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Cloth Diapering 101: Must-Have Accessories

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You’ve done your research and you’ve decided that cloth diapers are the way to go for your baby. You have chosen the diaper brand and style that will work best for you and you know you need enough diapers to keep up with your routine. But beyond that, what else do you need to be successful with your cloth diapering endeavor? Let us help guide you through some must-have accessories:

Diaper Sprayer

While a diaper sprayer isn’t essential, it’s something you will love having and will make it easier to be successful with your new cloth diapering routine. A diaper sprayer attaches to your toilet, making rinsing cloth diapers into the toilet easy and cleaning soiled diapers a breeze. The mess goes where it is supposed to and you stay clean. And you can use the sprayer beyond your baby’s diapering years too — it’s a great tool to rinse your toddler’s potty!

Diaper Pail & Pail Liners

You will want a diaper pail to keep near your main changing area — probably in your nursery or your bathroom. After you rinse a poopy diaper or change a wet one, simply toss the dirty diaper in and put the lid on. The pail will hold the mess and smell until it’s to do your diaper laundry. The liner will keep your pail nice and clean so you don’t have to worry about having to constantly wash the pail.

Wet Bags

We recommend you invest in a few wet bags — luckily they come in an assortment of cute colors and patterns, so you won’t have to choose just one favorite. Wet bags are especially useful for travel and daycare, for storing dirty diapers until you get home and can put them in the pail. If you have a secondary change area in your home, you may want to also keep a wet bag there to avoid wandering your house with a dirty diaper all the time. We also find it helpful to keep one in your diaper bag for when you are out of the house and an extra in your car, just in case you forget to replace a used wet bag in your diaper bag.

Diaper Liners

There are two types of liners that you may want to have on hand. The first are flushable liners that are convenient in helping with diaper clean up. You simply lay the flushable liner on top of the diaper, next to your baby’s skin and any mess is caught in the liner and easily removed to be flushed — without needing to rinse the diaper. These are also handy when you are using a cream on your baby’s bum; the flushable liner will protect the diaper.

There are also absorbent cloth liners, designed to add additional absorbency to a diaper. If you have the right cloth diaper, you shouldn’t have a problem with absorbency — provided you change appropriately. However, if you are using your cloth overnight or on a longer car trip when changing may not occur as frequently as you’d like, an extra layer of absorbency can be helpful.

Again, these aren’t essentials, but both types of liners can be helpful in certain situations.

Most importantly though, you need to be sure that the diaper you have chosen is well-designed and well-constructed. The right diaper will always work and perform — which means no leaks. So even if you have all of the recommended accessories, the final say in success in cloth diapering comes down to investing in reliable diapers.

 

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