10 Tips for Moms Thinking About Cloth Diapers
After months and months of watching my son suffer from diaper rash as a toddler, I finally decided to take the plunge and give cloth diapering a shot. I have been cloth diapering my now 22 month old since October. There have been some bumps along the way, but overall I am satisfied with the money our family is saving and my son is enjoying a rash free bottom.
While I was researching the different cloth diaper options, I asked the online cloth diapering community to share their best advice for a new mom, who is thinking about cloth diapering. Here are just a few words of advice.
1. Don't be intimidated by cloth diapering. Once you get past all the different types of diapers and lingo, it really is a simple way to save money and the environment.
2. It is okay to start out slow. Purchase a few different brands and types of diapers to see how you like it. If you don't want to invest in new diapers right away, there are several different ways to buy second hand. I built my newborn cloth diaper stash through Craigslist and then my toddler stash through the online cloth diapering community Diaper Swappers.
3. Cloth diapering does not add that much more laundry to your weekly chores, depending on the size of your diaper stash. Expect to go through 18-20 diapers per day with a newborn, 15-17 diapers for 4 to 12 month-olds, and 8-10 diapers for a toddler. Diapers usually start to reach their maximum stink after 2 days, so if you want to reduce your laundry, aim to have enough diapers to get through 2 days.
4. Don't be afraid to ask for cloth diapers as a baby gift. This is a great way to save money and try out several different types and brands.
5. Grandmothers who are now in their 70's and 80's used nothing but cloth diapers. If you want some great advice and tips for washing, using, and saving money with cloth diapering tap into this resource.
6. You are bound to face washing routine problems, including diapers that stink from built up detergent residue. Don't give up. You may have to try several different wash routines to find out what works best for your type of washing machine and water type.
7. The poop factor isn't as gross as you think it is. Even with disposable diapers you will run into explosive messes. Parenting is just messy.
8. Make sure you use cloth diaper friendly laundry detergent. The effectiveness of detergent depends on several factors including your water softness, type of washing machine and the sensitivity of your child's skin. Check out this great detergent chart for more information.
9. Find another cloth diapering mama to chat with, who has been cloth diapering for awhile. Ask to see her stash and find out what were her biggest obstacles were when starting to cloth diaper.
10. Just stick with it! Once you start cloth diapering, you will quickly see the financial, environmental and health benefits for your baby.
Interested in reading more on the topic here at EF? Check out Amanda at My Mom is Awesome for her 5 Insider Tips for Cloth Diapering.
Are you considering cloth diapering? If you cloth diaper already, what tips would you add to this list?
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