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Revealed: Cloth Diapering Essentials – A Quick Guide

2010 July 14
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Yesterday, a friend asked me some questions on how to start cloth diapering her 4 months old baby. These are questions that many of you may have in mind:

Question 1. Which cloth diaper should I start off first?

There is no straightforward answer as factors to consider include:

  • Baby’s shape and build: Different diaper cuttings suit different babies. Weight is only a very rough gauge. Take into account baby’s waist, thigh and rise measurements.
  • Baby’s pee and poo patterns: If baby produces runny poo frequently, choose diapers that are able to contain poo well.
  • Baby’s preference: For instance, some babies like to remove Velcro / Aplix tabs; some are sensitive to suedecloth or wool.
  • Caregiver (Mummy, Daddy, Granny or babysitter?): Typically, Mums are more experimental with cloth diapers. Other caregivers usually prefer diapers with Velcro / Aplix tabs.
  • Budget: If budget is limited, consider economical diapering options such as prefolds/flats with diaper covers and one-size diapers. If budget is UNlimited, the world is the limit!

Question 2: Do I need to buy inserts or other accessories?

The diapering accessories to buy depend on your preferred diapering system. Cloth Diapering Essentials – A Quick Guide has been specially prepared for you. Download it here.

Question 3: What are the other things I need to take note, including how to wash the diapers?

Cloth diapers can be washed together with baby’s clothes and even your home clothes. I have been doing that since Vee was born. Read How to Wash Cloth Diapers — Everything You Need to Know here.

Question 4: How often to change the cloth diaper?

During the day, cloth diapers should be changed every 2 to 4 hours, when soaked or when soiled.

During the night, if breathable cloth diapers (e.g. fleece or wool) are used, they can keep baby’s skin healthy even after 12-hour nights.

Hope you find the above information useful. Happy cloth diapering! 🙂

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7 Responses leave one →
  1. August 28, 2012

    Hi Mie Vee, I’ve followed your blog 🙂
    Your blog is my handy source of info for cloth diapering and others too, I made a link from my blog to yours (here), since your information is very complete & clear, I recommend to visit your web for great reviews 🙂

    cheers

  2. Fonny permalink
    April 11, 2013

    Hi Mee Vee,
    Thanks for your quick guide, it is very good for me eho intend to cloth diaper my baby..i’m waiting the arrivalmof my baby in 2 wks times;)

    Btw, i still confuse as what is the difference between pocket diaper and All-in-Twos?
    I have bought few pieces of Moo Moo Kow as per your review, I thought i also can just change the insert without changing the diaper when the baby pee or poo as long as the diaper didn’t soiled? Or am I wrong?
    Please enlighten me;)

    Thanks

    Fonny

    • May 4, 2013

      Hi Fonny, congratulations on your newborn baby!

      – Pocket diaper: insert is meant to be inserted into the pocket
      – All-in-Two: insert has a stay-dry layer, can be laid onto diaper shell
      – Some pocket diaper brands now offer inserts with stay-dry layer. This type of insert can be laid ONTO a pocket diaper. This means you can use it as a regular pocket diaper or AI2.

      The regular MMK diapers come with inserts that should be inserted. So change the entire diaper after baby poos or within 2-4 hours in the day.
      There’s a FAQ section on MMK’s website that explains more on how to use inserts.

      Anyway, most babies fit better in one-size diapers from about 2 months old. They may look too bulky on newborns.

      Hope this helps and all the best. 🙂

  3. raihana permalink
    January 27, 2015

    hi can i prewash microfiber insert and hemp together

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