You’ve read about cloth diapers or perhaps a friend suggested them to you and you’re ready to give it go; however, you have no clue how to start. That’s not uncommon – anything new takes time to learn. Let us help you figure out how you can [easily] get started:
Research. Spend a little time online researching various cloth diaper styles and brands. Read reviews and blogs – you’ll learn a lot if you read a lot. Just remember, take all advice with a grain of salt. What works for one person may not exactly work for you.
Visit a Store. Cloth diaper stores are popping up all over and many of them offer great hands-on support and classes. Remember, though, that you should pick a brand that meets your needs, not one that a salesperson is hocking. Pick one that feels good to you and share with the salesperson your concerns so she can help you find the right style and brand for you. Even online stores provide customer support – so email or chat with the company’s customer service person to learn more. You can learn a ton just by asking lots of questions!
Try a Few. To start, we suggest you buy 2-3 different kinds of diaper types (snaps, hook and loop, pockets, AIOs, etc.) and brands (itti bitti, FuzziBunz, Thirsties). You may find some easier than others or some fit your baby better than others. Some stores allow you to try used diapers before you buy new – see if that’s an option. Once you find a brand and style you like, buy the rest of your stash, about 16-20 diapers should do it!
Get Accessories. Accessories really make your job easier, but you don’t need them all. Here are the three must-haves: 1) reusable diaper pail liner or hanging diaper pail, 2) wet tote, and 3) diaper sprayer. See our article about Cloth Diaper Lingo to learn more about how these diapering accessories work.
Develop a Wash Routine. As you begin to use the diapers, you’ll become familiar with what works for you. If you like washing the stinky diapers daily, you’ll need fewer diapers; if you want to wait three (3) days between washes, you’ll need more. Get into a routine and it will make your life easier.
Stick With It. Most cloth diapering moms say they were ready to give up on with cloth diapering early on. Try to give it at least a month to see if it gets any easier. It really does get easier once you get into a routine and understand the ins and outs of it all.
Good luck – we hope these tips help you get properly started on your cloth diapering journey!