How to Use Cloth Diapers + Buying Guide

Cloth diapers have many benefits, but if you never used them before, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed at just the thought of them.

We get it! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about cloth diapers, with our tried and true answers, plus a buying guide to the best cloth diapers.

The beautiful thing about cloth diapering is that there are many ways to do it, and it can work for almost any family. Whether you choose to cloth diaper full time or part time, whether you are doing it for cost savings, environmental reasons, or just because they’re cute, you can make them work for you.

How Do Cloth Diapers Work?

Just like a disposable diaper, a cloth diaper consists of an absorbent portion and a water resistant shell. This can mean a wipeable cover with replaceable absorbency, or a diaper that is used once before washing. Unlike disposables, one cloth diaper can last for years and often through multiple babies.

What Size Do I Need?

Unlike disposable diapers, cloth diapers do not come in boxes of size 1, 2, 3 and so forth. In fact, one of the most popular size options in cloth diapers today is a “one-size diaper.” These diapers generally fit children from 8-35 pounds (but this does vary based on brand, style and your individual baby), and adjust by shortening the diaper’s rise with snaps.

How Many Cloth Diaper Covers Do I Need?

Brand new babies can easily go through 10-15 diapers per day. Any parent of a newborn can attest to changing back to back diapers! Older children can go through as few as 4-6 diapers per day as they approach potty age.

Cloth Diaper Buying Guide

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These diapers have a snap-down rise to fit babies up to about 35 pounds. BumGenius also carries “big” and “bigger” diapers to fit children up to 120 pounds.

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