We have been cloth diapering Penguin over 2 years now. We sport that fluffy bum around parks, play grounds, one day road trips and even on long vacations.
We love our cloth diaper stash. We started with triangle nappies hand sewn at home and by local tailors. But then we wanted something that is convenient but not disposable. It should work well for few hours instead of few minutes. It was then when I had bumped in modern cloth diapering (MCD) through social media and Amazon. Well I had my fair share of learning curve on this cloth diapering journey.
Oh, how I wish had known these 5 things before starting cloth diapering.
1. Try and then make stash.
Confession! When I started cloth diapering, I was unaware that what works other’s baby might not work for my child. I stocked in multiple brands and types and tried hands. Sigh! Got confused.
Rather I should have started with 1-2 pocket diapers and one sleeper or any other combination with cover diapers of any brand. Say like Bumberry has a starter pack which includes a pocket diaper with -microfiber inserts, a cover diaper with bamboo inserts and a sleeper. Pocket and cover can be used for daytime while sleeper is designed especially for night time diapering. Once one is confident what works best for the baby, make a stash.
Recently in our stash we added Bumberry sleepers, I like how it keeps my baby dry up to 8 hours considering that he is heavy wetter. It is easily available, pocket friendly and good quality cloth diapers. Did I mention about customer service? I have a previous experience with them where they resolved my doubts.
It is okay even if you start with pre-loved diapers. There are many buy/sell groups online or on social media, you can one, try for a week or so. Then add more in your stash. Just ensure that you bleach them once before using.
2. Find your ever-helpful tribe
I got to know about cloth diapers from social media. Brought few diapers from multiple brands, prepped them and got Penguin, my son wears them. Then started the trouble diapers were leaking, few started stinking. I was almost ready to switch to disposables. Meanwhile I connected with other moms who were cloth diapering. I found my tribe of moms who helped me with right fit and wash routine.
3. Night time and day time diapers are different
Initially I used to wake up twice or even thrice during night time to change my child’s pocket or cover diapers. Even used dry sheets underneath sheets to keep him dry. But waking up every night was not possible and I hesitated night time cloth diapering. Weeks later I found out about AIOs and boosters and night routine was back. Night time diapers have greater absorbency compared to day ones keeping baby dry overnight.
4. Have a strong wash routine.
It’s not okay to pile up all used diapers for almost 3-4 days and wash together. Neither does cloth diapering works if you store your soiled diaper without rinsing off the poop. You need to have a regular cloth diapering laundry routine. If are unaware about it check with manufacturer or you can check my previous post “Cloth diaper laundry routine“.
5. Cute prints can make you shopaholic
I was never a shopaholic for cute things until I started cloth diapering. Every time a new print was launched, I always got an itch to add it in my cloth diaper collection.
Give me a high five if you are a cloth diapering parent and agree with me. Do you have any different experience let me know in comments?
If you are a parent/ aunt/ uncle/grandparent who want to know most things about cloth diapering before starting, do let me know your queries I would try to help you.
Until next time,
Happy cloth diapering.