Is It Too Late to Start Cloth Diapering!?

Is It Too Late to Start Cloth Diapering!?

It is NEVER too late…

Information overload. That pretty much sums up my initial feelings about cloth diapering. My gut told me I wanted to cloth diaper, but I was overwhelmed to the point that I ignored my gut. I felt the twinge with every disposable I threw away. Through colic and exhaustion and teething, I continued to ignore that little voice in my head. After about 10 months, I was out of survival mode and clarity returned – I could ignore the voice no more. I dove in to the pool of information and I didn’t drown. In fact, I actually felt like I was swimming within days.

Questions filled my head. What kind of diapers do I use? What else do I need? What do I do with the dirty ones? How do I wash them? So, I tackled them with some research. Google® was my best friend over those first excitement filled days as I picked out and ordered my first diapers. I was as impatient as my two year old during Christmas as I waited for my first diaper to arrive.

What kind of diapers do I use? It really depends on your situation as to what fits your lifestyle best. At the time, my daughter attended daycare and I was lucky enough to have a provider that was open to cloth diapering. I decided to make it as easy as possible on her and chose a diaper that also had a cover. We chose to use a combination of pockets and all-in-ones since both types allow for quick and easy changes.

Pockets are great because they are just like a disposable for an “end-user” and are generally a very affordable option. You do have to stuff them with an insert after washing. An all-in-one also goes on just like a disposable diaper and they have no inserts. However, they do tend to be more expensive. We do use some fitted cloth diapers at home and they are the best at containing any leaks, but they also require an extra step of putting on a waterproof cover when putting the diaper on.

What else do I need? What do I do with the dirty ones? There are so many accessories available for a cloth family – talk about adding to the confusion! We decided to stick to the basics. A 13-gallon plastic trash can with a pail liner serves as our diaper pail. And no, it never really stinks. We like that our WAHMies Pail Liner has a seam of fabric attached so that we can add essential oil to help mask any possible odors. Cloth wipes and a spray bottle of water mixed with some baby soap serve as our wiping method. We use some flushable liners when she is “due for a big one” to make clean up much easier. We rounded it out with some wet bags for travel and that has worked well as the basics for us.

How do I wash them? This was the most complicated issue for us. The one that held us back and overwhelmed us the most. Everywhere I looked, there seemed to be a different method or suggestion for a washing technique and detergent choices. I highly recommend looking at the laundry page at Mom’s Milk Boutique for a ton of valuable information.

While every machine is different, we have found great success with the cold rinse, hot wash, extra cold rinse. In plan English, rinse your diapers with no detergent, wash them on hot with detergent and then rinse again with no detergent – checking the final rinse to make sure the suds are gone.

The most important thing is to make sure to rinse enough to get the suds out or else they can cause build up. It is a fine art in determining how much detergent is enough to get the diapers clean, but not too much to cause buildup. Just like you do with everything as Mom, you’ll find the right balance.

Cliché as it sounds, I can honestly say my only regret is that I ignored my gut for so long and didn’t start cloth diapering sooner. We have seen so many benefits from cloth. Besides the obvious environmental ones, my older daughter’s problems with diaper rash instantly became a distant memory and my younger daughter (cloth baby from birth) has never known what a diaper rash is.

From a young age, my older daughter also took great pride in getting her diapers out of the dryer and helping Mom put them away. As an added bonus, she now loves to do all kinds of chores at home and I credit the early days of dryer duty for that. Cloth made her very aware of being wet and she potty trained so easily at two.

Cloth diapering was and is one of the best decisions we made as parents – for ourselves, for our children, and for our environment. It is never too late!

by Christina Evans, guest contributor


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59 Responses to “Is It Too Late to Start Cloth Diapering!?”

  1. Sarah Gainey says:

    We are starting cloth with our first LO at the end of this month. I still don’t know where I heard about cloth for the first time, but it was like a seed that wouldn’t stop growing. I love how much cheaper and better for the environment it is and laundry is the one household chore I’ve always enjoyed so it really is perfect for our family!

