Cloth Diapering 101

How many Cloth Diapers Do I need?

 
 
Below is our recommended list of what you will need to enter the world of cloth, including diaper amounts to last about two days between washings.

 

Newborn: 20-24 diapers 

Infant 4mo-10 months : 16-24 diapers Toddler 1-2 years:  12-16 diapers  Older Toddler 2- 3 years: 8 -12 diapers   

 

For All Ages
  • If you plan to cloth wipe: As many wipes as you have diapers plus a dozen
  • Wipe Solution {Can be made at home as simple as mixing a small amount of your babies current soap with water}
  • A diaper sprayer {this takes the yuck factor out of hand rinsing}
  • A small wetbag for your diaper bag
  • An extra large wetbag for at home {alternatively you could use a big  trash can with a pail liner}
  • Cloth safe rash cream
  • Cloth safe detergent {We recommend Krya or rustic art}

 

Prepping Your New Diapers

  • Prep of diapers is an important step. New diapers need to be “prepped” before you use them. This will prepare fibers for proper absorption. Prep varies depending on the material the diaper linings are made from.
  • NATURAL FIBERS SHOULD BE PREPPED ONLY WITH OTHER NATURAL FIBERS! Do not prep microfiber with natural fibers. The oils and waxes released from natural fibers will coat microfiber causing it to repel rather than absorb. Once all items have been prepped, they can be washed together.
  • For microfiber inserts {which come standard in all CDS One Size Diapers}, Charcoal bamboo Inserts/Pocket Diapers/AIO and CDS  Microsuede Diapers- simply wash once on a hot cycle with a very small amount of approved detergent and tumble or hang to dry.
  • For  CDS Bamboo Inserts, Hemp/Organic Cotton Inserts  – wash diapers in hot cycle 2 times prior to first use. Use a very small amount of approved detergent in first wash and no detergent in a second hot wash. Tumble or hang to dry{Remember because bamboo is a natural fiber drying time will be longer than synthetic fibers. Trust us when we say the luxury of bamboo is worth the wait}Bamboo fibers work in such a way that diaper absorbency will actually increase with each wash until they’ve had approximately 10 washes. When natural fibers are hung to dry they may stiffen and can be softened by throwing in the dryer with a wool  dryer ball or load of damp towels.
  • If you have only purchased a few diapers and don’t want to waste a load on only a few diapers you can do the prepping process along with a load of towels using cloth diaper safe detergent.

Washing Cloth Diapers

 
  • Shake solids into toilet
  • If needed, spray any remaining off with diaper sprayer or use a piece of toilet tissue to plop any removable ick off
  • Remove pocket inserts
  • Place diaper in dry pail with pail liner, large wetbag or alternately you could use a kitchen size trash can with a pail liner. Due to bacteria growth we recommend diapers should not be left unwashed longer than 3 days.
  • Once you are ready to wash the fun begins…Remember that what is a perfect wash routine for one parent may not be for another.  There are so many factors that play into a cloth diapering wash routine {type of washer, type of water, whether you use liquid detergent on other clothing, how hot your water gets and get this, even the chemical makeup of your own babies poo factors in…yes friends there is a difference between organic breastfeed poo and formula poo.} So to give exact directions for every situation is impossible. Listed is the routine that works best for us: Start with a cold prewash or just a short cold wash {this is to remove any remaining solids and prevent staining}{If you are using a front loading washer choose delicate cycle to allow washer to add the most amount of water possible}
  • Follow with wash using hot cycle {water temp. can not exceed 100 degrees F  } and recommended detergent{Do not use too much detergent. Excess detergent can cause diapers to leak, stink and cause rashes.} Sometimes we follow up with another hot wash with no detergent to get them extra clean.
  • Finish with a rinse {or double rinse if you only did one wash} on cold
  • Tumble on low or hang dry. DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER ON DIAPERS. The use of wool dryer balls is highly recommended. {Especially for use with our bamboo diapers}
  • If you have stains, place diapers in direct sunlight. This will help naturally bleach out the stain.
  • Refer HAND WASHING guide here 

 

 

Over Night Cloth Diapers

Over Night Cloth Diapering depends on various factors. Side sleeping baby, Fast and heavy wetters, Tummy sleepers etc. It  rather depends on what works for you and your baby. It takes a litlle trial and error to get fool proof(rather leak proof) night time solution.

 
Light /Medium Wetters : 
A pocket stuffed with two inserts will help you sail through the night. Ideal combination of inserts can be Micro fiber + 3 layer Hemp ; Charcoal Bamboo insert + 3 layer hemp ; 1 Bamboo Cotton Insert ; 1 Big Hemp cotton Inserts. You can check the dimensions/layers/ price of inserts here 
 
Side/Tummy Sleepers: 
For Side sleepers pockets with double gussets works best as it contains pee/poo till it absorbs. 
Tummy sleeper may or may not need Tummy gaurd . This helps to keep to them dry on thier tummy .
Inserts can be customised as described in light/meduim wetters section.
 
Heavy wetters :
Heavy wetters need absorbency everywhere . Fitted Diapers are the best choice. These diapers come with one big and one small inserts. Absornecy can be customised by placing the inserts . The outer shell is absorbent as well.  It needs a water proof cover and Reusable fleec liners is optional for stay dry feel.
 
Apart from Fitted diapers, pocket diapers can be stuffed with extra inserts to get extra absorbency.  Bamboo cotton +  3 layer Hemp; 1 MF + 1 Big Hemp.
 
You can check how fitted diapers look here