Start Here: Cloth Diapers

A quick start guide to getting you situated with cloth diapering. This page will walk you through some of the very basics in considering whether cloth diapers are right for you, and then point you in the direction to learn more information.

The truth is that cloth diapering is an opportunity for families to find a new way of diapering that can be a sustainable solution to a variety of concerns and/or needs. Cloth diapering is an option. It’s not for everyone, in every situation, and all the time. Sometimes cloth diapers are not a good choice for family, and that is okay and reflective so much work we need to do to support families.

Cloth diapering is enjoyed by parents around the world in a variety of situations. You can read these stories in our guest post section and understand even when you think you can’t, you can. But it doesn’t mean you have to. 

Take a pause, download this worksheet, and let’s work through if cloth diapering is the right choice for your family and what some of the unique situations are that we need to consider as we think about what type of diaper works best and how to build your stash. 

1. Why do you want to cloth diaper?

Budget. Sustainability. Health. Accessibility. Functionality. Style. 

 Knowing why you want to cloth diaper can help shape the future conversations. We all haver our unique reasons and this influences the types of products that are best for us in achieving our goals. 

2. What is your budget?

You can cloth diaper at any price point. 

Cloth diapering puts you back in control of your finances. With cloth you choose how much you want to spend, and then go on the search for products that fit. The average new stash of diapers costs about $400 for 2-3 days. But, you can cut this number in half, or find low-cost, repurposed items to diaper for less than $100. You can also spend thousands on diapers. There are many cloth diaper banks and resource centres providing families with access to free cloth diapers around the world. 

Set a budget that is reasonable for your family but also assesses the why. You might find some needs cost more, especially if you can’t access used diapers.


3. What is your lifestyle?

There are some lifestyle choices that influence which diapers and how you diaper.  

  • Do you have a home washing machine, or will be using a laundry facility? 
  • Do you plan on cloth diapering future children?
  • Will you be a stay at home parent, or will you be returning to work? How will diapering work when the child is in care.
  • Is sustainability important in your home? Do you plan to only used plant-based detergents? Are you okay with synthetic detergents?
  • What’s your drying situation? Is it hang dry and humid?
  • Do you travel lots? Flying? Camping? RV lifestyle? You can cloth diaper in these situations, somet choices will be better.
  • Is there any disabilities that might impact cloth diapering?
  • Any other thought that might impact the choice you make from personal values and ethos to random characteristics about your life.


Are cloth diapers right for you? 

Next: What is a cloth diaper?

Continue on to learn about the different styles of cloth diapers and how they might work for your family. Check it out here. 

Cloth Diaper Membership

Coming Soon, membership programs to support you with cloth diapering.

Cloth Diaper Book

Learn to cloth diaper with the ultimate guide to diapering, available on Amazon or your fav online book shop.

Other Resources

Here’s a few other content creators that I’d recommend if you’re looking to learn from someone else. 

It’s okay if things change as you learn, but you’ll begin to also feel a tug towards the things that are most important to you and your family.I want you to have a solid groundwork because it can shape how you learn about cloth diapers, and the questions you begin to ask to get the answers that really work for you.

PS. You won’t know everything until you start. We all start cloth diapering as beginners, and you’re journey is going to be your journey – start today, start tomorrow, but stop putting it off because you’re scared. We are here for you.

Jays Nest

Jacqueline’s youtube channel is a plethora of inspirational content to get you ready and excited to try cloth.

Nerdy Mommas

Find Nerdy Momma’s on Tik Tok for a growing platform dedicated to cloth diaper conversations

All About Cloth Diapers Chat

This blogger-run Facebook group is my go-to choice for cloth diaper parents looking for diverse ideas and wash routines.

EC Peesy

A cloth diaper blogger with a focus in Elimination Communication.

Simply Mom Bailey

My personal blog that features cloth diaper reviews, early stories & experiences of diapering and potty training.

Thank you so much for all you do to educate cloth diapers!

We have had enough success teaching our daycare about cloth that they are willing to try continuing past the 10-12 months they originally told us. Hooray! We’re now 17 months and doing standing diaper changes. 


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About the Cloth Diaper Podcast

The Cloth Diaper Podcast is a regular podcast sharing stories from cloth diaper parents, brands and retailers from around the world. 

The Cloth Diaper Podcast is not affiliated with any school of thought of diaper laundry but instead focus on the power of peer-to-peer story telling to empower you to make your own cloth diaper journey. 

Cloth Diapering is not this or that, but rather many different experiences. 

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