Cloth diapering is something that I love to do, and it is easy to me now. However, when I first started researching it was SO overwhelming to me. I have been asked quite a few times to share about how I cloth diaper, what to buy, how to wash them so I thought I would share that information here.
First, we’ll start with what cloth diapers to buy. (This is what I have used and liked. I make no money from these referrals.)
When Val was a newborn, we used prefolds like these. They are flat pieces of cloth that you fold by yourself. I talked a little about how to fold them here. Once they are folded, they need to be secured. Luckily, there is a new invention called the snappi so you no longer need to use pins on your little one.
Now you need to put something over the cloth so that it doesn’t leak onto their clothes. There are covers for that (and they are so much better than the old school rubber pants). The covers can be used through a few diaper changes, so you don’t need a new one each time you have to change the cloth.
For a newborn, I had 30+ prefolds and 6 small covers and that would get me through 2 days. Washing on the third morning. We will cover how to wash in another post.
As Val got older and could roll over to making diapering a little more challenging, we started using the BG 3.0′s. I love these diapers. We still use them without any problems. Now there is a BG 4.0 which I haven’t tried yet, but I am in love with the Flips.
Now, I have 12 BG 3.0′s and 2 Flips to get me through 2 days with washing on the third morning. I have a few other random diapers and covers that I have as backups in case laundry takes me a little longer. Who can pass up cute diapers once in awhile?
I hope that is a good starting place for you. Remember, this is just what as worked for us. Experiment and find what works for you and please share below.
Be sure to check back to see how to store them when clean/dirty, how to wash, and how to strip them if they get icky.