When my daughter was born, we have used traditional cloth at home and disposable diapers for nap time and while going out. I came to know about commercial cloth diapers once she turned four months. From the fifth month onwards she used to wear regular cotton underwear at home and cloth diapers while we go out and for nap time.
- Cost effective:- Initial investment may be bit high, but it’s one- time. For the two years, I have spent a total of 70$ for the purchase. After that, I haven’t paid anything on diapers, which is really cheaper compared to regular diapers.
- Environmental Friendly:- As we are reusing the diapers instead of throwing away, we are doing a great thing for our environment. Diapers will take 500 years to decompose (As per Google), in this way reusing is a worth decision
- Diaper Rash:- I never found a diaper rash with my daughter after we stopped using diapers. Some babies may get affected. But in my experience, I never saw diaper rash in her. Even if we find any little diaper rash or any redness, we apply pure coconut oil.
- They look cute. Yes, trust me. After we experienced the cute designs, we never go back to disposables.
Isn’t they look beautiful.
There are several varieties of cloth diapers available in the market. I have used Pockets diaper throughout our cloth diapering journey. The name itself explains the nature. Yes, it looks like a pocket(one side opening), and we have to keep the insert inside it, which is the absorbent material.
There are several varieties of inserts available in the market. For a pocket diaper, I have used microfiber insert (Which usually comes with the pocket diaper itself), bamboo insert and Hemp booster.
Usage and Maintenance:
- After purchasing, rinse the diaper in regular water and wash it with detergent.
- Microfiber insert is enough for daytime usage. It will hold up to two pee’s, and we have to change it once in two hours ( and based on the baby’s nature too). For some kids, we have to change it even more sooner.
- Bamboo inserts are same as microfiber, but it absorbs little more than microfiber.
- Hemp inserts are called boosters. We can use it during night time along with either microfiber or bamboo.
Difference between these three inserts are, microfiber absorbs very quickly, whereas bamboo takes little more time but absorbs a lot compared to microfiber. Hemp booster will take a longer time to absorb, but it can hold and absorbs large quantity. So it can’t be used alone and can be used as a booster along with others.
- It is one size fits for all.
- All these diapers have adjustable snaps and its suitable for babies from 8 lbs. to 30lbs. We can adjust the snaps according to baby’s weight.
- Don’t keep the used diaper for more than 2 days. Try to wash it soon.
- Take out the inserts and rinse it in regular water to avoid mixing of pee along with other clothes. I have used the washing machine and never faced any issue.
- Don’t use extremely hot water for washing as it will damage the diapers. Don’t brush the diaper and don’t use some harsh methods to clean. Avoid using detergent with harsh chemicals.
- For poopy diapers, Rinse it with normal water after removing it from the baby. Then we can wash it usually as like pee diapers.
- Make sure to rinse completely and check for any detergent residues. Hang out the diapers in sunlight for drying it after wash.
Travel with cloth diapers:
- It’s totally possible to use cloth diapers while traveling, provided we have the option to wash the diapers once in two days.
- I have used store bought liners, and it was super useful while traveling. Just place it over the diaper while putting in on and it will collect the poop without damaging the diaper.
- We can store the used diapers in a wet bag during travel time.
The smell won’t come out for a maximum of 1.5 to 2 days, and it totally depends on how harsh the dirty diaper is.
I have used two brands called “Mama Koala” and “Alva baby”. Both of them are really good.
We have used cloth wipes (Normal cotton cloth) to clean her at home. A cotton cloth dipped in warm water will do the magic and it’s more than enough. We have used store bought disposable wipes for poop cleaning when we are outside.
Cloth diapering is one of the amazing thing in our parenting journey.
Happy Cloth Diapering.