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

My journey to Cloth Diaper

The Background

Every time I tell everyone in our extended family or friends that T is wearing a Cloth Diaper, I get a strange look. The oldies always ask me – why a diaper, they always perceive a diaper as the disposable ones available in market which isn’t good for baby’s delicate skin and is one of the reason for rashes. While the younger lot of people aren’t aware of the advanced cloth diaper, when I say cloth diaper they assume it to be traditional langots or a slight better version of the langots or langots with multiple cloth layer i.e. basically cloth which wont be able to absorb much.

But when I explain them or show them what it is the oldies still consider that wearing a diaper could provide some hinderance in achieving milestones while the young ones find it tacky to wash and clean them. Most of them at times consider it a easy way of living to be dependent on the disposable diapers as they looks easy.  So after making a lot of people educated on cloth diapers and giving them the math, I feel it’s the right time I put it across here as well.

Continue reading “My journey to Cloth Diaper”

Easy Guide on packing your Hospital Bag

Easy Guide on packing your Hospital Bag

Imagine: You are into your ninth month and in the middle of the night one day, you wake up to relieve yourself and then suddenly your water breaks. It is your first pregnancy and there is nobody around except your partner. He calls up an ambulance and you rush to the hospital. But only after things settle down there do you realize that you have come to the hospital empty-handed; you didn’t get your bag!

You will realize the importance of a hospital bag when you would actually need it. Therefore, do not wait until the last minute, keep it ready in time well before your due dates. Also keep your partner or any one else in home aware about the bag and stuff inside the bag, so that they can help you out at the time of delivery.

If you aren’t sure what to pack, don’t worry. Go though the below list that’s something basic you must pack in the bag for yourself, your partner, and the off course for the newborn.

When To Pack A Hospital Bag?

The best time to start packing your “hospital bag” for delivery is around 34 weeks as you can expect the labor at any time from the 37th week. Or you may talk to your doctor, based on your ultrasound reports and LPM she may suggest your expected due date. Ideally you should keep your Hospital bag ready atleast 3-4 weeks prior to your due dates.

Also don’t forget to ask your hospital if they have any list, as most of the reputed hospitals do provide most of the things. You may want to also have a look into the maternity ward so that your can assess what you may need to help you comfortable there. The key is to Pack your bag in advance so that you do not miss anything. Also keep some one else also informed about it.

What To Carry For Yourself?

 If you have a vaginal delivery, then you might need to stay for around three days in the hospital. However, if you undergo a C-section, then you might have to stay for a few more days.

Here are the things you must carry in your Hospital bag:

  1. Medical Documents: Neatly file all your hospital papers, your test reports, latest ultrasound, details of any allergies (if any) and your valid ID proof, insurance card and papers (if applying for insurance claims),hospital forms – keep them handy in separate files.
  2. Clothes change for you: Most of the good hospitals do provide a change in case you would want to wear your clothes, then Pack loose, comfortable maternity clothes to wear in the hospital. While going to the hospital, wear an old, loose-fitting dress. Do not buy new ones for this because the dress would get stained with blood and fluids during labor. Also, get dresses with front buttons to unbutton them easily for breastfeeding the baby after delivery.
  3. Footwear for yourself: Pack slip-ons as they are comfortable to wear during the hospital stay. Take a pair of socks too, to keep your feet warm.
  4. Lip balm: During labor, the warm condition inside the labor room can make your lips dry out. Post delivery, you may use the lip balm to moisten your lips.
  5. Massage oil: It is good to carry a massage lotion or oil, which your partner or a care giver may use to massage your back and legs during contraction pains. This do help comfort at times.
  6. Snacks and drinks: Keep sugar-free candies handy. This will help prevent your mouth from drying out. You may also keep some juice or drinks too, can keep you going during the labor.
  7. Birth ball: It is a great birth tool to support labor. Check with your hospital as they may or may not allow you to carry one. Incase they do carry it along with the pump so that your partner can inflate it and help your use it.
  8. Undergarments and sanitary pads/Adult Diapers: Pack extra pairs of undergarments and packs of sanitary pads or adult diapers, as you would need them in plenty during your stay in the hospital post delivery.
  9. Nursing aids: Carry nursing bras and pads that make breastfeeding comfortable for you. The nursing bras have an opening in the front of each breast, while the pads prevent the breastmilk from leaking. Maternity or breastfeeding pillows- they make you feel comfortable while relaxing between contractions and while breastfeeding baby.
  10. Accessories: These are items such as hair clips, hair bands, bath towel, and moisturizers that you need every day. Add eye masks and earplugs to the list as they help you sleep while waiting for your delivery.  If you have glasses or lenses, then do leave a spare pair in the bag, as you might miss those at the last minute.
  11. Toiletries: Keep toothbrush, toothpaste, and soap in your bag. Place all these items in a box that is easily accessible.
  12. Some Books/Kindle/: If you like reading books, keep an interesting one in the bag. Reading the book can help you divert yourself from the pain.
  13. Gadgets: Keep your mobile and charger in the bag. You can also take your tablet and/or portable MP3 player.

