Welcome! If you’re here, then you’ve made it through Cloth Diapers 101 and are ready to start shopping. Now you may be wondering, “What do I need to start cloth diapering, exactly?” Read on to find out what I use to cloth diaper and grab a convenient list of hand-picked items to ensure success in your cloth diapering journey.
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What You’ll Need
Cloth Diapers or Diaper Covers.
Buy at least 24 to prevent wear-and-tear. We use the Rumparooz brand pocket diapers. You’ll use waterproof diaper covers if you plan to use prefolds.
Inserts or Prefolds.
You’ll be using inserts for pocket diapers and prefolds for, well, prefold diapers (think those old fashioned fold-and-pin ones from the cartoons).
Diaper Clips or Pins.
Get these if you’re using prefolds. You’ll need something to hold the diapers together! A lot of moms seem to prefer clips for the convenience.
Wipes – disposable or cloth.
I love how gentle Water Wipes are – there are only two ingredients in them so they won’t irritate your baby’s skin. For cloth wipes, buy some cheap washcloths (50 is my magic number) and make your own solution. Steal my cloth wipe solution recipe in Cloth Diapers 103.
You’ll need one if you’re doing cloth wipes. It makes it so much easier to distribute the solution onto the wipe, or even directly onto your baby (as long as you spray gently).
Get one or two depending on your needs. We have one downstairs to save us a trip to the diaper pail, but you could also get a second to keep in the diaper bag.
Pail liners are a great eco-friendly alternative to plastic garbage bags. They’re more convenient too – just throw it in the wash along with your diapers. Get one for every diaper pail you plan on having.
You may want just one for the nursery, one for each level of your home, or one for every room you plan on spending time with your baby. We love our Diaper Dekor pail – it keeps the foulest of smells contained.
A basic laundry detergent.
There are all sorts of fancy options out there, but we’ve had the best results with the original Tide powder.
It’s super important to avoid using dryer sheets in your diaper laundry. Why? It can leave a coating on your diapers that will ruin their effectiveness. Use wool dryer balls instead.
If you’re breastfeeding, the good news is you won’t need to buy one of these until you’ve moved on to solids as exclusively breastfed baby poo is completely water soluble. But if you’re doing formula or solids? You’ll want to spray off the poopy diapers before putting them in the machine.
Ready to create your cloth diapering routine?
Prefold? Insert? What does it all mean? Head back to Cloth Diapers 101 to demystify the types of cloth diapers that are on the market.
Or go ahead to Cloth Diapers 103 if you’re ready to establish your diapering routine.