I feel like there are so many of you who are brand new to cloth and have a multitude of questions just burning at you. Okay, not burning like it’s the only thing on your mind, but you know what I mean. You probably have a lot. Which diapers to get? How many? Where? What detergent? How? What size?
I was right there with you not to long ago. If you’re new to cloth, this post is for you! Granted, I’m practically a newbie myself as I’ve only been using cloth diapers for 6 months now, but hopefully I can shed some light on your questions!
Which diapers do I get? I can’t decide!
When they say variety is the spice of life, they really mean it. Variety in all shapes and ways, really is the spice and the sugar and all things sweet. I don’t know if I can call it a mistake, because I’m pretty happy with the diapers we ended up using, but we started our stash with only two kinds of diapers. I researched and asked around, and bought the two that were the most popular and met my wants and needs. I’m happy with my diapers however because I didn’t buy many different kinds I wasn’t able to do a lot of experimenting first.
When starting your cloth diaper stash, my advice would be to buy a couple of each kind that you think you might like. That way, the ones you like you can buy more of and you’re not stuck with a bunch you hate!
What colors should I get? Prints? Solids? White or bright? How do I decide?
Maybe this seems like a silly thought to some of you, but I know I’m not the only one who stands in the cloth diaper store staring at the different colors and prints for 10 minutes trying to decide which ones to get. Oh the cuteness! My advice? Go fun. Don’t be afraid of colors. I bought four white diapers and they are my least favorite. One of the great things about using cloth is you have the choice to buy cute diapers. Buy one in every color!
What detergent do I use?
There are many kinds that will work. You have to experiment and find what you like best. Check out this site for a list of all detergents and how they can be good or bad for your diapers.
Do I have to use cloth diapers all the time?
You can do whatever you want. Truly! If you want to use cloth diapers just on Thursdays, so be it. If you want to use cloth on days when you feel like it, fine. Don’t let the concept of “all or nothing” turn you away from cloth diapering because it doesn’t have to be that way.
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