Some basic info. for those just getting started with cloth diapering.
What are the general items that I`ll need to have on hand?
1.) Diaper Pail – Can be as simple as a kitchen garbage can with lid. I suggest trying to get one that has a step lid for ease of use after rinsing diapers and both hands might be taken. Also, more expensive does sometimes mean better quality. Better quality leads to denser plastic and less chance for odor to stick to the pail plastic. I myself noticed a huge difference when upgrading to a metal can with black plastic inner. 2.) 2 pail liners – For lining the diaper pail. Good to have an extra for when the used is in the wash. 3.) Wetbags – Needed for travel and keeping things dry in the diaperbag. 4.) Cloth wipes – Not a necessity but a makes sense item if you're cloth diapering. You're already going to be doing cloth diaper wash, so throw these into the diaper pail also and save some $ on disposable ones. (And the landfills will thank you also.) 5.) Wipes solution – Also not a necessity for use with wipes, but it can smell good and keep baby smelling fresh. $ tip: A little drop of baby wash in some water also works. Just be sure to change it out every other day. 6.) Mini-shower – Convience item but many are glad to have this when it comes to rinsing poo. Dunking can take more flushes which is wasteful and is just not fun for most. $ tip: If your shower is near your toilet, just get a long hand held attachment and use that! 7.) Washable fleece liners or flushable liners – Both items make for getting poo out of the diaper easier, give less chance for diaper stains, and give protection to the diaper when using diaper creams. Fleece liners are washable and allow poo to roll off easier than typical diaper inners. They are also nice for allowing urine to pass through to the an absorbant layer underneath and keep wetness away from baby. Flushables like Imse Vimse liners, give protection to the diaper by way of a thin strip of material that is flushable. So just flip the diaper over the toilet allowing the liner and poo to drop in and then flush away. 8.) A detergent for cleaning your dipes.
How often will I need to change? And how many diapers will I need?
Approximate amount of times baby will be changed over 2 - 3 day period. Newborns to around 3 months old : 24-36 changes 3 months to approx. 12 months: 20-24 changes 12 months to potty training 16-20 changes
So… washing every 2-3 days here is a general idea of what you will need based on the style of diapers you want to use. For a Newborn:(for older babies/children, you can adjust the amount according to the age and # of changes you do daily.)
Prefolds and Fitteds with Covers 24-36 diapers using a combination of prefolds and fitteds. 3-6 covers 2 snappi’s or 3 sets of pins 4-6 doublers for naps and bedtime $ tip: Preemie prefolds make for descent cheap doublers
One or two wool wraps are nice to have for bedtime and extra leak protection. A few pockets or AIO diapers are also nice to have for sitters, daycare, or a day out and about.
Pockets 20-30 pocket style diapers inserts for stuffing all the pockets 4- 6 Doublers for extra absorbancy during naps and bedtime $ tip: Preemie prefolds make for descent cheap doublers, or inserts for infants.
All-In-Ones 20-30 All-in-One diapers 4-6 doublers for extra absorbancy during naps and bedtime. $ tip: Preemie prefolds make for descent cheap doublers