge and will answer all of your questions thoroughly and in a timely manner, orders ship super fast and I think most things have free shipping. Oh! and as far as diaper rashes and such I love California Baby calendula cream. My son doesn't usually get rashes, but as soon as I see anything starting I put that on and it is gone way faster than with anything else I have tried.
Carrie Collier
Date: 8/17/2015
This is a great list. I have every one of these items but the only think I didn't keep were the AIO's. We mostly use pockets and to me, they are just as easy as AIO's - especially if they are ready to go for babysitters. :) I'm also scared to put my PUL in the dryer so I don't like how long it takes AIO's to air-dry. But that's just me, I know lot's of people love them! We are so lucky that there are so many ways to cloth diaper now! :)
Dee Anne
Date: 8/17/2015
Such good information! I'm going to keep this list handy for when we get ready to purchase all the cloth diapering essentials for Baby #2!
Date: 8/17/2015
I wish I had this list when I was pregnant! This is good information for beginners. I wish I would have started with prefolds and covers rather that going straight to pockets.
Date: 8/22/2015
I have prefolds, covers, pockets and AI2s. I chose pockets and ai2 over aios because they are cheaper and you can prestuff them straight from the wash. Doing it that way the insert is already in the diaper when its time to change and its just as easy as an aio. Plus if you use an ai2, you get the option of reusing a diaper cover which saves money and space in my wetbag.

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