Cloth Diapers : Basics

Most people often considered Cloth diapers as a thing of the past, but if you see the advanced cloth diapers, you would know how much they have evolved in the past few years and you would gladly join the team of parents who are choosing cloth today and you would be glad to know the numbers are increasing at great pace.

Here are top five reasons why so many parents are considering cloth diapers for their babies and why you should too consider them-

  1. First and the foremost, reason is that cloth diapers are Super Easy on your Wallet. These are super economical when compared to disposable diapers on long run. So, stop throwing away your hard-earned money on disposables and save big with cloth. As cloth diapers are reusables, you can just maintain your reasonable stash and may reuse them for multiple children, and even more, you may resell them after you’re done. So in true sense ‘Value for money’.
  1. It is Super Safe for your baby: Cloth diapers lacks all those gels and harmful chemicals that most disposable diapers are filled with and can lead to diaper rashes. Since its cloth which is in direct contact with the baby’s soft skin, it is super safe for your baby.
  2. The most important point is that Cloth Diaper are Better for the environment. Every year millions of disposable diapers are ending up in landfills, and they will stay there for over 500 years until they degrade. By using cloth, you can help reduce landfill waste, protect our waterways, and save resources. A small way to protect our mother nature, isn’t it?
  3. Promotes potty training: Since the cloth diapers have layers of cotton which leaks after few hours. Unlike those dry feel absorbent chemical polymers, a cloth diapered child will be able to feel the wetness, and this would be an incentive to teach them about wetness and begin using the potty seat.
  4. Your baby will look Super adorable: The cuteness factor that a cloth will have, would get you hooked to it in no time. With all the cute designs and prints that cloth diapers come in, your baby will look stylish for any occasion. And how can one just ignore that cute bum…. Just wow 😊

What are Advanced Cloth Diapers?

Every advanced cloth diaper is usually made up of 3 parts

  1. A Waterproof Outer – This provides the leak-proofing and have multiple snaps which help in adjusting the size and attach the soaker.
  2. Soaker or the Insert – These are the absorbent pads which multiple layers of cloth/micrifibres that do the job of soaking the pee. There are multiple types of material available in inserts, like- Microfibre, Organic cotton, hemp or any combination of these as well.
  3. Dry-Feel Fabric – These inner layer (which is in direct contact with the Baby’s skin) which provide the essential dry-feel to the babies.

What are the Type of Advanced Cloth Diapers

There are a few types of diapers available in the market today which can be picked depending upon the pattern / functionality of the diaper.

A. Cover Diapers

The dry-feel layer in this diaper is attached ON the soaker. This soaker is placed inside the cover. This is a pad-and-pant system. In this, you can change soaker and reuse the outer. This makes it an economical diapering choice. One pad lasts 3-4 hours. This is a good and economical option for day-time diapering. Since each time a fresh pad comes in contact with your baby’s skin it is also good for baby’s skin

B. Pocket Diapers

As the name suggests, they have a pocket where the soaker is inserted. You may also insert multiple soakers inside the pocket. They aren’t as economical as Cover Diapers as once the soaker is full or soiled, you would have to change the entire diaper.

C. All in One DiaperS

These are as easy as disposable diapers as everything is attached with the diaper. This diaper comes along with 2 super thirsty organic bamboo cotton soakers. One of the tongue shaped soaker is attached while the other is detachable. Both the soakers together can last 7-8+ hours. This is therefore excellent for heavy wetting babies or for night-time cloth diapering.  The one we currently love  is Super bottoms Plus AIO (heavy absorbency)Cloth Diaper. Once prepped I.e washed for about 8-10 times, they hold up the entire night.

Our Experience

I have been cloth diapering my 1.5 year old since he was around 6 months old.  I also had a lot of apprehensions regarding cleaning and washing them, and was in two-minds. All thanks to the bad monsoon here in Mumbai, to give me the must required push and gets my hands on my First Cloth diaper from amazon.in, there was no looking back since then, the ease and comfort I got in day diapering that I started night diapering in Cloth Diapers as well. This last one year had been an amazing cloth diapering journey for me, if you are still thinking, you should just go and read my cloth diaper journey once.

Until then, take care

Gunjan <3

A Goonight Sleep with Night Time Cloth Diapering

I have been asked by fellow moms millions of time that why do I prefer Night Time Cloth Diapering? Does it really last whole night? What if the child wakes up during the change? etc etc, So here you go, I have tried to answer all your queries , I have this detailed post below, keep reading to know your answers and how it worked for us.

How to know you are ready for Night Time Cloth Diapering?

So if you’ve started Cloth Diapering and learnt the basics/or you plan to switch and learning the basics on getting a good fit. You are on a right track. I have seen moms who get their hands experienced on day time diapering before shifting to a full time cloth diapering mom also moms who used traditional langots for day time and learnt the tricks of night time cloth diapering and ultimately switched to full time CDing. You might be from any of the above moms who has enough cloth diaper stash and set the daily wash routine to move to the next big level… Night time Cloth Diapering.

