Continuing my posts on cloth diapers, here is my list of everything you need to start cloth diapering. Some things are essential and others are optional. Lists will differ slightly from one mom to another, but here’s mine.
- Diapers. There are several kinds – prefolds, pockets, all-in-two (AI2), and all-in-one (AIO). Read here for the differences. We use pockets, so we started with a stash of 24 diapers and 48 inserts.
- Wet bags. These are PUL-lined bags that you can use to toss your wet and dirty diapers in, either on the go or at home.
- Cloth diaper detergent. Your typical laundry detergent probably won’t be safe for cloth diapers because of chemicals and soap build-up. We use Ecos free & clear detergent, found at Walmart for $9. I’m still on my first bottle and I’ve been washing diapers for about 7 months. Diaper Jungle has a great chart of cloth-diaper safe detergents.
- Storage boxes. You’ll need a place to organize your diapers. I reused a disposable diaper box, or you can buy baskets at Target or wherever.
That’s the bare minimum you need to use cloth diapers, but there are several more “accessories” that will help.
- Diaper pail and PUL pail liners. I got a trash can with a lid and a couple washable pail liners for our house. You could just use a large wet bag.
- Drying rack. Best way to dry diapers is hanging them to dry. Plus the sun gets rid of stains!
- Diaper sprayer. It’s like the sprayer connected to your kitchen sink, but it attaches to the toilet so you can rinse off poop without getting your hands dirty.
- Cloth-friendly rash cream. The best is virgin coconut oil, available at Trader Joe’s (and it has a million other uses around the house).
- Cloth wipes. If you want to really be eco-friendly, you can use cloth wipes instead of disposable and just toss them in the wash with the diapers.
What to pack for daycare
Here’s what goes in the bag every day for the babysitter. She tosses the dirty dipes in a wet bag for me to take home at the end of the day.
- 5 diapers (usually uses 3-4 a day)
- Zippered wet bag
- Coconut oil if baby has a rash
Next up, I’ll explain my CD washing routine.