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Diapering Gear for your Baby

By Grow Healthy. Grow Happy. The Whole Baby Guide

There are many factors to consider when deciding how to diaper your baby: convenience, time, environmental impact, comfort, and money. Diapering involves a lifestyle choice, and it can vary with each situation and each child. Caregivers can choose from convenient, comfortable cloth-diapering options, including diaper covers, contoured or flat diapers, disposable inserts, diaper liners for minimizing mess, and all-in-one cloth diapers that go on your baby like disposables do.

Eco-friendly disposable diapers are also available. You may decide to use one system completely or to combine different methods. Either way, keep in mind that your baby’s diaper will probably be changed around 7,000 times before he is toilet trained.

Diaper Cover

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

diaper coverDiaper covers are made from a waterproof or water-resistant material that goes over a cloth diaper and holds in moisture and solid matter. Many fabric options are available—polyester or cotton that is laminated with a waterproof coating, microfiber, or wool for breathability.

Diaper covers come in a pull-up style with no side opening, side openings with hook-and-loop closures, and side opening with snap closures. You can insert different kinds of diapers in the diaper covers— flat pre-fold diapers, contoured diapers, biodegradable disposable inserts, or cloth inserts that fit into a pocket inside the diaper cover.

Function: Protects cloth diapers or disposable inserts from leaking

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Fabric
  • Waterproof
  • Sizing
  • Quantity needed
  • Cost
  • Design—colors or prints
  • Comfort—soft material and elastic
  • Convenience in changing diaper
  • Trim fit
  • Gussets for catching leaks
  • Laundering requirements
  • Umbilical cord notch
Flat Pre-fold Cloth Diaper

One-time purchase

Age Needed: Newborn

Flat Pre-fold Cloth DiaperUsing pre-fold and flat diapers is economical. Usually, they are made of 100% cotton, but bamboo and hemp are also available. This style of diaper is convenient to use as a burp cloth or for cleaning spills. This style of diaper is adjustable as your baby grows from newborn to toddler—you can fold the diaper small when he is a newborn and when he is a toddler. You can double the diapers for extra absorbency and for nighttime use. These diapers dry quickly when laundered.

Function: Absorbs your baby’s urine and solid matter

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Fabric
  • Absorbency
  • Cost
  • Convenience in changing diaper
  • Laundering requirements
  • Multipurpose
  • Sizing
  • Absorbency
  • Material—cotton, bamboo, hemp, or microfiber
Contoured Fitted Diapers

Multiple Purchases

Age Needed: Newborn

Contoured Fitted DiapersFitted diapers are contoured or shaped to fit inside a diaper cover. Some fitted diapers are flat with an hourglass shape and some have gussets and snaps or hook-and-loop closures. Fitted diapers do not require folding and they are easy to use. You can double the flat style as your baby grows for extra absorbency and for nighttime use. They come in 2–3 sizes from newborn to toddler.

Function: Absorbs your baby’s urine and solid matter

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Fabric
  • Absorbency
  • Cost
  • Convenience in changing diaper
  • Laundering requirements
  • Sizing
Diaper Doubler

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

diaper doublerDiaper doublers are made to insert inside cloth diapers that are used with a diaper cover for extra absorbency. They are convenient to keep your baby from being disturbed during the night. As he grows, diaper doublers help prevent leaks for day-time use with toddlers. You can place the doubler next to your baby’s skin or under the diaper next to the diaper cover.

Function: Provides extra absorbency with cloth diapers

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Extra absorbent fabric for less bulk
  • Standard size that can be used for different ages of baby
All-in-one Diapers

Multiple purchases

Age needed: Newborn

all-in-one DiapersAll-in-one diapers are the easiest to use of cloth diapers but the most expensive. The diaper and cover are sewn together so that they function like a disposable diaper. Some styles have different sizes and some adjust as your baby grows. They take a long time to dry because of their thickness. All-in-one diapers are convenient for child care because of the simplicity of diaper changes.

