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Get to the Bottom of Cloth Diapering: The Bare Facts Explained

February 27, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

If you are like many new parents, you are interested in saving money. Diapers is one of those areas where you can save money. More and more people are returning to using cloth diapers. But the ones available now are not the same as those your mother or grandmother used. Concerns for the environment and for fashion has combined to create numerous options for using cloth diapers on your baby.

The basics

So we are all speaking the same language, let's explain some of the terms used in the new world of cloth diapers. There are basically 2 parts to these systems: the diaper and the outer wrap. The diaper itself can be prefolded or not. It can be laid on or inserted into a pocket in the outer wrap. So, you will find the cloth part of the diaper system referred to as prefold, inserts or pocket diapers.

The wrap goes over the cloth part (or the diaper is inserted into it) and is designed to contain leaks. Think of it as the successor of those pastel rubber or plastic pants babies used to wear over diapers. These now close primarily by Velcro (also called loop and hook) or by snaps. The outer cover is reusable and it is hoped that it doesn't have to be changed every time the diaper is changed. This comes down to whether the diaper was just urine, whether the liner was soiled and personal preference.

Some diaper systems offer optional diaper liners. While these are usually offered by certain manufacturers, they can be used with any system and most parents find them worth the cost. These liners are designed to serve 2 purposes, to catch solid waste and to be disposable, usually by flushing. They greatly reduce the mess associated with reusable diapers.


Reusable diapers come in many materials. Most are made of durable cloth but some are even made of hemp or wool. For purposes of this discussion on cheap cloth diapers, we will focus on cotton diapers.

It's the outer wrap where things get interesting. Outer diaper wraps are available in any number of designer prints and colors. But, try to put function before fashion and pay particular attention to how the diaper closes, be sure it is designed to contain leaks and to be comfortable for your baby. Some covers offer a set of snaps, as well as a loop and hook closure. Combined, these make for a custom adjustable and pretty leakproof fit for babies of many sizes.


Your first consideration should be whether you are going to be content with the laundering aspect of cloth diapers. Cloth diapers need to have the solids removed, either by use of a liner or by rinsing in the toilet. They must be stored away from other laundry and can't sit too long before washing. Ammonia and all kinds of other bacteria and bad smells with result from dirty cloth diapers that have sat too long without washing.

Consider the size of your baby when choosing a cheap cloth diaper. This is where you might notice a difference. Some cloth diapers are very bulky and a preemie may not be comfortable with a diaper of that size. Some wraps stay snapped better than others and some contain leaks better than others. If you aren't crazy about having to wash solid wastes from diapers, you should consider a cloth diaper system with a disposable liner. Read on to hear our recommendations on cheap cloth diapers.

Traveling with a baby using cloth diapers takes some added planning, but certainly is doable. Bring a waterproof bag to put dirty diapers in and rinse as soon as you can.

So how many diapers will you need?

Well, most estimates are that newborns are changed 12 times a day. You will find that as the baby grows, you will change him/her less often. Since these also have to be laundered, you should factor in that some will be out of service (i.e., in the laundry). It is usually recommended that you stock 3 dozen cloth diapers and at least 6 outer covers. Since this is a big outlay of money, we have some suggestions so keep reading.

Are cloth diapers really better?

The landfills in the US are rapidly becoming full with used disposable diapers. The plastic on disposable diapers is estimated to take hundreds of years to decompose. The human waste associated with them is yet another irony, whereby we don't allow any other human waste to simply be put onto or into the ground, yet disposable diapers are acceptable.

Since cloth diapers are reusable, waste is reduced. However, more water and energy is used to launder them so that must be considered.

If you run out of disposables and have cloth diapers, a diaper change isn't a crisis. At most, you might have to wash a load of clothes, but if the nearest store is closed, your baby can still be dry and clean. Most parents find that to be comforting thought.


If you are starting out, we recommend the Flip diaper system. This has a one-size cover and three choices in absorbent inserts. The cover is a hybrid with snap as well as hook and loop closures that enable a custom individualized fit. This makes for a very flexible cloth diaper system so you can create a diaper that works for you and your baby. And you can try different inserts in this one kit.

Flip diapers are easy to use. You just remove the used diaper insert and replace it with a clean one. The cover is reusable. Since the one-size cover and insert adjusts to fit most babies weighing 7 to 35 pounds, it works for most new parents.

Eventually, you will need to purchase enough so that you don't have to worry about running out or doing laundry every day. Once you do that, you don't have to worry about buying disposable diapers over and over and over...and throwing your money away with the diapers.

Check out this blog for more information on choosing the right cheap cloth diapers to keep your baby dry and comfortable and your budget happy.

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