Before the baby arrives, parents need to decide on a diapering system for their little one. Cloth diapers are a great way to diaper a child because they save money, help the environment by eliminating the waste generated by disposable diapers, and can be reused by other children after your child is potty trained. Many people are turning to cloth because they do not use the harsh chemicals that disposables use, and they provide an all natural way to diaper a baby. These days, there are many options to choose from when building your own cloth diapering system as there have been some great advances in leakage protection and ease of use. Consider these tips when choosing a cloth diapering system for your family.

Things You Will Need

Cloth diapering system


Dryer or clothes line

Step 1

The most basic element of cloth diapers is the prefold. A prefold is an absorbent piece of cotton that is what soaks up and holds all of the diaper messes. Prefolds should be made from a 100% cotton blend because cotton is very absorbent and gentle on sensitive baby skin. Families that cloth diaper need to purchase about 2-3 dozen prefolds in order to wash a load of diapers twice a week.

Step 2

Fitteds diapers are a new invention to cloth diapering that are very easy to use. Instead of the folding and pinning that go along with prefolds and traditional cloth diapering methods, fitted cloth diapers are already formed to fit the baby and fasten with velcro. They offer the ease of use that go along with disposables yet they are still 100% washable. Just like prefolds, parents will need 2-3 dozen if planning on cloth diapering full time.

Step 3

Covers are an essential part of cloth diapering. They are made from a thin, waterproof material that contains wetness inside the diaper. Some covers pull on over the prefold or fitted like underwear, while other versions wrap around and snap or velcro. For full time cloth diapering, parents should get 6-8 covers.

Step 4

Diaper pins are a thing of the past. Snappis are widely used in the cloth diapering community in the place of the traditional diaper pins. They are made out of plastic and eliminate the danger of sticking the baby with a sharp pin. They are also reuseable, and parents need 3 or so Snappis--one to put on the baby, one for the diaper bag, and one for backup.

Step 5

The first time cloth diaperer can become intimidated by all of the choices for cloth diapering, so some companies have created cloth diaper packages. In these packages, a parent will find all they need to use cloth diapers. Some of these packages are used as trial kits. They contain just enough supplies to get parents through a day or so of cloth diapering--just enough to get their feet wet. Purchasing a trial cloth diaper package is a great way to test the cloth diapering concept and see if it will work for parents and babies without the large investment of an entire system.

Cloth diapering requires several elements and components to operate, however this style of diapering yields many advantages to both parent and child. Modern cloth diapering has become very simple and easy to use as it offers many choices to conform to individual preferences.

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