Last updated on January 2nd, 2019
How Do Cloth Diapers Work- Mistakes To Avoid
Even before I got pregnant with baby bear I knew I wanted to use cloth diapers- those bums are just too cute! And while there were a lot of myths surrounding using cloth, I was pretty determined. But like anything else, there is a learning curve (HA). Now, having used cloth diapers for two babes, I think I’ve finally nailed down the question of “how do cloth diapers work”.
If you would have told me oh so long ago that I would fall in love with cloth diapers I most likely would have laughed in your face.
Not only were cloth diapers for hippies (oh the irony) but just for plain weirdos in my opinion. Who in their right mind choose to make diapering WORSE?!
Ah how naïve I was …
Eventually (and it was a big transition) I came around to entertaining the idea of reusable diapers (because there ARE dangers of using disposables!) but was still asked and researched a lot on “how do cloth diapers work”?
Basically, I was confused about the kinds of diapers, the system, the washing, the scraping. The day to day stuff.
I cover a lot these questions in my post how to use cloth diapers- tips and lessons so check that out if all of this sounds familiar!
But even after I understood more or less how to use cloth diapers, there were still all the little things left to learn. The mistakes, the eye twitches and the other side of the questions of “how do cloth diapers work”.
So, this post is for you! For the mamas who understand what system they’re going to use but also want a few more ins and outs on the whole cloth diaper process.
Basically, here are all the mistakes you should try to avoid if you want to rock cloth diapers. The simple tips, the ones that should be common sense but well, #mombrain
How Do Cloth Diapers Work – Tuck The Diaper Into The Cover
This most applies if you are using a two-part cloth diaper method (like I use in this “how to put on a cloth diaper” video).
If you are using pre-folds or the two-part method, tuck the whole diaper into the cover!
I can’t even explain how many times we had to change pants because we weren’t paying attention. If the inner diaper or pre-fold (normally white) is even ever so slightly sticking out of the diaper cover, you’ll end up with wet pants.
This is because the entire diaper gets pretty well soaked when babe pees and thus is wet, if it is outside of the waterproof cover you’ve just got wet pants 😛
When thinking of how do cloth diapers work, you always have one part that absorbs (diaper or liner) and one part that seals in the moisture (outer cover). Save the change and just pay attention.
Get A Sealed Bin
Much of this depends on your laundry system. But regardless, cloth diapers don’t fit into regular diaper garbage cans (yes, I tried!). you also don’t just want them sitting out because like most diapers, they stink.
So, my advice is to get a big sealed bin. We have one specific for cloth diapers and it has a carbon filter on it to help with any smell. We line it with kind of a ginormous wet dry laundry bag which works well.
Don’t Cheap Out On Wet/Dry Bags
Like most purchases, some are better than others. Don’t cheap out on a really awesome, double lined wet dry bag. All your have is a wet diaper bag when it all leaks through.
We have four and only two are good ones. The other ones, if pressed against anything get anything it touches damp. Which is kind of icky when you know the dampness is a wet diaper.
Get More Than You Expect
The first mistake ever was thinking that I’d be able to keep up with diapers! When asking yourself how do cloth diapers work, remind yourself that cloth doesn’t “pull away” the moisture. Thus, your babe will not sit in a wet diaper without losing their sh*t.
You’ll be changing a few more diapers so if you’re not on top of your laundry this could be an issue. For example, my girls both went through about 11-16 diapers per day until 6 months old when it slowly started to decrease a bit.
Seriously, diaper changes are frequent (the perk is way less bum rash!).
Expect To Trial & Error A Bit
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that one system will last through your whole diaper experience!
We tried all in one diapers and the two-part system. While we settled on the two-part method my girls ended up being crazy heavy
wetters especially at night. This means our system had to switch to using pre-folds/liners as well as the double diaper.
It’s craziness- just be prepared to tweak.
Pull Them Tight
This should be a no-brainer and yet I’ve effed this up plenty! Loose diapers cause poop explosions. Gross but true. So be smart, save yourself the gross-ness and make sure the diaper is tight and fitted!
Use a Velcro Cover For Nighttime
In the middle of the night, snaps suck. Seriously.
Between the snaps on the sleeper, the snaps on the first diaper and then the cover, diaper changes take like eight minutes in the dark.
So, save yourself some sanity and use a Velcro cover at night! Not only does this reduce the snaps situation but it’s also far easier to pull the Velcro covers tight.
Don’t forget to pin these fixes for common cloth diaper mistakes and answer the question of “how do cloth diapers work”!
Cloth diapers are awesome- truly awesome. But they don’t come without a few glitches. If you’re on the fence and wondering “how do cloth diapers work”, first check out these awesome benefits and why cloth diapers rock but then, jump in. You got this. They may seem challenging but once you nail down a system it’s so worth it.