Looking for some Cloth Diapering Information?
- Which cloth diaper is best for my baby?
- How many cloth diapers do I need to have?
- How do I wash my cloth diapers?
- Do you know of a diaper service in my area?
- What are the basic types of Cloth Diapers?
- My diapers stink - help!
- One of my snaps broke - how do I get it fixed?
- I have diapers without snaps will you put snaps on them?
Which Cloth Diaper is best for my baby?
Wow start off with an easy one why don't you :) No sense beating around the bush - this is the most widely asked cloth diapering question and the real problem is that there is no one answer! The answer is different for each person, and sometimes for each child! The reason that there is such a wide variety of responses is that every one is different, and every child is different and therefore you need to address each situation differently. What worked for me and my boys (and it wasn't the same style for each child!) may or may not work for you! It's best if we can chat about the different types of diapers and fabrics and together we can come up with a diapering system that will work best for you and your wee one.
How many cloth diapers do I need to have?
Ok this question is more about you than you think :) How many diapers you'll need to buy is directly related to how often you want to wash diapers. The average stash is around 36 diapers - this will give you enough diapers to only have to wash every 3rd day at first (as your baby will go through 10-12 diapers per day). As your child gets older you'll start changing them less often (although it's still recommended that you change them every 2-3 hours we understand that this is not always realistic) so therefore the older your child gets the less diapers you'll need. We've found that having 36 Small Diapers, 30 Medium and 24 Large diapers gives you enough to keep your washing regime the same and allowing for a few less diaper changes throughout the day - after all that is the goal right ☺
How do I wash my cloth diapers?
It is best to wash your diapers every 2 to 3 days. Place all of the diapers into the washer and run an initial rinse cycle (preferably cold as it will help to keep stains out of your diapers). Add your detergent (we love Rockin' Green Classic Rock as it will truly get your diapers clean!) and set your machine on the highest water level setting and wash your diapers in hot water. I like to give my diapers an extra rinse cycle - cold is fine for this - but this final rinse is not absolutely necessary unless your baby has sensitive skin, or you find that you have a tendency to use too much soap (you only need to use 1 TBSP of Rockin' Green for a front load washing machine or 2 TBSP for a top load). Some people like to add vinegar to the last rinse to soften the diapers, it is also a natural disinfectant. You can wash PUL covers, fleece covers, AIO diapers, Hybrid Diapers, Prefolds, Fitteds .... all of your cloth diapers together at the same time. WOOL needs to be washed separately. We recommend that you air dry your PUL covers to prolong their lifespan. See our Wash & Care Instructional for more information.
Do you know of a Diaper Service in my area?
Although we'd love to help you find your own set of cloth diapers as this will save you the most money we realize that sometimes this just isn't an option or realistic for your family so next best thing would be to use a diaper service. Using a Cloth Diaper Service over disposables can still save you money depending on the Diaper Service you choose. We know of a few services across Canada and you'll find them listed here.
|Easy to Bum Diaper Service||Services Pickering to Newcastle (West to East), To the North Stouffville to Port Perry, South to the lake - no houseboats please ☺|
|Changing Ways Diaper Service||Serving Peterborough & the Kawarthas|
|Bear Bottoms||Kitchener Area|
|Cheerful Cheeks||London Area|
|Daisy Fresh Diaper Service||Port Hope / Cobourg Area|
|Tiny Tushes||Servicing Halifax, Dartmouth, Bedford, Sackville and Tantallon|
What are the basic types of Cloth Diapers?
AIO - This diaper has the cover built in and comes with an insert - this is the bulk of your absorbency - with Wee Ones AIO's the absorbent insert is not sewn in as it's quicker to dry if it snaps in. This Cloth Diaper generally won't need any further inserts as the absorbency in them is quite high, and the cover is already built into this style of diaper. You can do this style in size: Small, Medium & Large or you could do it in One Size (which fits all 3 of those sizes in one diaper). If you do "sized" diaper, then you would need approximately 36 Small Diapers, 30 Medium Diapers and 24 Large Diapers - this will give you the washing every 3 days.
Fitted Diaper - This style of diaper is very absorbent but does require a cover. This diaper also comes with an insert and can be done in Small, Medium, Large or One Size. Just like with the AIO diaper you will need 36 Small Diapers, 30 Medium Diapers, 24 Large diapers OR 36 One Size Diapers. For these you will still need Sized Covers - 8 Small, 8 Medium & 6 Large Covers.
The ALL (One Size AIO Organic) is about the same absorbency as the One Size Bamboo Fitted. The other Fitted Diapers are more absorbent than their AIO counterparts.
Pocket Diapers - This style of diaper is a two part system where you will have a shell and then inserts, the inserts you use to stuff the pocket diaper with - which is the absorbency for the diaper. These diapers you can do like the others in Small, Medium, Large or One Size - this style of diaper is not as absorbent as the other two styles mentioned, and you will have to stuff it with an insert each and every time you use the diaper (you will also have to take out the insert before you wash them). This style you buy your inserts separately.
My diapers stink - help!
There are several reasons that diapers can begin to smell. One common reason is not washing frequently enough. Wash your diapers at least every 2 to 3 days. Line dry in the sun to remove this smell. Another reason your diapers may be smelly is that you are using a wet pail. Switching to a dry pail can help solve this problem. "ROCK A SOAK!" Use Rockin' Green to soak your diapers in and you'll have fresh smelling diapers again! See our Wash & Care Instructional for more information.
One of my snaps broke - how do I get it fixed?
On all of Wee Ones by JaJoC Diapers & Covers our snaps are guaranteed for life to never break - if by chance you do have one that breaks on you just either give us a call 1-866-924-0590 or shoot us an e-mail and we'll be sure and get your all fixed up. Either your snap or your product will be replaced (depending on if the product can be fixed or not).
I have diapers without snaps will you put snaps on them?
This is possible but only for Wee Ones by JaJoC diapers - we are not in the business of putting snaps on other companies products. The way that this would work is for you to mail us the diapers you want snaps put on, you choose the snap colors you'd like (we'll let you know before you send the diapers what colors are available), when the diapers are snapped then we'll send them back to you. The cost is $1 per diaper + the return shipping to you. For Wee Ones by JaJoC diapers that are velcro and you'd like them switched to snaps this can be done for $4 per diaper. If you have cloth diapers that are not Wee Ones by JaJoC diapers and you'd like to have your velcro removed and snaps applied then you can use a company like Make it Snappy. This is NOT a Wee Ones sister company and we have no affiliation with them at all, we've never used their service, nor do we know anyone who has but we did want to offer them as an option.