What you need to start.....
-DIAPERS- you'll need enough cloth diapers to last 2-3 days (that's how often you'll be washing).
|My diaper pails|
-A WASHING MACHINE (and detergent)
-And of course.....A BABY
|The wonderful diaper sprayer|
-DIAPER LINERS- these are another option to make poop diapers easier to clean out. They are either made of fabric (normally fleece) or are disposable. When I didn't have a sprayer I used disposable liners occasionally. They are relatively cheap and you get a ton. You can also buy some really cheap thin wipes (they need to be extremely thin) and dry them in the dryer....instant liners.
-WET BAG- this a waterproof bag with a zipper on top. They are very handy to have when your out....just throw your soiled diapers in there until you get home. And they come in very cute prints!
EXAMPLE OF A DIAPER CHANGE
-Change diaper like normal (I do not use cloth wipes)t
-Take insert out if a pocket diaper
-Spray out diaper if poopy
-Throw in diaper pail
1- Prewash, Cold water, no detergent (I just run a "quick wash") This just gets them rinsed out and ready for washing
2- Wash , Hot Water, detergent (I use the "heavy duty" setting on my washer)
3- Extra Rinse
4- Hang to dry, you can dry some things in the dyer, but anything with PUL (waterproof material) or elastic will wear out much quicker.
~SUNNING~ dry your diapers in the sun as much as you can. The sun is great at getting rid of stains and keeping them fresh.
-If you have detergent build up/residue or hard well water (like mine) you may have to strip your diapers of this build up periodically. To do this I put all my CLEAN diapers in bathtub for a long hot soak in detergent, Calgon, or bleach. I let them soak for 4-8 hrs, so I refresh the water with hot every few hours. Rinse them a couple times in the tub and then put them in the washer for a rinse and spin.
WHAT KIND OF DETERGENT DO I USE
This is a touchy subject, but it's worth talking about. I use TIDE Free and Gentle. I have used several "cloth diaper approved" detergents and they never cleaned my diapers and I had a huge ammonia problem. Since switching to Tide over 8 months ago I'm happy and so is Little Young's bottom. If I hadn't switched, I would have stopped cloth diapering. Some diapers companies will void your warranty if you don't used an "approved" detergent, but when they start stinking and having yeast and ammonia issues, you have to use a product to fix those things that will void your warranty anyway.
There is a ton of different diaper brands and I plan on talking about the ones we've tried next time.
I'm sure I'll think of more later and add to this post. If you have any questions or comments pleases leave me a message in the "comment" section!