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Diapering Lessons:  Miscellaneous Information

· How many diapers?
· How many covers?
· Other Essentials
· My diapers are leaking!
· Daycare & Babysitters?
· Out & About/Travelling
· Facts
· Myths
· Multiples

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How
Many
Diapers?



24 Diapers:
  If you want to do a wash load every day.

36 Diapers:  If you want to do a wash load about every other day.

48-60 Diapers:  If you want to be truly luxurious, wash almost at your leisure and have good diaper rotation to lessen wear.

HINT:  You can mix diaper types and styles, for example:
12 pre-folds, 30 fitteds, and 6 all-in-ones.


How
Many
Covers?



2-3 Covers:  To get by or if just getting started.

4-6 Covers:  If you have good diapers, such as PooPockets™, that have gussets, your covers will not be soiled as frequently as may happen with other diapers.

6-8 Covers:  If you want to be truly luxurious and have good cover rotation to lessen wear or if your baby frequently leaks from the diaper into the cover.

8-12 Covers:  With good diapers, this may be rather excessive, but it's what many diaper cover manufacturer's recommend. Naturally, they are trying to sell their product!


Other
Essentials




Diaper Pail:  A container with a tight-fitting lid is essential for storing the dirty diapers between washes.

Diaper Pail Liner:  A washable net or cloth liner, is not essential, but nice to have.

Cloth Wipes:  Why buy chemically laden wipes when you are using cloth diapers? A nice stack of baby washclothes or home-made wipes (I prefer 8" x 8" with rounded corners) keeps baby clean and you can toss them into the diaper pail with the diapers for washing.

Wetbag:  This is a waterproof bag that goes in the diaper bag for storing the wet and soiled diapers until returning home. A large one can suffice as a diaper pail for extended trips.

Little Squirt®:  This handy device attaches easily to the back of any toilet and is used to spray solid waste off the diapers and into the toilet, thus eliminated any need to dunk. There are several generic brands available and if you are handy, one can easily be built from stock plumbing supplies at a local home improvement store.

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My
Diapers
Are Leaking!


Add Absorbency:  Place a diaper doubler in any diaper to increase absorbency for overnight, during long naps, for a heavy wetter, or any time extra absorbency is needed. Prevent Wicking:  Any bit of the cloth diaper that is sticking out of the diaper cover may "wick" wetness onto baby's clothing. Be sure that all of the diaper is tucked into the diaper cover.

Daycare
and
Babysitters




Daycares may not discriminate against the type of diapers your baby wears. After all, what if a baby is allergic to disposables and has no choice and also must be in daycare?

Babysitters should be competent in many areas before being entrusted with your child. They must be able to properly prepare bottles, whether breastmilk or formula, and perhaps solid babyfood, and they must be able to handle emergency situations that may arise. What is more difficult? Programming a cell phone, driving a car, performing emergency CPR, operating a computer, safely using a curling iron, or putting a cloth diaper on a baby? If a babysitter could not be taught to use a cloth diaper, I certainly wouldn't trust him/her with a baby's safety.


Out
&
About
&
Travelling



Going out with cloth diapers is very simple, include in the diaper bag a wetbag or even a plastic bag to store the dirty diapers until returning home. Once home, toss the dirty diapers into the diaper pail.

Travelling with cloth diapers to locations with laundry facilities is just like being at home. A large wetbag instead of a diaper pail may be more convenient since it folds small. Pack about 24 diapers.

Travelling to locations with limited or no laundry facilities and even camping is still very possible. Depending on the length of stay, you may be able to bring enough diapers to last until you return home. Otherwise, flat-fold diapers may be the best options since they wash and dry easiest and quickest, even by hand.

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Facts



Babies in Cloth Diapers Have LESS Diaper Rash:  
Before the invention of the disposable diaper, diaper rash in babies under 4 months was virtually unheard of. Once parents were purchasing disposable diapers with all the accompanying chemical content, babies were changed less frequently, causing more diaper rash, and babies were suffering more skin allergies and irritations.

Cloth diapers ARE sanitary!   Cloth diapers are much more sanitary than disposables since waste is being processed through the proper sewage collection channels. We have all seen disposable diapers littered all over the place and the ones that make it to the landfills are still filled with raw excrement, carrying who-knows-what!

You will save MONEY!:   Even with buying all the cloth diapering supplies, washing your own diapers, paying for water, electricity and detergent, you will save around $2000 by using cloth over 2 years and $3000 over 3 years for one child and more if you use your cloth diapers again on subsequent children.


Myths






It's too much work:  Goodness, what's one more load of laundry every couple days or so? It sure beats having to go out and buy diapers over and over and over again.

The environmental impact is the same:  Cloth diapers are far easier on the environment than disposables! Even considering the pesticide use and processing cotton goes through (and there are unbleached and organic options), cloth diapering uses far fewer precious resources and causes far less pollution. Look at disposable diapers: The are made using wood pulp (20 tree per baby!), petroleum (waterproof layer), and chemical gell to absorb (lethal to cats if inhaled). The chemical dioxin, a by-product of processing, is one of the most hazardous chemicals known. Not to mention all these ingredients (and the diapers) need to be trucked and transported time and time again, to the manufacturing plant, then the stores, using fuel and causing pollution even more. Whereas, once you have your cloth diapers, they stay with you through many babies.

The Umbilical Cord:  The current generation of mothers is being taught that diapers must fit below a newborn's umbilical cord. Disposable diapers even come with a notch out of the front for this purpose. Even some manufacturer's of cloth diapers are doing this. The fact is that cloth diapers are soft, just like the baby's shirt, and can safely cover the umbilical cord.

Pinning is too hard:  You don't need to go near a diaper pin these days, if you don't want to! Cloth diapering has evolved to snaps and Velcro®. Honestly, though, anyone can use pins! We drive cars and operate machinery after all. How about that electric knife and food processor? What's a couple of diaper pins? To learn more about pinning, click here.

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Multiples


Twins / Triplets and More:  
It is easy and economical to cloth diaper multiples, even triplets. Or, perhaps, especially triplets! The savings and convenience of cloth diapering multiples is significant. An extra load of laundry a day is much more preferable to loading up two or three babies for a run to the store (many runs over two years) to get diapers. One baby with a diaper rash is miserable, can you imagine two or three babies having diaper rash together? Ask any mom who has cloth diapered multiples and they will say it was a blessing. (Note: I personally know a mom with triplets who actually worked for Kimberly/Clark, the Huggies company, who gladly used PooPockets™ diapers on her babies.)

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