Cloth Diaper Starter Kit: Accessories to add to your baby registry.
New to cloth diapering? Building your cloth diaper baby registry? Below are our top 4 favorite cloth diapering accessories.
Cloth diapering can be super intimidating—especially if you don't know someone personally that has successfully cloth diapered their own babies. We're here to help you navigate what can be really foggy water. There are countless websites and mom groups dedicated to cloth, each offer up different perspectives on how to cloth diaper. Here at Kinder Cloth Diaper Co., we believe that there's no one right way to cloth. Every baby is different, and every cloth journey will be a little different too.
Below is a list of our favorite cloth diapering accessories. These are things that we've used in our own home to make cloth diapering easier and in a lot of ways, more convenient too. We recommend adding these items to your baby registry.
1. Wet Bags (also known as reusable pail liner)
A wet bag is a must have—for at home and on the go. You'll need something to hold the dirties until you can get them into the wash.
Some people use a pail or a bucket to store soiled cloth diapers, but we prefer a wet bag. Wet bags can be easily picked up and carried throughout the house — this is especially great on laundry day! Wet bags can also be tossed into the washing machine for easy cleaning.
Laundry wet bags are available in various sizes and styles. Smaller bags with zippers are great for carrying in a diaper bag. While larger bags with handles work perfectly on their own, or inside your larger diaper pail.
Most cloth diaper retailers will carry wet bags and reusable pail liners. A simple google search will yield a number of retailers. *This is a product we hope to offer our customers in the future.
2. Diaper Sprayer
While you won't find a diaper sprayer in every cloth diapering household, many cloth parents will mark this item at the top of their essential list.
A diaper sprayer or a handheld bidet will make those 6+ month solid food poops a lot easier to clean before tossing in with your dirties.
Most diaper sprayers hook up to the water line on your toilet. They're often very easy to install and do not require the assistance of a plumber.
Alternatives to diaper sprayers are knocking off solids into the toilet, the dunk and swish method and bamboo liners.
You can purchase a diaper sprayer at your local hardware store. If your store doesn't carry diaper sprayers, try looking for handheld bidets!
3. The Right Detergent
Not all detergent is created equal—this is especially true when washing your diapers. When it comes to detergent you want something that's going to chemically clean the fibers. We recommend Tide Powder or a similar, powder mainstream product.
Liquid detergents can cause build up on your diapers that leads to absorption issues. If this happens to you, it's okay! It's easy to resolve and adjust your wash routine. But this is not a wash routine blog! I digress…
We recommend avoiding all natural detergents as they don't fully clean cloth diapers. Improperly cleaning cloth diapers between uses can lead to infections for baby. We know that this can be frustrating, especially for those families that are trying to lead a more green and sustainable lifestyle.
4. Wool Dryer Balls
Wool dryer balls are a great dryer sheet alternative and a staple in most eco conscious households.
Some cloth parents will tell you not to put cloth diaper shells (covers and pockets) in the dryer, because the heat will destroy and delaminate the PUL fabric. At Kinder Cloth we support all types of families—this includes working moms and dads with busy schedules. Washing diapers is a time consuming process and anything that expedites the process is helpful!
With that being said, do not use high heat on your diaper shells, wet bags or any other product containing PUL. Set your dryer to low or no heat, depending on your machine settings. Inserts may need more time to dry than your shells. Simply remove the dry shells and turn the inserts on for a second cycle if necessary.
We do not recommending using dryer sheets with your cloth diapers.