Looking for a more cost effective natural alternative to store diapers? Cloth diapers may be the answer for you. Check out what cloth diaper essentials you need to see if this is the right fit for you.
I will admit, I never foreseen my self ever using cloth diapers. In 2020, I was pregnant with my first and diapers were beginning to be scarce so I bought 2 diaper cover and one pack of liners. Never intending to use it but I knew I had the cloth diaper essentials (which isn’t much) it if I needed to.
Fast forward two years, money got tight and every cheap diaper brand I used with my daughter, my son just leaked right through. I was sick of spending 20 cents each on Costco diapers and I decided to give cloth diapers a try. Let’s just say, I prefer them over disposable ones now (my husband would disagree, but in reality who Is the one changing all of the diapers…not him!). They are so soft and I’ve had maybe 2 leaks…or blowouts. But let’s be real that happens with any sort of diapers you use.
Enough about the why’s, let’s jump into the how’s.
Cloth Diapers – Essential right? 😉
I don’t have a huge knowledge about all of the brands out there. But I use Alva Baby and Nora’s Nursery Diapers and here is my comparison between the two.
Most diapers come with these but incase thats not the case or you need a few more.
I found that it’s best if I place one pad into the pocket and one into the diaper during the night to prevent leakage. My son is one now so he doesn’t wake up at night to be changed. But so far so good, no leaking with double pads.
I only use the bag and hang it in the tub. Some of you may not have that option in your common used bathroom, so you can also use a diaper pail.
Another option is just to use a garbage pail without a bag and soak the diapers right in there. This is what I switched over to recently and it’s been working
These are optional and definitely not a necessity, but they are a simple thing you can use to cut down cleaning and soaking time (especially once the baby starts on solids).
This is my best friend during the baby stage. I use this for stained clothes but it also works very well on diapers as well. It’s all natural ingredients so it makes me feel better than using Oxygen Clean or anything along those lines.
*I have since switched this. I now use Branch Basics to soak and wash the diapers.
Don’t forget on-the-go! This may be a little hard to get used to in the beginning and seem inconvenient. But I promise you you will get used to it.
This nifty little spray pal goes right on your toilet as well as the sprayer. This makes for a clean and efficient cloth diaper spray and cleaning process.
I hope you don’t find this overwhelming because it could very well seem like it. Cloth diaper essentials are pretty basic these days (no more diaper pins). But honestly, what doesn’t with babies? We get used to it and then it becomes second nature to us. This will be no different.
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