Welcome to our learning section where you will find the most frequently asked questions we receive. There is a good chance we didn’t think of everything, so please don’t hesitate to Contact Us with any questions about cloth diapering in general or specific product questions!
What is Prepping? How do I wash cloth diapers?
Prepping is the process of removing oils from inserts and diapers before they are used on baby. Organic fibres must be washed and dried a minimum of 3 times before used on baby. However, it will take up to 10 washes to reach full absorbency therefore you may have to change more frequently when you first start using them. Please refer to our wash and care page here.
How many diapers should I start with?
I recommend starting with a minimum of 8 diapers (1 full day), if you would like to experiment before committing. Trying only 2-3 diapers won’t allow you to get the full experience and may discourage you from use. If you want to commit to a style right from the start, 16 is a great number and then build towards a total of 24-36 diapers (or absorbent parts). Which can be all one style or a few different styles!
Newborn/Sized Diapers vs. One-size Diapers.
Buying a sized diaper system means you buy a set of diapers for newborn, then another set for when they are larger. This option is more expensive however allows for a better fit in the newborn stage.
One-size fits all diapers are typically rated for use form 9 lbs to 30+ lbs (birth to potty training). If you go the one size route, this leaves you with two options from birth. You can simply use disposables until the one size diapers fit, which gives you time to develop a routine with new baby and prep your diapers. Or, you can use a new born option such as newborn all in ones (recommend about 36 diapers) or covers with prefolds (recommend 12 covers and 36 inserts).
What is the difference between pocket, hybrid and all-in-one diapers?
A pocket diaper is made up of a diaper cover that has an opening for a folded prefold, trifold or insert to be placed into the opening. When the diapers come out of the wash, you “stuff” the inserts into the opening so they are ready to use when you need them.
A hybrid diapering system, or all-in-2 (AI2) is made up of 2 parts, a waterproof outer shell and a removable insert. When baby pees, you can remove the insert and replace with a clean one. The shell does not need to be replaced with each change. This also means that you don’t need as many shells as inserts, making the system more economical..
An all-in-one (AIO) diaper is the closest style to a disposable. The diaper is all one piece, therefore no stuffing required. However, when baby pees the whole diaper must go in the wash. This is a favorite for babysitters and Grandparents!
What do you recommend for storing dirty diapers?
We recommend a dry pail, lined with a waterproof pail liner. You can simply purchase a very cheap garbage can, most preferably one without a lid or with a lid that can be left open at least 2 inches (closing the lid will make the diapers smell terrible – trust us). Pail liners prevent the diapers from sitting directly against the plastic of the pail which minimizes stink and makes washing easier – simply flip the bag inside out into the washing machine and voila. Having at least 2 pail liners means you will always have a clean one while the other is in the wash with the diapers!
An alternative to a pail (for those who have limited space) is a hanging wetbag. These bags are waterproof and you can hang them wherever you may need! We also recommend at least 2 of these!
For out and about we recommend a wet bag! These are small zippered versions of your pail liner. They are waterproof and keep your wet diapers away from everything else in your bag! They are so cute they can also be used as a diaper clutch!
How do I deal with the poop once baby is eating solid foods? (Breastfed poop can go right in the wash)
Simple. You have 3 options. Option 1: swish and dunk the diaper in the toilet until the poop comes off. Option 2: purchase an AMP Diaper sprayer which hooks up to your toilet. Then simply spray the poop away and flush! Option 3: Use flush-able GroVia Bioliners. Simply lay them over the diaper and when soiled pick the liner up and flush away!
What can I use to prevent and treat diaper rashes?
For diaper rash prevention we offer an array of cloth safe creams. The GroVia Magic Stick (a mess free solution that fathers love!), CJ’s BUTTer, Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter and a few more! They are all great and equally awesome!
WE DO NOT RECOMMEND THE USE OF ANY HOME-MADE CLOTH DIAPER CREAMS. Non cloth safe creams can damage your inserts and diapers and cost you hundreds!!
For a really read full blown rash we recommend Baby Butt Cream from Stafford Pharmacy. It is NOT CLOTH SAFE. Ingredients include calamine to sooth, zinc to protect and lanolin to heal. If you require this cream please do not get any on your diapers! Use fleece liners to separate the cream from the cloth or use biodegradable biosoakers while you need to use it!
Sample Cloth Diaper Stash
- 24 diaper changes – 20 “day” diapers and 4 “night diapers”
- 2 Pail liners OR Hanging Wetbags
- 2 Wetbags (for your diaper bag)
- 2 Cloth Safe Diaper Creams (Home and Diaper Bag)
- Cloth Wipes (24)
- Diaper Sprayer/Diaper Liners (or none)
More questions will be added as they come!