Tips and Troubleshooting

Here you will find answers to the common questions that plague new parents when it comes to cloth diapering. You will likely come back here a few times over the next months and years. Babies grow and change quickly, and just when you think you’ve got everything under control, a new phase will kick in and you’ll have all new questions.

If ever you have a question or concern and cannot find your answer, don’t fret. We are here to help! Please contact us, and we can try to help you over email. If your issue is more involved, you may want to consider scheduling a Phone Consultation or attending one of our Support Groups!

  • How often do I change my baby?
    • Figure that you’ll average one diaper change every 2-ish hours for the first several weeks.

      On the short end:  change a diaper right away whenever you detect poo. And on the long end:  don’t even think about changing a diaper during nap or sleep time (unless poo is detected, that is.)

      Then, when a feeding schedule begins to present itself, you’ll ease into doing diaper changes (generally) with each feeding:

      • every 2ish hours in the first few months
      • every 3ish hours when when solid foods are making up more of the baby’s diet
      • every 4ish when it’s 100% solid foods
      • and then you’ll begin... potty training!
  • How many diapers am I provided?
              • Twee are provided with 180 diapers rotated over 2 weeks (90 per week)
              • Small are provided with 160 diaper rotated over 2 weeks (80 per week)
              • Medium are provided with 120 diapers rotated over 2 weeks (60 per week)
              • Large are provided with 100 diapers rotated over 2 weeks (50 per week)
    • After delivering your full rotation of diapers over 2 weeks (half each week), we then return to you the exact number of diapers that we picked up from the week before.

      If ever you need to adjust your diaper quantity, just log in to your My Account page.

  • How do I care for my Diaper Covers?
            • PUL Covers (Imagine, Thirsties, Flip, etc)
              Use a cloth-friendly detergent like our Diaperkind Washing Powder and follow the instructions below:
              • pee covers: In between diaper changes, just wipe it down with a baby wipe and set it aside to dry. Use a fresh cover for that change. And at the next diaper change, switch back to the first cover. And so on until one gets soiled.
              • poopy-covers: Will need to be laundered, either with a quick hand-scrub in the sink with a bit (only a drop or two!) of detergent or by including it when washing your diapers. You can expect to encounter poopy covers with newborns. This is totally normal. The cover is there to catch and prevent any messes from hitting clothing, bedding, etc.
              • Check your covers’ care labels, but most covers let you wash your covers right along with your household laundry (or diapers, if you're home laundering) in the washer.  Remember to only ever use cloth-friendly detergent!
              • At any point in the above, you can add a bit of Oxy-Boost to help keep the covers "fresh".
              • Warning: if you use a detergent that’s not cloth-friendly, you will encounter leaking and smelliness caused by detergent residue.
            • All in all, once you get past those first several poo-a-minute weeks, it's totally normal to be swapping out the same 2 covers throughout the day except for when one gets gusset-soiled.

            • Wool Diaper Covers
              You will need to lanolize your wool covers before first use.

              You will want to use Lanolin Oil. Some people claim that you can use Lansinoh, but we have never had much success with getting it to distribute evenly across the cover.

              • In your bathroom sink, dissolve a pea size amount of lanolin oil in about 2 quarts of very hot water. (just let the hot water run from the faucet)
              • Soak the wool cover in the sink overnight (or for at least an hour).  You can do multiple covers at a time, just add a bit more lanolin and water for each additional cover.
              • Squeeze out excess water (it helps to roll and press the covers in a towel) and hang to dry.
              • For brand new covers, repeat this process 4 times to make sure they are fully lanolized. (you do not need to dry them in between, just give them a good squeeze to remove excess moisture).
              • You will then want to re-lanolize every 4 weeks (or sooner if the cover begins to lose its water resistance).
              • For regular care, let your cover air dry in between uses and wash it weekly (or sooner if it smells stinky when dry*) with a Wool Shampoo**.

              *The cover will smell from a wet diaper, but this odor dissipates as the cover dries; the lanolin in wool actually neutralizes the urine in the cover (amazing!). If, however, it’s still stinky once it’s dry, then it’s time for a wash.

              **Using a Wool Shampoo/Wash that contains lanolin helps to extend the time between re-lanolizing.

  • How do I use my cloth wipes?
    • In order to use cloth wipes you will need the wipes and a liquid for which to moisten the wipes or the baby’s bum.

