5 Most Common Mistakes when it comes to Cloth Diapering

A new Cloth Diapering mom is bound to get lost in the dos and don’ts that cloth diapering needs. They are not really as complicated as people tend to make it. We as new mothers tend to go with the flow and give up soon considering that it is too tough to handle. But before you start with cloth diapering make sure you have chosen the right cloth diaper for your baby.

It always better to consult the support team of the cloth diaper brands before choosing a cloth diaper. Buying a diaper blindfolded just because every second person has been telling or appreciating its type doesn’t make it full proof. Every baby is different. So are their needs. A baby who poops once in two days can happily use an all in one diaper or a pocket diaper. But for a baby who poops 3+ times a day will need cover diapers for its own economical benefits.

Cloth Diapering Mistake #1:

Not understanding the basic concept:

Cloth Diapering has some really basic concepts that one needs to understand before getting into its depths. They are much different than cloth nappies. Cloth nappies need to be changed after every pee. Cloth diapers on the other hand are eligible enough to soak pee for 2-12 hours depending on the type of cloth diaper it is. Modern Cloth diapers and cloth nappies are thus not the same. They are completely washable and reusable.

Cloth diapers have soakers (also known as inserts) that need to be inserted or placed on the diaper. They are the ones that do the major job of absorbing pee. The other important part of the modern cloth diaper is the outer shell. This is made of a high quality PUL which allows air to pass but not pee thus making them waterproof, breathable and leak proof diapers. Reading the instructions leaflet before using them helps a ton.

Cloth Diapering Mistake#2:

Expecting cloth diapers to look like disposables:

Disposables are very thin and narrow because the chemical crystals inside swell up when wet. Cloth diapers do not change shape when wet, so are designed to put absorbency where it is needed. This will not cause any discomfort to baby. In fact, for babies who have hips that are “out” from their delivery, doctors recommend double-diapering so that the thickness between the legs will put them in the froggy position in order for the hips to go back into place. You will cause problems for your baby by putting her into tight-fitting diapers, sleepers, or baby carriers that position the legs straight down. Even doctors recommend that babies should have froggy legs (legs spread wide apart) instead of straight legs.

P.S: Cloth diapers look more attractive and cute on babies bum.

Cloth Diapering Mistake #3:

Not prepping the cloth diapers properly and improper wash cycle:

This is the one of the most important part. Some cloth diaper soakers/inserts need some basic prepping. Natural fabrics like organic bamboo cotton needs to be prepped before using them full fledged. Prepping is nothing but the process of washing diapers a few numbers of times in order to prepare the cloth diapers to be fully absorbent. They become fully absorbent after 8-10 washes. But that does not mean you can use it only after washing them so many times. They can be used after the first wash for short naps. Washing cloth diapers also does not mean just rinsing them, it means having a complete wash cycle.

Use appropriate detergent and water to wash your cloth diapers. Use detergents that are free of additives, fragrances and softeners, for e.g. Surf Excel, Tide Plus and Rustic Art little laundry. DO not use soap, liquid detergents, dettol etc on cloth diapers. Take a look at common mistakes in washing cloth diapers here >>

Cloth Diapering Mistake #4:

Using talcum powder or rash creams:

This again is one of the most common mistakes that most parents make when it comes to Cloth Diapering. First of all, cloth diapers do not cause rashes unless the diaper is not been changed timely or not cleaned when pooped. There absolutely is no need to use a rash cream or powder. They affect the absorbency of the cloth diapers and also cause skin irritation. You may use coconut oil generously between every change. Coconut oil is the best thing on their bottoms as they keep their skin moisturised.

Cloth Diapering Mistake# 5:

Not getting the right fit:

A cloth diaper, too loose or too tight will give leak issues. Getting the right fit is very important. There should be no gaps on the crotch area. The elastics should be on the crease of the legs like that of underwear. The rise setting should be done according to the weight of the baby. Do note that slight elastic marks are absolutely normal. They go away in 15-20 minutes.

Cloth diapering is easy–just keep baby in a dry diaper, keep a very simple wash routine every day. Read our Beginner’s Guide To Cloth Diapering.

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Review – Why I chose Superbottoms Cloth Diapers for my baby

When I became a mother, the one thing that bothered me the most was spending sleepless nights changing the Cloth Nappies. I would set an alarm of every hour to get up and check if my new born has peed or pooped. He has been a super heavy wetter right from Day 7. I would forever look tired changing him because my family won’t allow me to use Disposables for obvious reasons.

A lot of us are aware that disposable diapers have chemicals in them that causes rashes on the delicate skin of babies. These chemicals that convert pee into gel are not magic gel crystals but toxic agents. There is really no magic in them that is claimed by the TV commercials. Also a very few of us know that every disposable diaper that we throw in the bin stays on the landfills for years together. Well at least for 250-500 years. Shocking and disappointing; isn’t it? Disposable Diapers and Sanitary napkins contribute majorly to the landfills. I of course as a new first time mother had no idea about this. Frankly speaking, I was too ignorant or rather too busy to understand motherhood. In fact, the concept of Cloth Diapering was not even known to me.

