As a parent, you will often find yourself performing diapering tasks. Opting for cloth diapers instead of disposables can be a more affordable and environmentally conscious option. However, putting on a cloth diaper may seem daunting for new parents.
Fortunately, it is easier than you might think. In this article, we will provide a step-by-step guide on putting on a cloth diaper.
Before You Begin
Gather all the necessary materials required for putting on a cloth diaper.
Cloth Diapers: Choose the type of cloth diaper that works best for you and your baby, such as all-in-ones, pocket diapers, prefolds, or flats.
Wipes: Consider using cloth wipes instead of disposable wipes for a more eco-friendly option.
Diaper Cover: A waterproof cover can help prevent leaks and keep clothes and bedding dry.
Diaper Fasteners (if using a prefold or flat diaper): You can use diaper pins or specific fasteners designed to secure prefold or flat diapers.
Diaper Cream (if required): If your baby is prone to diaper rash, have some diaper cream on hand.
Preparing the Changing Area
Find a clean and flat surface to change your baby on.
Ensure all necessary items are within reach.
Consider using a changing pad or table for added convenience and comfort.
Have a nearby bin to store dirty diapers and wipes until they can be washed. Here is everything you need to know about how to store dirty diapers.
How to Put on a Cloth Diaper Step-by-Step
Step 1: Spread the cloth diaper out flat on a clean surface.
Step 2: Place your baby on the diaper, ensuring its bottom is centered.
Step 3: Fold the front of the diaper up between the legs to create a snug fit around the waist.
Step 4: Secure the sides of the diaper, either with diaper pins or diaper fasteners (if using a prefold or flat diaper).
Step 5: Place the diaper cover over the cloth diaper, making sure it fits snugly around the waist and legs.
Step 6: Adjust the fit of the diaper and cover it as needed.
Step 7: Fasten the diaper cover with the snaps or Velcro closures.
Using a Waterproof Cover for Added Protection
A diaper cover is worn over the cloth diaper to prevent leaks and keep clothes and bedding dry.
Types of Diaper Covers: There are several types of diaper covers available, including snap covers, Velcro covers, and pull-on covers.
Choosing the Right Size: Ensure you choose the right size cover for your baby to prevent leaks and ensure a proper fit.
Checking for Proper Fit to Prevent Leaks
The Importance of a Snug Fit: A snug fit is crucial to avoid leaks and ensure that the diaper stays in place.
Avoiding Too Tight or Too Loose: Ensure the diaper and cover fit snugly, but not too tight, to prevent leaks.
Checking for Leaks: Regularly check for leaks, especially after changing positions or during extended periods, such as naps or nighttime sleep.
Cloth Diaper FAQs
How do I properly prep a new cloth diaper before using it?
Before using a new cloth diaper, wash it multiple times to increase its absorbency. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to prep the diaper properly.
How often should I change a cloth diaper?
Cloth diapers should be changed as frequently as disposable diapers, typically every 2-3 hours or whenever your baby shows signs of needing a change, such as fussiness, crying, or a soiled diaper.
Can I use cloth diapers at night?
Yes, cloth diapers can be used at night. Use a more absorbent diaper or add an extra liner to prevent leaks.
How long do cloth diapers last?
Cloth diapers have a long lifespan when they are maintained well, some parents even use them for multiple children.
Using cloth diapers requires a few extra steps compared to disposable ones. But with these steps, you can successfully put on a cloth diaper and keep your baby dry and comfortable.