Once you’ve decided to choose cloth diapers for your baby you might wonder which accessories are right for you. You can get away with just diapers and a cover, especially if you are using AIOs or fitteds, but a few well chosen accessories can make cloth diapering a more enjoyable experience. The more fun you can have with cloth diapers, and the easier you make it on yourself, the more likely you are to stick with it.
Eco-minded parents should be aware that there are accessories on the market that will enhance the cloth diaper system they choose and there are those that are unnecessary and useless. Don’t let any books or websites fool you into thinking you can’t survive without the newest gadgets. Cloth diapering can be as basic or as complicated as you want it to be. Green parents can keep this guide in mind when deciding if an accessory will help them in their cloth diapering adventures instead of being a wasteful purchase.
- Snappis (or Pins)
Snappis are plastic claws that hold a diaper in place. They are used instead of pins, and some parents feel safer using them on a squirmy baby. Snappis are used with flats and prefolds, are easy to use, and should last you a long time.
- Baby Wipes
Choosing to use cloth wipes with a wash is easy once you are already using cloth diapers. The most eco-friendly choice is to make your own baby wipes and wash. Receiving blankets can be cut up to make wipes, or you can buy specialty organic fabric. They are fairly easy to make, and you can find instructions online. Wipes wash can be made with water, carrier oils, and essential oils, but it’s a good idea to get a recipe from a reputable source since this will be used on baby’s delicate skin. If you are not up to crafting your own there are many companies that offer reusable fabric wipes and wipes wash.
Sooner or later your baby might experience diaper rash. The red angry skin is uncomfortable at best and painful at worst. A good quality salve can be used to calm the skin and provide instant relief for a rashy baby. Like wipe wash, there are recipes for salve, but if you’d like to make your own be sure to get the recipe from a reputable source. All-natural salves can be bought from eco-friendly companies as well.
- Diaper Bucket/Wet Bag
You will probably want to keep dirty diapers in an enclosed space until they are ready to be washed. A bucket or small garbage with a lid works well for the house. The lid is key to keeping odors at bay, but be sure to wash diapers often so that smells don’t accumulate. When you are travelling a small wet bag will keep dirty diapers from soiling the diaper bag.
To keep your cloth diapers in good condition, use a cloth diaper friendly detergent when washing them. These detergents are free of dyes, perfumes, and other harsh chemicals which can build up. They also tend to be more eco-friendly than regular brands just be sure to check the labels.
- Diaper Sprayer
Other than the cloth diapers themselves a diaper sprayer will cost you more than the other accessories on this list. A sprayer is not necessary, but it is a nice addition to make cleaning soiled diapers easier. The high-pressure spray can clean dirty diapers faster than rinsing by hand, and with less of a mess too.
When shopping for cloth diaper accessories you will find some are necessary, some are nice additions to your diaper system, and others are not needed and are a waste of your money and resources. Be sure to research each accessory and do not think you need to buy them all at once to succeed with cloth diapering your baby. Instead use a common sense approach when buying accessories and make sure they add something positive to your experience.