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What I Wish I’d Known Before Starting to Cloth Diaper

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Before switching to cloth diapers there are a few things I wish I had known. Maybe I would have used them from the start. I did read up on cloth before switching, but a good amount was learned as I went along. I also hear a lot of people remark how they didn’t know this or that about cloth, like how modern they are. I think a lot of people need to know more about reusable options! (This list is part informative and part entertainment.)


I wish I had known:

  • That they were so modern, cute and relatively easy to use
  • More folds
  • How well they absorb newborn poo (disposables created a lot if blowouts daily)
  • Sunning can bleach stains naturally
  • How many wetbags you should own (I think at least 2 big and 2 small!)
  • How to properly use a diaper sprayer (I think I’m doing it wrong – it shouldn’t be so messy!)
  • That extra laundry isn’t that noticeable
  • That the money we spent on disposables in the first few months could have bought a whole reusable diaper stash
  • That cloth takes up more diaper bag space
  • That cute bloomers aren’t necessary when you have cute fluff
  • That dealing with wet/dirty diapers doesn’t bother me like I thought it would (it’s not glamorous but it’s doable!)
  • More about cloth wipes
  • That cloth can help children learn to use the potty sooner
  • That cloth can reduce rashes (I thought it was more likely to make her rashy!)
  • That not all disposable wipes and rash creams are the same (gotta look at those ingredients!)
  • How clean diapers should smell
  • How to tell if they need to be stripped
  • That I’d want to buy so many!

What do you wish you had known (or want to know) before you start cloth diapering?

Don’t forget to check out what Mariah and April wish they had known!

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