It is extremely unfortunate that there is no awareness on Cloth Diapers among new parents. So when I was introduced to Cloth Diapers, I found it hard to digest that something made of cloth is so absorbent in nature and at the same time keeps my baby’s bottoms dry.

I had conveniently started using disposable diapers against all odds when my baby was one month old, knowing not what I am doing to my baby and to the environment. At the same time, I kept using disposable sanitary napkins when I was menstruating. One fine day I got horrible rashes using the sanitary napkins. This turned out to be an eye opener. I read more and found out that the contents of sanitary napkins and disposable cloth diapers are the same. If I can get rashes using them for just a week, how would my baby feel being under plastic day in and day out. I immediately picked up my smartphone and started researching for alternatives. I bumped into various cloth diaper brands across amazon and first cry. Some were so inexpensive that I could not understand the quality of brands. The reviews of users did not convince me in buying them. On the other hand, some brands were so expensive that I did not find them pocket friendly. Some cloth diaper brands like Thirsties, Grovia did grab my attention but the price discouraged me from buying them.

I then came across this beautiful brand called Superbottoms. Its mesmerising prints immediately grabbed my attention. I ordered a couple of them and had a chat on whatsapp with the mompreneur and she made me understand the entire concept and also introduced me to the basic concept of cloth diapering. She handled the worries of a new mother patiently. Since then, there has been no looking back. It has been 9 months of using cloth diapers from superbottoms and its performance still amazes me. Each morning, we wake up with happy, leak free, dry and rash free bottoms.

So how does this really work? What are cloth diapers and what makes cloth diapers better alternative that disposable diapers?

A lot of my fellow moms ask me these questions.

Cloth Diapers or Moderns Cloth Diapers are the new age diapering systems that provide all the benefits of disposable diapers.
A cloth diaper consist of 3 parts:

  1. An outer water-resistant shell
  2. A soaker (pad) that absorbs pee
  3. A dry feel layer on top

Key features of cloth diapers:

  • Water resistant: the outer shell of the diaper is water resistant. It won’t leak unless the soaker has no more place to absorb any more pee. Even if it leaks, the baby will not feel wetness due to the suede layer on top
  • Suede layer: this layer provides a dry feel to baby’s bottoms even when it is peed on.
  • Washable and Reusable: these diapers are 100% washable and reusable. Each diaper and soaker is durable enough to last 300+ washes. I have a lot from my very first order and it works absolutely amazing.
  • Economical: the money spent on Cloth Diapers is a one-time investment. I remember spending 4000 a month on baby diapers. This has been eliminated since the time I invested in Cloth Diapers.
  • Non-Toxic: this is my most favourite feature. Cloth Diapers are made of cloth and does not have any chemicals unlike disposable diapers.
  • Longer Absorbency: Superbottoms Plus has been my all night saviour. It lasts for 10+ hours on my heavy wetting baby.
  • Hold poop explosion: In my entire one year of motherhood, I have faced various poop blow outs when using disposable diapers. Cloth Diapers hold poop generously and it has saved my efforts of cleaning everything after a poopy baby.
  • Easy Washing: Washing them is as easy as washing other clothes. If pooped, I rinse the poop with a jet spray and store the soiled diapers in a wetbag until it’s time for laundry. I then wash it in the washing machine along with other clothes.
  • Indian Brand: When I decided to start Cloth Diapering, I was keen on supporting Indian Brands. Superbottoms being an Indian Brand fulfilled this expectation of mine too. So if you are looking to buy Cloth Diapers in India, don’t miss to check their site. A lot of my friends residing in US have also ordered from them. They are happy that Superbottoms deliver across the globe and maintains the International quality standards at such affordable price.
  • Environment Friendly: this is my next most favourite feature. I love being environment friendly. I love that I am doing my bit to save Mother Earth

I am busy loving my baby and saving Mother Earth; Are you?

Why choose Superbottoms Plus Cloth Diapers for your baby?

While mothers need the convenience of disposable diapers, they do worry about issues such as rashes and if the diapers are indeed good for the baby.

However, new and advanced cloth diapers such as – Superbottoms Plus are a great option!

Superbottoms Plus is the trimmest advanced cloth diaper made from superior quality cloth with the soaking ability upto 7-8hrs.

Thus, all the convenience of disposable diapers, in the goodness of cloth!

So, make diapering comfortable and fun for your baby with Superbottoms Plus cloth diapers.

But how these cloth nappies are better than the other kinds available in the market?

Let us checkout!

Waterproof Outer

These advanced cloth diapers come with a leakproof shell which is breathable. So air passes through, but water does not. With superior quality elastics, these diapers provide brilliant protection against poop blowouts and leakages.

