Cloth Diaper 101; Guide for Newbie Moms

Hello there fellow momma! If you have stumbled in this post it means you are curious how to start your cloth diaper journey. In this post, I made a summary some of the questions a newbie mom needs to know.  

What are the cloth diaper types? There are quite few and I made a summary in a separate post here.

How many stash you need to start exclusively? It really depends on the frequency of washing. But to answer the question, you have to count approximately the frequency of diaper change from newborn multiplied by days. Example, diaper change per day for a newborn is 7 times multiplied by two because of course, you need to wash and dry them as well. You approximately need at least 14-20 to start.

What types of cloth diapers do you recommend? It would really depend on what will work for you and your baby. It depends on the lifestyle of your family. Covers are recommended for newborns and for rainy season. Hybrid fitteds are recommend for those babies who are allergic to the inner layer of pocket types and have excessive garter marks.

How do you wash? Frequency? Wash it like a normal clothing or undies. I was my nappies every other day. One load of laundry is approximately 15 diapers with inserts.

Steps:

  1. Pre-wash. Rinse the nappies until the pee is removed and put them in a pail. Wash off the poop into the toilet and spot clean the poop stain on the nappy. I use Tide bar and put the soiled nappy together in the pail.
  2. Rinse. I do this after three hours and checked if the stains from the diapers are removed. I make sure to rinse them well so that there will be no soap residue.
  3. Regular Wash. I wash the nappies altogether in one load. One tip to prevent the nappies from tangling is to use a mesh.

What laundry detergents are CD safe? Anything that doesn’t contain fabric softeners as it may cause repelling issues. Again, this one is a trial and error.

What is the setting for washing in the washing machine? What I usually do is to rinse the nappies for 30 minutes to remove soap residue from pre wash. Then wash them in delicate mode for 40 degrees centigrade. Every two weeks I wash them at 60 degrees centigrade.




What is stripping? How often do you do it? Stripping nappies is the process of removing gunk accumulated from the diapers. We use RLR treatment in doing this. There are also other stripping procedures available on google. 

What are your thoughts in buying second hand diapers? I buy second ones especially if I would like to try a brand. I just wash it again before using it to my son.

If you have more questions, please leave them at the comment box and I will try my best to answer them based on my experience. Again, I am not an expert on this. I am just sharing with you what I learned from the group as well as my experience on this advocacy.

Fist bump fellow cloth diapering Momma!

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