Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cloth Diapering: The Basics

Why use Cloth?
  • Diapering one child from birth to toilet training costs only hundreds of dollars with cloth vs. thousands of dollars with disposables.
  • The same cloth diapers you use with your first child can be used again with your other children.
  • Cloth diapers and accessories in good condition can be resold when you are done with them.

  • A child will typically go through 5,000 -8,000 disposable diapers from birth to toilet training but you only need about 5 dozen cloth diapers for the same period.
  • Disposable diapers take up to 500 years to decompose and leach chemicals and human waste into the earth.
  • Washing cloth diapers at home takes no more water then the amount a toilet trained child would use flushing.

Better for baby
  • The chemicals used in disposables such as dioxin and sodium polyacrylate have been shown to cause cancer, birth defects, liver damage, and toxic shock syndrome.
  • Cloth diapers allow for air circulation which helps keep baby’s skin healthier.

Types of Cloth Diapers
Pocket Diapers – place insert or prefold inside the pocket
All-in-One Diapers – most like disposables
Diaper Covers – place insert or prefold inside the cover
Prefold/Flat Diapers –fold and place inside a cover or pocket diaper
Inserts/Doublers – place inside a cover or pocket diaper

Cleaning your cloth diapers
Dirty cloth diapers, wraps, wipes, and diaper pail liner can be washed together in your washing machine. Washing diapers typically adds only 2-3 more loads of laundry a week.
When changing a cloth diaper solids can be dumped into the toilet no need to soak the diaper what ever does not fall off will be gone after washing.  

Normal Wash Routine
Use the longest wash cycle (usually includes a pre-wash cycle)
Use only 1-2 TBS of detergent (use detergent with no fabric softener, whiteners, or enzymes)
Use the rinse cycle twice (it is very important to rinse all detergent from the diapers)
Dry on low or high heat, depending on the type of diaper.

Out and About
Changing cloth diapers when out is as easy as using disposables, the only difference is you place the used diapers in a wet bag to wash later.

When going out I carry an extra diaper and wrap if needed, wipes, and a wet bag. I also always have extra diapers in my car.

What you need to start.
About 2-3 dozen diapers and 4-6 covers depending on what type you are using.

Diaper Pail – Any trash can with a lid will work.
Pail Liner – Get 2 so you always have one in the pail when the other is in the wash.
Cloth Wipes – Baby wash cloths work just fine.
Spray Bottle – Fill with water to wet the wipes.
Wet Bag – Carry with you for used diapers while out and about. Get at least 2.

Diaper Services
A diaper service will supply you with clean diapers and pick up and wash the dirty diapers for a monthly fee.

Resources on the net

Online Shops

Natural Websites

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