Finally! We are ready to establish a cloth diaper routine. By now, you should have learned from this series what kind of cloth diapers you’ll use, and bought everything you need to cloth diaper. Now what are you going to do with all your diapering supplies? This last lesson will help you to get a routine down, and you’ll be a pro in no time.
Your Diapering Routine
- Wash all diapers before using. Synthetic materials should be washed once in hot water. Natural materials, like hemp and bamboo, should be washed at least five times to reach full absorbency.
- (Optional): Make your cloth wipe solution. I love that there aren’t any harsh ingredients in this homemade recipe. To make my solution, combine one cup of water with one tablespoon of almond oil, two tablespoons of castile soap, two drops of lavender oil and one drop of tea tree oil. Cloth wipes are so convenient because you can throw them into the laundry with the diapers. I use cheap washcloths with the homemade solution. If you want to use disposables, I recommend Water Wipes, which only have two ingredients – water and grapefruit oil.
- Change your baby frequently. This is a big one. A baby in a cloth diaper should be changed much more frequently than a baby in a disposable diaper. Ideally as soon as they wet themselves, but at longest every two hours.
- Collect soiled diapers in wet bags and diaper pails. If you use pocket diapers, remember to remove the inserts first.
- Use a diaper sprayer if your baby is on solids and/or formula. Exclusively breastfed babies’ poo is 100% water soluble, so it will clean off completely in the wash. As your baby grows and his diet evolves, so will his dirty diapers. Use a diaper sprayer attached to your toilet to wash off your diapers before throwing them in the wash. Tip! The water pressure on these things can get high, so start off with a gentle spray and work your way up as needed. You don’t want to be scrubbing dirty poo water off of your walls (trust me).
- Wash your diapers every two days according to manufacturer’s instructions. The longer you wait, the uglier it’s going to be.
- Dry on low with wool dryer balls. Dryer sheets can leave a coating on the diapers, so leave them out.
Need to check out the rest of the series?
Head back to Cloth Diapers 101 for help deciding what type of diapers will work best for you.
Return to Cloth Diapers 102 for a comprehensive list of all the products you’ll need to start.
Good luck in your cloth diapering adventures!
I hope this guide taught you all you needed to know about how to cloth diaper. Is there anything you’re still wondering about? Leave your cloth diapering questions for me below!