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10 Common Mistakes New Parents Make With Cloth Diapers

10 Common Mistakes New Parents Make With Cloth Diapers

Raising a newborn baby and being a part of their growth required a lot of attention. The whole process is not going to be an easy affair every time, but it is still okay. Every time you learn something new. The first time when you have a baby, you learn a whole set of new things and again with the second baby, there will always be something new to learn. Diapering is one such area where many people fail with experimenting and turns it into a complete mess.

10 Common Mistakes New Parents Make With Cloth Diapers

Normally, clothing diapering is a simple process, which does not involve a lot of rocket science. Nevertheless, new parents tend to get a lot of wrong advice about cloth diapers, which make everything complicated. This article deals with 10 common mistakes new parents make with cloth diapers, and the ways to sort out those issues.

1. Not changing the diaper when required

It might come as a surprise to many because this is something obvious which you have to do every time. But, yes, some parents don’t change cloth diapers whenever the baby gets wet. Would you like it when you have to sit in wet undergarments? So is your child, it makes them uncomfortable. Moreover, it can also lead to rashes and leaks. The advertisements might have often made you believe that a diaper can use for up to 12 hours, which is not always correct.

2. Using harsh detergents to wash the diaper

Nowadays, the market is fully loaded with thousands of different detergents, fabric conditioners, cloth softeners and other fancy laundry products in all forms. These products are high in chemicals and harsh detergents, which might irritate your baby’s skin. You do not face this issue if you are using disposable diapers. Nevertheless, when you use cloth diapers, you must pay attention to the laundry products used. Instead, you can opt to natural goods and even make your detergent powder at home.

3. Not having enough diapers

Stash enough diapers for your baby and relax at the end of the day. If you do not have sufficient amount of diapers, you need to wash them daily, which is a hectic job. You do not have to wash the diaper regularly because it will make your diapers old very soon. You need to stock at least 30 diapers for a month minimum. It is better if you can keep a lot more for newborns.

4. Buying a lot of diapers before your baby is born

Do not stock many diapers before your child is born. If you keep a particular type of diaper, sometimes it might not suit for every child. Each child is different and for their comfort, you have to use diapers of the right size, which you can only determine after they are born. Of course, you can pick up some if you love them at the first look but not more. Some diapers work well for slim babies and some for chubby babies but not every diapers type works best for all children.

5. Adding essential oils to diapers

Essential oils are popular, and we all love using them often. Nevertheless, avoid using it on your baby’s diapers. Some essential oils or aromatic oils can cause an undesirable reaction if not used correctly. The oil might not work the way you want it to function. It is also true with natural oils present in some of the natural fibers like cotton and hemp. If you are using fabric containing natural oils, you must wash them to remove the oils before using it. The presence of oils in the cloth will reduce its absorbability.

6. Treating cloth diapers just like disposable diapers

Although they belong to the category of diapers, cloth diapers are different from disposable ones. Disposable diapers are thin, and they have particular substance in them, which expands when they are wet. Cloth diapers do not swell up or change shape when they are wet. For some babies who have their hips out, using tight fit disposable diapers will not be suitable.  If you want, you can do double diapering with cloth diapers for your baby.

7. Not cleaning diapers properly

Do not keep soiled diapers for a long time. You need to wash them before they become smelly. It is not just about the smell alone. Bacteria’s will start to grow, and it might be difficult to get rid of them later. Or else, finally, you will have to throw it out instead of using it again. You must also clean poop and urine from the diapers thoroughly. There are many ways that you can hand wash your cloth diapers. Use a bathtub and your hands; a bucket and a plunger; or you can use a washbasin and a washing board. There are also portable tabletop machines. Most parents do not clean cloth diapers in the right way. You have to use an adequate amount of cleaning detergent to wash off the dirt.

8. Turning the diaper into pocket diapers

It is a common practice, and most of the parents do it! Whenever the baby gets wet, you might stuff extra stuff into the pockets so that it absorbs quickly. Instead of doing this, it is better to change the diapers whenever it gets dirty or wet.

9. Using microfibers as inserts

Parents often use microfibers as diaper insert stuff because they absorb liquid pretty fast. It is okay to use them inside the pocket but not directly onto your baby’s body. They are good at absorbing moisture content instead of absorbing liquid alone. Therefore, there are chances that it makes your child’s skin dry.

10. Not drying the diapers in the right manner

It is always best to air dry the diapers. You can hang them outside until they dry properly. It is also fine to use a dryer. However, you should not leave cloth diapers for a long time in the dryer.


You will always learn things in the right way with experience. Nevertheless, you can always seek advice from your mom or grandmother who has already gone through all these while raising you. Also, make sure that you use quality fabric, which suits your baby’s skin for making cloth diapers. Never bleach your cloth diaper because it might always leave the residue. Bleach can be extremely harsh on a baby’s body. Cloth diapering is very simple you just have to follow the basic rules.

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