      You can sign up for our Cloth Wipes Service and we will provide and launder wipes for you weekly with your diapers.

      Or you can make you own and self launder them (if you choose this option please be extra careful not to include personal wipes in with your diapers as they have been known to get sucked into our dryer vents, which is, of course, a fire hazard!).

      As for what liquid to use to clean your baby’s bottom, you can:

      • -Use plain water (we only recommend this with newborns, once the baby is a few weeks old you will want to add some cleansing ingredients to ensure you are getting their bum clean before re-diapering).
      • Purchase our Sudsy Bottoms Cloth Wipes Solution or Kit
      • Make your own wipes solution (see recipes below).
    • Once you have your wipes and preferred cleaning liquid, what next?
      There are several different ways to store and apply cloth wipe solutions. The best thing to do is experiment a bit and find which method works best for you…
      • Use a squirt bottle to dribble the solution onto your cloth wipe just before each use (this is our recommended method).
      • Use a spray bottle to apply the solution directly on to baby’s bum, and then simply wipe it dry with a cloth wipe. Or alternatively, you can use the spray bottle to moisten a dry wipe, and then use the wipe to clean baby’s bum.
      • Place the solution into a traditional baby wipes container and dip a clean cloth wipes into the solution with each use. If you choose this method, we suggest adding a small amount of tea tree oil to your solution to prevent bacteria growth & mildew if your solution does not already contain this ingredient.
      • Place cloth wipes in a traditional baby wipes container or wipes warmer and pour solution over wipes so they are already damp and ready to go. If you choose this method, we suggest adding a small amount of tea tree oil to your solution to prevent bacteria growth & mildew if your solution does not already contain this ingredient.
      • For on-the-go, put a few pre-moistened cloth wipes into a reusable sandwich bag, a mini wetbag or a ziploc and toss them in the diaper bag.
    • How do I make my own cloth wipes solution?
      The main ingredients that make up most all cloth wipes solutions are:
      • Oil: helps the wipe slide across baby’s skin and also helps keep the skin nice and soft. Be sure to only use plant-derived oils like olive, almond, etc. Never use mineral oil!
      • Soap: cleanses the skin, helping remove both "liquid and solid matter".
      • Essential Oils: offers both antibacterial & aromatherapy properties.
      • Water or Witch Hazel: is the base of every cloth wipe solution and helps dilute the other ingredients so they aren’t too harsh on baby’s delicate skin.
    • Basic Wipe Solution

      Adapt this recipe to suit your needs by choosing the type of soap & oil you like best.

      • 1/2 cup oil
      • 1/2 cup soap or baby wash
      • 2 cups water
    • Baby Wash Solution
      • 2 tablespoons baby wash
      • 2 tablespoons olive oil or 1 tablespoon calendula oil
      • 2 drops tea tree oil
      • 2 cups water
    • Anti-Fungal #1

      Great for preventing & treating yeast diaper rashes

      • 1/2 cup white vinegar
      • 1 tablespoon calendula oil
      • 5 drops lavender oil
      • 5 drops tea tree oil
      • 1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
      • 1 cup water
    • Anti-Fungal #2

      Great for preventing & treating yeast diaper rashes

      • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
      • 1 tablespoon calendula oil
      • 5 drops lavender oil
      • 5 drops tea tree oil
      • 1/4 cup 100% aloe vera gel
      • 1/2 cup water
    • Simple Anti-Fungal Solution

      Great for preventing & treating yeast diaper rashes

      • 2 cups (16 oz) water
      • 2-5 drops Tea Tree oil
      • 2-5 drops Lavender oil
      • 1 teaspoon of your favorite baby wash (optional)
    • Castille Soap Solution
      • 1 tablespoon apricot oil
      • 1 tablespoon Liquid Castile Soap
      • 2 drops tea tree oil
      • 1 drop lavender oil
      • 1 cup water
    • Witch Hazel Solution
      • 1 cup witch hazel
      • 4 tablespoons aloe vera juice
      • 1 tablespoon olive oil
      • 1 teaspoon vinegar (White works best)
      • 1 cup water
    • Tea Tree & Lavender