Function: Absorbs and contains your baby’s urine and solid matter

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Fabric
  • Waterproof
  • Sizing
  • Quantity needed
  • Cost
  • Design—colors or prints
  • Comfort—soft material and elastic
  • Convenience in changing diaper
  • Trim fit
  • Gussets for catching leaks
  • Laundering requirements
  • Umbilical cord notch
Diaper Liner

Ongoing purchase

Age needed: Newborn

diaper linerFlushable diaper liners are a thin layer of nonwoven material that goes inside your baby’s cloth diaper to contain solid matter. When changing your baby’s diaper you can discard the liner and solid matter in the toilet.

Function: Contains solid matter to flush in the toilet

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Biodegradability
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Cost
  • Size—small and large
Disposable Inserts

Ongoing Purchase

Age Needed: Newborn

disposable insertDisposable inserts are biodegradable rayon or bamboo inserts that fit inside a diaper cover. Usually, you can double them for extra absorbency as your baby grows and for nighttime use. You can use them exclusively or for traveling or camping.

 

Function: Absorbs your baby’s urine and solid matter

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Material
  • Size
  • Cost
  • Absorbency
  • Biodegradability
Disposable Diapers

Ongoing purchase

Age needed: Newborn

disposable diapersAll-in-one diapers made of disposable materials are the most expensive option of all diapering methods and the most convenient. They also have a negative impact on the environment because they are not biodegradable.

Function: Absorbs and contains your baby’s urine and solid matter

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Materials, waterproof
  • Sizing
  • Quantity needed
  • Cost
  • Design—colors or prints
  • Comfort—gels or chemicals
  • Convenience in changing diaper
  • Trim fit
  • Gussets for catching leaks
  • Umbilical cord notch
  • Color changing wetness indicator
  • Biodegradability
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Diaper Bag

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

diaper bagDiaper bags organize and carry baby essentials when you are on the go. Most bags come with waterproof lining and multiple compartments to carry diapers, wipes, ointment/cream, a blanket or extra clothes, wet bags, burp pads, nursing or feeding supplies, and toys.

Function: Designed to organize and carry baby essentials on the go

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Insulated bottle pockets
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Changing pad and wipes case included
  • Water-resistant
  • Wipes clean with damp cloth
  • May come with hooks to attach to stroller
  • Basic, or fashion
Disposable Wipes

Ongoing purchase

Age needed: Newborn

disposable wipesWith disposable wipes you can clean your baby’s bottom during diaper changes, wipe his face in between baths, or clean his runny nose. Disposable wipes are often sold in multipacks and are stored in a box container that keeps the wipes moist for later use.

Function: Easy for on the go

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Unscented
  • Alcohol-free
  • Biodegradable
Wipe Warmers

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

wipes warmerA wipe warmer stores and warms disposable wipes.

 

 

Function: Make diaper changes more comfortable for your baby

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Bacteria resistant
  • Fits most standard refill packs
Diaper Pail

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

diaper pailA diaper pail is a container to store soiled diapers until you are able to launder or dispose of them. You can designate any storage container as a diaper pail, as long as it is separate from other storage containers.

The type of pail you choose may depend on the system you use for cleaning diapers. In a wet system, fill pail with liquid mixture made with water, white vinegar, and baking soda to soak reusable diapers. A dry system is usually a pail with a plastic liner or a ventilated bag which can be used with any style of diaper. Some pails require special liners and filters, while others use regular garbage liners.

A well ventilated pail or bag will keep odors from building up inside, but if you do not have good ventilation in your home a tightly sealed pail may work better for you. A sturdy lid that locks can prevent your baby from playing in the pail and may be preferable if you are using a wet system.

When you are on the go, carrying a diaper pail is not convenient. A bag, often called a wet bag, can allow you to carry soiled diapers and keep them separate from clean diapers.

Function: Stores soiled diapers until laundering

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Number of diapers the pail holds
  • Wet or dry cleaning system
  • Proprietary liners and filters
  • Odor control
  • May coordinate with your baby’s room
  • Machine washable
  • Alternate bag for travel
Diaper Changing Mat

One-time purchase

Age needed: Newborn

diaper changing matDiaper changing mats provide a flat surface to lay your baby on during diaper changes and can be used at home or on the go. Changing mats often fold or roll up to store in your diaper bag for easy portability. They are usually waterproof should an accident occur during the diaper change.

Function: Provides a clean surface to lay your baby on during diaper changes

Special Features or Considerations:

  • Storage Pockets
  • Carrying handle
  • Travel case for wipes included
  • Nonskid backing

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