Frequently Asked Questions about Cloth Diapers
Updated: Apr 17
When you are pregnant and are considering cloth diapers, you can have lots of questions. Here I have listed the most frequently asked questions about cloth diapers that I got.
Please help me! I don’t understand all the different types of cloth diapers. I wrote an entire blog post about all the different types. Click to check it out.
Which cloth diapers do I need? This depends entirely on what you prefer and what suits your baby. When I was pregnant I bought different types and brands of cloth diapers just to see what I preferred to work with and which suited my very skinny girl.
How many do I need? This depends on how often you want to wash your diapers. In the beginning, you need around 8 diapers per day. So, when you wash every 3 days, you need 24 diapers. Use the diapers for 2 days and wash and dry these 16 diapers. The remaining 8 will be used when your diaper hang out to dry (I don’t have a dryer). You might need less when you wash more frequently.
What to do with the poo? When your baby is exclusively breastfed, you don’t need to worry about it. Their stool is water-soluble and will wash out completely. When your baby starts to eat solid food, you can add a liner to the diaper to catch the stool. This liner will be thrown away with the stool (do not flush this as it can cause clogging). So there won’t be any poo in your washing machine.
How often do you need to wash cloth diapers? This depends on how many diapers you have and how large your washing machine is. I wash my cloth diapers every other day (even though I have enough to wash every 3 days) as I find they get cleaner when there are not too many diapers in my washing machine. I have a rather small washing machine. Read here about my cloth diaper wash routine.
Do they leak more often compared to disposable ones? Unfortunately yes, cloth diaper needs to be changed more frequently compared to disposable ones because there are no chemicals to solidify the liquid (aka urine).
Is it really cheaper? Yes, I did the math. Go check it out!
How much work is it? Also, in this case, I did the math.
What do you do when you are on the road or on holiday? This depends on how long we will be away from home. If we go away for one night, we take cloth with us. Are we going away longer, I opt to go for eco disposables (and sometimes mommy prefers a holiday without lots of laundry).
Don’t they smell more? No! In cloth diapers, there is no chemical reaction taking place to solidify liquid. This reaction causes the smell of disposable diapers. So, when my baby makes a poopy diaper I often need to pay attention to visual cues or I need to smell really closely.
How about daycare? Our daycare is awesome and they don’t mind using my cloth diapers. I give them a wet bag in which they put the dirty diapers and wipes. Sometimes these diapers are poopy (I don’t ask daycare to remove the liner with stool from the diapers) and I remove the soiled liner at home. Afterward, they go into the large pile liner. A small downside is that people who work at daycares are very busy and can’t always change a diaper on time. So when I pick her up she sometimes wears different clothing from what I dressed her in, in the morning.
Are your kids potty trained earlier? They say that baby’s in cloth are potty trained earlier but I don’t see it. My baby girl is almost three and is not potty trained yet while we have been trying for almost 1,5 years now (yes really). She just doesn’t care for her potty or the toilet. Kids do this at their own pace and cloth doesn’t really help in my opinion. At least I don’t have to continue to buy disposable diapers.
I hope this answers all your questions regarding cloth diapers. If not, don't hesitate to contact me. I love to help you with your cloth diapering journey.