Cloth Diaper Guide

by Kristie Turck | Last Updated: February 21, 2020

Cloth diaper buyers guide for beginners

What Do I Need To Know About Cloth Diapers

The Cloth Diaper Guide is designed for you to understand all options you will need to make in choosing the best cloth diaper for your baby.

Today’s cloth diapers are modern, stylish, and sophisticated. No more pins or bulky cloth with sticky elastic covers.

Instead, you will find cotton, organic cotton, hemp, or bamboo blends of material that have an outer protective shell and are beautifully designed and trim fitting and

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Cloth Diaper style options include All-In-Ones, Pocket Diapers, and One Size.

How many cloth diapers will I need each day.

Refer to the following chart to estimate how many diapers you will need per 24 hour period.

Babies AgeCloth Diapers per 24 Hours
Newborns10-12 diapers
6 months and up6-9 diapers
Toddlers6-7 diapers

So, if using an All In One Diaper and you are washing your diapers at first every two days, you would want to buy about 24 diapers.

In some cases, AIO’s come with a pocket to insert a stuffer in for extra nighttime protection. Usually, a stuffer will be included with the purchase of the diaper, but sometimes it is nice to buy a couple of extra stuffers for just-in-case situations.

Other things to consider when choosing a cloth diaper.

After determining the type of cloth diaper you will want to consider these additional options to your cloth diaper choice.

How much do Cloth Diapers cost?

Regular cloth diapers tend to be less expensive than organic cloth diapers. For example, the bumGenius One-Size costs about $17.95, while the bumGenius Organic AIO One size costs about $24.95.

Keep in mind that depending on the manufacturer if you buy in quantities (usually 3, 6, or 12) the price of the cloth diapers will decrease usually by 10-15%. The savings will add up over time versus disposables.

What Else Do I Need to Buy for Cloth Diapers

You might want to purchase a diaper sprayer that can easily be attached to your toilet to flush the solids out of a dirty diaper.

Other good investments include

Diaper Resources:

If you are interested in disposable diapers, our Disposable Diaper Comparison Guide is a great resource that compares diaper brands for things like cost, latex, fragrance, and even wetness indicators.