As a continuation of our ongoing series on cloth diapering, we thought that we would share some simple tips for new (perhaps sleep-deprived) parents on getting started with cloth diapers at home. If you’ve made the decision to use cloth diapers, and you have all the supplies you need, it’s time to get started! Have no fear, the following tips will help you on your way to cloth diapering with true ease!

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Decide if you’re going to home launder your diapers or hire a diaper service. Both methods have obvious advantages. Home laundering is a real money saver, while diaper services offer the utmost in convenience. With a diaper service, there’s no rinsing or dumping. You just throw your dirty diapers in a receptacle and leave them on the porch once a week.

It’s a good idea to use disposables for the first few days of baby’s life. Otherwise, the meconium will likely stain your nice new diapers. As soon as the black-green stools are gone, make the switch to cloth.

Check your baby for wet diapers at least every other hour, and change accordingly. Breastfed babies often soil their diapers during or shortly after feedings, so keep a close eye on diapers at these times. Don’t forget that cloth diapers feel wet immediately, unlike disposables, so most babies are quite uncomfortable as soon as they’re wet.

Find a suitable spot for your dirty diaper receptacle. Good choices include the baby’s bedroom, a bathroom, or the laundry room. Do not leave pets unattended near dirty diapers, or your might be in for some unpleasant surprises!

Cloth diapering and even home laundering are easy once they become part of your daily routine. For more tips on home laundering, read my next post.

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