Some Cloth Diapering FAQs... December 14 2011
Newborns go through approximately 12 diapers/day. Depending on how many days you want to go between washing, that means anywhere from 12-36 diapers total. We can tell you from experience, that after two days, your diaper pail will begin to...well...to stink a little. AND, your washing machine will do a much better job cleaning 24 diapers than it will 36. So we generally recommend one or two day's worth of diapers.
As your baby grows, he will need fewer and fewer diaper changes each day, so you may be comforted to know that by the time he is outgrowing those newborn diapers, around 6 months or so, you will most likely need only about 8-10 diapers per day.
One-Size Diapers are a great option for folks who would prefer one thing from newborn to potty learning. Rather than buying X number of small diapers + X number of medium diapers + X number of large diapers, you can buy just one batch and use them from start to finish. Remember, though, that means 24+ months of constant use, rather than just 6-8 months - at the end of your child's diapering career, you may need a whole new stash of diapers if you are planning to cloth diaper more children.
"Did you say combination of diaper styles? But I've barely begun to understand one system!"
Diaper Sprayer Although newborn/breastfed poop is water soluble and washes out easily in the machine, solid food poop does not, so you will need to remove as much before washing as possible. Many diapers, especially those lined with fleece, make this a pretty easy task, but even the best liner can't prevent stuck-on poop 100% of the time. That's where the diaper sprayer comes in. 5-10 minute installation means no dunking, swishing, flushing or swirling. Just a few sprays from with The Diaper Sprayer and the poop ends up where it belongs, and not in your washing machine. Diaper Liners If you are using diapers that do NOT have a fleece liner, consider using a diaper liner to aid poop removal. The moisture from the poop will pass into the absorbent layers of the diaper, leaving a more solid poop for shaking into the toilet, and spraying a diaper liner is much easier and absorbs far less water than spraying the entire absorbent diaper. Liners are available in reusable fleece, raw silk, and even come in flushable form - talk about easy! Hemp Products made with hemp are perfect for cloth diapering because hemp is a natural fiber which is extremely absorbent but trimmer than cotton or other materials. With hemp you can add extra absorbency where your baby needs it without increasing the diaper's bulk. We recommend using hemp in addition to your cotton layers or pocket diaper inserts because while hemp absorbs a lot it tends to absorb slowly, and so performs better under a few layers of quick-absorbing material. Garment Extenders You may notice that when wearing a cloth diaper, your child has a significantly fluffier behind. While t-shirts and stretchy pants fit just fine, Onesies® and other bodysuits tend to be a little short, even though they fit in the upper body. Garment Extenders go a long way to help get plenty of wear out of those outfits. After testing a few different sets available on the market, we have found the 10-pack from One Step Ahead to have the best range of snap sizes, fitting the most clothing in our closet.