While some families begin cloth diapering from the first days, there are many who come to cloth diapers later—even much later. If you are one of these families, we offer a few thoughts and considerations on making the switch.
It isn't an all-or-nothing choice
Even among those who use cloth diapers from the beginning, it can often be a part-time commitment. It's OK to make it a transition, even a slow one. If you're ready to buy a full set and switch immediately you can, but don't feel that it's the only way.
If you're unsure, go part-time
You can begin by just using cloth diapers on weekends, a few days a week when you're at home, or in the evenings and at night. This also allows you to grow your stash of diapers slowly, as you make the switch.
Use cloth diapers most similar to disposables
All-in-one diapers will be the most familiar to disposable users, and can be particularly effective if you are trying to convince uncertain partners to switch to cloth diapers. There are also several diapers (including Flip and GroVia) which have a regualr cloth diaper cover but can use either a cloth or special disposable absorbent insert.
Use flushable liners and/or a diaper sprayer
Taking care of the "big stuff" is often a concern for people with older babies who are switching to cloth diapers. By using flushable diaper liners, however, poop can be easily removed from a diaper with minimal mess. Diaper sprayers, which connect easily to most toilets, are mini power-washers which make pre-cleaning a breeze (and are often the key to convincing reluctant dads).
Take advantage of our trial program
Our Experiment to Own program is a great way to help you learn about cloth diapering and sample brands and styles before you commit. Why guess when in two weeks you can know for certain?