      Great for preventing & treating yeast diaper rashes

      • 1/8 cup olive oil
      • 1 tablespoon Liquid Castille Soap
      • 5 drops tea tree oil
      • 10 drops lavender oil
      • 3 cups water
    • Essential Oils Solution
      • 3 tablespoon jojoba oil
      • 1 teaspoon tea tree oil
      • 1 teaspoon chamomile oil
      • 1 teaspoon lavender oil
      • 1 teaspoon geranium oil
      • 3/4 cup witch hazel
  • How do I avoid leaky Diapers and Covers?
    • Our prefold and fitted systems are "blow-out" proof. Which means no mess should ever escape the diaper cover. If it does, here are a few things to check:
      • Diaper Size. Check the size range of your diapers. It might just be time to move up in size!
      • Cover Size. Check the size range on the tag of your cover to see if it’s time to purchase larger ones!
      • Prefold Folding Technique. We recommend the Angel Wing or Jelly Roll from the videos above. They are the best "containment" folds out there by far.
      • Snappi or Boingo. Make sure you are using a diaper fastener.
      • Wicking. If any of the cotton from a diaper is peeking out from the cover, wetness will "wick" into your babies clothes and bedding. Make sure that every last bit of cotton is tucked inside the cover.
      • Do not tuck the diaper inside that inner flap on the cover. That flap is an extra water barrier where the velcro has been stitched. Tucking your diaper in here will dramatically reduce absorbency.
      • Nighttime. Most diapers need an extra boost in order to last a full 12 hour night without any leaking.  So, when you begin to encounter nighttime leaking, check out the Nighttime Solutions section for tips on how to stay dry through the whole night.
      • Boys. Make sure you point his penis downwards. This can seriously make the difference between a ton of leaking and zero leaking.
      • Detergent Residue on your diapers and/or covers.  It is imperative that you use only a cloth-friendly detergent for washing your diapers and covers.  If you use any other kind of detergent, your covers will get leaky and smelly.

        If ever you encounter Detergent Residue, here’s how we recommend "stripping" your diapers. You can order our Cover Stripping Service and have us take care of it for you. Or, you will need to wash diapers and/or covers on super hot (the hotter the better) with a high water level and NO DETERGENT. Repeat this process 2-3 times. Check final rinse of the 2nd or 3rd wash to make sure it is free from suds. Continue washing the diapers this way until not a single bubble is visible in the final rinse cycle. Adding a 1/4 cup of chlorine can help cut down on the number of washes needed.

      If all else fails and you are still struggling with stains or residue, consider booking a Phone Consult with us and we can try our best to help you get to the bottom of it.

  • How do I avoid staining and ruining the diapers?
    • Our washers are perfectly geared for babies and the organic matter that they produce.

      • The diapers are regularly lab-tested to be clean, sanitized, pH-balanced and free of any detergent residue.
      • The set of diapers that you initially receive are free of any stains and discolorations.
      • And the diapers being returned to you will be 100% stain free too*, UNLESS you partake in any of the uses or actions listed below. And you are responsible for the Replacement Cost for diapers whose stains we cannot remove. So be sure to read over and avoid these Stainers:
        • Do not let diapers go longer than one week without laundering.
        • Do not collect dirty diapers in plastic sacks or in the plastic sacks that come standard with conventional diaper pails.
        • Please ONLY ever use diaper creams or oils that we carry on our Shop page. Or you’re also welcome to enlist 100% Olive Oil, 100% Almond Oil or 100% Coconut Oil. But be sure to avoid the use of ALL other diaper cream, moisturizers and oils.
          • If you do encounter redness or rash, see these Tips for help.
        • When your baby begins eating solids, be diligent about plunking the poo into the toilet.
          • See these Tips for how to most easily do this task.
        • We have found that some Prenatal Vitamins, DHA or FIsh Oil Supplements taken by a nursing mom can cause diaper staining. If you find that is happening to you, consider switching your brand of supplements to one of the "safe" brands that we carry here.
        • Never use the diapers for household purposes.
        • Some brands of baby formula, medicine or vitamin supplements (taken by baby or breastfeeding mom) can cause yellow stains on the diapers.
          • And although we are usually able to soak these "purely nutritional" stains out of the diapers after you move out of them, they're likely avoidable!  So please email us with your brand of supplement, formula or medication (ingested or topical) and we'll try to pinpoint what's causing them.

        *A small percentage of families will see some yellow discolorations coming back each week despite having followed all the "rules". We are working to figure out why this happens and will keep you posted with any new developments. Rest assured, even with the yellow "diaper art", the diapers are 100% clean, sanitized and ready for action.  So put them to use just like normal.  And as long as these discolorations are not caused by one of the culprits above, we will be able to soak them out when you move up in size so you will not be held responsible for any replacement costs.

