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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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.

Cloth Diapering Out of Home

Many parents believe that reusable diapers are to be used primarily at home. They use them at home during day-time while for nights and for going out; they prefer to use disposables because they are, as the name suggests, easy disposing off. However, cloth diapering out of home is much simpler than you think.

Here are 4 ways to make cloth diapering out of home a success for you.

1. Decide how long do you plan to be out and figure a few things out

Depending on the time duration for which you plan to be out, you will have decide on the type of diaper you choose.

If you are going to be out for long, at a place where there may not be proper changing facilities, you may want to use high-absorbency diapers such as Superbottoms Plus All-in-ones.

If you are sure there are changing rooms available, you can use regular diapers too.

Using covers with cloth diaper soakers/inserts are good for out of home diapering if you have changing facilities.

You can carry extra cloth diaper inserts and a few covers and simply change soakers and reuse the outer. That way, you have to carry lesser number of diapers

2. Carry a wet bag

Wet bags are waterproof bags that are especially convenient to carry wet / soiled diapers post changing.

Carrying wet bags makes like very simple when you are cloth diapering out of home.

3. What do I do with the poop?

This is one of the biggest concerns parents have when they cloth diaper out of home. So when your baby poops, like with disposable diapers, you need to wipe your baby’s bottom clean first.

If you have the facility to, knock off the poop in the pot and flush it down. You can keep the diaper in the wet bag / waterproof bag to carry home. Ensure that the bag is tightly sealed and closed to avoid stink.

If you do not have the option of knocking off the poop, it is okay to tightly close the diaper and store it in a waterproof bag, sealed shut.

Once you are home, you can wash the diapers clean as usual.

4. Cloth Diapering on Vacation

While this calls for an entirely separate post (that we will put up eventually), cloth diapering on vacation requires a bit of planning but it is certainly doable!

As we always say, figure out the washing and storing facilities. If you are on a homestay vacation, choose one with a washing machine. If not, hotel bath tubs / wash basins work just fine.

Ensure you carry enough cloth diapers and your favourite detergent and you are good to go!

Cloth diapering 100% is doable and great for your baby and the environment.

When you can get the convenience of disposable diapers in the goodness of cloth, why let plastic touch your baby’s bottom?