February 12, 2014

Things you may not know about pocket diapers!

Is there anything YOU do not know about pocket diapers?


Pocket diapers are the most popular style of modern cloth diapers. There may be a few things you didn't know about your pocket diapers.

Did you know....

You don't have to use the inserts that came with the diaper! Most pocket diapers come with inserts, usually microfiber. If you aren't a fan of microfiber or are tired of taking the time to match the correct insert to the right diaper, You can mix and match your diaper inserts or you can completely replace them with things like hemp inserts or flats. 

If you need more absorbency, you can use two inserts or you can add a doubler to one insert to boost the absorbency! 

You can use them as swim diapers! Remove the insert and let your baby wear your pocket diapers to the pool or beach. *Be sure to check with the manufacturer of your diapers. Some brands recommend using diapers for swimming, while it may void the warranty of others. 

You can use them as covers! Are you tired of stuffing diapers? Use flats, prefolds, or other inserts (anything but microfiber) on top of the pocket instead of inside! 

What tips and tricks do you have for pocket diapers?

February 10, 2014

Cloth Diaper Must Haves vs. Cloth Diaper Nice to Haves!

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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