What do I need to get started with cloth diapering?

Cloth diapering can be as simple or as complicated as you like. But here are the basics you’ll need for cloth diapering.

That’s it! Now where things might get a little muddy for cloth diapering newbies is figuring out which cloth diapers to get. That’s because there are lots of options when it comes to cloth diapers. If you’re wondering how to make this particular decision, you’re in the right place! This site was designed to help you get the answers you need to start your cloth diapering journey.

First I suggest you learn about the different cloth diapering systems. You may be tempted to go with the simplest or cheapest option, but each system has its upsides and downsides. You’ll want to figure out which of this systems works best for you based on what your particular diapering needs are. This will require some research but don’t skip this step! It’s really important!

To help you with that decision, we’ve put together a handy dandy chart of each of the diapering systems and its pros and cons. If you wanna get real fancy and have this chart physically on hand for reference later you can download and print this chart as well.

SystemDescriptionProsConsAffordability
All-in-one
  • Simple
  • closest to disposables
  • Sometimes difficult to get clean
  • Often takes longer to dry
$$$$
All-in-2
  • Simple
  • Close to disposable diaper experience
  • Takes less time to dry than an all-in-one
  • Less flexibility in absorbency
  • More expensive than other systems
  • Not fully customizable
$$$$

In addition to this chart, we recommend watching some YouTube videos from cloth diapering parents to see what their experience was with a particular brand or type of diaper. You can join cloth diapering facebook groups and subreddits for interaction with other cloth diapering parents as well.

Most importantly, we recommend you try things out! Buy a diaper, use it for a while and see how you like it. You know what’s best for you, your lifestyle and your baby. Experience is most certainly the best teacher. So dive in!

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