We’ve all seen THAT baby — the baby who’s running around with a disposable diaper that looks like it weighs 15 pounds and is sagging well below the waist. By now, we should all (hopefully) know that when a diaper droops, it’s usually a clear indication that it’s time for a change.
In general, it’s easy to tell when a disposable diaper needs to be replaced. But with cloth, you’re not as lucky. Cloth diapers are not equipped with absorbent materials that turn into a squishy gel when wet, which, with a simple poke, tells you that your baby should be changed. Cloth diapers also lack that little color-changing line to show you when your baby peed.
As a general rule of thumb, you should change your little one every 2-4 hours. This definitely varies by age, as newborns urinate more frequently than toddlers. Expect to change your baby 8-10 times per day, so keep at least 24 diapers on hand!
Here are a few simple tips to help you know when to change a cloth diaper:
– Does the diaper look like it needs to be changed? Is it hanging low? Wobbling to and fro? If a baby needs a new diaper, you may be able to tell just by looking at it.
– You can touch the outside of the diaper to feel for wetness. If you didn’t use a waterproof cover, you will definitely know if your baby needs a new diaper … and outfit.
– You can touch the inside. Just stick your finger through the leg opening or peek through the back. I would definitely recommend taking caution with this one because you never know if you’re about to stick your finger into a fresh pile of poo.
– Is the diaper warm, heavy or firm? Natural fibers like hemp and cotton can get stiff when wet so if you give your cloth diaper a good squeeze, you may feel these types of inserts bunched together, especially in the areas that absorb the most moisture. Synthetic, stay-dry materials like microfiber will repel moisture away from your baby’s bottom, but will feel heavy.
– Use your senses. That one is self-explanatory.
– Having a good fit is extremely helpful. Unlike disposables, cloth diapers should not give off a strong odor when your baby pooped or peed. The elastic around the legs and waist helps prevent any yuck from escaping.
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