During my pregnancy, I decided I wanted to use cloth diapers on my son. They are more cost effective, reusable, and don’t have any nasty chemicals that disposable diapers have.
If you are trying to decide whether or not you want to be a cloth diaper mom, you know how overwhelming the list of options is. I was completely dazed by how many systems and styles of cloth diapers there were.
A lot of it depends on your child and what works for them. Some are heavy wetters and your nighttime diaper is usually dependent on how they sleep. You won’t know these things until your baby is actually here.
After your little one arrives and you decide that cloth diapering is the way to go, you will need to decide what to stock in your diaper “arsenal.”
I keep my stock of cloth diapers and accessories simple so there is no need to be overwhelmed.
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THE CLOTH DIAPER SYSTEM
This is the obvious starting point because it is the actual diaper. If you are overwhelmed by the hundreds of choices out there, look no more, and start with the Best Bottom system.
The Best Bottom system is unique because instead of stuffing pocket diapers you just snap the inserts into the shells.
These shells are lined with a waterproof PUL fabric that keep the moisture from leaking. They have double leg gussets that you pull out after putting the diaper on to also keep it from leaking. You can adjust the size with the front snaps depending on your baby’s size.
I prefer the snap diaper shells over the hook and loop shells (which are velcro). I think the snaps at the top are more durable than velcro over time but this is, of course, a preference. With both types of shells, you can adjust for your baby’s size with the front snaps.
I got the Best Bottom Cloth Diaper Shell-Snap, To the Point (and many others).
Best Bottom suggests having three inserts per diaper shell. Another great part about this diaper systems is that you can reuse a shell a few more times if it hasn’t been soiled. Simply take out the wet insert, wipe down the inside of the shell, and snap in a new insert.
They have a big selection of inserts. The daytime insert options are stay dry, hemp/organic cotton, bamboo, and stay dry bamboo. My favorite are the stay dry inserts which are made up of 4 layers of microfiber and have a no-pill fleece on the top. I also have a few of the hemp inserts and work nicely for my son if he needs a thicker diaper (like on a road trip).
Best Bottom also has overnight inserts and doublers that you snap into the shell and then snap a regular insert on top of that. They have 3 different sizes (small, medium & large) you can use as your child grows. I used the small size for the least amount of time and the large for the longest period of time (they are a bit more absorbent for my heavy-wetter). The sizes are completely up to you because it depends on what your child needs.
Cloth wipes are one of my favorite cloth diaper accessories. I do keep disposable wipes in my son’s diaper bag in case of emergencies. However, I have found that cloth wipes work SO MUCH BETTER than disposable ones.
They are very thick and will NEVER RIP while you are wiping poop away from your child’s bum. Another perk of their thickness is that no poop will leak through to the other side if you need to use it.
The cloth wipes I use are made up of natural materials including cotton, wool and bamboo. These natural materials are soft and gentle on your baby’s delicate skin. They also don’t have any nasty chemicals that so many disposable wipes do, which can cause your baby’s bum to get a rash.
All you have to do is wet the wipes with water or a wipe solution, and then wipe away anything stuck on your baby’s bum. You can then toss the wipes into your wet diaper bag or liner (I will tell you about those further down the list).
I have made some of my own with leftover scraps of flannel, but my favorite wipes are OsoCozy’s Flannel Baby Wipes.
FLUSHABLE DIAPER LINERS
As we know, the big “# 2”, is gross and we want to stay as far away from it as possible. Unfortunately, mothers get up close and personal with their children’s poop. If you are using disposables, then you get to the toss the poopy diaper right in the trash.
However, when using cloth diapers, you need to be more prepared when getting rid of your little one’s poop. Some people use a diaper sprayer which I hear is amazing but have not tried it myself. What I have found EXTREMELY helpful for keeping my hands clean is the flushable diaper liner.
This was a game changer when my son starting pooping more solid and sometimes pasty numbers (apologies for the “ICK factor”). There are times when I forget to put a new liner on the diaper after I change him. Then have to dunk the diaper in the toilet to only, hopefully, get most of it off before throwing it in the wash.
When you use the liner, the fear of gross toilet water backsplashing and getting poop on your fingers goes away. It contains the waste! All you have to toss or let the liner (poop included) fall into the toilet and flush it all away.
The other great part about using the liners is that it creates a good enough barrier between the diaper and any rash cream or powder you may need to use.
I always use Dandelion Diapers Biodegradable Flushable Eco-Friendly Natural Diaper Liners (they are the best bang for your buck)!
DIAPER RASH CREAM
Cloth diapers should never have any of that directly on them because they can affect the absorbency of the diaper. That is why it is essential to use something like the liners I talked about in the previous section.
I usually try to find products that are more naturally based versus synthetic. A lot of times products like diaper rash cream are a combination of both. California Baby has a diaper rash cream uses zinc oxide as its skin protectant like most other rash creams, but it also has a lot of natural oils to help soothe your baby’s skin.
I rarely have to use this because cloth diapers are much better at preventing diaper rash than disposable ones. When I do have to use it, the rash or just redness disappears in a few hours. Sometimes I put it on my son at night because his nighttime diaper is on for so long, but that is not usually an issue.
A few years ago, California Baby released a “improved” version of this cream, claiming that it was safe to use on cloth diapers. I have seen mixed reviews about this claim, and decided for myself to keep using the liner as a barrier.
1 tube of California Baby Super Sensitive Diaper Rash Cream will last you for the majority of your little one’s diaper years!
WET DIAPER BAG & PAIL LINER
People who use disposable diapers have the Diaper Genie, but we cloth diaper-ers use wet diaper bags & pail liners.
The wet diaper bags are more convenient if you are on a trip or at a visit to grandma’s. All you have to do is toss the dirty diaper (after getting rid of possible poop) in the bag and zip it closed. It keeps the smell inside better than a plastic bag might, and it keeps the diapers from drying out before they get washed. They are lined with the same material used on Best Bottom’s shells (PUL) so the urine doesn’t make the outside of the bag wet.
The pail liners are very similar to a trash can liner, except you wash it instead of throwing it away. I bought a large one that fits a lockable trash can. Once I have changed my son’s diaper, I throw it in the trash can, close the lid and lock it (because kids get into EVERYTHING). When diaper laundry day comes, I dump the diapers in the washing machine and then take out the liner and do the same.
Has anyone else fallen in love with the Best Bottom Cloth Diaper System? Let me know in the comments section.