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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