FAQ and Answers


Nifty Nappy has found these to be some of the most frequently asked questions about Cloth Diapers.  They have let us use their information here.  We hope this helps you.
Do cloth diapers come in different sizes?
Do they come in different Types?  How do you choose?
Do they get gross over time?
How do you wash them?
How do you travel with cloth diapers?
How much do you invest in cloth diapers?
How many cloth diapers should one baby have?
Do you need anything else besides the actual cloth diapers?
What type of fabrics are used in modern cloth diapers?
Are there cloth water diapers? Do pools allow them?


Do cloth diapers come in different sizes? Oh yes!  Depending on the brand of diaper you are looking into the sizes will very.  They usually come in 5 sizes.

  • Newborn diaper is usually made to fit nicely under the umbilical cord and is made to fit the newborn stage
  • Small diapers fit 8-16 lbs.
  • Medium diapers fit 15-22 lbs.
  • Large diapers fit 22-30 lbs.
  • OS diaper fits from newborn to potty training:  there are 3 different ways to do this that I have seen.  1-adjustable elastic in the legs and back.  2-some kind of snapping system.  3- a folding method.  Nifty Nappy uses the later on their diapers.  Humm… should we mess with the elastics in the legs or all those extra snaps… nah!  Nifty Nappy has found the folding works great.  We have a video tutorial on folding the Nifty Nappy to fit a newborn.

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Do they come in different Types?  How do you choose?

There are so many different types of diapers.  Choosing is the fun part.  You should pick a diaper that you think will fit into your lifestyle.  Will you be the main one changing baby?  Does baby go to a Daycare or a babysitter?  Will daddy be helping?  Do you have an on the go lifestyle or are you a laid back hang out at home family?

A lot of people use the AIO, AI2 or Pocket diapers for the convenience of not needing to use a cover.  For a day at the daycare, AIO, AI2 or Pockets might be the best way to go.  As a diaper maker and seller AND an avid Fitted lover Nifty Nappy suggests that if you use a diaper with a waterproof layer all day you should choose either a Prefold or a Fitted for nights.  The AI2, Pocket and AIO diapers are just not as breathable and this can lead to rashes if the baby’s bum isn’t allowed to have some time to dry a little.

If you are a SAHM (stay at home mom) we strongly suggest Fitted diapers.  They are breathable and super absorbent and can be so dang cute!

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Do they get gross over time?

The answer to this question depends on how you care for them… If they are cared for properly and sunned (hung out in the sun to dry) they they will not get stained and gross.  The fabrics will of course fade with washings, but they are still cute!  One of the main things to remember about Cloth Diapers that will keep them nice is to NEVER use a rash cream with your Cloth Diapers.  If you feel you need to use a cream you can use a liner as previously mentioned.  Or, we suggest using lanolin for rashes.  Lanolin is totally natural and can be used directly with Cloth Diapers since it washes clean with soap and water.  Other rashes may stain your diapers and even leave a waterproof barrier that will basically ruin your diapers since they don’t absorb any more.

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How do you wash them?

Washing instructions differ from one company to the next and will also depend on the type of diaper you have.  The best suggestion is to follow the directions from the diaper company… this is the washing routine Nifty Nappy suggests.

Clean the diaper out by dumping the solid poo into the toilet (it there was any) and then put the diaper in a bucket with a washable bag in it and a lid.  Keep this in the bathroom, stashed away in the tub.  We think poo belongs in the bathroom and not the baby’s room…. but that is our opinion.  🙂   Then when it is washing day take the bucket back to the laundry room.  Add the detergent into the machine.  (You can make your own!  you can find the recipe on Nifty Nappy’s BLOG)  dump the diapers in and throw in the washable bag too!  Then wash with a couple drops of tea tree oil 5-8 drops per load.  This will help kill the bacteria and the ammonia smells that some cloth can get.  Then instead of drying them in the dryer hang them out in the sun.  The sun will naturally bleach the stains out and also will help kill any bacteria if any got through the wash.  If you don’t have the time to hang them out throw them in the dryer with NO fabric softener.  Fabric softener tends to make your clothing repel water and so this can be very bad for your diapers.  Or use wool dryer balls.  They are natural and make the clothes soft while eliminating static.  So there you have it.  Doesn’t sound too hard huh?

*not ready on our website yet… these links will be up and running asap.

If your diapers start to stink or leak badly you might have a detergent buildup on your diapers and you will want to strip your diapers.  I have instructions for * stripping cloth diapers in the Care of Cloth Diapers section.  Also you want to be careful with the detergents you use. Some are more harmful to your diapers AND your baby.  I have a great list * diaper safe detergents.

