We understand that cloth diapering may not work for every family, but we are so happy that we decided to cloth diaper Levi.
There is a wealth of information available online, and we encourage you to do your own research. That said, see below for a summary of our cloth diapering helpful tips and tricks!
Why cloth diaper?
Cloth diapering is typically much cheaper than using disposables, especially if you plan to use the diapers for multiple children and if you have your own, high efficient washing and drying machine. Hanging diapers to dry overnight is a great option to minimize energy use and maximize cost savings.
Based on our quick math and personal situation, we estimate that we will save over $300 in the first year of cloth diapering, and over $500 for each additional year that we use them. This includes our average cost of washing and drying and the use of eco-friendly, premium detergent.
Planet Baby diaper inserts are made from bamboo, and the covers are made from soft suede and lined with PUL (poly urethane laminate). Aside from the outside lining, which is key for waterproofing, the fabrics against your baby’s skin are soft and natural.
Disposable diapers typically contain polypropylene, polyester, inks, fragrance, adhesives, and a laundry list of other not so natural ingredients.
There is a lot of conflicting research and limited reputable, data based evidence to provide hard facts and figures. However, there is no debating that overall, cloth diapers are more eco-friendly when used for multiple years and on multiple children.
Disposable diapers, even those marketed as biodegradable, take years (hundreds) to decompose. If the average baby soils 10 diapers a day, that’s 3650 diapers sitting in a landfill for each year that your baby is in disposable diapers. Cloth diaper critics argue that the water cost of laundering might outweigh the environmental benefits of re-using the diapers, however there is a significant water cost in manufacturing disposable diapers as well.
Better fit, less leaks
We can't guarantee it, but the sizing options, absorbency and double gusset design of Planet Baby diapers certainly reduces the likelihood of leaks and blow-outs.
How many diapers do I need?
Diaper use ranges by age and baby, but the average baby soils between 8-10 diapers a day. If you intend on cloth diapering full time, we suggest a minimum of 10 diaper covers and 20 inserts. This would require laundering every day - two sets of 5 diapers, 10 inserts, alternating each day while the other set is in the wash.
How often do I need to wash the diapers?
Planet Baby recommends pre-washing all products at least once prior to initial use. Inserts should be washed a few times on hot and dried once on hot to ensure optimal absorbency.
We occasionally allow diapers to build up and wash them every 2 days, but typically wash them every day. It is more energy efficient to wash and dry full laundry loads.
How do I wash the diapers?
If your baby is breastfed only, no need to pre-rinse diapers. Otherwise, empty solids into a toilet or use a disposable, flushable liner to wipe off the insert. Between laundry, store dirty diapers in a wet bag or diaper pail bag. When ready to wash, simply empty the diapers and liners from the bag straight into the washing machine. Include the bag, once emptied, in the wash.
We suggest a quick cycle of warm water, no detergent, followed by a full cycle of hot water with unscented detergent. If your washing machine has soil level settings, use high and consider extra rinse. We like using Tru Earth detergent strips - an eco-friendly, Canadian detergent company that is recommended by Planet Baby.
Over time and after months of exclusive use, you may need to strip the diapers of detergent build-up. See the Care Instructions on Planet Baby's website for more details.
Why Planet Baby and not other brands?
We tried several brands and styles of cloth diapers and unanimously agreed that Planet Baby diapers were the best.
Planet Baby offers all-in-two pocket diapers. You have the option to place inserts on top of the pocket, inside the pocket, or both for maximum absorbency. We typically place inserts on top and not inside the pocket, allowing for re-use of the cover if it's not too wet. The style and fit of all-in-two diapers are comparable to disposables, and are therefore approachable for first time users.
Since switching to Planet Baby full time, we’ve had fewer leaks, less diaper rash, and faster drying times when compared to the other brands we tried. These diapers are also affordable when compared to the competition.
To see all of the benefits of cloth diapering, it’s best to do so full time and invest in a starter kit. That said, if you are debating cloth diapering but are hesitant to invest in a starter kit, we suggest buying a couple of individual diapers to try.