How many cloth diapers do I need?
The amount of cloth diapers needed depends on the age of your baby. Newborns go through more cloth diapers then an older baby. I recommend washing every 2-3 days. A newborn will typically go through 10-12 diapers in a day. A six month old and up requires about 6-10 diapers a day. A great set-up for any age would include:
3 dozen diapers
3 dozen inserts (if using a pocket style diaper)
4-6 Diaper covers (if using fitted or prefold diapers)
3 dozen cloth wipes
Spray bottle for wipes solution
Baby Bits if not using plain water for wipes solution
One Pail Liner (I recommend Wahmies)
Small or medium wet bag for outings
Don't cloth diapers get stained?
Yes, every now and then you may run into the occasional stain. The best way to get rid of pesky stains is to sit the item in question out in the sun for a few hours. At first I did not believe something so simple would work, but it does! I swear by sun bleaching. Make sure to wash those diapers after sunning again before putting them back on baby.
How Do You Keep the Diaper Pail Smell Down?
First and foremost I make sure to wash my diapers every 2-3 days. I keep my dirty diapers in a garbage pail with the lid down. The next best course of action is to invest in a Wahmies pail liner, I swear by these! The pail liner will allow for a little bit of air circulation which helps with smell. If you can help it, do not use a disposable garbage bag. They tend to incubate the diapers making them extremely stinky!
Another great addition is to sprinkle a little baking soda into the bottom of your pail or you can add some tea tree or lavender essential oil to a piece of cloth and drop that in the bottom of the can. Once your baby starts solid foods make sure to shake the solids into the toilet, just as required with disposable diapers.
What Do You Use Overnight?
My favorite overnight set-up is a pocket diaper such as Fuzzi Bunz, Happy Heiny, or Drybees with two inserts. This is the trim way to go! If you prefer a natural fiber I recommend a Happy Hempy stuffed with a hemp stuffin inside a LanaCare wool soaker.