The one person who will surely accompany you to the hospital is your partner. Therefore, he, too, needs to keep his bags ready.

What to Pack for Your Partner ?

While you get admitted for delivery, your partner also needs to carry the essentials items that he will require during his stay in the hospital. Here is the list of things that he may need:

14. Clothes: He may pack some casual wears, in which he is comfortable to stay in the hospital.

15. Footwear: As he will be making many rounds in the hospital, it is good to pack footwear that can be easily worn and removed.

16. Gadgets: The mobile phone and charger are a must-have as he will need to contact several people. Also, a camera recorder will be useful if you are interested in shooting the delivery in the birthing room, or take your newborn’s pictures.

17. Gent’s Accessories: He would need his shaving kit, deo etc. Also, ask him to pack a hand-held fan or water spray to keep you cool and refreshed while in labor.

18. Snacks and drinks: He wouldn’t get much time to take a break to eat something. Let him pack some snacks and drinks to keep himself from hunger and dehydration.

So, you have packed your bag and your partner has done his. But are you forgetting somebody?

What To Pack For Your New Born Baby?

The VVIP person of your family is arriving and he/she needs to be taken care of well. Here is the list of items you need to pack for your baby:

19. Full Sleeve Tees/Jhabla and/or bodysuits. – You would need atleast 5-6 body suits, and a few Tees for your new born, Prefer Full sleeves and front open suits as they are easier to make them wear on or off and keep the warm and cozy.

20. A stash of Diapers –  Your baby will need them from the time they arrive.  If you are planning to use Advance Cloth Diapers, try Superbottoms newborn size , they are perfect for newborns from 15 days upto around 5 months. The age range can vary from child to child depending on height and weight. Read more about these cloth diapers here. You may also want to watch this tutorial to learn how to put on a new born cloth diaper if you are new to cloth diapers. Trust me its super easy and convenient to wash them as well. Read here to know how can you wash the easily.

21 In case you are not looking for these advance cloth diapers for your new born, then you would have to buy dozen of langots/triangulars for your baby, also add more of swaddles, blankets and clothes, as with every pee or poo you would have to change the entire clothes and beddings.

22. Muslin cloth/Baby wipes- You would need baby wipes or muslin cloth to clean and dry baby’s bum after every pee and poo. These organic wipes will not only help you clean your baby when he/she poops but can also help clean spill some undigested milk while burb. Also for newborn you may use these wipes to sponge bath the newborn till their Umbilical cord fall off. Just ensure you keep the wipes for bum and mouth separate 😊

Note: Always wash everything which touches baby’s skin, even if its new as first of all its better for hygiene and secondly these gets softer with washes making it perfect for new born’s delicate skin.

23 Baby Swaddles and blanket – You would need atleast 3-4 swaddles and 2 blankets to keep your little one warm. Double them if you aren’t planning to use full time diapers

24. A Baby carrier- whether it’s a normal delivery or a c-section, post your delivery you may be in some pain or may have some discomfort walking due to stiches. And it may get difficult to carry the baby and hold yourself up, so I suggest you invest in a baby carrier early. A ring sling or a wrap could be a good option for the soft and delicate New born who need to be held up close. Also it is super easy to clean and maintain them all.

25 A diaper bag- A bag with convenient pockets to keep your baby’s essential. multiple pockets will ensure everything is well organised and could be found easily once in need, do read my previous post on how to  pack diaper bag light and travel easy with an infant.

