There are TONS of cloth diapering products out there. After trying many, many solutions over the years, there are a few we have really come to love.
What You Need
- 6-10 Diaper Covers
- 20-26 Absorbent Inserts
- 30-40 Cloth Wipes
- Bum Spray (Bought or Homemade with Essential Oils)
- 2-3 Wet Bags
- Diaper Pail (Optional)
- Diaper Pail Liner (Optional)
- Cloth-Diaper-Friendly Detergent (buy it or make your own in 5 minutes!)
- Flushable Liners (Optional)
The products below are ones we’ve used and fully approve of for all the above options. For your convenience, we’ve included product links for Amazon, so you can buy them today.
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Flip One-Size Diaper Covers
We started off using Flip covers at the very beginning, when they first came out. They’re a brilliant hybrid solution that allows you to reuse covers multiple times between washes, which translates to even more savings. You can also use one size (rated for 8-35 lbs) from birth to potty training, due to the amazing snap-to-resize design.
Blueberry Capri™ Diaper Covers
Capri™ diaper covers are a bit more expensive than Flip covers, but have an extra leg gusset (think of it as an extra measure to contain blowouts!) and slightly larger flaps to hold the inserts in place. They also have a slanted snap area, which makes it easier to adjust fit on baby. These can also be resized to fit different sizes of babies, but come in two ranges for more options–Size 1 (6-16 lbs) and Size 2 (12-35 lbs). If you’re only going to get one, I’d stick with Size 2, and just do disposables for the initial newborn stage.
Blueberry Capri™ Inserts
Similar to Flip inserts in concept, but with a microfleece top layer instead of stay-dry material for moisture wicking, and birdseye cotton instead of microfiber for absorbency. Capri™ inserts are also designed with a dual-layer construction, which allows for a bit more adjustability. Again, slightly more expensive than the Flip alternative, but worth it.
There’s really no right or wrong choice for cloth wipes. We’ve made them ourselves by cutting up old flannel receiving blankets, and we’ve bought premade ones composed of cotton or bamboo fabric with rounded edges. There are unbleached ones and colored ones and everything in between. As long as they get the poo off, you can pretty much use whatever you want. :)
Cloth Wipe Spray
We make our own cloth wipe spray using a few drops each of Lavender and Tea Tree (Melaluca) Essential Oils, but we have also used and LOVE Baby Bits Wipes Spray. It takes the guesswork out of making your spray if you’re not 100% familiar with the process yet.
We used Planet Wise wet bags for a while, but have recently fallen in love with Blueberry’s version–quite durable and leak-proof for anything from sandy beach clothes to dirty diaper messes.
You can totally get away with just using wet bags, but if you want to have something a little more permanent at home for dumping dirty cloth diapers between washes, we totally recommend this diaper pail. Just make sure you get a washable liner also.
Diaper Pail Liner
This reusable diaper pail liner (also by Blueberry) is great for containing all your baby’s messes. Normally, it’s used inside a cloth diaper pail, but you can use it on its own if you want. Best part: you can throw it right in the laundry with your cloth diapers each time you wash. I’d recommend getting two to switch out if you’re going this route.
Rockin’ Green Laundry Detergent
If you’re not going to make your own detergent, this stuff is THE BEST for getting all that diaper stank out, while staying friendly to your fluffy cloth diapers. Rockin’ Green comes in Classic Rock for normal washing, as well as Hard Rock for extra-smelly messes, and a couple other awesome varieties you’ll just have to explore yourself! :)
Bummis Bio-Soft Flushable Liners
Great for those times when you need to use a little diaper cream, or just want a bit less mess to deal with. These thin, flushable liners protect the surface of your cloth diapers from cream and ointment stains, and make it even easier to toss poo when it happens.
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Hi! You mentioned using disposables for newborns… is that what you did? Or were you able to use the Flip diaper straight from birth?
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I noticed your washing process does not include a rinse wash as I’ve seen a lot of people recommend. Is there a reason for that or do you find it not necessary with your homemade detergent? Just curious as I’m a FTM and I plan on cloth diapering!
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Sorry about that! It kinda depends on your washer/type of cycle, sometimes you do need an extra rinse cycle and sometimes you don’t. Most modern washers do a pretty good job but older ones may need an extra rinse. I’d just monitor for buildup issues (extra smelly, trouble getting smell out, more staining than usual etc) and strip them by doing a load with a squirt of Dawn dishwashing soap only (no other detergents) and extra rinse if necessary. Hope that helps!
These posts have been super helpful! Just wondering – you list the cold wash and hot wash. Are these completely separate cycles and you add detergent for both or is it a pre-rinse with cold water? Just wondering if I need to be essentially washing them twice!
does this guide apply for newborns? I have read some blogs saying it is a better fit to get newborn sizes specifically. I am deciding whether to start when the baby is out of the newborn phase, but maybe I will be discouraged after using disposable from the beginning. Any advice?
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I was wondering what kind of diaper rash cream can you use if you use cloth diapers??
Whats the best place to buy all of the cloth diaper items your going to need to make the switch from disposables diapers?