Simplify cloth diapering with these crazy easy tips. Whether you’re new to CD or you’ve been doing it for years, these simple tips can help save anyone some time (and sanity).
When people find out that I use cloth diapers, they generally think that I’m:
B) Doing laundry all day, every day
While B may be somewhat true (baby sister just loves to spit up on everything), and A for that matter (2 kids + 2 dogs = crazy) my endless laundry adventures are not cloth diaper-related.
Using cloth diapers can be achievable for anyone. It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune and you don’t have to spend all day in the laundry room. Yes, it can be done!
Today I’ve rounded up my 5 best tips for keeping you out of the laundry room and keeping the dollars in your pocket.
Simplify Cloth Diapering with These 5 Genius Tips
1. Use Disposable Diapers
To be clear, yes. YES. You read that correctly. Use disposable diapers. While I am sure you could cloth diaper your baby 100% of the time, for me (and most of the CD moms I know) it’s just not practical. Using disposables part of the time is one of the easiest ways to simplify cloth diapering.
- You’d either need approximately 100 cloth diapers (expensive) OR if you don’t have that many, you’d need to do your diaper laundry every day (crazy).
- Cloth diapering while on-the-go is a pain. If your baby poops while you’re at the grocery store, you’re gonna want to throw that diaper out, not carry it around with you in a wet bag. Plus, cloth diapers are bulky and you can only carry so many in your diaper bag (been there, tried that). But, you can keep several disposables on you at all times easily.
- Your baby will probably nap/sleep better in a disposable diaper. This could be a personal preference, but I ALWAYS found that Harper would nap longer in a disposable and sleep better in an overnight diaper than she ever would in a cloth diaper.
For me, these “cons” are not deal-breakers. There are SO many “pros” to cloth diapering (saving money, better for the environment) that I believe they do outweigh the cons. These tips are just to help you simplify cloth diapering so that it can be achievable.
2. Buy All-In-Ones
Whatever you do, just please promise me that you will buy all-in-ones. I repeat, do not buy cloth diapers that need to be stuffed with inserts. Why do they even make these? Probably to torture those of us who didn’t do enough research before buying a bunch of diapers that needed to be stuffed.
So here’s the breakdown, while there are several different styles of cloth diapers, the most common styles are All-in-Ones, as shown below (on top) and Pocket Diapers where the insert is stuffed into the shell as shown on the bottom.
product images from Amazon
After your diapers come out of the dryer, the diapers with an insert need to be stuffed, while the AIOs are clean and ready-to-go.
If you’re wondering if stuffing and folding the diapers really takes that much time, the answer is yes, yes it does. It takes time and patience and after a long day of child-rearing nobody has any of that left to give, not even to diapers.
3. Leave Instructions
Here’s the thing. If you want your cloth diapers to last you a long time, and possibly through multiple kids, then you need to take excellent care of them, which means a regular washing routine done the correct way.
So let’s say your parents or a good friend is coming to visit and they want to help out with the laundry. You could verbally tell them the step-by-step lowdown on how to wash your cloth diapers, which detergent to use, what setting to dry them on (and hope they remember it all) or you could just have instructions ready to go at all times in your laundry room.
Before Harper was potty trained and we used the cloth diapers, besides my husband and I, no one else knew how to do the cloth diaper laundry (not because it’s complicated, but because it’s specific).
Now with Penelope, I’ve decided that mommy wants a break, so I created this cute Cloth Diaper Laundry Instructions Printable that you can customize for your specific cloth diaper laundry needs.
But if you want a printable that already has the instructions for you, I made that one as well! –> Cloth Diaper Laundry Instructions Printable!
This way if someone wants to help out, they can easily refer to your printable instructions and not unknowingly wash your diapers with fabric softener and then dry them on HOT or some other forbidden crime.
4. Skip the Newborn Diapers
Strangely, you can buy cloth diapers in newborn size. Why? I’m really not sure. In my experience, a standard cloth diaper (AIO or two piece) will fit an average-sized baby around 3 months old. So in those first 3 months? Save yourself the endless laundry. Use disposables.
Think of it this way: A pack of 12 newborn cloth diapers will run you about $150. In a newborn’s first week of life, you’ll probably go through roughly 150 disposable diapers. Nobody I know can afford that many cloth diapers, so with only 12 in tow, you’d be doing laundry, um, every 5 minutes??
The newborn cloth diapers also have a limited lifetime. Let’s say they fit your baby from 0-3 months. That’s it, done. One of the biggest pro’s of regular cloth diapers is that they will fit most babies from 3 months up to 3 years. That’s bang for your buck.
5. Streamline Your Laundry Days
Before baby sister was born, I had my laundry game down to a science. I did laundry every Wednesday and Sunday and that was it. I found that this simple schedule helped keep me sane where laundry was concerned. On these 2 days, I ran all the loads I needed to:
- Towels (bath towels, kitchen towels, wash cloths, reusable bamboo paper towels)
- Sheets (if needed)
- Cloth Diapers
As our 4 month old gets older (and hopefully spits up less) I hope to get back to that simple laundry routine as it makes cloth diapering feel super achievable. It’s sort of like, while you’re already running loads for everything else, what’s one more? Some people may prefer to only run one load a day, but then you end up doing laundry every.single.day. I’d rather just marathon it and be done.
There it is, friends. 5 Genius Tips you’ll be glad you read now, rather than drowning in laundry (and tears) later.
Have any tips to simplify cloth diapering? Share in the comments!
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