Cloth Diaper Hacks

When I was cloth diapering my first child, I had all the diapers washed on a schedule and folded more often than not. I would stuff them all into an adorable display shelf and feel proud of how cute they looked. Now that I have two little ones in cloth diapers and a small farm to run, I just don’t have the time or energy to put into displaying my diapers any more.

Some people might think that I would be tempted to just use disposables to get a break from the cloth diapers, but thankfully I have a whole bunch of lazy-mom hacks that I use to get by on my busy weeks. Sometimes one little cloth diaper cheat is enough to get you through without throwing in the towel.

Cloth Diaper Hacks

Here is my list of Lazy Mama Cloth Diaper Hacks:

  • Don’t fold your diapers. This is why we have laundry baskets, folks. C’mon, let’s see some laundry basket stash shots! Unfolded diapers are where it’s at.
  • Have a lot of diapers. This is probably my most important tip for cloth diapering multiple children without losing your mind. If you get tempted to buy that $15 pack of disposables to get you through the week, go treat yourself to a new cloth diaper instead. You can get a whole pack of prefolds or flats for around that much or a new pocket or all-in-one for just a bit more. The more you have, the less you stress about whether that load in the washer has been there for three days.
  • Use the dryer. Many people take time to hang dry their cloth diapers to prolong the usage, myself included, on a good day. On a bad day? They ALL go in the dryer. Even the covers. I just can’t take that extra five minutes to sort out covers when the toddler is whining, the baby is crying, and the dog is barking.
  • Use flushable wipes or spray off diapers once a day. Because sometimes you don’t have time to deal with spraying off a poopy diaper immediately after a change. Flushable wipes are great because they usually remove the need for spraying altogether.
  • If you use pockets, get the kind that un-stuff themselves. These are awesome because you don’t have to fish around for a wet insert before throwing it in the wet bag.
  • Use pockets as covers. If you have prefolds, flats, or other safe-to-be-next-to-baby-skin inserts just lay them in the pocket as if it was a cover. Presto! No more stuffing pockets AND no more un-stuffing pockets.
  • Don’t fold prefolds and flats. If you use these for your baby, just trifold or padfold them and lay them in the cover. No more Snappis, Boingos, or frustration: just a simple pseudo-all-in-one diaper.

I hope some of these tips help you stay sane, or at least help you feel less lazy now that you know my lazy cloth diaper system.

Becca Schwartz is a cloth diapering, baby wearing, semi-crunchy mama to a toddler girl and baby boy. She and her husband have a small mini-farm with a flock of chickens, a few goats, and rabbits, and are making plans to move out west to start a homesteading adventure together!

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