  2. Mary M. says:

    I started cloth diapering my 4 month old in late March. So wish I had started even sooner! I love it, and definitely will start from birth with my next one. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Hasey says:

    I knew with baby #3 I wanted to try cloth. We bought a variety or cloth diapers ahead of time when I was pregnant. They seemed so big at first (I had bought mostly one-sizes to save $) that we used disposable mainly the first month. She’s 3 months old tomorrow and it has been cloth since!

  4. Meagan says:

    We started when my first daughter was 10 months old! We planned on having several more kids, so the investment wasn’t an issue for us. I’ve been going over a year now and don’t think I’ll ever go back to disposables, and now that number 2 is due in 3 months, it’s going to be even more of an adventure.

  5. Bobbi says:

    We starting CDing our DD at about 4 months old. She is now 16 mo and we haven’t looked back yet!

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  7. Molly says:

    We started with our girls at 13 and 27 months and are thrilled to have done it. 🙂

  8. Niki Hawkins says:

    I just started to cloth diaper my 7 month old. He is my second baby, but my first cloth baby

  9. Amber says:

    Love the article! I didn’t start cloth diapering until baby # 4 & 5 – but I am so glad I made the switch 🙂 It has saved us a ton of money, as well as being better for baby’s skin & the environment – I consider that a win all the way around!

  10. Becky says:

    Great info.. I will use this to link other new CD’ing Mamas to your site!!

  11. Ashley Gerson says:

    We started CDing at 3 months. I never read any CD info until after he was born. I thought well maybe next time I will use cloth. Then it hit me that I could start at any time. We have never been happier since the switch. We didn’t start too late but I’d say it’s worth it to start whenever!

  12. Kristen Orr says:

    My first is now 5 years old and I wanted to cloth diaper with him. Every time I threw away a disposable I thought about it, but I never found out any information and did not know anyone who cloth diapered besides my parents, etc. So when my 2nd was coming 18 mos ago, I now had friends who were CD and could find out TONS of info on-line. So we ordered the diapers the morning I went to the hospital and haven’t regretted it since. In fact #3 is coming in a month & I can’t wait to try more!!

  13. Vanessa says:

    I got so much wrong information about cloth until just recently. I am only one of two people I know who use cloth so I had no one to ask. I didn’t start until 3 months ago with my, then, 15 month old. He is my second baby and I am so glad I have all the facts so I can start baby #3 (whenever that happens) off right!

  14. rachel says:

    I started when my daughter was 6 months old, right after I met Abbie I took the plunge, I had been thinking on it a while but after seeing it first hand I decided I could do it! I started with 18 dipes and 2 kids in diapers full time!!!! I was washing EVERY DAY!!!! but here I am almost 3 years later still using cloth!!!

  15. Andrea Z. says:

    We started CDing our daughter when she was about 2 weeks old, when I was well enough from my c-section to start going back up and down the steps to our basement laundry. We decided to use cloth, though, during my first trimester! So glad we did. Even hubs likes it and is so happy with how much $$ we’re saving (when I’m not buying more diapers to feed my addiction!)

  16. Heather Johnson says:

    I did not cloth diaper my first 3 children and i regret not doing so but my fourth child was cloth diapered from 5 months on and my fifth from birth and i will do the same with ever other child in my future!!! I love cloth diapering and it is the greatest addiction!!!

  17. Amber says:

    When my dd was 11 months old- now shes 3 and we still use them at night/naps

  18. Brie says:

    I didnt cloth diaper my son, but really want to cloth diaper this baby due this dec. i do find it overwhelming and the washing part to be scary, but am trying to learn all i can before we have the baby.

  19. Amber says:

    We started 3 months ago around when my daughter turned 1. Still trying to learn to love it.

  20. lisa pulver says:

    I bought 3 BG when my son was 8 months old. I didn’t know much about CD’ing at the time and when they started to stink I stopped using them. Then I found out about using too much detergent, etc. so I stripped them and looked more into CD’ing full time. DS was about 10-11 months old at that time. I am so looking forward to CD’ing my newborn due in August!