  • Can you tell me everything you know about diaper rash and diaper creams?
    • Our recommendation is to skip the use of any creams or oils unless you see redness coming on. So long as poopy diapers are changed right away, a baby’s skin is usually a-okay going au natural.

      If, however, you find that a daily moisturizer or rash preventer is helpful or you have a rash coming on or persisting, please use only the few proven cloth-friendly creams that we carry on our Shop page (descriptions below) and avoid the use of ALL other creams.

      The reason: Most creams (and we mean 99.9% of them) are made with petro or animal byproducts. And these ingredients don’t wash out of the diapers. Ever. Which results in permanent stain damage.

      Fortunately, the three creams that we carry are fabulous!

      • For prevention and everyday, or if you see a rash coming on:  Organic Coco Balm  - is our recommended cloth-friendly daily balm. It’s naturally anti-fungal (yeast/thrush) and has antibiotic properties too. It’s also super rich, moisturizing and soothing. 100% Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Almond Oil make great cloth-friendly daily creams as well.
      • For a full-blown rash: For help in identifying the cause, check out the Dr. Sears’ diaper rash page.

        Be double sure to change poopy diapers right away.

        And while the redness/rash persists, you’ll want to change pee-pee diapers more often than usual too.

        Then, to help heal the rash while repelling moisture, try one or both of these two:

        • Diaperkind Rash Relief Cream - if you notice a rash coming on, it’s time to bring in the zinc ointment. It is an all natural, petroleum free, cloth-friendly alternative to Desitin.  The zinc oxide in this cream will heal inflammation, promote healing and ease discomfort.
        • Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly - if you think your baby has particularly sensitive skin and needs a stronger moisture barrier than the coconut oil, try out the Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly.  It is a petro-free alternative to A+D, Aquaphor or Vaseline.  It is super thick and will do a bang-up job at protecting your baby’s bum from any diaper wetness.
        • Insider Tip! If you mix the Alba and the Baby Moon Zinc Ointment together, you are essentially making a natural, cloth-friendly alternative to Triple Paste or Butt Paste.
      • And if the rash persists: It’s time to go to the Pediatrician and rule out Yeast (Thrush). If your doctor does diagnose yeast as the culprit, here are some tips to get you through:
        • A doctor will usually prescribe either Clotrimazole (sold over the counter, usually as Lotrimin) or Nystatin (prescription). Happily, if you purchase the "cream" version of these medications, they are water soluble.  So you’re all clear to use them with the cloth diapers. Avoid purchasing the "ointment" version of these, as ointment is petroleum based and is not cloth friendly.
        • Be sure to use the prescription medication for the full length of time prescribed. (usually 10 or more days)
        • For some blog tips from Bummis on treating yeast rash and how to change up your laundry routine, head here.
      • And for post-circumcision protection: Alba Un-Petroleum Jelly - is a cloth-friendly alternative to Vaseline, A+D, and Aquaphor, etc.
  • I’ve mastered cloth diapers at home - but now I want to leave the house. Help!
    • Travel can be for 10 minutes or several weeks. And cloth diapers can go right along with you. Here are the few Tips to keep in mind:

      For Quick Outings and Day Trips
      • Pack up up 2 to 6 clean diapers and an extra cover or two.
      • Bring a Wet Bag in which you collect your dirty diapers. (We love the Medium Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags that we carry, because they have compartments for packing clean on one side and dirty on the other.) Head out into the world. Make your diaper changes as needed. And toss your dirties into your Wet Bag. Then just be sure to empty the diaper(s) out into the diaperkind hamper bag/pail when you get home. Easy!
      For Weekend Trips

      Pack up...

        • 20 to 30 clean diapers
        • 3 to 6 covers and a spare fastener
        • a bit of Charlie’s Soap for your covers.
        • and bring a Wet Bag large enough to collect that many dirties. (The Large Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags that we carry are perfect for long trips.)

      Head out into the world. Make your diaper changes as needed. And toss your dirties into your Wet Bag.

      Then just be sure to empty the diapers out into the diaperkind hamper bag/pail when you get home. Easy!

