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Tips for Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers Are Making a Comeback

Cloth diapers are making a comeback! Families are disposing of their disposable nappies since they can save up to $2,000 in the two-and-a-half years most children wear diapers. Now the cloth versions offer flushable liners and fashionable covers that leave parents more inclined to make the switch. For those looking to swap, here are some tips to keep in mind when working with cloth diapers.

  • The average newborn goes through a dozen diapers a day so have at least two dozen on hand to postpone laundry.
  • Pre-wash diapers prior to use with hot water and a small amount of detergent to rid the nappies of finishes and natural oils that can irritate a baby’s bum. For all-natural cottons, diapers may need additional washings to achieve maximum absorbency.
  • Place soiled nappies in a dry diaper pail. Though previous generations used wet pails for soaking, today’s washing machines are strong enough to rid the fabric of stains that are left after ridding the garment of solid waste.
  • Empty diaper pails and wash the clothes every other day to keep odor to a minimum.
  • Limit laundry loads to two dozen diapers at a time in order to maximize the machine’s ability to clean them.
  • Dry diapers with high heat or direct sunlight to aid in sterilization of the garments, but avoid dryer sheets that leave a residue and break down the nappy’s fibers.

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Aphrosette Aphrosette 7 years
I just started a cloth diaper service and to be honest the jury is still out on whether or not I'll stick with it.....It's $17 a week for 80 diapers and no rinsing required. So the cleaning part is nice to not have to worry about. However, so far I've found that they are bluky are harder to put on and take off, esp. when my little one is screaming her head off!!! I'm also trying to figure out what we do when we are out, do we use disposable ones then or carry around poopy diapers all the time?? I think I'll end up using a combination of both cloth and disposable but we'll see...
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
I'm signing up for a laundry service - it's $22/week for 80 diapers/week. This works out to 28 cents per diaper which I think works out well considering I will be saving water & electric (as well as my sanity) not having to wash diapers constantly.
plus_2_kid plus_2_kid 7 years
I'm signing up for a laundry service - it's $22/week for 80 diapers/week. This works out to 28 cents per diaper which I think works out well considering I will be saving water & electric (as well as my sanity) not having to wash diapers constantly.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 7 years
I think some of the newer cloth diapers are so cute, but laundry is by far my least favorite chore, so I doubt I will ever use them.
Evalicious Evalicious 7 years
I was a cloth diaper baby, I was allergic to regular disposable diapers and to this day I have issues with feminine hygiene products like pads and panti-liners. So my mind was set when it came to my daughter. I was ready to go the cloth diaper route with her. I used cloth nappies when I could, but I must admit that I learned when she would poop so that I could pop a disposable diaper on her and not have to deal with the dirty messes. I also stuck with disposables when we were out at restaurants or in public. Maybe next time around I will be stronger.
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