Friday, October 28, 2011

What Cloth Diaper Accessories Do You Need?


You can start cloth diapering with very few accessories. Actually, you can take the plunge with nothing but a few diapers and detergent. But a lot of them save your sanity, save money in the long run, and will make your cloth diapering journey more enjoyable. We started with nothing three years ago, not even a wet bag, but I believe these things are nice to have: 
  • Wet Bag: We didn't get our first wet bag until about half a year since starting cloth diapers. Once I had one I kind of regretted not getting it sooner. It's just so much better at containing smells and I think it was silly to use plastic grocery bags for dirty diapers when a reusable one makes more sense environmentally. You're already washing the diapers, might as well toss in a wet bag. 
  • Cloth Wipes: When we started cloth diapering my daughter was already six months old. At that point I just found it easier to wash her little bum at each diaper change to keep things clean and fresh. We still used disposable wipes on the go. I don't even know why I never tried cloth wipes, it makes so much sense and just like the wet bag - you toss them in with the diapers anyway, no extra work. It will also save you some money, just like fluff!
  • Diaper Sprayer: I never had a diaper sprayer and never saw a need. Some mamas love them. It's a toss up for me, but something worth a try if you're squeamish about removing stuff from soiled diapers. 
  • Disposable Liners: Great for saving some clean up time. I never used these but will be trying some with our newborn (maybe after he/she starts solids). They also help prevent major stains. But of course they will add on a little to your cloth diapering costs. 
  • Reusable Liners: I think reusable stay-dry liners are a must have if you're using prefolds or other diapers that are prone to giving rashes when wet. These will keep the baby's butt dry and your diapers looking like new. 
  • Diaper Care and Detergents: Of course you can't cloth diaper without a good detergent. Don't fall into the temptation of using a regular, chemical detergent that you may be using for your clothes. I was so impressed by our fluff detergent, actually, that I started using it on our clothing too. I would never go back to chemicals now!
What are your cloth diapering must haves? 

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