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Don't Forget the Accessories!

So you’ve decided to cloth diaper your baby. Great! It’s a great way to save money, great for your sweet baby’s bum, and good for the environment. If you’re like me, you’ve done the math and figured out just how many diapers you need. My experience has taught me that you need about 25 diapers depending on which type of diaper you use and how often you want to wash.  But there are some other things you need to cloth diaper successfully. A few accessories, such as a wet bag, added to your stash can make cloth diapering on a day to day basis easier. Others items, like cloth diaper detergent, help take care of your diapers so they’ll last longer.  So here’s a brief list of things I recommend purchasing when you cloth diaper, besides cloth diapers, of course.

Charlies Soap Cloth diaper detergent

Cloth Diaper Detergent- When I first started using cloth diapers, I didn’t think special detergent was really a need. After all, I was doing this to save money. Spending more on special soap didn’t make sense to me. So I went with a free and clean you can get at the grocery store. Well 3 months later, my diapers were leaking like crazy. I spent an entire day stripping the soap out of them.  My diapers come out of the wash soft and smelling great.

Grovia cloth diaper cream

Special Diaper Rash Cream- The common brands of diaper rash cream you can purchase at the drug store are made to go with disposable diapers, not cloth. If you use one of these creams with a cloth diaper, it won’t wash out and will cause the diaper to repel moisture. I use the Grovia Magic stick. It works great and won’t affect your diapers. And it’s super easy to get on a squirmy baby.

planetwise cloth diaper wetbag

 Wetbags-When you leave the house, you’re going to need something to put the wet and stinky diapers in. You don’t want your diaper bag or your car smelling like a dirty diaper! I recommend getting as many wetbags as the amount of days between washing. Ex, If you wash every 3 days, get 3 wetbags.

planetwise cloth diaper pail

Pail liners- I store soiled diapers in a trash can with a pail liner. I recommend purchasing two pail liners. One for the pail, and one for the wash.

Grovia Cloth Diaper Wipes

Cloth wipes and wipes solution- Cloth wipes are very easy to use. You can make your own solution or purchase some. I recommend purchasing about 20 wipes.

A clothes line and clothes pins- When the weather is nice, it’s a great idea to dry diapers out in the sun. It helps remove stains and saves money by not using the dryer.

So those are the cloth diaper accessories I have found to be must-haves in our home. Purchasing these items has truly made cloth diapering an even more pleasant experience for us.

Stephanie P. lives in Oklahoma with her husband of 10 years and 3 children, ages 5, 2, and 4 months. She taught middle school for several years before becoming a stay-at-home mom, her real dream job. She began cloth diapering over two years ago to save money and has been hooked ever since.

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