I absolutely love that there are so many of you out there who do cloth diaper or are interested in cloth diapering! Y’all send me lots of questions about it too, which I also love. I try to answer as many as I can here on the blog. So today, I’m answering the most common questions I have received lately — “I am interested in cloth diapering. What all do I need to start up? How many diapers? What brand?”
I have reviewed LOTS of different brands of cloth diapers, and almost all without any compensation. They are 100% my own opinion. Lot of honesty! Check them out here.
Now, if I had to start all over again, here’s what I would buy – 16 FuzziBunz Elite, 4 Blueberry (just love these for nap/night), and perhaps a few of different brands, like Go Green Champ 2.0. Or even SunBaby, if money were an issue. I recommend having anywhere from 20-24 diapers per child, but I know people who use less. It just depends on if you use disposables at all (we use minimal), how often you change diapers, and how often you want to do laundry. We used to have around 22, which allowed me to do laundry every 2.5 or 3 days.
Aside from the diapers, here’s what I recommend for the first 6 months…
- Cloth diaper safe detergent, which IS pricier than normal detergent, but I still think it’s cost-effective. Since I wrote the money-saving post, I have actually switched to Rockin Green detergent. I haven’t been using it long enough to really give my thoughts but just thought I’d mention that.
- Also I’d recommend a diaper pail. We use an 11-gal trash can with a step pedal from Container Store. The step pedal is key.
- For the pail, I have 2 large wet bag pail liners. I prefer the Blueberry brand pail liner because the liner is elastic with a draw string and has held up. My Kissaluvs brand did not hold up. Why have 2? When I do cloth diaper laundry, I always throw the bag into the wash as well. The second one allows me to still have a wet bag in the pail, ready to go, while laundry is going. The second liner has made a big difference for us.
- And if you go out at all with cloth, definitely get a travel size wet bag, though a plastic Kroger bag would totally work till you got one. Amazon has a great deal on a 2-pack of Kushies.
And beyond 6 months…
- If you go with FuzziBunz, the Elite has new liners that are minky, which is more absorbent. I have not used them yet, but I am glad to hear they are more absorbent the old microfiber. So going by my experience with microfiber, we needed lots of bamboo doublers! At first it was just for nap and night, but then we eventually needed them when we went out too. We bought size small gDiaper inserts that are fleece and bamboo lined from BabiesRUs with gift cards, which was a great option. You can also get them on Amazon. Eventually though we actually had to step it up to even bamboo pre-folds at night.
- Also invest in a diaper sprayer once your child is eating solids. (We bought this one for around $40. Right now the price seems a little insane, so I would wait till it drops back to $40ish again or research other brands.) The sprayer attaches to the toilet and is totally necessary. You can also use rice paper liners to contain the poop, which you would then just drop in the toilet – IF you have a newer home. We can’t use this option because our pipes are too old, which is a bummer because the liners make the poop a lot easier. But still, it’s not a huge deal. Dealing with poop is part of being a mom!
A bonus option: Cloth wipes and homemade solution, from my experience, have been way easier if you are doing cloth diapers because otherwise you are separating dirty poopy wipes, which can’t go in the toilet, and trying to put them in the trash (yuck if there’s not lid) and then put the diaper in the cloth diaper bin… see what I mean? I just put the wipe and the diaper in the diaper bin. Done. You can make your own wipes with a flannel blanket or buy some like these.
These are my essentials! Though there are ways around a few of these, having these items has made my life SO MUCH EASIER. If you are a cloth diapering momma, what do you recommend?