No, I don’t mean hiding those Huggies under the potato chips in your grocery cart so no one knows you’re not a 100% cloth diaper user. There are things you can do to make cloth diapering a little easier and avoid being overwhelmed.
Simplify the wash routine – Washing cloth diapers doesn’t have to be complex. Run diapers through a quick wash/rinse (unstuff pockets as you change them so this is a matter of shaking the pail in the washer & pushing a button.) Add the recommended amount of detergent and select a hot wash with double rinse. Walk away! Eat a piece of chocolate. Have a glass of wine. Don’t babysit the machine.
Ditch the pins – “Well duh,” you might be saying. Modern cloth diapers don’t use pins Maria, what are you thinking? I’m thinking that prefolds are affordable & awesome, but trifolding doesn’t always keep covers clean on a new baby. Try a Snappi or Boingos instead. Shoot, can’t find the Snappi? No problem! Use a snug fitting cover over a folded prefold. It won’t contain messes as well as a secured prefold but works better than a trifold.
Prune the Prep – Are you still washing a new natural fiber diaper 3 times all by itself? Cheat, cheat, cheat. Wash & dry with like color clothing, or even wash once and cross your fingers. Change baby more often until the diaper is fully prepped & wash it with your other diapers. Typically, the natural oils from just one new diaper won’t do a thing to a load full of other diapers.
Get the Best of Both Worlds – Some families find it necessary to use disposable diapers on occasion (or they don’t have enough cloth to use it full time yet), but can’t stand the smell, or the blowouts. Put a cloth diaper cover over the disposable, or consider using disposable inserts!
Skip the Sprayer – If you can’t buy & install a diaper sprayer, you might be wondering how in the world you’re going to deal with all the poop. When baby is young (breastfed) you can toss those diapers right into the wash. When baby starts solids, a sprayer isn’t your only option. You can dunk & swish without touching the water, or try disposable liners. If your baby is a predictable pooper you can use the liners when they are most likely to dirty the diaper – some brands are sturdy enough to wash & reuse if just wet!
Have you found any little tips that make cloth diapering easier?