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Cloth Diaper Basics

Wed, 22 Aug 2012|

-There are many different ways to cloth diaper a baby, but I start from kind of the basic most economically feasible way and move down to kind of the really nice Cadillac of diapers and give everybody-- you know, give them a full range of ideas and give them a chance to kind of figure out what's gonna work for them. So, starting with diapers, I then move on to showing them first what are called prefolds, which are these 3 here, and covers. And when we talk about prefolds, we talk about probably what I was definitely cloth diapered in back in the `70s and that's what these are. These are called Chinese prefolds. They are diapers of this quality. They are thick. They are heavy. They are not the kind you buy at a big box store. They're definitely a lot thicker and made specifically for diapering a baby. These are Indian unbleached prefold and it's very soft. A lot of people like this. It doesn't show stains as well. And this is a hemp prefold. And hemp is a fantastic material because it's a natural fiber. It breathes and it holds about 8 times more than cotton does. So, the flip side, the reason why you wouldn't use hemp for everything is that it's a little more expensive. So, a lot of people have mixtures of hemp and cotton in their diaper stash. So then you would use these prefolds with diaper covers and they come in a variety of shape, sizes, colors. This happens to be ImseVimse brand diaper cover in organic cotton. This is a Thirsties diaper cover. And a diaper cover basically has what it does. It covers the diaper. It is a waterproof material on the inside. And for a newborn for example, you would take a prefold. And for a girl, you could just lay it just in the middle so the extra hemp part is in the middle or you could fold it in thirds the other way and lay it inside the diaper as well. Works really well. You wanna make sure everything is inside the double gussets. It keeps everything inside. And for a newborn who doesn't move very much, this is a great solution. It's economically friendly. You don't have to spend a lot of money and is a great way to diaper your baby when you're at home. Yeah, it is. It's great. So, moving along, you can use diaper covers also with what's called a fitted diaper. And a fitted diaper is essentially what it's called-- what it sounds like. It's a diaper that fits directly around the baby. It has snaps. This particular one has snaps or it has Velcro. And you would place this on the baby. This is all absorbent material, mostly cotton. This one is 90% cotton, 10% polyester. I believe the polyester is just in the last at the end to give it some shape, but you would also use it with the diaper cover. So, this is the absorbent material. This is what you would change every time you change the baby. And you would lay it in the diaper cover and you would put it on the baby with snaps and then you would put the diaper cover over it. And the diaper cover you could-- if there's no poop or anything on the diaper cover, you could easily wipe it down and reuse it. And this is the part you would then replace. And you could put in a different one. So, a lot of people like this because they feel like because a fitted diaper is absorbent, the absorbent material goes all the way around like underwear, it can hold quite a bit and it is good at leak protection, so that's a good choice for people who do like it especially those who have older babies who wet a little bit more, whose fluid intake is way more. It's a great option for them, so. Moving along king of the range of diapers, I have a bunch of different kinds of diapers called pocket diapers. And pocket diapers are neat because they have a pocket. So, this is in the inside of the diaper. When it's put together, it's just as easy to use as the disposable. However, it comes apart into 2 pieces. This is the absorbent material and this is the part that touches the baby, some Malden Mills fleece. It's really soft. It's a-- This particular brand is a Happy Heinys diaper. These are really cute. And the reason why some people like these better is because they wash and dry faster because they do come apart to 2 pieces. They dry quickly. You can line and dry this very quickly. You can put this on high heat. There's no elastic or Velcro that's gonna wear out on it, so. But when you're gonna stuff it, let's say they've come out of the wash and you're ready to put your diaper together, you stuff it, stuff the pocket just like this. And it's ready to go. Usually, I stuff my pocket diapers when I'm watching TV at the end of night right before I go to bed and in that way they're all done, ready, and I put then all in the changing table ready to go for the next day. So, a lot of people like these. They're an economical choice and they come in great cute fun colors. They also have laundry tabs so when you're getting ready to put things in the laundry, you can pull back the tab so you don't get the Velcro string in your washing, so. And that-- This particular brand has Velcro so that's great. Other people prefer snaps, but it's the same idea. Also a pocket diaper. This one's trimmed. A lot of people like this because it is very trimmed. It fits all-- There's not a lot of bulkiness to it, but the same idea. This is the insert and this is the part that touches the baby, also fleece. This is just a different kind of insert. It's made