I’ve been meaning to blog about cloth diapering for over a year now.
I receive frequent emails from readers, inquiring how and why I use cloth, such as this recent question from Krista:
I’m having my first baby in July and am strongly leaning toward cloth diapering, but don’t quite know where to start. I noticed in your about me section that you do cloth diaper. I wondered if you could give me tips on what to purchase, what to expect, if it is even worth registering for Cloth diapers at Target, or if they are not as good quality. I don’t even mind if you turn this into a cloth diapering 101 post.
I’d really appreciate help. I’ve tried reading other sites on this subject, but they are confusing.
Krista’s question gave me another gentle nudge… and an idea! Cloth Diapering 101— sounds great!! I decided to turn my reply into a series (instead of one, long, encyclopedia-length post) on cloth diapering over the next few weeks (months?).
If you’re not into cloth diapers, or don’t even have babies in the home, don’t worry: I’m not ditching all other topics in favor of talkin’ cloth. I would like to touch on the subject once-a-week or so, or until I run out of fuzz. 🙂
So, where to begin? How about…
First things first.
The first thing I discovered when I started using cloth diapers (nearly four years ago) was that they leak unless they have a good cover. I didn’t know about much diaper or covers… but I quickly learned!
So first of all, you need a diaper and, depending on the style of diaper (more on that in a minute), you need a good cover.
Some mamas use wool soakers as a diaper cover, but my favorite kind is a basic, water proof cover, such as the ones offered by Mother-ease. These come in a variety of sizes and styles, are inexpensive, wash easily and dry so quickly. They are available with either velcro or snap closures.