My Three Favorite Cloth Diaper Hacks

February 23, 2017

Cloth Diapers, How-to

The definition of a hack is “a strategy or technique for managing one’s time or activities more efficiently.” Thank you Miriam Webster Dictionary for that. Who doesn’t love to manage things more efficiently…including our cloth diapers!

ONE!

Do NOT stress about which inserts go with what diapers.

It doesn’t matter.

Really.

If it fits….it works. Seriously, as long as the insert, prefold, flat, whatever…is completely contained within the cover, it works. No need to match up brand to brand…unless you want to.

The only rule (even though I’m not a big fan of rules) you must follow is that microfiber can’t go directly against baby’s skin. That either gets stuffed into a pocket or you must put something (not microfiber) around or on top of it. For instance, use a flour sack towel (sold in most stores that have a kitchen towel sections as well as on Amazon) and wrap it around the microfiber insert. Now it can be used in ANY diaper…if it fits inside. ;)

TWO!

Don’t have a dryer or space to hang cloth diaper covers and inserts everywhere? No problem!

Try a Hanging Dryer! 

It can be used indoors or out and folds up for easy storage. Plus it’s only around $10! I hang my stuff up at night and by morning pretty much everything is dry!

THREE!

DIY Cheap Fleece (Stay-Dry) Liners

This is a great way to make amazing and CHEAP stay dry liners or something to use with non-cd safe rash creams. All you need is a micro-fleece blanket like the ones you see at Walmart (or you can also find micro-fleece at craft stores). Stick with the thinner versions as they will last longer and work better at letting the liquid through to leave a dry feeling for little one.

You can use one of your inserts to make a template and trace it on a piece of thicker paper or cardboard. Then use the template to cut the micro-fleece. No sewing required. This craft project is so easy even I have attempted it. And I don’t even sew buttons!

Do you have a cloth diaper hack that you can share?

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About Jennifer Reinhardt

Jenn is a WAHM to two beautiful little girls. Sophia (4.5 years old) and Norah (4 months). She closed her business, Curves, when she found out she was pregnant so she could stay home with her first daughter. Now Jenn spends her time spreading the love of fluff and sharing common sense answers that help to make cloth diapers easy for everyone.

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9 Responses to “My Three Favorite Cloth Diaper Hacks”

  1. Katy Says:

    I love your first “hack.” We have many combinations at our house that we refer to as “FrankenDiapers” because it’s bits and pieces from all sorts of diaper brands that work well together for us. Like my daughter’s night time diaper is a Geffen Prefold wrapped around an OsoCozy newborn cotton prefold and a Tidy Tots hemp booster all stuffed inside a Thirsies Duo Wrap.

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  2. Chris Brown Says:

    I wash tidy whitey underwear with my last wash of the diapers to cut my total laundry loads.

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  3. hi Says:

    your link for fleece or microfleece blankets takes me to cotton blankets? cotton would stay wet

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Thanks for catching that! All fixed :)

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      • hi Says:

        Sorry to say the link still takes me to flannel blankets idk what’s going on. I’d like to see a link to the right kind of fabric! I want to make some liners :P

        This is what I’m seeing: http://a.co/6vWM8ac

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        • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

          I believe you are seeing a cached version of the page. If you refresh it the link should update. As stated though in the post 100% microfleece is what you want. The thinner kind will work better. Sorry for the inconvenience with the link.

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          • hi Says:

            :) Must have been! I can see fleece after refreshing. Weird that my browser didn’t *actually* load the whole page after leaving and coming back. Good thing you’re web savvy.

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            • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

              lol I really just know enough to get me into trouble. Thanks for hanging in there until we got it figured out!

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