Finally do remember, that keeping your hospital bag ready well in advance would gives you a sense of relief that you have kept all the necessary things in place. Also, there would be one thing less to worry about while rushing to the hospital. Moreover, your partner can stay by your side when you need him the most rather than running around to gather things.

So, stay well prepared and good luck !!

Love <3

Gunjan!!

Cloth Diaper Washing Tips and Tricks

Some tips to help wash and maintain your Superbottoms Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapers are like advance versions of the traditional cloth nappies we have been traditionally using in our Indian houses. Washing cloth diaper is exactly similar to these cloth nappies. Its just the fact that the cloth diapers are normally one size diaper which can be reused till your baby is potty trained and can also be reused for next baby.

Hence few tips and tricks can help retain its quality and texture just like new and would add years to its life. So, today I would share some tips on how to wash and maintain the life of your lovely cute Superbottoms Cloth Diapers which is always hugging your baby’s bum and making it adorable.

First and foremost, always rinse them properly as soon as you change the dirty diapers. You may wash it immediately or store it till next wash cycle. In case you are travelling or not accessible to rinsing/washing wrap them and store them in the wet bags (also available at Superbottoms website). In case of poop, dispose off the solids immediately and soak them in warm water to avoid getting any stains.

If handwashing the cloth diapers, soak the rinsed diapers with a regular detergent for some time before you start washing them like regular baby clothes and rinse them multiple times till the water comes out clean. When using Washing machine, use the extra Rinse mode.

Coming back to some basics

  1. Wash them like regular clothes– You may wash your cloth diapers along with other clothes in washing machine and may also spin dry them. In case hand washing, it would be great to use good agitation so that the diapers are washed properly and free from any residue of pee or poop and the diapers are fresh enough for the next use. Don’t use a gentle wash or a heavy wash mode on your washine machine. Do not use brush on them. In case you still have any stain, make a thick paste of little water and washing powder, apply and keep it for a while and then wash properly till the entire detergent is washed out.
  1. Make a wash routine. It would be advisable to wash them alternate days, if you cant wash them daily. Not washing the used cloth diapers for more than 2 days may lead to mould built up on the diapers as they would be wet due to pee or rinsing and it may affects its performance in the long run. In case you are travelling or not accessible to washing, wash them as soon as possible to avoid any unwanted build up.
  1. Use the right amount of detergent. Cloth Dipers are considered very dirty laundry and hence using less detergent or less water will not make the cloth diapers clean enough for the next use. Also using more detergent will lead to detergent built up leading to problems in absorbency. The durability of soakers will also depends on your wash routine, so ensure you wash them clean with enough detergent and rinse enough.
  1. No Additional disinfectants: just ensure the diapers are washed properly and there is no detergent still left (you can see the water in last rinse coming out clean with no detergent froth) and sun dry them to disinfect. Any additional disinfectant like Dettol is not recommended on cloth diapers. The additives on dettol can cling to the fabric and cause irritation to baby’s soft and gentle skin and may also affect the absorbency of the diaper and soakers.

  1. Choosing the correct detergents: Use the regular detergent you use for washing other baby clothes or your clothes. Avoid using any liquid detergents, cloth softeners and soap bars. The liquid detergents contain softeners and additives which are not recommended to wash the cloth diapers. As said above, they may leave it some build up or leave residue which may affect the absorbency and may cause rashes or irritate the baby’s bum. Though Rustic Art little laundry is recommended, but if you find it expensive you may use any regular detergent like Surf excel or Tide Orignal. Ensure that the detergent powder you use is fragrance free.
  1. Show some Sun– It is super important to show your cute little cloth diaper some sun. It will not only dry them out completely but will also disinfect them. In case you feel the diapers feels hard once Sun dried. Then you may keep them out for sun and once dried bring them in shade. Don’t leave them in sun for long. I just crush them with hand when they turn hard. Like you are rubbing something and then they are back to being soft.

Also don’t forget to read the manual which came along with your Superbottoms diapers, so you do not miss any specific instruction in case need to be followed.

I hope this would help you in cleaning and maintaining your lovely Superbottoms diapers and accessories.

Do let me know in comments below if you have any questions. I Would be glad to answer them for you.

Thanks for reading!

Take Care

Gunjan <3