  21. Heather Ratliff says:

    We started when DD was 1 month old. We moved when she was 11 days old so I didn’t want to start right away.

  22. Kelisa says:

    I’m hoping to start cloth diapering here soon! I’m trying to save a little money and make my own but I love the few bum genius’s I have currently! My little boy is 4 1/2 months old.

  23. Honie G says:

    We started using cloth diapers when our first child (our daughter) was about 10 months old.

    She’s currently 2 yrs old and going through potty training so she wears them for naps and bed time.

    However, her newborn brother has started wearing them and will do so until he’s potty trained.

  24. Nicole says:

    We started cloth diapering when my daughter was 1-2 months old. After 4 weeks of non-stop diaper rash i decided to look into cloth diapering. Once i got my first fluffy mail there was no turning back! Only 1 rash in the last 20 months! I love cloth diapering and can’t wait to have another child to cloth diaper.

  25. Candace T says:

    I started CDing when my daughter was 2.5 months old. I had known I wanted to do it when I was pregnant, but lacking support from DH. A few months in and he asked me, “So you said we could save money with that cloth diaper thing?” and the rest is history. (we do save money, but barely, considering my diaper buying habit!)

  26. Heidi says:

    We started when our oldest was big enough to wear the cloth we had. She was preemie and soooo tiny for the first 10 weeks or so.

  27. Mandy says:

    We started cloth diapering at 7 weeks old with our first baby. The next baby will be cloth diapered from the very start 🙂

  28. Renee says:

    We played with the idea before our daughter was born and never actually committed to it then when she was about 2 months old we started a small stash of diapers and used cloth at home but still used sposies when we were out. At about 4 months old we finally took the plunge and started CDing full time, it’s been almost 4 months and it has been wonderful so far. I wish we had started sooner!

  29. Heather says:

    I started day one, but I cheated and went with a diaper service. We loved the ease of the service but at about 4 months we realised it wasn’t that hard to go out on our own. We started with prefolds and covers (which we still like), and have added pockets to the mix. Cloth diapering is great for our family, we love it, even when traveling or camping we have enjoyed keeping our son in cloth!

    I wanted to also add a cheap and great trick we learned, forget the essential oils, or masking diaper pail odors, pick up a cheap activated charcoal filter in the pet section (we like the kind for cat boxes) and add these to the pail. The charcoal sucks up the odors easily and can’t stain your diapers. They are also really cheap, last a long time, and even work in the summer!

  30. Crystal says:

    I started when my son was a week old and have never looked back. I LOVe cloth diapering and all of its advantages.

  31. Stephanie says:

    We started about 2 1/2 months ago when my 2nd child was 18 months old and I was pregnant with baby #3. I’m loving cloth diapering my now 21 month old and I’m just using up the rest of the disposables I stocked up on before starting my new baby in them, but I can’t wait!

  32. Michelle says:

    We started when our 3rd was 4 months old and my 2 older ones were still night wetters. This fall we will start our newest one from birth!

  33. Molly (Marion) Archer says:

    We started the day before my son turned 6 months old. I had made a stash before he was born of newborn sized and small sized fitteds, and by the time his umbilical cord fell off, they were already too small! I have a baby that needs to be held nearly all the time, including during naps, so I never got the chance to make him more. I finally just bought a stash and I’m so glad I did!

  34. Angie K. says:

    Didn’t cloth diaper oldest daughter who is now 5 1/2, but knew before I was pregnant again that I wanted to cd my next child. We have cloth diapered our second daughter since she was one month old, she is now 12 months. So glad to be making this step! Thanks

  35. Kayla L says:

    We started cloth diapering April 16 2009 when DD was just shy of 6 weeks old. It was the best choice we have made for her bum!

  36. Lisa B says:

    We started when my daughter, now 19 months old, was 3 months old. Her younger brother, now 8 weeks old, has been in cloth since birth.

  37. Kristy says:

    We started when DD was 4 months old because of severe diaper rash. She’s almost 18 months and we haven’t had a rash since!

