If you are new to cloth, you may be wondering what are the "must haves" and what the "nice to haves". This list will help you pick out the things you absolutely need to get started and weed out the things that are nice, but not necessary.
THE MUST HAVES
1. Diapers! You can't cloth diaper without, well, cloth diapers! The amount is up to you. If you'd like to cloth diaper full time, you'll need a stash large enough to get you through at least one day. To help your diapers last longer, a bigger stash is recommended. It is best to wash your diapers every 2-3 days, so a stash large enough for 2-3 days is a good place to start.
2. Cloth diaper safe cream OR liners! It is important to know that many mainstream diaper creams, like Desitin, are not to be used with cloth diapers. These creams contain ingredients that can cause repelling. Instead, invest in a cloth diaper safe cream, like Grandma El's. If you would like to keep using products like Desitin or need to use a prescription strength diaper cream, fleece liners can be used to protect your diapers.
3. Cloth diaper safe detergent! You'll want to wash your diapers in an approved detergent. For best results, consult the diaper manufacturer's list of recommended detergents. In general, you should avoid detergents that contain softeners, enzymes, brighteners, and added scents.
4. Wet bag or pail liner! You'll need a place to store your dirty diapers. Wet bags or pail liners hold in the moisture and contain the smell of dirty diapers. Just wash the bag or liner with your diapers and you're good to go!
THE NICE TO HAVES
1. Diaper sprayer! Once your baby is on solid foods (or if your baby is formula fed) you will need to dispose of the waste before washing your diapers. A diaper sprayer makes this an easy job!
2. Cloth wipes and solution! Cloth wipes are just as easy to use as disposable wipes and you may find that using them is actually easier with cloth diapers. By using cloth wipes, you won't have to separate the wipes from the diapers at diaper changes.
3. Drying rack! A drying rack makes line drying or sunning your diapers easy if you don't have a clothesline. If you have a clothesline or don't want to invest in a drying rack, outdoor furniture works well too.
Is this list consistent with what you consider nice to have or must have? Let us know!
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