The Cloth Diaper Checklist

I've been getting lots of questions on how many cloth diapers to get, how to treat diaper rash and what else to have on-hand, so I thought I'd pull together a quick follow up post with all the cloth diapering "must-haves" as a one-stop post for all you need if you choose to cloth diaper and use cloth wipes.

The Basics:


  1. Cloth Diapers (20-24) - The system you choose is definitely a personal preference and how many you need really depends on what brand you decide to go with. We have bumGenius and Fuzzibunz brand, both detailed out here. If you go with one-size diapers (meaning, they'll grow with your child) I'd recommend getting about 20-24 diapers, so you can go a couple days between washings. You can certainly get by with less, but I don't think you could air dry them as they take a couple days to fully dry. If you think about how much money you're saving in the long-run, the investment up front really isn't bad.
  2. Two Large Wet bags - We have the Planet Wise wet bags and have never had an issue with them. No problems with leaking and they do a good job keeping the smell contained - which was my biggest concern. I'd recommend getting two large wet bags to keep in the nursery, so you can use one while washing the other.
  3. Two Small Wet bags - The small wet bags are great for cloth diapering on-the go. They hold up to two diapers at a time, as well as a couple cloth wipes. Again, I'd recommend two so you always have one on-hand.
  4. Diaper Sprayer - We have the bumGenius diaper sprayer and it works great. 
  5. Cloth Wipes - Don't spend any money on the "real" cloth wipes. Just use old washcloths or make your own.  We probably have about 30 wipes.
  6. Wipe Solution - There are tons of options out there for homemade solutions. We use Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap mixed with water. Here's more information on how our cloth wipe system works. 
  7. Laundry Detergent - If you cloth diaper, you'll need to purchase special detergent because the traditional kind creates buildup on the diapers, which causes repelling. We use Rockin' Green Soap.
Additional Items:
  1. Hemp Inserts - If you use cloth diapers that you can change out the inserts (like the Fuzzibunz) hemp inserts are a good option for the heavy wetter (gah, can't believe I just typed that) or for overnight when the baby sleeps longer. We have the BabyKicks by Joey Bunz and they are super absorbent. My only complaint with these is that they get a little "crunchy" when they are air dried and not dried in the dryer.
  2. Cloth Diaper Safe Diaper Cream - A lot of people have asked about how to treat diaper rash or what diaper cream to purchase. To be honest, I've never had to use diaper rash cream on Eli when he has been in cloth. I did purchase Grandma El's diaper cream before Eli came because it is safe for cloth diapers, but I've only used it in disposables. Either way, it's a good diaper rash cream!
  3. Cloth Diaper Liner - Even though some diaper rash creams are approved as safe for cloth diapers (like Grandma El's), the manufacturers still recommend using a cloth diaper liner. I've actually never purchase this, since I haven't needed to use the diaper cream in cloth, but just wanted to give you a heads up!
Hopefully this list helps!

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