How to Cloth Diaper

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This precious child (and two others) are depending on me to set an example, change the world, do the best for them. So, I decided to cloth diaper. I only wish I had been willing to try it sooner!


Before you decide on cloth, do your research. There are many different brands and types of diapers to choose from.

I decided on “Pocket Diapers” for our family. For the purpose of this post, all information is in regards to “Pocket Diapers”. If you choose another type of diaper, please note that washing or other instructions are likely to change.

Washing Cloth Diapers

Before using your new cloth diapers, you need to wash them at least once.

The more you wash them (I believe the suggested is up to 8 times prior), the more washes prior, the more absorbency increases in your inserts.

I believe I washed mine only twice. Mostly because I am cheap, and I figure a newborn infant doesn’t need that much, absorbancy, right?

Once your diapers are washed, you can either lay them out in piles OR fold them.



I am constantly trying new things to see what works best or just to change it up a bit.

In the early days, I folded all of my diapers in the evening while watching a movie (we don’t have cable) and resting.

Then I stored them in a cute little diaper hanger, like this one, from William’s nursery.

Nowadays, I find it exhausting to fold diapers in the evening with everything else that I’ve done all day/need to get done.

Besides, depending on whether Robert will be using the diaper for day or night use will depend on which inserts (and whether) we (double the) use. These diapers are, in my opinion, as easy as they look. I mean, check them out, they come in three sizes!

Just insert the liner (insert), put on baby, and voila!
When he was younger, we used the small insert (though those didn’t last long!). Then we moved up to the larger, which we still use for day, and night we just double them. It works for us!

Diaper Changing Process

The diaper changing process is the much the same as disposables. Remove diaper, wipe butt, dump solids in the toilet (once they are solids, that is – young infants “poop” can just be thrown into the wash), toss in “pail”.

Dumping the solids in the toilet: Seeing as though I breastfeed, he doesn’t seem to have problems with constipation or loose bowels. They are “just right” to flip the diaper and they fall into the toilet. No rinsing, no touching, just a simple “plop”.How to Wash Cloth Diapers

It is recommended that you remove the liners prior to washing. In the early days, I did this. However, after a busy morning and my husband is in charge of diaper duties, I learned we had one diaper left just as I had to leave. In a rush, I threw them in the wash and ran, assuming I’d sort them upon my return and prior to the second cycle.
When I returned that morning and opened the wash to sort them, the washer had beat every liner out of the diaper. Therefore, ending my separation of dirty diaper covers and inserts. (Whoo Hoo!)
I probably have one or two each load now that don’t sort out, but they come out clean and, well, it’s worth it to me to spare myself that time sorting dirty diapers.
Dump diapers (covers and inserts) along with cloth wipes into the washing machine.
Wash on HIGH-level water, always.
COLD water with less than HALF the recommended detergent. – If you overuse detergent, the diapers will feel “sticky”.
The first cycle can get pretty dirty, but really, after the first, they are rather clean, they just need that second hot wash to “help”.
Add 3(ish) drops of lavender (and a dash of water) to make fabric softener. -This is a natural softener AND antibacterial. Besides, you know, making them smell nice.

Once this cycle completes, repeat with HOT water, more lavender and laundry soap. When the diapers have successfully been washed, hang them outdoors to dry.

NEVER dry the diaper covers. The plastic will break down much quicker, or maybe it was just my Haute Pockets?

Besides, the sun outdoors is the most wonderful (and safest) bleach!

Your diapers will come out looking brand new again!



Cloth wipes
I use these wipes.

There are different options for solutions, I simply use a few drops of lavender in some water and add the wipes.

Then I use a wipes warmer to hold and warm them.

They are the cheapest, and you get your money’s worth. I am constantly cutting strings off, and they are coming apart. But, they have been put to good use for nine months, and I suspect they’ll have at least that much left of life.

Robert is thankful for the great start we’ve given him, an example we are setting, and the difference we’re making in the world, even if he can’t fully express it yet.


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