How to Know if You’re Ready to Start Cloth Diapering

How to Know if You're Ready to Start Cloth Diapering


Still not sure? Let’s figure it out together.

If you’re confused about whether or not you’re ready to start cloth diapering, we want you to know two things:

  1.  You’re not alone. This is one of the most common questions that parents who are new to cloth diapering have.

  2. You are probably ready to start cloth diapering.

But let’s talk about some of the reasons why you think you might not be ready:

You’re not sure you have enough cloth diapers.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a simple, easy to read infographic that illustrated exactly how many cloth diapers you need? Oh, wait, there is! Check it out here.

In short: we recommend you have 18 One Size Lil Helper Cloth Diapers + 12 addition sets of inserts. This recommendation is based on the assumption that you will do laundry every 2-3 days. If that schedule isn’t ideal for your family, you may need more diapers. We like to make things easy for our customers (you’ve got enough on your plate) so we’ve put together convenient Cloth Diaper Day Packs. These discounted packs include everything you need to cloth diaper your baby for 24 hours. We suggest you set yourself up with 2-3 day packs to start cloth diapering.

You think your cloth diapers are too big for your teeny weeny newborn.

In rare cases, newborns are actually too small to fit one size cloth diapers. These babies may have been born prematurely or are just born that way. Before you know it, they’ll grow into their fluff –

How to know when to start cloth diapering - Hang in there.

You’re afraid the cloth diapers will irritate your newborn’s umbilical cord stub

There’s an easy way to snap your Lil Helper cloth diapers so that they don’t “rub the stub”, check it out here.

You’re worried your baby’s legs are too skinny.

Skinny legs can sometimes mean you’ll see a gap between your Lil Helper cloth diapers and your baby’s legs. If your inserts are absorbing and you keep to a quick-change routine, this shouldn’t be a problem. But do bear in mind, your baby is going to need a change upwards of 12 times in 24 hours. Sometimes you’ll have three pee dipes in an hour, sometimes you’ll get a couple hours rest (pretend to sleep so your neighbours and friends can do your laundry… then let us know how you managed to get them to do you laundry because we really want to know for ourselves).

You’re worried the diapers fit too tight/loose

This is all about trial and error. Start with the fit guide below and play around with inserts + snaps until you get a fit that’s comfortable for you and your baby. You might see some lines on their skin from where the diaper elastics sit. This is generally okay, as long as the marks aren’t too deep/red and aren’t causing your baby discomfort. Think of it like the lines that sometimes form on your legs from sitting on a chair – it’s normal.

how to know if you're ready to start cloth diapering - fit chart

If you’re looking for a more in-depth explanation of how to use the Lil Helper cloth diaper snaps, click here.

When in doubt, consult the tribe! You can send us a message on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, e-mail or join the Lil Helper Facebook Group OR Fluff Love University Facebook group. Include some pictures of your cloth diapers on your baby and ask for a “Fit Check”. The online Lil Helper cloth diaper community is an uber supportive family. We are always here for you.

Lil Helper Cloth Diapers online community are like a big group hug - we support each other and will help you figure out if you're ready to start cloth diapering.

You’re not sure if you’re prepared to wash your cloth diapers.

How to wash Lil Helper Cloth Diapers

What wash cycle do I use on my washing machine?  Find your washing machine on the Fluff Love University Washing Machine Index 

Which detergent do I use to wash my cloth diapers? We recommend Tide Original Powder. If you can’t find it in your area or are looking for something different, use the Fluff Love University Detergent Index.

We hope this helps you feel prepared to start cloth diapering! If you have any questions or concerns, please leave a comment below and we will figure it out together.


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