Before I get started- everyone has their own way of cloth diapering. There are a ton of different types of cloth diapers out there, and even more routines the people go by. I’m going to share with you what I have found to work best for my family.
We chose One Size Pocket diapers. Because they are affordable, super easy to use, and she can wear them until she is potty trained.
I started off with disposables purely because my little one was too small to fit in my One Size Pocket diapers. So once she was actually big enough to fit into the cloth diapers, I was a little nervous. I had spent my whole new-mom experience with disposables up until that point! So the goal here is to show you EXACTLY what cloth diapering looks like. I promise it’s an easier transition than you think!
When you have your new diapers, make sure to wash the inserts according to the manufacturer’s directions! I made the mistake of not doing that and I washed my bamboo inserts ONCE… and they leaked. I later found out you have to wash the 8-10 times before they absorb the way they are supposed to.
Stuff your diapers!
Start off with a freshly washed stash of diapers and inserts. I HIGHLY recommend stuffing them and having them ready to grab, as opposed to stuffing them as you change their diapers (Stuffing diapers takes less effort than folding laundry). We have our night time/nap time diapers color coded (our nap/night diapers are stuffed with a bamboo insert with a hemp booster underneath.) It makes it so much easier to just have them ready to grab when you need them.
*Note: We use different inserts at night because they absorb more. So They’re able to keep a stay-dry feel, longer.
How to tell if it’s wet
We use microfiber inserts during the day. You can tell it’s wet by pinching a small section of it.(make sure to pinch where most wetness typically occurs, depending if you have a boy or girl). If your microfiber insert keeps the pinch effect, it’s changing time. For our overnight diapers (bamboo and hemp), since hemp is closest to the outside, that’s what we test for moisture. It will actually stiffen up when wet.
Changing diapers and Sizing
When using one size diapers you’ll see a million and a half snaps. The lower snaps adjust the leg holes and the top snaps on the straps adjust the waistband.
When I change her diaper, I immediately take the insert out, put on top of the open dirty diaper, fold it in half and put them in the diaper pail together. It rarely happens where the very end of our inserts are wet but if they are you can always use these fancy finger covers! (once you start dealing with solid you can use flushable liners or simply spray the waste in the toilet)
Once our diaper pail is full (which takes about a day and a half), I do laundry.
Dump the diapers and inserts in the wash, turn the bag inside out and wash everything together (I don’t touch the contents of a cloth diaper anymore than I would a disposable)
I run one cycle without detergent on warm/hot.
Then a cycle on hot with detergent and an extra rinse.
I have my diapers to air dry and throw the inserts in the dryer.
Do it again!
So there are a couple more steps to cloth diapering than disposables. But personally, I feel like the money saved, greatly outweighs the extra laundry.