Cloth Diapering Myths

Although I really wanted to cloth diaper, I was haunted my myths that I kept hearing from non-cloth diapering moms. Luckily I had Rebecca, who guided me through the world of cloth diapers and later became my co-author and co-blogger here at Greenbabyguide.com. Now we can support other new parents by dispelling some of those cloth diapering myths that we found to be utterly untrue.

Myth #1: You’ll have to use pins and plastic pants.
When I tell people that I cloth diapered my children, it’s amazing how many of them say they just couldn’t imagine having to use pins with small infants. I show them pictures of the hourglass design and velcro and snap closures and they are amazed.
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How to Switch to Cloth Diapers

Tired of shelling out hundreds of dollars on disposables and lugging soiled diapers out to the trash?  It’s time to make the switch to cloth!  If you’re like most of us, cloth can seem overwhelming.  Here is a short list of questions and answers that many new parents have about cloth.

What type of cloth diaper should I use?

In our book, the Eco-nomical Baby Guide (now on sale for less than $8 on Amazon!), we give you diagrams and advantages of each type of diaper out there. If you can’t get your hands on the book, be sure to get your hands on some actual cloth diapers.  Go to a local diapering shop or ask around to see if you can find a family that uses cloth. Remember, you don’t have to settle on one type of cloth diaper.  At our house we use a mix of pocket diapers, prefold diapers, and all-in-one diapers. If you can’t actually find any of those locally, check out this YouTube video. (One note–the video says that you need pins for prefold diapers, which is absolutely untrue. We never used pins or snappies with our prefolds. We simply tucked our diaper into a cover and placed it on our babies.)
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How Does One Launder Cloth Diapers? Read Here to Find Out

What’s the very best, most efficient way to wash cloth diapers? The answer lies in our groundbreaking book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide. Get thee a copy at once!

It turns out, we have a lot more to say about laundering cloth diapers. Perhaps it started with the question, Can you wash diapers in cold water? It turns out that yes, you can save energy by washing cloth diapers in cold water. To take that conservation further, you can wash cloth diapers in a front-loading washing machine.

If you’re wondering if the water and energy used to wash cloth diapers is just as bad as using disposable diapers, you might want to check out this post: Washable vs. disposable: environmental debates to ponder. Also, remember that you can offset the water used to wash cloth diapers.
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The Saturday Question: How often do you wash cloth diapers?

Some of you wash every other day while others let the loads build up for over a week before tossing them in the wash.  What would you recommend as a washing schedule for those just getting started?  How frequently do you have to launder them so that smell isn’t an issue?  We all have different tricks for keeping those diapers clean while cutting down our workload.  What are yours?

Using Cloth Diapers during Potty Training

If you’re lucky, your child will make a seamless transition from full-time diapers to full-time underwear.  That said, it’s pretty common for most kids to phase the diapers out gradually: at first they cut down during the day, then they’re “day trained,” and then–sometimes years later (according to my sources)–they stop needing diapers for naps and overnights.

We are in one of these transitional phases now.  While my daughter does not need a diaper while she’s awake, she still wears one while she sleeps.   I’ve been using cloth diapers since she was born and never want to buy another pack of disposables again, so I’m continuing with cloth diapers even now that I have much less diaper laundry to do.  This leaves me with a diaper conundrum:
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Cloth Diapers: The Real Poop on Going Green

Have you ever heard the “cloth diaper scare stories” before?  When I was pregnant, these frightening tales worried my hormone-filled mind.  I was so concerned about being “ready” and was sure that I was making my life far too difficult by using cloth.  Most standard baby guides had no information on cloth diapering, except to recommend against it.  I couldn’t seem to figure out all of the vocabulary associated with pre-folds, liners, G-diapers, and all the other products on the market.  What if I invested lots of money in cloth diapers and then found it all to be just too hard?

 

Luckily, I had Rebecca as my guide to the cloth diaper world.   I went with her to a resale shop and bought some covers, watched her expertly diaper her baby in less than twenty seconds, and realized that even I could easily manage cloth. A year and a half later, the truth is that cloth diapering isn’t even remotely a hardship.  We toss in an extra load of laundry every few days and fold diapers while zoning out in the evenings.  It has saved us hundreds of dollars and quite a bit of landfill space.

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