Clueless on where to start? Here are some of our most asked questions!
- Why should I choose cloth diapers over disposable ones?
There are numerous benefits to choosing cloth diapers over disposable ones. Cloth diapers are better for the environment because they don't contribute to the ever-growing pile of disposable diapers in landfills. They're also more cost-effective in the long run, as you can reuse them multiple times. Plus, they come in a variety of stylish and modern designs that will make your baby the envy of the playgroup. Plus, you'll be the hippest mom on the block.
- How many cloth diapers do I need to get started?
The number of cloth diapers you need to get started will depend on a few factors, such as how often you want to do laundry and how old your baby is. As a general rule, we recommend having around 20-30 diapers to start, but you may need more or less depending on your personal preferences. My personally preference is taking how many I need in a day (6) and multiplying it by the number of days I don't feel like doing laundry. At least that’s why I tell everyone I have 300 diapers.
- How often do I need to change my baby's cloth diaper?
You should change your baby's cloth diaper every 2-3 hours during the day, or as soon as you notice it's wet or soiled. If your baby is sleeping through the night, you can use a more absorbent cloth diaper designed for overnight use to avoid leaks.
- How do I wash cloth diapers?
Washing cloth diapers is simple, but it does require a bit of attention to detail. You'll want to use a cloth diaper-friendly detergent and avoid fabric softeners or bleach, which can damage the diaper's absorbency. It's also important to wash the diapers at the right temperature and avoid overloading your washing machine. Be warned - you'll become intimately acquainted with your washing machine.
- Can I use regular detergent to wash cloth diapers?
We recommend using a detergent specifically designed for cloth diapers. These detergents are formulated to be gentle on the diaper's fabrics while still removing stains and odors. Some regular detergents don’t contain enzymes and surfactants which are essential to cleaning your cloth properly.
- Do I need to use a special cream or ointment with cloth diapers?
While not necessary, using a cloth diaper-safe cream or ointment can help prevent diaper rash and keep your baby's skin healthy. Just make sure to avoid creams with petroleum or zinc oxide, which can leave stains on the cloth diaper.
- How do I deal with diaper leaks?
Diaper leaks can be frustrating, but they're usually easy to avoid with the right cloth diaper and a bit of extra absorbency. Make sure the diaper is properly fitted, and consider adding a booster pad or extra insert for added absorbency.
- Can I use cloth diapers at night?
Yes, you can use cloth diapers at night, but you'll want to choose a more absorbent diaper designed for overnight use. Many cloth diaper brands offer overnight diapers that are specifically designed to provide extra absorbency and prevent leaks.
- What kind of cloth diaper is best for my baby?
The best kind of cloth diaper for your baby will depend on a few factors, such as their age, size, and individual needs. Some parents prefer all-in-one diapers for their convenience, while others prefer pocket or prefold diapers for their customizability. We recommend trying out a few different types to see what works best for you and your baby. But don't worry, we've got a whole bunch of different types and brands to choose from, so you're sure to find one that works for you.
- Are cloth diapers really cost-effective in the long run?
Absolutely! Yes, cloth diapers are a cost-effective option in the long run, especially when compared to the ongoing expense of disposable diapers. While there is an upfront cost associated with cloth diapers, the savings in the long run can be substantial. Plus, cloth diapers can often be reused for multiple children, making them an even better investment.