Things I wish had known before starting Cloth Diapering

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.

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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.

Disclaimer: Thanks  Bumberry for sponsoring this awareness post in exchange of product review a cloth diaper and my honest review is shared here.


33 thoughts on “Things I wish had known before starting Cloth Diapering”

  1. Thanks this is useful. I also use cloth diapers but not confident enough to use at night. Also they start stinking v quickly.

  2. I know cloth diapering is the best for the child as well as for pocket and environment too.One need practice to use it and yes rightly mentioned those cute prints would make you want to buy more.

  3. As a new mom few years ago I didn’t have knowledge about readymade cloth diapers that are available in such lovely designs and range. They sound convenient and hassle-free.

  4. To be honest, I was a disposable diaper mom and only used cloth diaper when I started training karma to make her understand wetness. But this is a really frank and useful post for all moms who want to go the cloth diapering route. Few of my (soon to be moms) friends will find this very informative. sharing with them.

  5. Cloth diapering is the best practise, however due to busy schedules and ease of disposable diapers got us hooked to them. I am so glad to see that now these cloth diapers are even better than those disposable ones.

  6. I too recently came across cloth diapers and came to know its importance .. But one should be very careful for its wash routine, otherwise these are the healthier option..

  7. When we try something new this things happened. But its good right! I didnt use cloth diaper coz i got to know about it later but I suggest all new moms to use cloth diaper. Your post will help them a lot


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