      For Longer Trips and Home-Laundering while away
      • Head to the My Account page and fill out the Service Schedule form to let us know to skip you for a week (or more) and plan ahead so that no dirty diapers are left behind unlaundered.
      • By filling out the form above, you’ll be provided with laundering instructions.
      • Keep in mind that you’ll need to launder EVERY 2 to 3 DAYS.  So you’ll pack...
        • 20 to 30 diapers
        • Your covers and fasteners
        • Charlie’s Soap
        • and we recommend the Large Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags for long trips.
  • I need sleep. Can you give me some Nighttime Solutions, please?
    • Once your baby starts sleeping in 6 to 12 hour stretches at night, you may need to "boost" your nighttime diaper to keep your babe dry until morning.  Here are some Nighttime Diapering solutions to try:

      • Doublers: A doubler is a long narrow pad that you layer in your diaper to give it an absorbency boost. We offer two types of Nighttime Doublers Service that you can choose to add to your weekly diaper service. The Stay-Dry Nighttime Doubler Service is best for heavy wetters and sensitive sleepers because it includes doublers made up of a combination of super thirsty hemp topped with a built-in layer of stay-dry fleece. Our Basic Nightime Doubler Service includes standard cotton doublers that boost the absorbency just the right amount for average wetters.
      • Wool Covers: Wool Covers are regularly suggested for use at nighttime to aid in absorbency and alleviate leaking. They can store up to 30% of its own weight in water and yet remain dry to the touch. Even while absorbent and waterproof, wool still allows circulation around baby's bum which helps prevent diaper rash.
      • Double-up your diapers: Granted, it makes for a big ol’ bum, but it also makes for a dry and sleep-filled night.  Give it a try! Some folks literally layer one diaper over the other and fold and fasten them two-as-one.

        Other families prefer to tri-fold the second diaper and use it as a "doubler". The easiest way to do this is to place the trifolded diaper into the cover itself (rather than on the baby). So that it’s sandwiched between your diapered baby and the cover.

      • A "Sleep Change": One last thing that can help with even the heaviest wetters is the "Sleep Change". Most wetting happens within the few hours after that last pre-bedtime feeding. So, if you’re still awake a few hours after that (and if you think your babe will stay good and groggy), slip in and do a stealthy diaper change. You’ll find that you’re changing a super soggy diaper, but that the dry one that you put on will last you the rest of the night!
  • Am I ready to Size up (or down) my diapers?
    • Here are the diapers' general size and weight guidelines (please note that this only applies to our diapers. Different brands have different dimensions and therefore different weight ranges).
      • Prefolds, the Twees size fits babies from 4 - 7.5 pounds
      • Prefolds, the Small size fits babies from 7 - 16 pounds
      • Prefolds, the Medium size fits babies from 15 - 22 pounds
      • Prefolds, the Large size fits babies from 20 - 35 pounds (potty training)
      • Fitteds, Size 1 fit babies from 7 - 18 pounds
      • Fitteds- Size 2 fit babies from 17 - 35 pounds (potty training)
      For Prefolds only:  So that your diaper fits comfy for its entire weight range, start to “fan your fold” for the last few pounds:
      • Use the Angel Wing Fold
      • Then, you'll need to "fan out" the center pad of the diaper so that the back "wings" don’t have so far to reach so far around to overlap.  What that means is that when you bring the center pad of the diaper up between the baby's legs, you'll want to spread it out at the top by the waist. The pad will stay narrow and trim in between the baby's legs.  You'll then take your snappi and give it a bunch of good hard stretches to break it in and permantently lengthen it. This will ensure that it is not too tight across the baby's belly as it reaches further to cinch the "wings".
  • My baby is eating Solid foods. Now what?
    • It is generally between 5-8 months that most babies start accepting solid foods and begin consuming 2-3 "meals" per day. At this point, you will start to notice a shift in the baby's poo from liquid-y to pasty. Once this happens you will need to start flushing the solid waste down the toilet before putting the diaper in your pail. The easiest way to do this is to start using Bio-Liners. The liners keep the "plunking" process simple and relatively ick-free. Alternatively, some families prefer to skip liners and just shake/swish/dunk the diaper in the toilet to remove the solid waste that way. Either method is ok by us! You just want to be certain that you are flushing the bulk of it.
  • Do cloth diapers affect my baby’s mobility?
    • Remember how a cloth diaper is bulkier than a disposable? Well, some parents worry that the bulkiness might hinder their babies "rolling over", "crawling" and "walking" milestones. Trust on this: if walking is in your baby’s cards, a poofy bum will NOT get in his way. The generations of us who were cloth diapered before him can attest to this.
  • I have a very squirmy baby. Any advice on how to get through diaper changes?
    • Once a baby learns to scoot and roll over, they may find that diaper changes are so boring! And he may go to great (rolling, wrestling, spirited) lengths to avoid them. Here are some tips:

