Modern cloth diapering is really not all that different from disposable diapering. Here are some tips to make the transition easy.
The main differences between using cloth and disposables are:
- Cloth diapers come in both aplix (Velcro) and snap versions, versus just an aplix variation
- One-size versions of cloth diapers can adjust rise based on baby’s size, so you can use the same diapers from birth to potty training
- Cloth diaper inserts are normally either stuffed or laid into covers, which can require an extra step in the diapering process, but takes seconds to do
Truthfully, if you can use disposables, you can use cloth. Though it is a small learning curve, it’s FAR simpler than it used to be.
If you’re using Blueberry or Flip covers and inserts, first make sure the rise is adjusted to the right height for your baby (all this involves is snapping or unsnapping the vertical snaps on the lower front of the diaper). Then lay the insert in the cover, folding where needed if your baby is on the smaller side (put the fold in the front for boys and back for girls).
From here, put it on baby just like a disposable, adjusting aplix or snaps at waist to the setting that ensures the most trim fit. Check the waistline and leg gussets to make sure they are right next to baby’s skin without being too tight, and none of the insert is sticking out. Adjust aplix or snaps if needed.
If you’re having trouble with leaks, try adjusting the rise and/or waistline settings. You’ll get a feel for the fit quickly. The thing I love about the snap version of these diapers is that you can pretty much stick to the same setting every time once you figure out what works–until baby hits another growth spurt, anyway. :)
When you remove soiled diapers, dump the insert in the diaper pail or wet bag, and lay the cover to dry for another use (as long as not too much pee has gotten onto the cover). We usually switch out covers every other diaper change until they need to be washed. In the case of poo, dump whatever you can into the toilet, then toss the insert and cover into the diaper pail/wet bag. Sometimes if your baby has more solid poo and nothing has gotten on the cover, it can be used again–just use your discretion.
Cloth diapers normally give you 2-3 hours between changes, though sometimes slightly more or less depending on how heavy of a wetter your baby is.