of microfiber. So, if you think of-- I think they call them shimmies-- when you dry cars with, it's an extra thirsty material, so it absorbs liquid very quickly. And then there is also on the inside hemp, which is also very absorbent. And together, they make a great diaper, super absorbent. And again, you stuff the pocket. This particular brand is called the Knickernappies. And I use this particular brand on my son. It fits him really well, so it's a great diaper. Just to give you an idea, they're made of different materials. This particular diaper is fleece. Fleece breathes. It actually-- All the quality fleece does, if you've done any hiking, that's the reason fleece is a big hiking material because it breathes. It's antimicrobial. It does all these great things for hiking as it does for diaper wearing. Another pocket diaper just with cute prints, also another pocket diaper. I believe this is the Happy Heinys print. This is a Drybees diaper. So, lots of different options. So, moving along the diaper spectrum, you also have what are called all-in-1 diapers. And all-in-1 diapers are exactly like they say. Everything is in-- built-in the diaper, so there's no stuffing, there's no anything. These are what I would consider the Cadillac of diapers as close to using a disposable as possible. So, everything is here in the diaper; the waterproofing material, the absorbent material. And you would put this on the baby just like that. Just as if you were using a disposable. Velcro's great because it gives you a great adjustable fit. It has elastic. It keeps everything in. A different kind of all-in-1 diaper. This is in organic cotton. It's an ImseVimse brand diaper. Also an all-in-1, but this particular brand opens up like this for easier and quicker drying, so. Most people I know don't have an entire stash of all-in-1s just because they do take a little bit longer to dry and they are a little bit more expensive. And this particular brand is also an all-in-1, but what's cool about this particular brand, it's a Thirsties brand diaper, is that it also has a pocket. So, it has the absorbent material. You can use the diaper just as it is or if you're going somewhere or if you're going for, let's say, a long car ride and you're gonna be out a while or overnight, you can stuff it with more absorbent material and make it more absorbent and it works even better, so. And then the one material I kind of call advanced cloth diapering is a material-- wonderful material called wool. Everybody knows wool. Wool is fantastic because it has its own antimicrobial qualities. Wool actually does not need to be washed all that often. It makes a great cover. It-- Wool is waterproof when it is properly lanolized. So, this particular diaper is a very nice, very strong diaper. This is a Sherpa inside and this is the part of the diaper you would change every time you change the baby. You take that out and then snap in a new one. This is a wool crepe cover. This is a Loveybums brand diaper. And there was nothing on the diaper, you would just snap in a new inside and use it again. Wool actually only needs to be washed every 2 weeks unless it has something on it. And you use something wool wash, which washes and cleanses the wool, but it also relanolizes it at the same time so then it consistently stays waterproof. It's a great diaper and I usually recommend people that they know they're gonna cloth diaper and are pretty committed to it already and they know they're gonna have more than 1 child that these are great diapers to invest in especially for newborns because newborns-- the newborn size, there's so little time that the diapers are in great condition for use, so. And yeah, what everybody has been talking about are one-sized diapers. One-sized diapers are fantastic because they are what they say. They are one-sized diaper. These 2 particular brands, one is a bumGenius, this is a Happy Heinys One Size; and each of them has adjustable tabs. They have Velcro closures to synch at the waist, get a correct fit of the waist, but in the front, they have adjustable snaps and that's how you adjust the size of the diaper. So, when a diaper is all the way snapped down, that's a size small. When it's on the second setting, it's a medium. And all the way unsnapped is a size large. So, this diaper will take a baby from about 10 pounds to almost [unk] of potty training, 35 pounds. My daughter will definitely be able to go from this type of diaper to [unk]. She's on the smaller size. This is the same idea, same kind of one-sized diaper, but it has one more row of snaps. It's called the Happy Heinys diaper, but exactly the same idea. So, you unsnap for an extra-- for a large fitting and then snap down as you-- when I adjust the setting for the size in the front. Also has a Malden Mills fleece on the inside. There's a pocket you would take the insert and stuff the insert in just like you did with the other pocket diapers. What I recommend the people is that once their baby is about 10 to 12 pounds and they're ready to come in and try a one-sized diaper, I really recommend bringing in the baby and trying them on because just like our clothing, different brands of diapers fit different babies in different ways. So, it's good-- you wanna ensure a good fit in a diaper 'cause it will help in leak prevention and you'll be able to see really easily what kind of diaper you like best especially on your baby and which one fits the best.