A bathtub can wash almost anything. Your toddler can paint the walls, use shaving cream, or even paint one another. They are already in the bathtub.
We often get caregivers who come to our boutique looking for advice. Their question can be answered quickly with a tip.
To answer any questions or make cloth diapering simple, we’ve compiled a list of our top cloth diaper tips and tricks.
Do not be afraid to mix and match
Many parents love the cloth diaper system of a brand, but one or more parts don’t work for them. You may be a fan of the style and cut of the bumGenius One Size pocket diaper but not the microfiber inserts.
Use Thirsties organic cotton/hemp mix inserts if they fit perfectly in your bumGenius pocket and provide greater absorbency. No rule says that every cloth diaper in your home must come from the same manufacturer.
However, it is possible to find a style that works better for your baby than for your toddler. Different children may require a different system depending on their developmental stage, body shape, and weight.
You can mix and match until the system you choose is right for you and your child.
Take into consideration the caregiver
Many families have multiple caregivers who change babies at various times throughout the day. Our clients include hundreds of families that must think about their daycare providers, step-parents, grandparents, and older siblings.
If your support system has access to the right style of cloth diapering system, they are more likely to adopt cloth diapering quickly.
Why do you have so many styles in your diaper stash?
My husband will always opt for a hook and loop closure, regardless of the style. He can simply’slap it onto’. #dadisms Although my oldest prefers inserts and covers, I’ll always choose fitted or wool covers. They are quick and easy to pack.
No matter what style you choose, think about the caregiver first. Choose the style that works for your child and the person who is changing him/her!
If possible, choose natural fibers
You will likely choose a cloth diaper style that is easy to use at the beginning of your cloth diapering journey. But fiber content is just as important. The more you wash cloth diapers, you’ll see why.
Prefolds, diapers, and inserts made of natural fiber are significantly easier to clean than synthetic alternatives.
What types of fibers should I look for? Use organic hemp, bamboo, and cotton whenever possible. You can also use inserts or diapers made from natural fibers.
How can you clean synthetic fibers successfully?
You can, but be aware of the smells that may develop and you might need to use more detergent in order to achieve the same clean.
Use natural fibers to make cloth diapering easier. Layer them or choose blends to maximize absorbency and minimize fiber content.
Choose Diaper Balm in Stick Form
There are many natural diaper balms on the market, some even available in stick form. Stick-form diaper balm allows you to give your baby the right amount without having to use your hands or wash up afterward.
The GroVia Magic Stick provides a natural solution for clean hands and rash-free bottoms. You can choose between a 2 oz or a.15 oz version.
Need to track the cap? It can be attached to the bottom of your stick so that little hands don’t try to take it.
The CJ’s BUTTer Quickstick is all-natural and made in Colorado. It’s our remedy for dry skin, chapped cheeks, and windburnt cheeks. There are many scents available, and all are delicious.
Avoid Leakage with Wool
Many caregivers are hesitant to use wool when cloth diapering is new. Wool covers are a great way to protect your baby from the elements and make it easy to sleep over.
This is the anodizing process that creates a waterproof layer on your wool and prevents leaks.
To lano your cover, you need clean covers. They should have been washed in wool wash and rinsed. To a pint-sized mason jar, add a teaspoon of solid lanolin and 1 to 2 emulsifying cubes.
Stir the cubes after about 10 minutes. The water should appear almost identical to whole milk and turn a thick milky color.
After your lano mixture has been prepared, mix the warm lano mixture with warm water to make it room temperature. Cover your body with the mixture for between 30-45 minutes. After lano mixture is complete, take off your cover and gently squeeze the water out ( do not wring!). Lay flat to dry.
You will get a waterproof wool blanket that can be used for nighttime or naptime.
Out and then over
Although it may seem simple, this tip is by far the most popular.
Take the wings off your cloth diaper to change baby. Pull them to the side first and then to their waist.
Why is this important? Because if you pull your child’s waist elastic tight before crossing it over to secure their waist, the diaper back will stay flat. This eliminates bunching.
Better fitting means more protection from leaks and comfort for the baby.
You can also determine if your child is truly outgrowing their current size, or if they or just need more room.
Changing Pods Will Change Your Life
The HIE Changing Pod has been a game-changer. This clothy accessory is a must-have. It includes an accessible area for your wipes, a foldable changing pad, and zipper storage to store your cloth diapers.
The HIE Changing Pod, which is about the same size as a clutch, comes in two cute colors and is easy to clean. You can easily take it with you wherever you go. Because let’s face everyone needs a latte hand
It’s so much easier to leave the diaper bag in your car and to be able to change the baby without needing to take everything with you.
Mom Hack: Do they need cloth wipes, a place to stand, and a pocket to store snacks, underwear, and bandaids?
Sun Our Your Stains
Before my first child was born, this was the first time I heard it. After having a child, I was unable to resist the temptation to use conventional stain-removal methods.
To sun the diaper stains, follow your regular wash routine. You must thoroughly clean your diapers without leaving any residue.
Lay them out in the sunlight to dry them before you put them in the dryer or hang them dry.
To remove stubborn stains, you may need to use a Buncha Farmers stain stick. You can use the stick to remove stains from your diapers before you expose them to the sun. You will need to wash your diapers after using Buncha Farmers.