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Help, I'm new to cloth diapering!

How many diapers do I need?

The number of diapers you need ultimately depends on the age of the baby and how long you want to go between washings. We recommend washing every 1-3 days, so you’ll want to estimate how many diapers you’ll use each day and how often you will wash.

Newborns can go through as many as 12-15 inserts or diapers per day, so having 24-36 diapers on hand is usually a good number, to allow you to go 2-3 days between washing.

As babies get older and start sleeping longer periods at night, they often only require between 5 and 8 diapers per day, so you may need fewer diapers in larger sizes or be able to wash less often.

What do I do with my dirty diapers?

Once those diapers are dirty, you need somewhere to put them! There are many great options for each situation. Diaper pails with colorful liners to match baby’s room are a popular option or you can also try a hanging pail in the bathroom or on the nursery door.

Cloth diapers are easy to use outside of the house as well. Just take a wet bag to store the dirty diapers in until you get home and can add them to the rest of your dirty diapers.

What do you do with the poop?

If your baby is fed only breastmilk, their poop is completely water soluble and will wash out easily in the washer! No removal required before washing, how great is that? Just put the dirty diaper in your diaper pail and add them directly to your washer on wash day.

If baby drinks formula or is started to eat solids, the poop should be removed before washing to avoid stains or buildup. We suggest using a diaper sprayer to easily remove the solids or you can also use liners to catch the solid waste or use another method to remove the poop before washing.

What do you do with the diapers when you are out and about?

Taking a wet bag along will keep things simple while you’re out and about. You can roll up the cloth diaper and put it right in the wet bag until you get home. The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is great because you can keep the clean diapers and wipes in the dry pocket then once they are used transfer them to the wet pocket.

What are the benefits of natural fibers over synthetic?

There are pros and cons to both natural and synthetic fibers and we recommend trying some of each to determine what fits your family best.

Many people prefer to have a natural material against baby’s skin, so natural fibers such as wool, bamboo, or hemp work great for that. Many natural fibers are very trim and absorbent as well as being anti-microbial. Wool, for instance, is naturally moisture resistant and reduces odors! However, natural fibers don’t have the wicking qualities that many synthetic materials offer so your baby may be more sensitive to the wetness. They can also be heavier and generally cost more than synthetic fibers.

Synthetic fabrics, like microfiber, also have a lot of great advantages! They are often a lighter material and are generally less expensive. One reason many people love synthetic is because then can quickly wick moisture away from the skin, making baby feel dry and more comfortable, and in turn reduce diaper rash.

How do wool diaper covers work?

Wool is a natural fiber that is absorbent, insulating, and breathable. These characteristics make it an excellent choice for a diaper cover placed over an absorbent prefold, or fitted cloth diaper. The diaper underneath the wool contains the majority of the waste, while the wool cover adds an absorbent and waterproof layer that is still breathable. However, if the cover is saturated the dampness may come through if baby sits or lies down, due to the compression.

Washing wool is different than washing the rest of your cloth diapers. Most wool diaper covers need to be hand washed in a wool wash containing lanolin, see our wool diaper care products HERE. They should not be put through a dryer as they will felt and possibly shrink or lose stretch. The bonus of wool, however, is that it is antimicrobial and can go for up to two weeks of use (as long as no poo gets on it) between washing.