When you decide to cloth diaper your baby, there are a number of things you will need in addition to the diapers themselves. These accessories will serve to make your life easier while your baby is in the diaper wearing stage. Parents in the know have created a list of these items that will make the cloth diapering process less stressful for you and your baby.
Travel Wets Bags
These zippered bags can be useful for carrying wet cloth diapers around while traveling. They can also come in handy to carry wet swimsuits, wipes, and other soggy items. Wet bags are available in a variety of sizes making it easy to stash a diaper or two, or even a full day’s load.
Wool Dryer Balls
These all natural dryer balls can come in handy in so many ways. Dryer sheets and fabric softeners can weaken diapers making them less absorbent. Dryer balls are gentle on your cloth diapers and can speed up dry time saving you money and energy while working to soften your clothing. Best of all, you can make wool balls at home by binding wool material tightly into a ball shape.
Fleece Diaper Liners
These stay dry liners will work to keep your baby’s bottom dryer by locking moisture in. They are great for preventing diaper rash and maintaining diapers looking new. These liners can be easily added to the top of a pocket diaper or an all in one.
Cloth Diaper Pail
Just like with disposables, a diaper pail will be necessary for storing your dirty diapers until you have enough to constitute doing a complete load. Cloth diaper pails differ from other diaper pails in that they are waterproof and usually offer an odor-tight seal. Cloth diaper pails can be used for wet or dry storage, whichever is most convenient for you.
Cloth Diaper Sprayer
Cloth diaper sprayers make it easier to clean poop from diapers. It works like a mini-shower that hooks on to your toilet and is designed to rinse poop from diapers into the toilet, eliminating the need for dunking or soaking. Although sprayers can be costly, they serve as a convenient, time-saving way to clean off your diapers and could also end up saving you the expense of purchasing cloth liners for your diaper pail.
If you are starting on cloth diapering with your child, the cost of these items can begin to add up, as will the expense of buying the diapers themselves. However, these are expenses that will balance out over the years your child remains in diapers and become even more cost-effective with a second cloth diapered baby. Consider purchasing these items to make your everyday tasks easier during this hectic yet precious time in your child’s life.