We started our cloth diaper journey almost 8 years ago with the birth of our first child. And since then we’ve had at least one (but sometimes two or even three) child in diapers at all times. What have I learned from the past 8 years of cloth diapering 5 children?
1. Cloth Diapers save you money! Or I should say they can. Buy good quality diapers, take care of them, and stick with them. Don’t get caught up in a cloth diaper obsession always wanting the latest print or design. Yes, they’re cute, but in the end your baby will be pooping and peeing in them. Buy quality (I use these), and use them, and use them, and use them until they can’t be used anymore.
2. Don’t use standard laundry detergents on your diapers but rather a cloth diaper approved detergent. This will help ensure your diapers last longer and don’t cause any irritable rashes than can occur when using standard laundry detergent.
3. Avoid using diaper rash creams with cloth diapers. If your baby ends up with a diaper rash or heat rash from those hot summer days we’ve found that Redmond’s Clay Baby Powder works wonders and is cloth diaper safe!
4. Launder your diapers every 2-3 days to prevent bacteria growth. Make sure to follow a laundering cycle that rinses, hot wash, then rinse again.
5. Line drying or drying on a rack will lengthen the life of your cloth diapers.