QUESTION: I am really anxious about switching to cloth as I am familiar with the disposables since I used them solely on my first child. But at the same time I need to save money in the long run. I have a 3 year old who refuses to train for nights and I believe that using cloth may be a better option for his training, and I have a one year old who is already at 30lbs. I would like the convenience of a disposable diaper (as much as possible) in a cloth diaper that is easily put on and cleaned no wrapping or folding please. This cloth diaper will also need to be able to absorb well as we tend to be out a lot and baby could wear a diaper up to 3-4 hours on occasion. Also any advice on how to get a sitter to change cloth more easily? Scared of spending and losing out convenience!!!! HELP!!!!
⇒ Your best bet for ease of use are fitted or all-in-one (diaper and cover together) diapers. An all-in-one (AIO) diaper goes on exactly like a disposable diaper, fastening with snaps or Velcro®.
The only difference for a baby sitter, would be they toss the used diaper into a diaper pail, instead of a garbage pail.
If you can spend a few minutes demonstrating how simple using your cloth diapers are, most sitters will be able to use them. If they are concerned with handling poopy diapers, provide a place to simply store them, until you return and can handle the situation.
When diaper shopping, look for diapers with a high-end absorbency. This would be over 350 grams/12oz, or about 1.5 cups of liquid. If you find that isn't enough absorbency for your heavy-wetter, you can add diaper doublers, which usually offer an average of 150 grams/5oz of absorbency per doubler. With something like the Motherease Toddler diaper, you will get about 482 grams/17oz absorbency from the diaper (over 2 cups of liquid), plus an Sandy's Absorbent Liner for another 170 grams/6oz (Small) (Large - 199 grams/7oz), for a total absorbency of up to 680 gram/24oz, or about 3 cups of liquid!
QUESTION: I have a 2 1/2 year old daughter, adopted at 20 months. She is not yet using the potty, and I would like to switch to cloth diapers now. Can you recommend what is best for an older child who might be working on potty training soon? She is pretty slightly built, and I don't want a really thick diaper etc. that wouldn't allow her free movement. Thanks!
⇒ The Motherease Toddler diaper has a great style for ease of pull-in up and down for potty training, without unfastening the side snaps. This should help her ease into potty-training, yet help protect in case of accidents.
QUESTION: I have a client who is allergic to latex and plastic. Do you have a disposable product that he could use? If so, how do I order it and what does it cost?
⇒ Sorry, we only deal with baby diapers that are reusable. Have you checked out our Youth and Adult Incontinence Resources pages? Or on Amazon for youth and adult disposable products?
QUESTION: I am looking for info on cloth diapers, types, cost effectiveness, cleaning, durability. Please provide me with any helpful info you have. Thanks.
⇒ There is so much choice in diapering nowadays! Flats, prefolds, shaped, fitted and all-in-ones!
Here's more info on diaper types:
Feeling Confused About Your Cloth Diapering Decision?
Washing really is simple! You can find instructions here:
How to Wash Cloth Diapers
For the cost effectiveness:
Do Cloth Diapers Seem Too Expensive?
As for durability, the quality of the diaper that you buy, and the amount will decide how long they will last. Each cloth diaper can be expected to survive about 200 wearings-wetting-pooping-washing-drying cycles. So if you just buy 12 diapers and wash every day, you will be lucky if they last much more than a year. You are much better off getting at least 36 diapers, so you only need to wash about every three days.
One Size Diaper Pattern: Sew your own Cloth Diapers!
QUESTION: How do you sew your own cloth diapers?
⇒ Diapers can be made from a wide variety of fabrics - 100% cotton flannelette, terrycloth, cotton knit, cotton fleece, etc. If you are adding elastic for fitted diapers, the best kind to get is chlorine-safe swimsuit elastic. There are several free patterns online!
QUESTION: I want to know more about diapers. I have a homework of my college about making a advertising campaign.
⇒ Check out our diapering articles. You will find dozens of articles on choosing and using cloth, the risks and cost of using disposables and the damage to our environment.
QUESTION: My baby is due soon! What size should I start with? Should I wait until baby is here to buy cloth diaper, or can I start sooner?
⇒ I would suggest starting out with either newborn prefolds or all-terry doublers, to be used as diapers inside of size newborn or small wraps. If you expect a baby over 9 lbs, so with small, under 9 lbs, try newborn size.
These usually will last for at least 6 weeks, even in the biggest babies, and up to 3-4 months on smaller babies. Then order a sample pack of the diapers that interest you most in size small. If you love a diaper, but it's too small, you should be able to exchange it for a larger size.
Try the sample diapers on once baby arrives to see what fits best, as babies come in all sorts of sizes and builds, and to see what you like. At that point, you should be ready to invest in a complete system.
Oh, and the newborn diapers or doublers? You can use them again as diaper doublers when baby wettings get heavier.
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