Cloth Diapering Q&A for New Parents

cloth diapering guideCloth diapering is an affordable way to diaper your child while reducing your impact on the environment, but in a culture where most people use disposable diapers, many people won’t have answers for you. Now that you have decided to go with cloth diapers, you should arm yourself with some basic information. Here are a few questions first-time cloth diaper users ask.

How many cloth diapers will I need?

Generally, you will want enough diapers to last two to three days. You will want enough diapers to make a full load and then a few extra for the time period you’re doing laundry. Newborns go through the most. 24 to 36 diapers is a good sized stash for newborns. As your baby gets older, you won’t need as many.

Which brand should I choose?

That’s entirely up to you. What some people love, others hate. The best option you have is to buy a few singles and try them out. See which ones you and your baby prefer. Also, the type of diapers you prefer may change as your baby gets older and starts moving around. Body shapes change over time, so you might need to switch brands.

Sized diapers or one-size-fits-all?

One-sized-fits all diapers are great (and cheap overall), but they aren’t suitable to tiny infants. There’s a lot of bulk involved and you have to work to get them off and on. Again, you’ll have to try a few of each to make the decision for yourself. Many people prefer to used sized diapers for the first six months and then switch to one-size-fits-all. You’ll get use out of the one-sized-fits-all for at least a year, probably more while you work on potty training.

How much does cloth diapering cost?

There is a wide range of cost of cloth diapers. Some are as cheap as $2.00 each, while others (fitted diapers with pockets) can be as much as $30.00. It’s likely that you’ll have a mix of different types of diapers for different purposes. The average child costs about $3000 for disposable diapers over his/her life (from birth to fully potty trained), but only about $350 in disposable costs. Even with increases to your electric and water bills because of the additional washing, you still will save a significant amount of money.

Are cloth diapers hard to wash?

Not at all. It’s little more work than doing laundry. Before your child eats solids, dirty diapers can go straight into a trash can lined with a regular kitchen bag. After solid foods begin, you may have to shake or spray off feces from the diaper into the toilet. Add a little baking soda to the bag to kill any odor (but there won’t be much). Every two days you’ll want to prewash with cold water to cleanse away any matter, and then hot wash for sanitization. Rinse and dry.

What type of detergent should I use?

Ideally, something safe and made for sensitive skin. Rockin’ Green makes excellent laundry soap for babies. Never use fabric softeners on diapers; they can cause rashes.

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Cloth Diapers vs. Disposable Diapers

cloth diapers vs disposable diapersLike most parenting topics, the debate over cloth versus disposable diapers comes with many opinions. But like everything else, you have to decide what is best for you and your family. You can choose one method and stick with it, or alternate as you see fit. Many mothers use cloth diapers when they are home and disposables when out-and-about. It’s up to you. Here are the pros and cons of cloth diapers and disposable diapers.

Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers come in two formats: a terry cloth, cotton, or flannel cloth that you fold and fasten or an already-arranged diaper that looks just like a disposable. In the long run, cloth diapers will save you money (unless you use a diaper cleaning service). Over the two or so diaper years of your child’s life, you will spend about $300 on cloth diapers and washing, but $2000 on disposables.

Some parents are concerned about the dyes and gels in disposables, so cloth diapers are a more natural way of containing messes. However, they are messier than disposables. You’ll end up doing more laundry, too, sometimes two to three extra loads each week. Of course, unless you use disposables occasionally, you’ll end up carrying a poopy diaper home every once in a while.

Cloth diapers are less absorbent, but they also created fewer rashes. The decreased absorbency, however, can aide potty training. If your child feels wet, he/she is more apt to prefer the potty and spend her/his time in underpants.

Disposable Diapers

Disposables are easy to change quickly because of the adhesive strips. They are especially helpful for resistant babies who won’t sit still for changes.

The biggest convenience of disposable diapers is that you toss them away once soiled. Tape them up using their own adhesive so the mess is contained and drop them in the trash. Further, disposables are super-absorbent, so you end up changing less diapers, and the liners keep wetness away from the skin and rarely leak. This can work against you, however, as children don’t feel uncomfortable by the mess and don’t mind staying with diapers. Some diapers can rip if they are pulled too hard, which will probably happen to you when you’re away from home!

