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Published on September 1st, 2013 | by Brittney French


Cloth Diaper Basics: What do I need to cloth diaper?

I love cloth diapers.BG4-2T

What's not to love?

Cloth diapers save money, are better for the environment, and look super cute on babies. 

Since I've worked at Cotton Babies, nearly every day of my life has been filled with cloth diapers, which has been awesome. However, everyone who uses, or wants to try cloth diapers may not have the same luxury as me, so learning more about different systems can be tough.

If you want to use cloth diapers and don't know where to begin, that's okay! It's why we write blogs like this :) 

To start cloth diapering an infant we recommend:

  • 24 cloth diapers in the style of your choice. For two-piece systems like Flip or Econobum, we recommend 24 inserts and 6 covers. This number is based on changing an infant 8-10 times a day and washing your diapers every other day. We recommend washing every other day to prevent mold and other issues.
  • A diaper pail or wet bag to store dirty diapers until laundry day. For a diaper pail, we recommend a vented pail. The air flow also helps to prevent mold. Wet bags come in a variety of sizesfabrics and styles to suit the needs of any family. If you are not using a diaper pail, you will want a wet bag large enough to hold 2 days worth of dirty laundry. You may also consider a wet bag that is a smaller size to hold a few dirty diapers for your daycare provider or those times you are out and about with your little one.
  • A cloth diaper safe laundry detergent- Safe detergents are those without enzymes, brighteners, dyes, scents or fabric softeners. Make things even easier on yourself by checking out the natural laundry section on our website, where we sell only cloth diaper safe detergents and offer free economy shipping. You can also find a list of approved detergent here.

So you've already had a baby, but want to switch to cloth diapers. First of all, good choice. Secondly,  you may not need a full set of 24 cloth diapers. Many people even begin start cloth diapering with just a few on hand to get through a day or two. Our Change 3 Things campaign encourages any parent to change just three cloth diapers a day. We chose three cloth diapers because we feel it's a manageable goal for any parent, whether all of baby's caregivers will change cloth diapers or not.



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About the Author

Brittney is a social media coordinator for Cotton Babies. She has three sisters, loves pizza and enjoys listening to obscure bands no one has heard of. Outside of posting on the Cotton Babies Facebook page, she babysits a few cloth diaper-wearing kids and cheers for her favorite sports team.

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