Cloth Diaper FAQ: Everything you have and have yet to ask!

Questions, questions, and more questions. Everyone looking into cloth diapering has plenty of questions at the start.

I’ve tried to gather most of the questions that I get over and over again on this cloth diaper FAQ page. Many of the questions need a healthy dose of explanation, and in those cases, I’ll give you the short answer here and link you to other pages on this site where I’ve answered the question in full and with links to necessary resources (like diaper retailers, or scientific resources).

If you’re brand new to cloth diapers and this is the first cloth diaper resource you’ve seen, I really recommend stopping here and heading over to my Cloth Diapers 101 page for a primer on cloth diapers and their care. That page will help you get your wits about you so that you know what questions you may want to ask.

Deciding to Use Cloth Diapers or Not

Diving in: Deciding What to Buy

After you’ve made the choice, and you’ve decided you’re going to try cloth diapers, you’ll have a lot of questions about what to buy and what not to buy. First things first, you’ll want to figure out what types of cloth diapers you want to try (there are a bunch of different kinds) and you’ll want to know how many you’ll need (it depends on your baby or babies and laundry habits).

Here’s the cloth diaper FAQ you’ll have at this stage:

Where to Buy Cloth Diapers

Choosing Wisely: What Cloth Diapers are Best

Preparing Your Diapers for Use

There’s a lot of talk in the cloth diaper community around “prepping” or getting your diapers (new or used) ready for your baby.

Using Cloth Diapers: When/How to Change Baby and What to Do With the Poop

Saving Money on Cloth Diapers

Newborn Cloth Diapers

Cloth Diapering Older Children

Diaper Styles, Types, and Fabrics

Types of Cloth Diaper Systems

Fabric and Closure Choices

Cloth Diaper Accessories

Lotions, Potions, Powders and Balms

Washing and Care

Laundry Detergents

Wash Routines

Troubleshooting Wash Problems

Stripping Cloth Diapers