  38. Katie W says:

    Justed started a week ago!! CDing a 10week old and a 29 month old!! So exciting!

  39. Johanna says:

    I started when my first daughter was less than 2 months old! I LOVE it. 🙂

  40. Jennifer S says:

    We started cding our daughter last month when she was 16 months old!!
    I now have a stash of close to 30 diapers! Mostly BG pockets but alot of FuzziBunz and a Rar and Flip on the way!
    My only regret?
    That we didn’t cd from the beginning!!!

  41. Kyla W. says:

    I started research in the beginning of pregnancy and then went back and researched again w/ kiddo about 6-7 months old, then finally ordered CDs after vacation (@ about 10mos) and started CDing just before 11 mos. lol! It was too overwhelming in the beginning to even fathom CDing, since our kiddo had bad reflux and never slept anywhere but on me. The last thing I wanted to deal with was more laundry that I couldn’t get to. I wish we’d started around 6-7mos, but don’t feel bad not starting closer to birth due to our rough first 6mos. Glad we started though, and my sister now CDs too!

  42. Stephanie says:

    We started when my son was 7.5 months old. We love it! At first I only had prefolds and covers, and now I have a few fitted, and a couple AIO’s. I cannot wait to get more!

  43. Ashton says:

    We started a few weeks ago I only have 6 prefolds and 5 covers but I super happy to expand my collection, my son is 4 and a half months old and they hold even his MEGA pee

  44. Erica Carey says:

    We started with our 4th (and last) child when he was 8 months old!

  45. Katy says:

    We started with DD when she was about 2 weeks and she’s almost 1 year. I’m really glad I stuck with it, but I miss the days of breastmilk-only diapers I could just toss in the wash without rinsing!

  46. Beth says:

    We started with our 3rd child, our 2 month old daughter, and we’re loving it so far!

  47. stephanie says:

    I LOVE cloth diapers!! I have a 3 year old that I used cloth on ‘here and there’. My job/apartment prevented me from using cloth more! My 2 year old is 100% cloth now and I have a 5 week old I also use cloth on. I have convinced my brother and SIL to use cloth in Aug. when their little girl is born!!!

  48. Jen says:

    We started cloth the day we left the hospital. The nurse looked at us like we were crazy as we put it on preparing to leave!! We didn’t take any of the hospital sposies home!

  49. Karen says:

    Our son is now 11 days old. We started cloth diapering today and love it so far!

  50. Kendra says:

    We just started using cloth about 3 weeks ago! My daughter is almost 8 months now, so we obviously started late. We still aren’t in cloth 100% because I’m trying to decide which type & brand work best for her. I absolutely love it though! Thi liner would be great since we don’t have one yet!

  51. Sarah says:

    We started with our first son around 11 months old. The second wet through them every hour so we used sposies for 5 or 6 months then went back to cloth. Pregnant with #3 and hoping that a bG AIO with a doubler will be enough to hold in all the pee for more than an hour!! lol
    I make A LOT of milk!

  52. Kayla says:

    i recently started Cloth diapering in the last week or 2 and i am instantly in love….despite the fact that my daughter is 2 already….she LOVES the Cloth….and so do i….I really just wish i knew about these 7 years ago when i had my oldest!!!

  53. Lisa says:

    We also started when our son was 6 months, and both my husband and I wish we’d started from the day he was born! We looooove cloth diapers!

  54. Jessie says:

    We started after our daughter was 1 month old, though I had enough newborn cloth diapers to start from the beginning. I regret not starting from the 1st day… but now I know and with our next child I will be starting right away!

  55. Lauren says:

    We haven’t officially started but we’re currently building our stash in anticipation of our son’s birth in July!

  56. Rachel F says:

    Always wanted to use cloth, but didn’t start until my was 18 months old. Pregnant with my second, and he’ll be in cloth from birth!

  57. Beth says:

    I started cloth diapering when my son was two months old, and have loved every minute of it!

  58. nice post. thanks.

  59. Laura says:

    We started cloth diapering when our son was 6 months old. I’m so glad we made the switch!