With those new to cloth diapering, we’re often asked where to start with your stash.
How many cloth diapers do I need?
How many inserts?
This is our general rule of thumb: Start small & build.
Especially with those transitioning from disposables it’s a bit of an adjustment and dipping your toe into the cloth diapering pool with a small stash seems can seem less intimidating. But hey, cloth diapering doesn’t need to be all or nothing. Many choose to use both cloth and disposables. Some may prefer to use disposables at night, in daycare, or when traveling. Every time you use a cloth diaper over a disposable, you’re doing your part to keep a plastic diaper out of our landfill. How cool is that? However, once you see the benefits on your baby’s bottom & your wallet, most don’t look back.
I’m sure you were expecting me to give you a number though, so for the sake of math, I would suggest being able to give cloth diapering a real try, 14-21 diapers. This will allow you to keep up with a frequent washing routine without likely resorting to disposables. To learn more about our washing best practices continue reading here.
Now although each of our diapers includes an insert we often recommend considering how many additional inserts are needed as well.
Huh? Isn’t it one insert per diaper?
Well additional inserts can be handy for many reasons. Here’s the first and biggest reason why: Absorbency. Unless you're having repellency or fit issues, cloth diapers don't typically leak until they become fully saturated. This means that if you add more absorbency, you can usually avoid leaks.
Doubling up on inserts for overnight use can be an easy way to increase the absorbency of the diaper.
Little parts require little adjustments, which is why when cloth diapering boys we recommend adding an additional insert directly on the diaper, near the top rise that meets the belly. Read More This extra absorbency concentrated at the front is especially useful for older boys who sleep on their tummies. This trick can help prevent those nap time tummy leaks. Are you cloth diapering a boy? Continue reading here for more tips. Read Less
If your little one isn’t quite filling out the diaper yet try adding an additional insert to help fill in the diaper.
Extra inserts for extra absorbency
Keep in mind if you plan to add extra inserts to pocket diapers, you may want to consider "sizing up". If the bulk pulls the elastic away from your baby's legs, you'll get leaking, no matter how much extra absorbency you add.
Bamboo fleece and other bamboo fabrics are popular options in cloth diaper fabrics, thanks to their high level of absorbency. Because it is so soft and it wicks moisture away quickly, bamboo fabric is often used in the inner layer of cloth diapers. Bamboo is also breathable and thermal regulating, making it dry quickly while keeping your baby comfortable and cool, even when wet. Looking to add to your collection? Check out our 10 pack below.
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Bamboo Cloth Diaper Inserts
Our 10 pack includes our soft, absorbent cloth diaper inserts made with ecofriendly 4-layer bamboo viscose/ microfiber and get softer and more absorbent with every wash.
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Overall cloth diapering boys & girls isn’t all that different but where they need absorbency is. Here are some key tips that we’ve discovered along the way that help to keep little boys happy and dry.
It’s all about the angle
Pay attention to the angle of his dangle – and point it down. This is the best piece of advice I can give you if you’re diapering (cloth or otherwise) a boy. Make sure, at every change that you gently point the penis down between the legs, sounds easy but is easily forgotten at 2am or when you’ve got a fussy baby. However, this will help keep the majority of pee hitting the diaper where it’s most absorbent. Point it to one side and you’ll get leaks out the legs; point it up and pee will flow up the tummy, over the hip and out the back making a wardrobe change necessary along with a diaper change.