They say third time is a charm – and that’s true for me when it comes to cloth diapering. I’m currently cloth diapering my third baby and, after lots of tweaking over the years, I love the system we use now. Cloth diapering can be overwhelming – I can’t begin to tell you how much time I’ve spent researching different products and routines. What works for my family may not work for yours, but here’s what I do now:
DIAPERS + ACCESSORIES:
We keep it super simple & use prefolds and covers for diapering.
24 small cloth-eez prefolds (We will have to get the next size up soon, but the total investment using prefolds is still very affordable)
5 Flip covers
1 large wetbag for home
1 small wetbag for the diaper bag
3 Snappi diaper fastners
Our stash allows me to do laundry every other day – but I also use disposables at night and occasionally when we are out of the house. I still cloth diaper at least 80% of the time. Snappis aren’t necessary – you can use pins or just hold the diaper in place with a cover – but I think they help get a great fit and are very easy to use.
WASHING + DRYING:
1. Dump all dirty diapers and covers into the washer and do a cold rinse. (If you are exclusively breastfeeding just throw all the diapers in – otherwise you want to rinse off poop diapers before tossing them in)
2. Add detergent. We use the full recommended amount of Tide for the load size. Which detergent and how much seem to vary a lot in the cloth diapering community, but this is what works best for us.
3. Wash on hot with an extra rinse.
4. Hang covers to dry and toss prefolds in the dryer (or hang them outside if it’s nice out!)
There ya go. An easy way to cloth diaper with a limited budget!
Do you cloth diaper? Feel free to post your favorite products below!