Cloth Diapers

The choice of diapering

The diapering system that is employed by parents is very important. Parents choose diapers based on their belief system which may be influenced by factors such as:

  • their concerns about the environment or their love for the environment
  • ease of change and availability
  • easy to care for
  • costing: for example cloth diapers vs disposable diapers cost

Whenever you have a baby dealing with, diapers become very important and meticulous. A parent has to be comfortable with the diapering system which she / he will want to use. Of great importance is the baby also. Will the baby be able to tolerate the diaper which the parent choose?

The cloth diaper vs disposable diaper argument focuses on the environmental issues, with both sides/groups thinking they are the winners. The green earthy parents are users of reusable clean cloth diaper. Cloth diapers are made of a soft absorbent fabric mostly cotton. They are washable and reusable. There are basically three types of cloth diapers: diaper wrap, insert or all-in-one.

All in One Cloth Diapers

The All In One Cloth Diapers, also known as AIO cloth diapers consist of only piece. It is simple to put on the baby and it serves the same purpose as the disposable diaper. Whenever the diaper is soiled one has to change the complete diaper and put on a clean diaper. The best all in one diaper is easy to use, especially for those who may be new to cloth diapers.

What is the best all in one cloth diaper?

All in One diaper contains a waterproof cover with built-in inserts. These inserts are stitched into the diaper, to provide the padding for absorbency. Many people love the all in one cloth diaper because they already contain the inserts for absorbency. And no stuffing is required. The inserts is usually made from natural or synthetic fibres. The diaper will fasten with Velcro or snaps. All in one diaper comes in different sizes and there are the ones that are one size diaper. The all in one diaper is excellent for the daycare. All in one diaper is usually a bit more expensive than the other cloth diapers however they are usually cheaper than disposables over a period, for the reason that they are reused.

The Diaper Wrap is another type of cloth diaper.

This consist of two separate pieces which are the cloth and the wrap. The cloth which is the absorbent part of the setup is folded and placed against the baby’s bottom. The outer wrap forms the waterproof part. And there you have it the diaper wrap system for your baby.

The Diaper Insert is another form of cloth diaper.

It also has two separate parts a waterproof wrap and an absorbent fabric insert. The insert into a pocket in the wrap appearing less bulky than the diaper wrap system.

Pros and Cons Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers stay wetter than disposables, and as a result the baby may be more annoyed and uncomfortable when the diaper is soiled. All washing and cleaning is usually carried out at home. Sometimes they tend to leak more than disposable diapers.

Washing may become difficult and overwhelming at times.

However there are simple steps below on how to wash cloth diapers that you can follow.

Whenever the diaper becomes soiled you can use a diaper sprayer to remove the mess from off the diaper. The very wet diaper should be placed into a dry pail and washed. If the diaper is kept wet it will be easier to wash as this will reduce the amount of stain.

Wash diaper frequently either every day or every other day.

Do not use detergents as your baby may be allergic to these.

Hang out diaper preferably in the sun or place them in the dryer.

Things to avoid

Do not use chlorine bleach regularly, as this tend to break down fibers and shorten the life span of your diapers. And your baby may be allergic to this as well.

Fabric softeners should not be used either as these reduce absorbency.

How to keep your diaper looking brand new

Ø Drying in the sun is best. This will reduce and remove stains.

Ø Partially dry in the dryer and then hang dry.

Ø Bleaching makes clothes look old. Cut down drastically on the use of bleach. One can also place soaped diapers in a pan of water in the sun to soak for three hours and this too will remove stains.

Ø Do not use fabric softener.

Ø Lemon juice may be used to whiten.

Smelly Cloth Diapers – How to prevent this

Baking Soda and Vinegar is very helpful in preventing smelly diaper.

The vinegar neutralizes alkaline odors and removes alkaline-based stains. The baking soda act as a neutralizer, it neutralizes acidic odors, removes acid and protein-based stains, and softens the diapers. The baking soda can be added to the diaper pan or pail before you place the diaper in it. This will give a fresh smell.

The diapers may be left to soak overnight in your favorite soapy water.

Regular amounts of detergents may be used.

Clean poop diaper as soon as possible, by soaking overnight in baking soda.

Do a cold rinse.

If your baby is solely breastfed, you can just throw the diaper into your diaper pail. The initial cold rinse will remove the poop. This is because the poop of breastfed babies is water-soluble. However, stains will occur.

It is very important to change a cloth diaper the correct way. Long time veteran mothers will tell you how easy it is and as a matter of fact it gets better with practice.

Well this process can be very easy. Below we will show you how to change a diaper step by step. It’s amazing.

What you’ll need for your cloth diaper change:

How to change a diaper

How to change cloth diaper

You are going to need the following:

A clean cloth diaper, wipes, a diaper pail or a wet bag

1. Firstly wash and dry your hands.

2. You should then prepare the area for changing the baby, ensuring that you have the diaper, desitin and everything that you will need to change the baby should be in one place in your reach. Place the baby’s blanket for the baby to lay on.

Place the baby on the blanket. Unstrap the soiled diaper, lift the baby feet up, and gently remove it from the baby’s bottom. If you are using diaper inserts or prefold diapers along with diaper covers, and the cover is still clean and dry, only remove the soiled parts.

3. Use more than one wipes to gently clean the baby’s skin in the vicinity that is covered by the diaper. Clean genitals first. For girls ensure that you wipe from front to back to ensure that no germ is transported to the baby’s vagina.

4. Dry baby’s bottom with a soft clean cloth. This will prevent extra moisture which will cause diaper rash.

Place a clean diaper under the baby. Ensure that the bottom of the diaper, catches up to baby’s hips. Then, pull the top of the clean diaper over baby’s genitals and up to his/her belly. If baby is a newborn, fold the diaper down so as not to cover the umbilical cord because the diaper may scratch it. If you’re changing a boy, make sure his penis is pointing downwards.

Make sure that you pull the diaper evenly so there is no bunching up of the diaper as this may cause leaking to occur which may lead to chafing and other discomfort.

You should now fasten the Velcro tabs or snaps properly to prevent leaking. Put on the rest of the baby’s clothes.

Place the soiled diaper in the pail however if the baby had pooped you will need to flush the poop in the toilet and then place the soiled diaper in the pail.

Wash your hands thoroughly and that’s it.

  1. Good explanation of AIO, Insert, and Diaper wrap cloth diaper. I enjoy going through this content as if I have a baby. It easy to go through. Full of simple information to easily grasp.
    Well done.

  2. Hello Dahlia – Thank you for this information on Cloth Diapers. Very informative. I was not even aware that there were such thing as clothe diapers. The AIO clothe diaper sounds really good and although more expensive (how much more expensive than a regular clothe diaper?), its seems to be better for the baby, so the baby can stay as dry as long as possible while wearing them. I would be interested to know what percentage of parents are using the cloth diapers vs the disposable ones?

    Thanks so much 🙂

    • Thanks for your questions. It is not much more expensive probably a less than five dollars difference. However you have to take into consideration that costing will depend on the brand of diaper that you are purchasing.
      Not a large percentage of parents uses cloth diapers. In fact approximately 10% of parents uses them. These parents are ‘green or earthy’ parents meaning that they are concerned about the environment and they do not wish to contribute to the pollution of the atmosphere by using the disposable diapers. Ofcourse the environment would be more thankful to the cloth diapers.

  3. Smelly diapers. O boy, what can you do though. So I don’t have kids yet, but am thinking about it, and this is actually pretty helpful. A little more expensive per say, but in the long run, not to much. Very helpful. Thank you 🙂

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