Cloth diapering may sound like work and it is, but it’s not as bad as people say. I will show you How To Cloth Diaper Like A Boss and like it!
I mainly decided to go this route because of the obscene amount of diapers that will end up in a landfill which in turn will end up in the ocean.
Not only was this decision environmentally friendly but also good for my pocket.
I researched for months while I was pregnant and even got my husband on board. You may think it’s gross but hear me out. It is so so EASY!
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First, let me introduce you to the kind of Cloth Diapers out there. The kind I mention is the kind that I use because I know how they work and all the specs. No BS here, I will only recommend products I firmly believe in.
So here they are:
Nora’s Nursery Pocket Diapers
The Thirsties All-in-Ones
Thirsties Pocket Diapers
Thirsties Covers and Inserts
Old Fashioned ( I do not use this kind)
Here’s my video on Cloth Diapering:
The ones I use are All-in-Ones and Covers/Inserts as well as the Pocket Diapers from Nora’s Nursery.
Those two are the easiest and hassle-free types. I did much research and settled on the Thirsties but recently I discovered Nora’s Nursery’s Pocket Diapers and fell in love.
The main difference between the Thirsties and the Nora’s Nursery Pocket Diapers is the price. If you are looking for more bang for you buck, then my recommendation would be Nora’s Nursery.
There are other kinds of diapers and other types of brands that I’m sure you will be able to find out there but these two brands are the ones that work for me and after all that research.
Nora’s Nursery Pocket Diapers
They look exactly like a normal diaper but have an opening on the butt of the diaper for inserts. No need to remove soiled inserts; they are let out as they are getting washed.
They come in snaps and hook and loop. I lean towards snaps as it is the easiest for me. Very easy and simple, one use then to the diaper pail. The same concept of disposables but washable and reusable.
A two-piece pocket diapering system combining 8 layers of absorbency with a waterproof exterior. These are similar to the all-in-ones but they come with a pocket for you to add inserts. No need to remove soiled inserts; they are let out as they are getting washed.
The cover is exactly that, a cover. Inside the cover goes inserts that can be single pieces like these or a larger cloth that can be folded up to three times also known as a trifold.
Thirsties Hemp/Organic Cotton Mix Inserts
The inserts are meant for the covers, you can pair them with a trifold/prefold or stack multiple inserts for more absorption. The more you use them, the more absorbent they get. They are made from 6 layers of remarkably soft hemp & organic cotton blend knit jersey.
Gerber Organic Cotton ( Like Thirsties Prefold )
I chose these because they are priced less and do the exact same thing as the Thirsties Prefolds. They can also be paired with the Thirsties Inserts as well as stacked.
This is basically a piece of cloth folded on the baby and I would not recommend it as it may soil not only the cloth but also the clothes and anything the baby may be laying on. It is mentioned for the purpose of information.
Cloth Diapering A Breastfed Baby?
Well, the pee is no problem and the poop is water-soluble.
Cloth Diapering A Formula-fed Baby?
If your baby is formula-fed they tend to have more formed, solid poops that can be thrown into the toilet and flushed away before the diaper is ever placed in your washing machine!
How To Wash Cloth Diapers
It may sound hard but it is not.
You need two things: Washer and Detergent
I know you most likely already have a washer but detergent wise I would recommend Rockin’ Green: Classic Rock, this type of detergent will not damage the diaper or reduce its absorbency while cleaning and sanitizing as well as deodorizing.
I’ve been using this detergent and it works great. The diapers and inserts NEVER smell and so far NO STAINS.
Washing New Cloth Diapers
Specifically for the Hemp/Cotton Inserts
Before Use, they need to be washed and dried at least three times to rid the fibers of the natural oils.
This is done separately from your other diapering products for the first 3 washes. Thirsties hemp products will be fully primed and at their maximum absorbency after 8 wash cycles.
Washing Soiled Cloth Diapers
Depending on the amount of time the soiled diaper sat will be the steps to take when washing a cloth diaper.
Steps To Take When Washing Cloth Diapers
- Do a hot water wash cycle, no detergent
- Second hot water wash cycle, with detergent
- NO SOFTENERS OR ADDITIVES AS IT MAY DAMAGE MATERIAL AND DURABILITY
- If it has been more than 2 days, you will need to soak the diapers for 1 hour then proceed to wash as usual.
Drying Cloth Diapers
Once the diapers have been washed like previously mentioned you can dry them two ways.
In the dryer: Lowest heat setting and longest time drying so you can maintain the absorbency strength.
IMPORTANT: Using dryer in high heat setting will damage the diaper.
Outside (under sunlight): About 2 to 3 hours depending on how cloudy it may be.
Cloth Diaper Pail Liner
Also known as wet bags, they are washable and also keeps all the wetness inside so no worries, nothing but the inside will get dirty.
There are multiple types of pail liners out there but the one I found was cost-effective was the Teamoy Pail Liner, this one brings two for the price of one compared to other brands.
*My diaper pail is not a diaper pail, I use a medium-sized trash can with a lid. Cost? $8.00 vs. Average Diaper Pail which upon research, the least expensive was $20.00
There you have it! How To Cloth Diaper Like A Boss. If you decide to cloth diaper, feel free to message me. I would love to hear about your experience.
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