Jordynn is years ahead of where I was when I was expecting my first child. Way to go!
Here is her question for today’s Cloth Diaper Q&A:
Hi, I am a first time mom and am considering cloth diapering my son. He will be here in about three months, so I am trying to get everything together now. I see the benefits of CDing both financially and for my little guys buns, but I honestly have no idea where to start! I want to register for cloth diapers to eliminate some of the cost… I have done some research and read most of the information of this site… I am convinced for the most part that CDing is the way to go, but I don’t know if maybe doing disposables when we go out might be more convenient. Could someone help convince me otherwise or give me suggestions about what cloth diapers to use when we are out and about? Also, I don’t know what I should register for in terms of sizes, inserts, brands, detergents, etc… Could someone please help me with a starting list for how many to buy/register for and what sizes and all of that good CD stuff? I feel so lost!
I think it is important for people to inform themselves and come to conclusions on their own. That is why I provide anecdotal, personal and factual information for you to make the best decisions for your family.
Having said that, I would first direct you to a post I wrote called the 5 W’s of Cloth Diapering.
Once you have your “why” then you can better answer your first question.
Practically speaking, changing a cloth diaper outside the home is not that different than changing a disposable diaper. The big difference being you take it home to wash it instead of tossing it in the trash.
With experience and through trial and error you may discover that you have “nighttime” diapers, “daddy” diapers, “long car trip” diapers. Then again, you might not!
Registering for cloth diapers and supplies is a great idea! People want to give you what you need not something you’ll just regift.
Amazon is my go to place for registries. Every one can access it, it won’t turn off people who are for some reason scared of all things natural and returns are easy.
Amazon doesn’t have a huge cloth diaper selection, however. Although I’ve personally purchased my (links are to reviews) Charlie Banana diapers, Thirsties, Fuzzi Bunz, and Bummis Easy Fit Tot Bot from Amazon.
Don’t forget about those non-intimidating items like wet bags, cloth diaper friendly rash creams, wipes warmer, bac-out and detergent.
If you haven’t already chosen a cloth diaper boutique to place your registry at, I encourage you to send your love to one of my fabulous supporters (upper right).
I know your probably thinking, “Just give me a list of items will ya!”
Here’s a checklist to get you started: (read My Recommendations for brands)
- At least 24 cloth diapers
- 2 XL wet bags
- 1 medium wet bag for out of the house
- 36 cloth wipes
- 10 doublers (I recommend Hemp Babies because they are so thin)
- Diaper bag or bag used for diapers (I hate diaper bags!)
- Wipes solution (read the Blissful Booty section) and spray bottle
- Detergent- many options! Here are 2 posts with helpful links: Cloth Diaper Q&A Vol 5: Detergents and What the Heck is the RDIA?
- Babylegs- great for cooler temps and easy diaper changes
- Baby gowns- must have for nighttime changes!
- Nursing cover
I used to recommend diaper pails but I’ve found wet bags to be much easier.
As far as sizes go, babies don’t usually fit into most one sized diapers until they reach 12 lbs. One exception would be Rumparooz which start fitting between 9-10lbs.
One of the easiest ways to begin cloth diapering from the beginning and not feel the financial weight of buying newborn sized diapers is to rent the newborn diapers.
Feeling lost is completely normal! But, I don’t want you to stay there long. My goal is to get you started cloth diapering right away and prevent/fix any problems that arise.
You are going to LOVE being a mommy!
I just found this checklist from Pooters after publishing this post!