Choosing the cloth diapering route for your baby is better for the environment, – and gentle for your baby’s sensitive skin as well. Also, the overall cost of cloth diapers is much lesser than their disposable counterpart.
But before you begin your cloth journey, there are a few essential products you’ll need. These cloth diaper accessories make your process of using the reusable diapers a whole lot cleaner and easier.
Here is the list of essential accessories:
1. Doublers, Liners & Inserts
No matter what type of cloth diaper you choose, you’ll need to stock up on these.
But how different are Doublers, Liners and Inserts and what are its uses?
Doublers are basically multilayered fabrics that are used to provide absorbency. They aren’t bulky and are recommended for nap/night time diapering. They come in different fabrics – bamboo, hemp and cotton.
Liners are one layer fabric that is used on top of the diaper, lying right next to the baby’s skin. They are essentially used to speed up the cleaning process as you need to just take out the liner to remove the poop. They can also be used when you apply rash cream as they prevent the cloth diaper from getting affected by the ointment. In short, liners do not provide absorbency but are merely barriers. There are two types of liners – reusable and disposable.
Made of micro terry, hemp, fleece, cotton or bamboo, inserts are used to provide absorbency. They are used in pocket diapers, where the inserts are inserted into the pocket. In other diapers, such as all-in-ones, they are sewn to the cloth.
Based on your need, always have an ample supply of doublers, liners or inserts.
2. Diaper Covers
If you are using separate cloth diapers and covers, – say for Prefolds and Fitted, you’ll need to stock up on cloth diaper covers. Unlike cloth diapers, you won’t be changing your covers frequently. Having 6-8 diaper covers are recommended.
3. Diaper Pail
You’ll be washing your reusable diapers once in two days. So you’ll need to store them. Diaper pails with lids are great to store the diapers and keep the odor contained. You can also choose pail liners to help carry the cloth diapers without getting into a messy situation. If there’s a persistent bad odor, a sprinkle of baking soda can solve it!
Cloth wipes are affordable and super easy to clean. Whether it is wiping your baby’s tush or cleaning after your munchkin, they come quite handy. You can also repurpose your old T-shirts as wipes.
5. Safe Detergents
To avoid harming your cloth diapers and preventing diaper rashes, use only natural detergents. Always select fragrance-free, soap-free detergents. Don’t use bleach or softeners.
6. Wet Bags
Wet bags are a must-have when you cloth diaper your baby while traveling. Always have at least 2-3 wet bags with you.
7. Diaper Sprayers
These are an optional accessory, but quite helpful. Diaper sprayers make the poop-cleaning process a whole less messy. Just attach them to your toilet plumbing and the entire mess will be washed straight away.