A newborn goes through approximately 8 to 12 diapers a day, whereas a 6 to 12 month old goes through approximately 5 to 8 diapers a day and a toddler goes through approximately 4 to 6 diapers a day.
A stash of approximately 20 cloth diapers for a newborn would have you doing laundry every other day and would cost approximately from $200 to $240 (depending on the type of cloth diaper you choose) and you would be set from birth to potty training. The average cost of disposable diapers from birth to potty training is approximately $2,000.00 for each child who uses disposable diapers and the more children you have the higher the cost goes. Purchase Kawartha Cloth diapers.
It's easier to use a cloth wipe, put the dirty cloth wipe in your dirty cloth diaper and put it all in your storage container until wash day than to change your cloth diaper with a disposable wipe and then try to find a garbage to dispose of it in. Wash your cloth wipes with your cloth diapers. 1 to 2 cloth wipes per dirty diaper change is all you need.
TIP: Buy a $1.00 spray bottle at the dollar store, fill it with water and add approximately 1 teaspoon of baby soap. If your little one has a dry bum you can add a few drops of baby oil or use Eco Sprout Bottom Spray Purchase Eco Sprout Bottom Spray. Spray a wipe until damp and use when on the go. Purchase handmade cloth wipes.
A wet bag is used to hold dirty cloth diapers on the go. Purchase Kawartha Cloth wet bags
TIP: Wet bags are also great for putting your wet swim suits and towels in, as lunch bags (new ones of course) and library bags (when your older child spills their lunch in their school bag the library books are safe inside the wet bag).
Minky Wet Bag (full)
Yes! Just remove the inserts and use the outer shell as a swim diaper. Swim diapers, both disposable and cloth are made to hold the solids in and not the urine. By taking out the insert your diaper will not absorb the pool water but will keep any solids inside. We recommend keeping one cloth diaper for swimming only as well as using the regular or print cloth diaper and not the minky cloth diaper as the chlorine is very harsh. Please note that diapers used for swimming are not covered under the manufacture warranty.
My little one is already almost one, is it too late to start using cloth diapers?
It's never too late. A lot of parents start using disposable diapers but once they have their baby and take time to do some research they decide to make the switch or try it. Want to know what one mom of 4 has to say about Kawartha Cloth in her blog? Check out blog.
We recommend you wash your cloth diapers with detergent for cloth diapers (We love and use Eco Sprout For more information about Eco Sprout or Purchase Eco Sprout). Water temperature is not important the first time. Your cloth diapers can be put in the dryer or hung to dry. Be sure not to wash or dry your cloth diapers above 30°C or 86°F as hot water wears down fabric quicker than warm or cold. Once your cloth diapers are dry you can put 1 or 2 inserts into the pocket. If you have a heavy wetter or are using your cloth diapers for night time use 2 inserts. During the day when you change your cloth diapers more frequently you can use 1 insert as it is less bulky (but do note that if you don't change your cloth diaper frequently with only 1 insert in your cloth diaper will exceed the absorbency and leak!).
FIRST: Adjust the lower level of snaps. For 0 to 3 months or 6 to 14 lbs snap the bottom row to the top row. For 3 to 9 months or 14 to 20 lbs snap the middle row to the top row. For 9 months plus or 20 lbs plus leave all the snaps open. NOTE: You will only have to adjust these snaps as your child grows and not every diaper change.
SECOND: Adjust the upper level of snaps. For smaller babies use the snaps in the center and for larger babies use the snaps closest to the edge. You can get a better fit by adjusting the left side tighter and the right side looser (for example snap the left side on the 3rd snap and the right side on the 2nd snap). If cloth diapering a newborn crossover snaps allow for a snugger fit.
Do keep in mind that this is just a guide and your baby could be at a certain size sooner or later than noted above.
Or watch the video to see how to adjust snaps for sizing, how to adjust the leg holes for smaller babies and how to adjust your snaps for the umbilical cord stump.
