Equipment and maintenance of cloth diapers
Have you decided to use cloth diapers for your baby?
To make your life easier, you'll need to equip yourself.
It's a big investment at first but with cloth diapers you'll save money compared to disposable diapers.
Let's see together the list of protections and equipment you will need for your cloth diapers.
Not everything is mandatory to switch from disposables to cloth diapers but to set up a simple and efficient diaper routine we advise you to equip yourself well.
The internet is full of articles on cloth diapers, baby disposables and the transition from cloth to disposable diapers. Our favorite is "Les couches lavables" in the "éditions jouvence". An easy to read diaper book with all the information you need to get by with cloth diapers!
Cloth diapers :
There are 3 types of cloth diapers whatever the size:
The cloth diaper all in 1,
The all-in-2 diaper
The all-in-3 diaper
On the choice of the layer there are many articles so we will not go into details here.
What interests us is the elements to accompany the diapers:
The diaper bucket
You don't need a specific bucket for cloth diapers, an airtight garbage can will do the trick depending on your budget.
This diaper bucket allows you to store your baby's diapers while waiting for the wash. It must be stored dry after rinsing to avoid the proliferation of bacteria. A bucket of good size will do the trick.
Tea tree essential oil
Natural antibacterial this essential oil will protect your diapers during storage and prevent bad odors due to the proliferation of bacteria on dirty diapers. These oils are also available as a spray for cloth diapers. One or two drops on the diaper before storing it in your bucket will suffice. The essential oils will disappear when you wash it, so it's safe.
Storage bag or wet bag
A washable diaper bag. This waterproof bag allows you to store cloth diapers used while traveling or at home if you prefer this diaper bag to a bucket. Convenient the bag is odor and liquid proof.
The protective veil is the last one in the diaper. It allows the diaper to be changed without having to scrape the diaper. You can just flush it down the toilet with its (solid) contents. A must in our opinion!
The washable wipes are very practical and can be stored in the web bag. It is also advisable to use liniment to help clean baby's bottom. There is also a lot of things to say about this, we will make another article.
It is a must for the cloth diaper. According to its material the inserts are more or less absorbent and also more or less thick. We advise to have several types of inserts according to your child and the moments. For the night a super absorbent insert for the day if you change the diaper more often it can be a less absorbent.
Here is the equipment that we recommend:
- washable diaper pail
- washable wipes
If you have any tips to share, please feel free to comment on them. Because the cloth diaper for baby should not be a problem help each other!