What kind of cloth diapers do I buy? How many do I need? What are the best ones? Where do I start? Man, when I started it was intimidating and I asked myself all these questions. I don’t have just one type of diaper and I mix and match brands, inserts and doublers.
After testing many brands, mix and matching and actually using them I have a routine and what works for me. You may not like the way I do things but since I invested a lot of money into all these different types of diapers trying to find what I like best, this is what happened. Let me just start with the necessities and what else you may need besides the actual diapers.
Cloth Diaper Accessories/ Must-Haves
Not all diaper creams are cloth diaper safe so you have to be careful or certain creams can stick to the cloth and make it difficult to wash off. I use Lusa Organics religiously for all rashes, for the few my babies get.
Rockin’ Green Hard Core detergent is what I use to wash my cloth diapers and I add Rockin’ Green Funk Rock every so often to keep the ammonia smell at bay. This detergent is the only cloth diaper detergent you will ever need and it lasts a really long time.
Grovia Bioliners are magical and you will never be stuck with gross poop on the cloth before you throw it in the diaper pail. Therefore, no sprayer necessary. Sprayers are used to spray the poop off the diaper into the toilet, but I started using these liners a few years ago and they are serious game changer (no spraying poop off the diaper into the toilet)!
Planet Wise diaper pail liner is what I use to throw all the dirty dipes in. All I use is a plastic trashcan with a lid to keep the smell in. Oh, and I keep a few Munchskin Arm and Hammer Nursery Fresheners at the bottom of the can (not inside the liner).
Grovia diapers are probably my favorite all around. You can reuse the cover a few times and the liners just snap in and out. They are low profile but very absorbent!
I started out with stuff diapers (diapers you have to stuff the liner inside) and I wasn’t a huge fan because you have to stick your hand into the diaper to pull out a wet liner…I would rather not.
I have Rumparooz one size cloth diaper. I am not a huge fan of the microfiber inserts because they are so bulky and just look uncomfortable, but I do use the shell and stuff hemp inserts in them. I use Green Acre Design hemp inserts every single day in every one of my stuff diapers. If you have a super heavy wetter, use a microfiber insert with a hemp insert.
Rumparooz, Thirsties, and FuzziBunz are great covers that I use with hemp inserts or I lay Kissaluv’s Organic fitted diaper inside. I recently started using Kissa’s and I love them! They are the softest cloth diaper I have ever felt!
To start, I would recommend getting at least 16. That way you have enough for a few days and you’re not doing diaper laundry every single day.
I wash all the diapers together including the pail with every wash.
1st: cold rinse with no soap.
2nd: Hot cycle with soap
3rd: cold rinse no soap
4th: Depending on weather, I line dry them outside or throw everything in the dryer with wool dryer balls.
I have a confession at the end of all of this. I have never been one to use cloth diapers outside the home. There, I said it. I use disposable diapers when we are out and about because it is just easier for me. I only buy eco friendly disposables and hands down my favorite disposables are Seventh Generation Touch of Cloth, I bet they will keep your heaviest wetter dry during the night. I also really love Honest Company diapers and their wipes, and they make it REALLY easy to never run out with their bundle plans! Speaking of running out of diapers, when you have cloth diapers on hand you will literally NEVER run out of diapers again! No more nearing the end of disposables and running out in the middle of the night cause you’re out! I love that part.
I hope my diaper information helped those of you who were considering cloth diapering! When I started a lot of people told me you have to be all in or all out if you decide to cloth diaper because it’s just too hard. It’s really not difficult to do both, you just have to be well organized and have to LOVE cloth diapers! Last word of advice, buy the Grovia Bioliners. They will save you from getting too deep in crap…