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.

There is no wrong way to cloth diaper.

Is Cloth Diapering Right For Me?

Cloth Diapering is enjoyed by parents around the world, but it might not be right for you. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

 

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.

 

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    Next: What is a cloth diaper?

    The modern cloth diaper is designed with you in mind, featuring easy to use functions like snaps, elastics & inserts. There are many different styles of cloth diapers to suit your family needs – but all you need to know is: BUY THE PRETTY DIAPERS.

    My approach to cloth diapering: there’s no one right way to cloth diaper

    The best way to cloth diaper is the way that works for you and your family – and is sustainable for you. That means you can cloth diaper part time, full time, wash once a week, only on vacation, or maybe once a day.

    Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be strict rules and policies. It can be a laid back strategy that works for you. Trust in yourself. 

    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.

    Soak in my YouTube Channel

    Access reviews, wash routine theory, and general cloth diaper thought leadership on my YouTube channel, all for FREE. This easy to access content provides you with input into cloth diapering.  

    Note: some opinions have changed, and some product no longer exists. Leave what you don’t agree with at the door.

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What Cloth Diaper is the Best?

    The best cloth diaper is the one that meets your needs as a family – it could be budget, aesthetetic, functionality, or ethos.

    This is a question without an answer.

    Better ways to ask this question.

    • What is the best cloth diaper for a parent on a budget with daycare?
    • What is the best cloth diaper for overnight, when we’ve soaked through ABC?
    • What is the best way to cloth diaper when I’m most concerned about sustainability and small business?
    • What is the most affordable way to cloth diaper when my budget is less than $XXX.
    • What is the best cloth diaper for starting at 18months?
    • What is the best cloth diaper for a family with mobilty changes?
    • I plan to go camping and traveling, what’s the best cloth diaper for me?
    • What’s the best cloth diaper for laundromats and external washing facilities?

    Be specific, and we can guide you to finding an answer that will help you succeed at cloth diapering. 

    Why are cloth diapers so expensive?

    Cloth diaper price points really varies around the world. 

    The cheapest diapers are often second hand products. You can buy used cloth diapers on Facebook and many other platforms.

    Other cheap diapers are known as Cheapies are often sold direct from wholesalers and co-ops. They don’t often have warranty, support services, and may not meet local regulations for children’s products. 

    The price increases with customization, support services, quality textiles and fabrics, licensing and taxes, and the intrictate details of the diaper.

    Cloth diaper profit margins are not crazy, and if you have concerns about the pricing of the diaper, feel free to reach out and touch base with others. 

    What is the most sustainable cloth diaper?

    Here’s a few things to consider when thinking about the sustainability of a product.

    • Lifespan of the product, repurposing and purchasing second hand is a great consideration. 
    • Manufacturing of the product
    • Textile orgins – is the bamboo manufactured closed loop?
    • Can it be easily laundered with plant-based detergents?
    • Longevity of the product?
    Where do I even start?

    You’ve already started. You can keep following the rabit hole of links and googling questions.

    Here’s a few other places to start:

    How many do I need?

    The short answer? One.

    The long answer, it really varies depending on your lifestyle, diaper style, and goals.

    But a lot of people like to start off with enough changes for one day, and wash nightly.

    Are Cloth Diapers Better than Disposable Diapers

    Better is an opinion of the user. 

    Cloth diapers can be much more functional for many families, but they also come with work and additional labour.

    Cloth diapers solve many challenges for families including financial security of always having diapers and clean bums.

    Cloth diapers can be a headache and learning to wash them is a privilege of skills and problem solving.

    Cloth diapering is not for everyone, and it’s not better in every situation. 

    Do I have to cloth diaper full time?

    No.

    This is a huge misconception.

    Many families choose to cloth diaper only on the weekend, once a month, and take large breaks.

    Cloth diapering is not all or nothing. Every diaper counts. 

    But they take so much water to launder?

    Your focused on the wrong issue.

    Yes, cloth diapering takes water to launder, but just like washing our clothes, we can do it more efficiently than ever before.

    I ask of you – why are you more concerned about the water used in laundry, than the accessibilty of landfills for generations?

    The Cloth Diaper Group I'm in has all these rules and expectations

    Ya, that’s a thing the cloth diaper community does.

    If you dont’ feel safe, leave.

    Seriously.

    Here’s the thing? Anyone can start a Facebook group and they don’t have access to any more knowledge than what is currently available – and often they completly disregard the knowledge that is available like the thousands of dollars cloth diaper brands spend consulting with detergent specialists.

    If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the Facebook group you’re in, you need to leave it, or change it.

    You can cloth diaper without them. You know everything you need to know and it’s just another load of laundry. You go this.

    Do I need your book?

    No.

    My book is merely a physical representation of everything I know.

    You can find me on Instagram, read every blog, watch every YouTube video. And you will cloth diaper successfully.

    My book is an opportunity to earn a small revenue stream (like tiny, don’t ask about profits on books, it’s dismal) from the hard work I’ve done over the past 5 years within the cloth diaper industry. It will go on sale for Earth Day 2021.


    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. 

    Brittany

    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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    Email: bailey@clothdiaperpodcast.com
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