      During changes, make sure that your baby is horizontal to you and, if possible, on a changing table. Use your left hand (if you’re right handed) to gently hold your baby’s tummy or both legs at the ankles while cleaning. Never take this hand off the baby. It should always be in control of the baby until you are to the point of fastening the diaper. Use special toys, books, games and songs during changes to keep your baby occupied. Communicate with your baby that this is a time to be still. As your baby grasps the concept of being still, this habit will help in many, many other situations. If your baby is allowed to be "in charge" during diaper changing times, they will insist on this authority at many other points.

      The above phase is true with disposables or cloth. Do bear through - this phase is a short one!

  • How can I use my diapers at Daycare?
    • Contrary to common belief, the Department of Health does not prohibit the use of cloth diapers in Daycare Centers.  In fact, according to the DoH, Daycare’s are meant to be amenable to the parents’ choice! With that... here’s a Cloth Friendly Daycare.pdfwhich contains:
      • Our current running list of Cloth Friendly Daycares
      • The official NY State Department of Health’s guidelines and link.
      • and our recommendations on coordinating the day to day cloth/daycare routine (please email us if you know of a cloth-friendly Daycare that we can add to our list!)
      And, here’s a good article with tips on introducing cloth to a first-time daycare center. Convincing Your Childcare Provider to Use Cloth Diapers
    • If it ends up that your daycare or babysitter of choice is not open to using cloth diapers, please email us interested in part time cloth diaper service) and we can come up with a service plan to keep you in cloth part time.
  • Our baby is ready to potty train (we think....). What now?
    • Here's the DK-recommended potty training method. Which, in our no-time-for-potty-training-busy-lives, skips the daytime training pants step. However, diapers will still be needed for NAPS/NIGHTTIME for awhile longer...

      Disclaimer: We're all meant to "wait until our kid shows signs of readiness/excitement". The only problem: Does anyone really know what that means?  So, start feeling it out around 18-24 months. And then go to Step 1 when you're ready.

        • Step 1 (Week 1)

          Pick a full week designated to (daytime) potty-training and nothing else.

          • stay close to the house
          • commit to 100% undies. NO DIAPERS ALLOWED.  (except at night/naps)
          • so go nude-y or undies-only.
          • there will be lots of accidents.
          • but after a few days of pee-running-down-the-leg, he/she will be on board.
          • continue nighttime/nap diapering as usual (covers + prefolds + doublers, if used)
        • Step 2 (Weeks 2 to 4 +/-)
          • venture further from the house
          • have every accessible potty mapped and plotted
          • wear ONLY undies or cloth training pants.
          • pack a change of clothes.  and socks!  and shoes!
          • continue nighttime/nap diapering as usual (covers + prefolds + doublers, if used)
        • Step 3
          • venture even further
          • ditto to everything above, but slightly more leisurely
        • Step 4 (potential regression)
          • lots of kids can regress for any number of reasons.
          • if this happens, you're meant to pretty much start over at either Step 1 or Step 2.
        • Step 5 (Night time/Naps!)
          • a lot of people say don't even bother until your child is 3+
          • regardless of age, though, continue diapering at night/naps just the same (cover + prefolds + doublers, if used) right up until you've witnessed 2  full weeks of him/her waking up with a dry diaper.
          • at which point, undies can kick in for nighttime/naps too.
          • (warning:  you may encounter a toddler, as Liz did, that wakes you up every 2 hours to use the potty.  We haven't figured this one out yet...)

      There are, of course, a gijillion books and methods out there on this topic that might be better/smarter.  But we like the Just Go For It aspect of the above.  (and used it for our kids as well.  So far, so good!)

  • Do you have a referral/rewards program?
    • We sure do! Word of mouth endorsements are what has grown our business for the past 8 years. Nothing means more to us than happy cloth diapering parents sharing their enthusiasm with other new or expecting parents! For specifics on our Diaperkind Rewards program, head here.

  • Why is it that we chose cloth diapers again?
    • Let’s face it: parenthood is a giant, new undertaking that can sometimes be, well, downright hard. And every so often, you encounter hurdles or new phases that make you want to “simplify”. And sometimes your choice to cloth diaper gets the axe in the process.

