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Summer Fluffin’ Day 12 – Diapering Essentials

I hope you are enjoying our Summer Fluffin event! If you’ve been around, you either have an interest in cloth diapering or you already do cloth diaper. I am well aware of the fact that there is so much information available about cloth diapering that it can be overwhelming. After you’ve decided on which types and brands to use, then you have to look at all of the accessories that are available and ask yourself which of those are essentials? Today we are going to help you out with that.

There actually aren’t very many absolute essentials for cloth diapering outside of the diapers. I would recommend that you make sure to have a small wet bag or a bag to keep diapers in, cloth diaper safe diaper rash cream and a cloth diaper safe detergent. Let’s talk about each one of these items and then we’ll move on to some “nice to have, but not necessary” items.
First, the wet bag or bag. You can get a small wet bag for around $10. When you go out and about with little ones, you want something to keep your cloth diapers in that will will contain the smell. A wet bag is not absolutely necessary. If you don’t have one make sure to take a resealable plastic baggie with you.
Next, you will need some cloth diaper safe rash cream. No, you cannot use regular diaper rash cream with cloth diapers as it will affect the absorbency of the cloth. You will want to make sure to order this or get this ahead of time because if you need to make a diaper rash cream run to the store late at night chances are your local store won’t have something safe for cloth diapers. You can order this online, some sites even have free shipping to help with the cost of ordering online. If you need help finding one of these sites that offer free shipping please email me.
Finally, you will want to make sure to get a detergent that is safe for cloth diapers. I personally use (and love) Rockin Green, which is known for being a cloth diaper safe detergent. (Stay tuned for a review and giveaway that will be posted tomorrow for a bag of Rockin Green!) You do not have to use this brand though. Many mamas have successfully used regular free and clear detergents from their local grocery stores. I am just too chicken to try this! LOL I worry that maybe for us it won’t work and it will mess up our diapers so I stick to what I know for sure works. Again though, many mamas have successfully used free and clear detergents and have had no problems.
That’s it…just three (really two if you don’t count the plastic baggie if you go that route) essentials for cloth diapering! That’s not so bad, is it? Now let’s talk about some other diapering accessories that are nice to have, not not necessary.
  • A diaper sprayer is on the top of my list here. It’s on the top of this list because we don’t have one yet! 🙂  I would love to get one! It is a sprayer that you install attaching it to your toilet and it just makes cleaning off those poo diapers a bit easier!
  • Dryer balls are another nice to have item especially if you use AIOs. Dryer balls will help to speed up the drying time for your diapers, therefore saving on your electric bill! YAY! 🙂 If you are reading about dryer balls right now, you are lucky because you are getting three extras into any giveaway you wish! Please enter “read 718” for the extra comments. Thanks so much for being a loyal reader!
  • It’s also always nice to have some extra inserts around. This is helpful because you may need them when stuffing diapers for nighttime use. Some babies are heavy wetters and it’s better to be prepared for a heavy wetter than not!
  • A pail liner is another thing that would be nice to have. We currently don’t have one of these ( never have actually) and we are doing fine without it. A pail liner though would allow you to keep a place near your diaper changing table that you could just toss the dirty diapers in and keep them there til laundry day.
  • Cloth wipes and wipes solution, another nice thing to have but not necessary. We have yet to use cloth wipes, although I have to admit that we have had them since I was pregnant. (Yes, I am ashamed to admit this!) However, I am hosting a cloth wipes challenge from June 22 until July 22 so join me and let’s start using cloth wipes!!)
That’s about it believe it or not! Cloth diapering really is a simple thing so don’t let all of the information overwhelm you. If at any time you have questions and don’t have anyone to ask or you just don’t know where to go, please email me and I will help as much as I can. If I don’t know the answer I will find out for you! 🙂
Happy Cloth Diapering, mamas!

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Comments

  1. April, this is a nice list of things that help make cloth diapering that much better!

  2. KerrieLynn says:

    Joining in on the Super Stalker Sunday Blog Hop! I am already a follower via GFC and Facebook, but just added Twitter to the Mix! Thanks so much for hosting!

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  3. thepennywisechick says:

    All good tips for accessories to have. I was super intimiadated to use cloth wipes but I took the plunge and just started using them. Turns out it’s super easy and one less step to throw the wipes away before tossing everything else in the diaper pail. =)

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  4. Sunray Gardening says:

    Thanks for stopping by and I am following you now and thanks for the invite to the hop. I’ve added myself and look forward to joining each week.

  5. Kiran Bajaj Sawhney says:

    following you

  6. I love your blog idea! I am returning the follow from Cluster Love. Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m looking forward to reading more from you!
    http://www.clusterlove.blogspot.com

  7. Attila & Tamara says:

    One diaper safe cream that is available at Target is California Baby. We really like it and I thought I’d mention it!

  8. clutterholic says:

    Thanks for the info! I’m 6 months pregnant and on the fence about cloth diapering.

    Following you on Twitter now 😉

  9. Hannah Avery says:

    Great list! I love my Whamies pail liner, and I think that a Snappi is a must for me, especially since I use a lot of prefolds!

    -Hannah

  10. erin.nicole says:

    Great list…so helpful for newbies! I really need to get a diaper sprayer too, I think they would be so helpful, and I can’t believe I’ve gone so long without one. And I agree about the laundry detergent…stick to what works! Although I’ve heard that people have trouble with their washing routine eventually and have to switch it up, so I always keep alternatives in mind!

  11. Savanah FD says:

    I like the idea of a diaper sprayer, but how kid-proof are they? I have a 3 yo that would love to soak the bathroom with it…

    Thanks for sharing. I am just getting started with cd (waiting for my starter/sampler kit to arrive) after using disposables for the last 5 years.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for a cloth training diaper?

  12. damiesmom says:

    thank you!!!

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