Cloth diapers are making a comeback. Once considered a relic of the past, diaper washing is an environmentally friendly choice for modern families.
Why choose cloth diapers?
You definitely need diapers, but which type (cloth, disposable or a combination of both) you choose is a personal choice. The advantages of cloth diapers include:
They are reusable and environmentally friendly.
The cost savings may add up, especially if you use it for multiple children.
They do not contain chemicals that may irritate the sensitive skin of babies.
The use of diapers is not all or all. When grandparents are babysitting or staying overnight, many cloth diaper families choose to go out for a one-time outing.
Which diaper is best?
There are many options on the market-from ready-to-wear types to just a large piece of cloth needed for folding and cutting. This variety makes the choice of cloth diapers both exciting and overwhelming. The following are different types of abstracts:
Pocket: These diapers have a waterproof layer on the outside and inside, where you can place absorbent inserts. The main advantage of bagged diapers is the ability to adjust the insert according to different absorption levels and place the insert where your child needs it most.
All-in-ones: Most similar to disposable diapers, this convenient all-in-one product has a waterproof cover and a liquid-absorbing lining. When you change your child's diaper, you throw the entire diaper into the dirty pile for washing, and then pick up the other one (do not fold, do not insert).
Hybrids (All-in-two): Much like the All-in-ones, the hybrid also has a waterproof shell, but with a removable inner lining. When changing the time, you only need to pull out the dirty liner/insert and then snap the new liner/liner into the same shell (as long as there is no leak on the shell). The advantage of this system is that you can buy fewer shells (aka covers), and you can stock the liners.
Fitted: These ready-to-wear diapers have elastic leg openings and snap or Velcro closures at the waist. They are made entirely of absorbent fabric and require a waterproof cover to cover them. They have full-coverage absorbency (on the legs, waist and hips), and you can reuse the waterproof case on a new diaper.
Flats and prefolds: The original cloth diapers and flat shoes are large rectangular pieces of cloth (please consider the size of the dish towel). Pre-folding is a smaller piece of cloth that has been doubled. Both need to be folded, trimmed and covered with a waterproof case. They are easy to clean, dry quickly and are inexpensive.
How many cloth diapers do you need?
On average, newborns soil 8 to 10 diapers a day. Therefore, because babies can quickly grow newborn-sized diapers, many parents use disposable products for the first month or two. However, if you really want to invest in fabrics for newborns, you must have at least 20 pieces (trust us, not many!).
How often you plan to wash your clothes will affect the number of diapers needed after the newborn period. Most families like to have a total of 24 diapers, but you can use 14 less if you want to and can wash them every day.
How should I wash the diaper?
Given that a newborn baby washes 9 to 12 diapers a day, at least at the beginning, you can count on washing urine every two days. After the baby soils the diaper, immediately rinse the stool on the toilet, and then store the diaper in the designated basket (you do not need to buy a special diaper bucket with cloth diapers). When you have enough diapers to load, follow the instructions on the care label to throw them in a regular washing machine.
Generally, you need to use baby-friendly laundry detergent that does not contain dyes, perfumes, allergens, and fabric softeners or brighteners. These will not only stimulate the delicate skin on the bottom of the baby, but also change the way the diaper is worn and its ability to absorb moisture.
Dry the diapers in the dryer or on a line outside. Production line drying also has the advantage of environmental protection, and sunlight can bleach stains.
How do you clean poop out of cloth diapers?
Step 1: Remove all solid waste
Some parents use a diaper sprayer (connect the sprayer to your toilet like a miniature shower head), while other parents shake the diaper in the toilet bowl. Even use a spray bottle filled with tap water. Just make sure to spray or spin dry until the poop is removed.
How long does a cloth diaper last?
About 6-9 months
Remember, the fewer times you wash diapers and diapers, the longer they will last. If you choose a diaper with a smaller diaper, plan to change the diaper every 6-9 months. If there are only 10 to 15 rotations, don't expect No. 1 diaper (or No. 1 diaper!) to last 2 years! Are you ready to start?