Cloth diapers are making a comeback! Families are disposing of their disposable nappies since they can save up to $2,000 in the two-and-a-half years most children wear diapers. Now the cloth versions offer flushable liners and fashionable covers that leave parents more inclined to make the switch. For those looking to swap, here are some tips to keep in mind when working with cloth diapers.
- The average newborn goes through a dozen diapers a day so have at least two dozen on hand to postpone laundry.
- Pre-wash diapers prior to use with hot water and a small amount of detergent to rid the nappies of finishes and natural oils that can irritate a baby’s bum. For all-natural cottons, diapers may need additional washings to achieve maximum absorbency.
- Place soiled nappies in a dry diaper pail. Though previous generations used wet pails for soaking, today’s washing machines are strong enough to rid the fabric of stains that are left after ridding the garment of solid waste.
- Empty diaper pails and wash the clothes every other day to keep odor to a minimum.
- Limit laundry loads to two dozen diapers at a time in order to maximize the machine’s ability to clean them.
- Dry diapers with high heat or direct sunlight to aid in sterilization of the garments, but avoid dryer sheets that leave a residue and break down the nappy’s fibers.