Cloth Diaper User Guide

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Cloth Diapering Tips

You’ve decided to use cloth diapers with your baby.  That’s great!  We want to help you with your cloth diapering journey. Read on for our best cloth diapering tips to get you started.

How Many Cloth Diapers Should You Buy?

First of all, you need to know how many diapers you should buy.  If you have a newborn and plan on washing your diapers every 2-3 days, you should start with 24-30 diapers/inserts.  For a baby/toddler 6 months and older, you will need fewer diapers, about 20-24.

Prepping Your Cloth Diapers for Use

Your diapers will most likely need to be prepped to build up their absorbency (see manufacturer’s instructions if this needs to be done) before putting on your baby.  This means they will need to be washed AND dried at least 3 times with hot water before they are ready to be used.

Storing Your Soiled Cloth Diapers

To store your soiled diapers, you will need two reusable pail liners. You may choose to hang this near the changing table, or you can use a 13 gallon trash can with lid.  When you are ready to wash your soiled diapers for the first time, take the pail liner with the soiled diapers and empty everything (including the liner) into your washer.

Washing Your Cloth Diapers

A simple wash routine is always your best bet.  There is a lot of information out there which makes it seem like washing your cloth diapers is hard and complicated.  It doesn’t have to be!  All diapers should be cleaned by following these basic steps: 1.  A short warm or cool rinse cycle without detergent 2.  A long heavy duty cycle on hot with 1-2 tbsp. of detergent 3.  A short rinse cycle without detergent 4.  Low or medium heat in the dryer or air dry diapers that have waterproof covers

Recommended Detergents for Your Cloth Diapers

You will want to use a detergent that is free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners.  Instinctive Parent sells and recommends Allen’s Naturally.  Never use fabric softeners or bleach as they can break down the fibers of the diapers and void the warranty. You may use dryer balls in place of fabric softener in the dryer.

But What About the Poop?!?

This is a common question with cloth diapering.  Breast milk poop is water-soluble and does not need to be wiped off before putting the diaper in the pail liner and washing.  For formula-fed babies and babies started on solids, you simply dump the poop in your toilet before putting the soiled diaper in your diaper pail.  A diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet may be helpful for removing poop from diapers. Should the need arise for using a diaper rash cream, be sure to use one labeled cloth diaper safe. Do not use diaper creams that contain fish oils, petroleum products or zinc oxide as these will create a water proof barrier on your diapers and destroy their absorbency. In conclusion, cloth diapering is simple, easy, and rewarding.  We are always here at our store in Pembroke, MA on the South Shore as a resource if you have questions. Enjoy that fluff!

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