Although no studies offer evidence that the chemicals used to manufacture diapers are harmful, you never know. Diapers house a sensitive area and you may not want to take the risk. Some babies have allergic reactions that prevent them from using disposables at all.

The biggest downside to disposables is their impact on the environment. Worldwide, we produce 3.4 million tons of diaper waste per year, and they do not decompose.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are patented footed baby pajamas for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Plus Zippyz are a unique baby shower gift! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

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7 Ways to Make Diaper Changes Fast and Easy

make diaper changes fast and easyYou will spend the first few months of your child’s life changing a lot of diapers. But just because changing diapers is a chore doesn’t mean it can’t be fast and easy. Once you get some practice, you’ll learn and create your own tricks that work for you and your baby. Until then, use these seven tips to make diaper changes fast and easy. 

1. Create diaper changing stations.

Having a changing table stocked with all your supplies is important, but you might find it helpful to create diaper changing stations in other parts of your house. You don’t need a dedicated table, but a handful of diapers, wipes, and cream in a reusable bag will do. Many people keep these in the living room, play room, or their bedroom for easy access.

2. Distract, distract, distract!

Babies and toddlers are antsy, especially when it’s time to lie still for a change. To make your experience faster and easier, distract your child with a toy, mobile, rattle, song, or anything else you can think of. Holding your child still can make changes take twice or three times as long!

3. Use diaper-friendly clothing.

When your child is young, you’ll be changing a lot of diapers every day. Complicated clothing with buckles and snaps just makes your job harder. They also force you to undress your baby entirely before you can get to the diaper. This makes the job longer and the sudden change will frustrate your baby. Use footed pajamas with zippered bottoms so you only have to expose your child’s lower half.

4. Use a diaper dispenser.

A wall-mounted diaper dispenser like the Bobee lets you keep one hand on your baby at all times so you never have an accident. It keeps them high and easy to reach so you don’t bend over all the time and they stay out of curious hands when your baby gets older.

5. Use a compact wipes case.

You should also pick up a wipes carrying case from The Diaper Clutch with an easy-access window. They are especially helpful when you are only taking a short trip out of the house and don’t want to lug the entire diaper bag with you (and they’re fashionable).

6. Make your baby comfortable.

When your baby is comfortable and cooperative, a diaper change should take less than two minutes. You won’t always be able to get to your changing table when a diaper needs to be changed. Use a portable baby mat for those instances when you’re shopping, traveling, or visiting friends. They also double as play mats.

7. Do the job well.

It’s worth mentioning that you should always take care to make sure your child is clean and dry before affixing the new diaper. It doesn’t matter how much of a rush you are in or where you were forced to make the change. If you fail to clean and dry your child properly, you will cause rashes, which just make future diaper changes take longer.

footed pajamas for fast diaper changesWritten by Lisa Youngelson, Owner of Zippyz

Like most new moms, Lisa had been up night after night changing her newborn son’s diaper. She was so exhausted she could barely function, let alone match up the tiny snaps on her baby’s pajamas.

Frustrated by endless mis-snapping and re-snapping, Lisa found zippered pajamas, and thought her problems had been solved. That night when she unzipped her son’s pajamas, he started to cry from the shock of cold air. Although less time consuming, Lisa hated that she had to expose her baby’s entire body with the zipper. She felt her baby’s comfort should come first and yearned for the perfect footed pajama, which was both soft and cozy for her baby and hassle-free for mommy.

One night while feeding her son she thought of “Zippyz.” Zippyz are a patented footed pajama for easy and fast diaper changes with 3 snaps on the chest and a zipper from foot to belly. Finally, a solution suitable for baby AND mommy! Along with her best friend and business partner Erica, Lisa decided make the diaper changing world a better place for all new parents!

For more information, visit www.shopzippyz.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Zippyz? Send your topic idea to: media@shopzippyz.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Zippyz makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information, or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.