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tips for switching to cloth diapersMany families start with cloth diapers right away, but some switch later on as they become more experienced parents. If you’re considering making the switch to cloth diapers, it’s easier than most people think. You’ll save thousands over the course of your child’s diaper-wearing years and they reduce your family’s impact on the environment. You can switch to cloth diapers at any time, but you’ll want to do it sooner rather than later to maximize the advantages. Here are some tips on taking the plunge.

1. If you're unsure, go part time.

As you make the transition, you can use cloth diapers at whatever time is convenient to you. Test them out on the weekends when you’re home with the baby, but opt for disposables when you’re running around. If you’re having a busy, stressful day, use disposables for the convenience until you get everything figured out.

2. Use flushable liners or a diaper sprayer.

Most parents new to cloth diapers are concerned about the big messes children inevitably make. A flushable liner make removing waste a quick cleanup. Diaper sprayers, which connect right to your toilet, are little washers to help you pre-clean the diaper.

3. Daycare providers are usually on-board.

It’s becoming increasingly popular for daycare providers to accommodate parents who prefer cloth diapers. That’s because cloth diapers save them on their waste disposal costs. If your provider is reluctant, offer to send flushable liners, a wet bag for storage, or all-in-one diapers.

4. Build a stock over time. 

You’ll want enough sets of cloth diapers to last a few days, unless you like doing laundry every day. For infants, you’ll want at least twenty-five pairs so you don’t have to make due with a towel while the washer runs.

Obviously, cloth diapers are more expensive than disposables per unit, so you’ll want to pick them up over time, unless you can afford the big one-time purchase. A single cloth diaper can cost as much as one to two weeks’ worth of disposables, so the sooner you start, the more you’ll save.

5. Be sure they fit snugly. 

A common cause of leaks with cloth diapers is a poor fit around the legs. There shouldn’t be a gap between baby’s legs and the diaper, but don’t make it uncomfortably tight. If you can’t get a good fit, pull them up a little higher than where a disposable diaper would fit.

6. Cloth diapers don’t wet like disposables.

It’s usually easier to tell if disposable diapers are wet. They’ll lose their dry, crunchy feeling and turn soft and squishy. Some even have an indicator. By the time a cloth diaper is soaked through, your baby is long overdue for a change. The only way to tell is to remove it.

7. Enroll in a cloth diaper trial. 

Many cloth diaper vendors offer a trial program for parents considering the switch. They send you a package of cloth diapers and instructions. You keep them as long as you like (while paying a rental fee), commit to buying them if you decide to use cloth diapers, or return them for a refund if it’s not for you. Just be clear you understand their policies, prices and warranty.

8. Don’t be scared by complex washing routines.

How to wash a diaper is a heavily opinionated topic in the cloth diaper community. Don’t be overwhelmed. They do require special washing because, after all, we’re talking about human waste, but follow the manufacturer’s instructions first. If you aren’t having any luck, you can start experimenting with alternate strategies. You’ll want a baby-safe detergent and don’t be afraid about using more than your normal clothes require. Like I said, we’re talking about human waste.

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