Dry Feel Fabric

Not only outside but the unique stay-dry fabric on the diaper makes the child feel dry even within for hours! Cloth diapering is preferred these days by mothers, especially for this reason; as the child does not feel the wet due to the superior quality of fabric used to make the nappies. Moreover, the dry feel comes as soon as the baby pees on it, preventing any kind of infection on the baby’s skin which is generally caused by excessive wetness.

Extra Soaker

The cloth diaper brands like Superbottoms add extra soakers in the cloth nappies. This cloth pad is made with such expertise that it can go inside the waterproof outer shell and soaks the urine. The soakers are long and wide covering the whole bum and have fold-in snaps, which led to better absorbency.

Washable Cloth Diapers

These diapers are washable diapers and hence economical. You can wash these diapers and reuse at a later stage. The long lasting elastic with a unique waterproof yet breathable lamination also makes the nappies capable of several uses and washes, without deteriorating its quality. The cloth nappies from Superbottoms can be washed as many as 300 times. Hence cloth diapers not only make your baby get a healthy lifestyle but also help you save a lot of money.

Usable for Long Hours

Traditional nappies need to be changed after every pee. Keeping this in mind, the cloth diaper brands have not only come up with reusable diapers but also have made these diapers durable and apt for long use. These cloth nappies keep the child dry for as long as 8 hours; giving the babies uninterrupted play/sleep time for hours; be it nighttime or traveling outdoors or on vacation.

Fit for Any Size

The cloth diapers from Superbottoms are available in 1 single size. The same diaper can be made small to fit a smaller baby of 5 kg, and made bigger to fit a baby of 17 kg (approx. 3 years) too!

The square tabs and L-aligned snaps led to perfect snug fit.

Attractive Designs

Cloth diapers are unique in designs. The colors and patterns on the nappies give a complete Indian and quirky look to the baby. Hence now buy cloth diapers not only to prevent infections but also to make him/ her look adorable.

Cloth diapering is a part of the Natural Parenting ideology and with the new advanced cloth diapers, it makes complete sense to choose cloth considering that they are skin-friendly, economical, and also earth-loving.

Keep your Babies Cool this Summer with Cloth Nappies

Are you tired of the scorching sun and the warm winds? Then think of your baby who also must deal with the extreme temperature and the ruthless nature this summer.

Babies come with a soft skin and are very sensitive to excess cold or heat. When put into plasticky disposable diapers it can make your child uncomfortable and may also lead to skin infections. Let your little angel enjoy the summer gifting them with cloth nappies.

Thinking how cloth diapers are better than the standard diapers available in the market?

The cloth diaper brands have come up with diapers which are immensely friendly to the baby’s skin and makes life comfortable for him/ her.

How? Let us checkout.

More Breathable

Cloth nappies are all cloth and hence are definitely more breathable. The cloth diapers have outer laminated fabric is also truly unique and is breathable. So it let’s air pass through but not water. Cloth diapers come in a variety of options making them skin-friendly. Disposable diapers due to their plasticky nature can be discomforting to babies.

Trim Fit Cloth Nappies

Cotton diapers are not only waterproof but also trim. This means the cotton nappies are trim fit and not too heavy for the babies; making the cotton diapers comfortable and perfect match for the scorching hot summers. Cloth nappies perfectly set to the baby’s body. These advanced nappies (Advanced Cloth Diapers) come with square tabs and L-aligned snaps to make the nappies just like another part of your baby’s body. These are a perfect snug fit to the child and he/ she does not feel the burden of constantly carrying something throughout the day. The soft dry fabric also is comfortable to the child.

Admiring Designs

Cloth nappies just not make your baby comfortable but also happy. These cloth diapers are Desi in style, and come in attractive colors and are truly cute to look at. Dress up your babies with these beautiful nappies and make them look super adorable!

A lot of parents now do away with the lowers, just to show off these super cute Advanced Cloth diapers. Less clothes mean more comfort for your babies in summer and less laundry for you.

Better Under the Sun

Cloth diapers are always preferable under the sun. As we grownups prefer cloth over plastic in summer, the same is applicable for baby’s skin.

Durable & Economical

Cloth diapering is also more economical durable than the other types of diapers available in the market. These are made from the finest fabric and expert workmanship is involved in making these the best in the market. The elastic of the nappies is not too tight for the child but flexible and long lasting as well. These come with thick lamination for better elasticity; which is as thick as 2 mils.

While a parent may spend anywhere between 30-40 thousand on disposable diapers, cloth diapering can be done in 10 thousand odd Rupees for a child. Therefore, cloth nappies are super savers!

Environment Friendly

Last but not the least; cloth nappies are not only a better option for your child but for the whole earth as well. Firstly, these cloth nappies are re-usable and secondly, being made from cloth these can be easily recycled. Hence along with providing comfort to your child you are also securing his/ her future by taking care of Mother Nature.

Diapers have become an indispensable part of modern baby-life and premium cloth diaper brands try to give the babies a relaxing and happy infancy with their products.