      So we’ve included this section anytime you’d like a reminder that:

      • your choice to cloth diaper matters
      • cloth diapers aren’t hard, life is hard
      • and phases pass

      All that said, here it is in black and white: why is it that we choose to cloth diaper?

      When choosing a diaper, it always boils down to these 5 things:

      • Fit
      • Function
      • Convenience
      • Cost (Monetary and Environmental)
      • Comfort
      • and, for some, Fashion ; )

      With that, here’s the breakdown:

      • Fit:

        That’s an easy one. Cloth diapers, of course, fit great.

        The one difference that you’ll notice between the fit of a cloth diaper v. the fit of a disposable: bulkiness.

        Yep, cloth diapers are bulkier than disposables. That’s just part of the program: all natural materials up against baby’s skin vs. Super Absorbent Polymers.

        The only setback that we’ve ever witnessed from that poofier bum? Your cloth-diapered baby will not, I’m afraid, fit into newborn skinny jeans. ; ) But all other clothes will fit just fine and if you really want those skinny jeans, just buy them one size bigger.

      • Function:

        That’s an even easier one. We’ve found Prefolds to function better than any other diaper; disposable or otherwise. No joke.

        Prefolds (when properly folded, fastened and covered) won’t blow-out past the cover onto bedding or clothing. Ever.

      • Convenience:

        Now here’s the category that tends to hold the key: Convenience.

        • There’s a little bit of a folding learning curve up front. But that’s nothing.
        • And there’s the extra step of putting a cover and fastener on. But that’s nothing.

        So, the main difference between a cloth diaper and a disposable is: laundry

        And the time spent laundering? You kind of time it right along with your family/baby laundry. And then it just feels like an extra load here and there. (I know that sounds oversimplified. And maybe it is. But the point: it’s really not that much extra work!)

      • Cost (monetary and environmental):

        And here’s where it all becomes worthwhile. Monetary and Environmental costs are best compared on this .pdf where you’ll see that...

        • Home laundering is, by far, the most economical. Big time.
        • As for Environmental costs, well, cloth wins by a landslide (no pun intended). Because what it all comes down to is Waste.
      • Waste:

        Consider the impact that disposable diapers have on the planet. Without even factoring in the production, packaging and delivering of the diapers, the amount of waste they produce is almost immeasurable. Over 29 billion disposable diapers are sold in the US alone EACH YEAR. That results in 4 million tons of diaper trash. Regardless of how eco-frienly the disposable diaper claims to be, it is still going to end up in a landfill after it is used where it will sit for upwards of 500 years.

        Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are purchased once and then reused over and over again and can then be passed down to a sibling or other baby. When it is finally time to retire it as a diaper, it can live on as a rag or be donated to one of the many organziation out there that will repurpose it. Your cloth diapers do not EVER have to end up in a landfill. 

        So here’s the thing: You’re you can use a disposable single use diaper for 1-3 hours and then toss it where it sits in a landfill for 500+ years, or you can simply use a cloth diaper for that same amount of time, wash it and reuse it.

      • Comfort:

        Back to the fun stuff!

        This really comes down to a baby’s individual disposition. But, in general, we’ve found that babies don’t care one iota between one style of diaper vs. another.

        Most babies have fewer rashes in cloth because there are no potentially irritating chemicals to anger their sensitive skin.

      • A note on mobility:
      • Remember how a cloth diaper is bulkier than a disposable? Well, some parents worry that the bulkiness might hinder their babies "rolling over", "crawling" and "walking" milestones. Trust on this: if walking is in your baby’s cards, a poofy bum will NOT get in his way. The generations of us who were cloth diapered before him can attest to this. Not to mention that a cloth diaper actually holds your babies legs in an optimmum wider position for hip development which is crucial (especially for baby girls) in the first few years of life.
      • And a note on squirminess:

        Some baby’s will reach an age when diaper changes are so boring! And he may go to great (rolling, wrestling, spirited) lengths to avoid them.

        This is true with disposables or cloth. And you will find many a blog for ideas on what to do if you find yourself faced with this phase. Do a quick google search for ideas and bear through - the phase is a short one!

        We like to say that this is the first of many power struggles you will encounter with your child. Decide now who gets to win ; )

      • Fashion:

        Saving the most fun for last - fashion.
        This one goes without saying - cloth and cloth accessories are soooooo much cuter!