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How do you travel with cloth diapers? (whether it’s a day out or on vacation)
Traveling with cloth diapers can be done.  If you are just going out for the day you will need to take a few more diapers than you think you will use just to be safe.  You’ll need a way to carry the dirty diapers, usually this is called a wet bag and is made of some type of waterproof fabric.  You need to take wipes with you.  Usually cloth diaper-ers use cloth wipes… it just makes sense.  So in traveling you can either take pre-wetted wipes or you can take dry wipes and a little spray bottle.
For extended traveling you need to find out a few things so you can plan.  Are you staying with family or friends?  Do they care if you use their laundry facilities?  If you are staying in a condo or a hotel, do they have laundry facilities that are available to you?  If you don’t have laundering facilities available to you, can you find a laundromat?  If you are diapering one child and you do have readily access to facilities then I would take no more than 15 diapers.  For diapering two take around 20-25.  You will want to take a large wet bag for storage of the dirty diapers and wipes.  And take your detergent of choice with you.  It is as easy as that.

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How much do you invest in cloth diapers?

Ahh, this is a good question.  This just depends on how much you WANT to spend on them.  There are some every expensive diapers out there.  In fact some diapers on bid go for $80+!    If you are going to spend the money, and make the commitment, then you want some good diapers.  We would suggest a good fitted that is made with good fabrics like hemp and bamboo that are very absorbent and hold up really well to washings.  Then wool covers!  But  you should not go into debt to try to save money.  Buy one diaper here and there as you can afford too, and along the way enter all the hundreds of blog giveaways that are out there for diapers.

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How many cloth diapers should one baby have?

This is a good question too.  It will depend a lot on if you go with OS (one size) diapers or sized diapers.  If you go with sized diapers you will need between 15-20 per size.  If you go with the OS diaper you only need between 15-20 diapers.  Now do be advised that Cloth Diapering is addictive, you will want more.  There will be a new one in a fun fabric and you will want that one too!  🙂

Covers too?  How many covers?  This one will depend on the type of diapers you have.  If you have pocket diapers then I guess you don’t need any.  If you go with a diaper that needs a cover the next question will be what type of cover are you picking?  If you are picking a PUL cover then you will need between 8-10 covers.  If you go with fleece covers you will need between 4-6 covers and they will need to be washed every few days.  If you pick wool covers you will need between 2-4 covers, and these only need to be washed every 3 or 4 weeks.

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Do you need anything else besides the actual cloth diapers?

Well, I NEED is a strong word.  You don’t NEED anything else really, but there are some things that make it all easier.

  • Diaper sprayer: These are like the kitchen sprayer you use only they attach to the water going into your toilet and you can use them to spray off the poo into the toilet.
  • Diaper pail: This can be a fancy expensive one or a cheap bucket or trash can.  Some actually just use large wet bags to store their dirty diapers in.
  • Wet Bags: a bag made with water proof fabric, usually PUL, and either has a zipper closure, drawstring closure, or a fold over flap.  This is used for storing dirty diapers in when out and about.
  • Wipes: some do still use disposable wipes, but I just don’t think this makes any sense.  Wipes can be simple squares of flannel or even baby wash cloths that you wet and use.
  • Diaper friendly detergents and Dryer balls

But these are just niceties!

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What types of fabrics are used in modern Cloth Diapers?

So when Nifty Nappy started cloth it was a loooong time ago.  It was before there were fun and convenient diapers.  They made their first set of diapers with diaper flannel and velcro.  They even used… oh boy, here it comes … plastic pants for covers.  *shakes head… they are so ashamed!  As time went on new fabrics were found, and oh they are amazing.   The big fabrics out there are Hemp and Bamboo.  These are very absorbent and soft fabrics.  They are very durable and make an awesome Cloth Diaper.  Hemp by itself is 10X’s more absorbent than cotton.   There are also other fabrics such as suede cloth and microfibers.  Suede cloth is a soft fabric, but tends to hold on to nasty smells and stains.  Microfiber is also very absorbent, in fact it is so absorbent that it wicks too much moisture away from the baby’s bum and and will dry out the bum and cause rashes.  It also tends to hold on to smells and need to be stripped often.

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Are there cloth water diapers?  Do pools allow them?

Oh yes there are cloth swim diapers and they are cute and fun!  They are made with a layer of waterproof fabric, usually PUL, and they are either diaper shaped or pull up style.  Most have some fun cute outer print that you don’t want to cover up with a swimming suit… so why cover it up?  Just get a cute, fun tank top and you have an adorable easy to change reusable swim diaper.

As for if the pools allow them… if they took the time to realize that these actually hold the poo in because they have the elastic that is fitted around the legs and the waist, then they would see that these would work BETTER than the store bought disposable swim diapers out there.  So go convert them.

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