NB to 3 m sz, 3 to 9 m sz, 9 m + sz
We recommend that you avoid detergents with added enzymes, brighteners, dyes and/or phosphates. Using detergents with the above noted will also void your manufacture warranty. We use Eco Sprout detergent for our cloth diapers and for us it never causes ammonia smell or residue build up and rinses thoroughly. If you are not having success with one detergent, you may need to switch to another. For more information about Eco Sprout Purchase Eco Sprout
Keep your dirty cloth diapers in a Rubbermaid bin (this is what we do and I have no outside stink issues) or a diaper pail and wash them every 2 to 3 days depending how many cloth diapers you have. Knock any large amount of solids into the toilet, do a quick rinse (Make your own diaper sprayer), put your cloth diapers in your storage container and wait until wash day. It is better to rinse a dirty cloth diaper as soon as possible to prevent staining and stink. No need to rinse urine diapers. Pre-wash cloth diapers and inserts in HOT water below 30°C or 86°F as hot water wears down fabric quicker than warm or cold.water. Wash in HOT water below 30°C or 86°F with laundry detergent (we love Eco Sprout For more information about Eco Sprout Purchase Eco Sprout and use 2 tablespoons for a small load and 3 tablespoons for a large load). Do a double rinse. Do not skip a second rinse as it is very important. Left over detergent can cause skin irritations.
Next put everything in the dryer and dry on MEDIUM or HIGH below 30°C or 86°F or you can hang your cloth diapers to dry to prolong their lifespan. Hanging them outside in the sun will bleach out any stains.
Once washed and dry you can stuff your cloth diapers if you choose.NEVER use bleach, fabric softeners or dryer sheets as these can affect their absorbency and/or cause skin irritations.
What do I do if my cloth diapers are leaking?
If your cloth diapers are leaking there may be built up residue affecting the absorbency. This may be residue from detergents and/or creams.
Do a rinse cycle if your cloth diapers are dirty. Next fill your washer with HOT water below 30°C or 86°F, put 3 tablespoons of Eco Sprout in the washer and soak overnight. The next morning drain the washer. Do 2 HOT wash below 30°C or 86°F/COLD rinse cycles with out adding any detergent. This will get rid of the built up residue of laundry detergent on your cloth diapers. Dry as normal. This also works for getting rid of odours. For more information about Eco Sprout Purchase Eco Sprout
If your cloth diapers smell too much detergent and/or built up detergent is most likely the problem. Do a rinse cycle if your cloth diapers are dirty. Next fill your washer with HOT water below 30°C or 86°F, put 3 tablespoons of Eco Sprout in the washer and soak overnight. The next morning drain the washer. Do 2 HOT wash below 30°C or 86°F/COLD rinse cycles with out adding any detergent. This will get rid of the built up residue of laundry detergent on your cloth diapers. Dry as normal. This also works for leaking. For more information about Eco Sprout Purchase Eco Sprout
This is also great for the ammonia smell.
It is not recommended that you use diaper creams with cloth diapers. Using diaper creams will also void your manufacture warranty. Try Eco Sprout Bottom Balm+ for diaper rash or everyday. Purchase Eco Sprout Bottom Balm+
TIP: If you have to use diaper cream temporarily, put a dry cloth wipe between your little ones bottom and the cloth diaper.
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Eco Sprout Bottom Balm+
The regular, the print and the minky cloth diaper covers are made of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) and Polyester. The covers have a built in liner which some of them have a regular polyester liner and some of them have a fleece (fleece is made of polyester also) liner. All the regular lined cloth diapers have an elastic opening at the back and the fleece lined cloth diapers have a flap opening at the back. All of the cloth diapers are very waterproof and breathable. The microfiber inserts are made from Polyester and Nylon. It is light, less bulky, very absorbent and durable. We also carry a bamboo insert which can be purchased separately. Check out what a few moms have to say about Kawartha Cloth. Check out blog 1 Check out blog 2
Print Diaper Minky Diaper
Bamboo inserts take 6-8 washes before they peak their absorbancy and may leak until the natural oils are washed away. During the first washes of bamboo wash them separately.
Another option which was tested by a customer is below:Put your bamboo insert in a pot of water with a dash of Palmolive dishwasher soap (any dishwasher soap will do as long as it's good on grease and oil), bring it to a boil and boil it for 30 minutes. Then put it in the wash for one cycle on its own or with your clothes but use the same soap used for diapers. Dry them and test for absorbency.
No, they are manufactured in China. When I started cloth diapering I tried different Canadian, American and China products but was unhappy with them as well as the price. I went searching for a cloth diaper that was great and didn't cost a fortune.
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