One of the must-haves from our Top 10 Baby Essential list; we started using cloth diapers back in 2014 and after some trail and error, we now know the basics and more. We love using cloth and that’s why I wanted to write a post clearing up a few misconception parents might have and also sharing what we’ve learned and the basics to help get you started.
Round one was a learning experience and an expensive one too… I’ll admit, I got a little carried away with all the different types and all the pretty patterns. Forgetting the main purpose; to be a diaper. From traditional to pocket and all-in-one (AIO) nappies – we tried them all. The bulky, the beautiful and the bad… Now for round two, we are only using the best!
Our #1 cloth diaper: The AIO bamboo cloth diaper from Mother Nature Products.
A.k.a the All-in-Three (nappy and cover) – These cloth diapers are easy to use, easy to care for and not bulky at all. Being bamboo makes them super absorbent, durable and naturally antibacterial too.
How they work:
Made up of 3 parts that work together to form one nappy. The cover, the insert and a liner. It’s like building your own disposable.
First is the All-in-Three Nappy Cover.
This is the waterproof, outer cover of your cloth diaper that keeps everything inside. It’s adjustable in size thanks to an easy to figure out popper system and can be used from birth (depending on baby’s size – we usually start using ours after the 1st month) till 3 years (when most little ones are potty trained). Soft elastic around the legs and at the back make these diapers leak-proof too – way less runny diapers ruining baby’s outfits! These covers come in pretty colours and fun designs.
Next we have the Bamboo inserts.
Back in the day towels needed to be folded but no more. Inserts are all that’s needed. Made from 4 layers of 100% bamboo these inserts are placed inside your diaper cover to absorb all fluids. Poppers in the front, inside of the cover holds the insert in place.
If you have a heavy wetter or need some extra absorption just add a Nappy Booster Pad.
A huge misconception about cloth nappies are that they are gross! This is not true at all, thanks to nappy liners.
It is the last layer added to your cloth diaper and prevents baby poop from coming into contact with your diaper. We love using Bio Nappy disposable Liners that can just be thrown away – not flushed – it will clog your toilet. For the super “greenies” you can also try washable fleece nappy liners, we do have a few of these for in case we run out of disposable liners.
After assembling your cloth diaper use the poppers to adjust the size to fit your little one.
We found the Mother Nature All-in-Three nappies to have the best and most adjustable fit for Lia as she grew. It has 3 rows of poppers to adjust size. The two bottom rows are used to fit the diaper snugly around baby’s legs and the top row for waist size.
Step 1 will be securing the two bottom rows (as baby grows you will stop fastening these). On the smallest size both rows will be fastened and only the top row of popper will be visible. As baby’s little legs grow and get chubbier, you will stop using the outer and then the inner poppers.
Step 2: Fastening the poppers around baby’s waist. With poppers running all across the top, front part of this cloth diaper and also it’s wings, securing a comfy fit around even the smallest of babies is easy.
Helpfull tip: OCD mommies, try not to worry about symmetry, fit is the priority.
And there you have it! Your cloth diaper, ready to use.
Tea Tree oil is a natural antiseptic and the best all natural nappy pre-soak. The Stain Remover Soap bar from Mother Nature Products can be used to make your own chemical free detergent and is also the best stain remover I have come across. I use it for all our washing. (I’ll have more info on cloth diaper care in our next post.)
And finally you’ll need a wet nappy travel bag for when you are out and about. Use these to store your used diapers inside your diaper bag.
Helpful tip: I find the Mother Nature wet nappy travel bags a little small so rather buy 2.
That’s it! The basics to cloth diapering.
Not as bad as you thought? Why not try cloth diapers? It’s good for our planet, good for your baby and a massive money saver! Read more about the benefits of cloth here.
You can give it a go by purchasing these AIO cloth nappies online from Faithful to Nature or visit Mother Nature Products directly for Cloth Diaper set packs. Depending on if you go cloth full- or part-time, you will need between 15 to 24 nappies but feel free to contact Joanne and the team if you are unsure about anything, they are always more than happy to help.
Keep an eye out for our next cloth diaper posts. I’ll be sharing care and use tips as well as how to set up the perfect cloth diaper changing station and storage.
Remember mamas: Once you go “green“, you’ll always be “clean“.