Let me tell you even I had the various thoughts and I too feared taking this risk, but this is what I really wanted to do, switch to full time cloth diapering , If you wish to know my initial struggle and tips and hacks with my minimum stash read my cloth diapering journey.

So from over one year of diapering experience , let me assure you that Night time cloth diapering is not as difficult as it sounds and today we have a big community of moms who cloth diaper and there are unlimited videos on Youtube to assist on getting a right fit, here in this post, I want to explain you what worked for us and may be you would like to try it out too 🙂

What is the right way to begin Night Time Cloth Diapering?

Night time cloth diapering has worked out good for us with our own set of trials. Though we too had our share of leaks but that doesn’t stop us from trying various brands of diapers and their different soakers. All this trial helped me in learning some tricks while testing different diapers and which diaper worked for us and in what combination of soakers. To learn more about type of diapers which are currently available today, read my blog post on basics of cloth diaper and how to maintain them.

  1. First things first- The most important aspect of learning is to understand the requirement, here it shall be your baby’s wetting pattern. Your baby could be a heavy wetter, medium wetter, frequent wetter, if you understand that it will be easier for you to pick the right soaker/booster. Also Keep in mind that most babies pee more frequently in the day time and less frequently in the nights. You may also like to factor in the current season and/or location wherein you stay, colder temperature makes babies to pee more.
  2. Do not compare – Cloth Diapers are super thirsty cloth after all and unlike disposable diapers, they wont be able to hold it up entire night on their own. You would need to add additional booster depending upon the wetting style of your baby. A 8-10hours is what most of the All in One diaper may last for, additional boosters could make this a little more longer.
  3. Understand your Diaper– Understanding composition of your diaper could be very useful and learning what other type of Insert can be used in your cloth diaper to make the perfect combination, could work for your Night Time Cloth Diapering. To understand them better, read the product guide properly to understand which type of fabric is used and the number of layers in your Cloth Diaper.
  4. Type of Insert– Each of these play an important role as various fabrics used insider the waterproof shell have different soaking capacities. Microfibres (MF) inserts are the cheapest of the lot and have an average soaking, they are present in either 3 or 4 layers in most of the brands. Then there are bamboo and organic cotton boosters which are comparatively better than MF but they need couple of more washes as compared to MF to bring them up to a maximum absorbency level. The best of the soaker type is HEMP, they are available in prefold (which you fold as per your baby’s gender with multiple folds at the right places) or boosters, which can be directly added to the Cloth diaper.

TIP: To be noted that these fabrics are not dry feel and you may have to either add a dry fleece layer or use soakers which has a dry feel layer at the top. Also MF/Cotton soaks the wetness quickly as compared to Hemp, so you should ideally add Hemp as a booster and not directly in contact with baby’s bottom.

Cloth Diapers, Inserts, Soakers, Type of inserts
Source – superbottoms.com

How we started and What worked for us 🙂

If your have read my cloth diaper journey, you might know, that I started with a minimum stash of 3 pocket style diapers and with some extra boosters I started my night time cloth diapering. Though it looked bulky on my tiny kid, I tried using different combination types of inserts i.e a microfibre with charcoal/bamboo booster, 2 Microfibre boosters with 4 layers each, Microfibre 3 layer booster with Hemp prefold.

Slowly I shifted to using All-in-one (AIO) types of Cloth Diapers for nights. And let me assure you they did the job pretty well. I am saying this as I have tried many other brands, their different types of diapers ( pockets, cover, AIOs) with different types of inserts and though I was satisfied on how they worked on my baby. But there was so much work for me always- keeping the perfect combination ready for next night was difficult, additionally as I said, they look a little bulky.

If you are looking for detailed information on various Type of Cloth Diaper and how you may chose the right one for you. I highly recommend reading this blog by Nayantara from MommyingbabyT.com, she is a Cloth Diapering champ and has dozens of posts on cloth diapering which is gold for moms like us. Last monsoon, while struggling with all those pee puddles and tons of laundry, I just came across here blog and got motivated to make my ‘Big Switch’ to Cloth Diapering.

Later, after trying all my combinations, the one I finally zeroed down basis the quality is Superbottoms Plus AIO (heavy absorbency) Cloth Diapers. Once washed for about 8-10 times ( we used them in day time right after first wash), they were ready and did hold up the entire night, without any leaks and hence there is no more getting up to check or change the cloth diaper during the night. Also they have this stay dry layer which keeps the baby fuss free the entire night.

The inside look of Superbottoms AIO Diaper, one is a tongue shape soaker along with other Organic cotton soaker, Source: Superbottoms website

“The most important point to keep in mind is to ensure that your diaper is prepped well, i.e it has had its share of pre-washes to make it hold up for entire night. There can be no exact number as such, but usually 8-10 washes are good enough, depending upon the type of material used inside.”

Do let me know your queries if any in comments below, would be happy for any help 🙂

Until next time

Gunjan</p