Everything you need to start cloth diapering your kids – Ever wanted to start using cloth diapers? I have the perfect guide for you to use!
“Wait… you WASH your diapers?!”
Yes, I do! And I LOVE it! Cloth diapering has been one of the best things I’ve ever done as a frugal mom. Especially now that I have 2 children in diapers, my savings in my monthly budget are crazy!
Cloth diapering has saved me so, so, SO much money. If you compare the costs of disposable diapering and cloth diapering, it’s just staggeringly less expensive.
That’s why I want to make sure that you know everything you need to start cloth diapering. I promise that it’s easier and less expensive than you think! 🙂
I was so excited to start! I wasn’t able to do it with my oldest son. But I finally had enough money saved to start cloth diapering my second son when he was 9 months old. I took the plunge and figured that I’d just need to do more laundry for the diapers. How hard can it be? I just need some cloth diapers, right?
Cloth diapering isn’t difficult. It really isn’t. But it can be messy. And confusing. There are so many rules about what you can and can’t do with cloth diapers.
To make life easier when you cloth diaper, there are some really helpful accessories to go along with your new cloth diapers. There is so much information out there about cloth diapering, and it can get very overwhelming.
And honestly, it feels like most places will tell you to buy super-expensive diapers, but that is just not necessary. Everything you need to start cloth diapering can be bought for less than $200. That might still sound like a lot, but I’ve been using the same diapers now for 4 whole years and it’s lasted me 2 sons from the time they were born through potty training!
Here’s everything you need to start cloth diapering.
First of all, you’ll need the cloth diapers.
I’ve been cloth diapering for going on 2 years and I’m still using the same diapers that I got from Amazon for $36 for 6 of them. Considering that there are some cloth diapers that are $20 per diaper, I think that this is a pretty killer deal. I bought 4 sets of them and they’re still going strong! No leaks, damage in plastic, absorbency trouble… nothing!
Ironically, I got some of the more expensive diapers (just to see the quality difference) and they’re the ones starting to show signs of wear and tear!
My biggest piece of advice before you start: Start with the cheaper diapers! Chances are good that you’ll wash them in boiling water and mess up the plastic, or use soap on them and make them waterproof. You don’t want to do that on 10 diapers that you just spent $200 on, do you?
I put getting off a diaper sprayer for a few months. I figured that it was unnecessary and that I could manage just fine without one. Until my then-6-month-old started eating solids and his little poos required some extra work to get out of the diaper. It really makes clean up easier and faster.
Pail with a lid
A pail with a lid keeps the stickiness contained. It’s easy storage for the dirty diapers that doesn’t look awful or stink up your whole house. You don’t need anything fancy, or a “cloth diaper specific” pail since anything branded like that is sure to have a crazy high markup. I used this medium-sized trashcan with a lid and a foot pedal. It works great for us!
Liner for the pail
You’ll need a good waterproof liner for the pail to hold all of the soiled diapers. This is the one that I use. I bought 2 of them so that I could wash them separately and then still have an extra one for the next load of diapers. Having two separate pail liners helps to decrease the wear and tear on both of them. Since instead of washing them every day, you are washing each one every 4-5 days. They’re worth the investment. I got a bigger one than I needed for my small pail just so that I could wrap it up inside of the pail to help contain the stinkiness even more.
I didn’t get a sprayer shield until about a month ago and I don’t know why I didn’t get one sooner! The only downside to the sprayer is that it can make a mess. And a nasty mess, at that! The sprayer shield just holds your diaper and keeps the spatter down to a minimum. It’s really so easy and really worth the investment. Otherwise, you’ll be deep cleaning your bathroom after each time you flush poo.
Cloth diaper specific laundry detergent
It sounds a little backward, but soap is really bad for cloth diapers. It gets into the fleece and the cotton inserts and builds up over time to make the diapers basically ineffective. It makes them waterproof and that’s the opposite of what you want! There are some really great cloth diaper specific detergents out there, but I’ve found that they’re very expensive for how much diaper laundry I go through. I started making my own for my babies with their super sensitive skin and it’s worked perfectly for almost 2 years!
Check out how I wash my cloth diapers the easy way here:
A drying rack
The diaper covers (the actual diaper part with the buttons or velcro) themselves shouldn’t be put in the dryer. It can ruin the plastic very quickly and that’s not something that you want after investing so much in these cloth diapers. A drying rack is the best way to dry the diapers. It’s also a great way to get them out into the sun to naturally bleach them (since chlorine bleach is another cloth diaper no-no).
The best thing to do when it comes to cloth diapering is to start!
Move past the mental block about touching poo or pee and just go for it! I can’t imagine having to spend money on diapers for 2 children all the time. There’s more work that goes into cloth diapering, but the savings are well worth it in the end!