How to start cloth diapering

First, you would like to ask yourself why i want to switch to cloth diapers? How will i explain to my husband that i have to shed thousands of pesos at first? Well these are some of the questions we and others want to be answered. And how to start? Here’s how. Disclaimer: What you’ll read about here are based on I, Katte and Keith experiences, what i’ve read across the internet and what mommies especially in MCNP(Modern Cloth Diapering Pinay) tells about 🙂

Benefits of Cloth Diaper
1. Saves Money – You’ll most likely use disposable diaper from the moment baby was born until he/she got potty trained. 0mos – 2years old maybe? Does the photo tells enough? visual-disposables-vs-cloth

2. Avoids UTI and nasty rashes.

3. You’re helping to save Mother Earth!

4. It’s made with natural and organic materials.

5. Cute prints! 🙂

Why is it called One size? (OS)

Notice the 3 row of snaps below. There is where you set the sizing. 20140721-234007-85207825 Small setting – no snap rows are shown; Snap the lowest row to the top row. 8-16lbs 20140721-234300-85380545.jpg Medium setting – snap the middle row to the top row; Lowest snap is shown. 17-22lbs 20140721-234301-85381067.jpg
Large setting – All snaps are shown. 23-35 lbs 20140721-234301-85381426.jpg

Parts of cloth diaper

use this snaps to adjust the waist and leg according to baby’s fit. 20140721-235647-86207743 photo 2 photo 3

Types of cloth diaper

Pocket – the most common system. it has waterproof outer layer top with inner layer of fabric(can be fleece or suede) and pocket opening where insert are placed on.


  • Can easily be dry
  • Can add insert for more absorbency
  • Most inserts can be use interchangeable among other brands


  • Extra work on stuffing/removing insert

AIO – All in one. Ready to wear or wash and wear system. The absorbent material in sewn within the waterproof cover.


  • No need for stuffing insert


  • Takes time to dry unlike pocket since everything is in there

AI2 – All in two. it’s a 2 part system; The shell or cover, and the absorbent part known as soaker or insert. The insert or soaker is snap in the cover. If the cover is not wet with pee yet, you can reuse the cover and simply replace the soaker.


  • Easy to dry
  • Cover can be reused


  • Cover and Soakers or inserts are sold separately
  • A bit pricey

What are the different types of inserts?

Inserts do the job of wee’s absorption. They are made of natural fabric. Inserts maybe used interchangeably with soakers. Soakers are usually used with AIO, AI2, Fitted and Hybrid fitted while Inserts are mostly used with pocket system. But they both do the job and same substance used. Some of well known materials are:

Cotton – the oldest and most familiar fabric. Sometimes use to blend with bamboo for better absorption.

Microfiber – fast absorber but don’t hold too much pee. it’s light, cheaper and fast drying too. but thicker among other materials. Never put microfiber direct on baby’s bum. It’s dry and may cause rashes.

Bamboo- not so fast absorber but can hold mucher pee than microfiber. But this one is synthetic and not a natural fabric. it’s thin and super soft. Good for a dayout! 🙂

Hemp – the thirstiest of all. Slow absorber but the most absorbent. made with 45% cotton and 55% hemp. But this one is quite stiff and takes time to get dry. a good partner of bamboo! 🙂

Zorb – not always available but store claims that this absorbs 20x faster than others. It is a blend of bamboo, cotton, viscose and microfiber.
You may want to check some insert combos that works effectively on us.

Other types of fabric:
Minky – the softest fabric. others use this as the outer cover.
Suede – a stay dry absorbent fabric. use for pocket lining or insert too. a flat fabric.
Fleece- stay dry absorbent fabric. use for pocket lining or insert too. a roughy feeling fabric compare to suede.
Liner- single layer piece of fabric, maybe flushable or reusable. This is laid in the diaper to make poop disposable easier; or if any cream that are not safe to cloth diaper is applied.


1. How many diapers do i need in my stash?

ideal nappy change is every 3 hours. So 8-9 diapers can be consume in a day. So if you plan to have an every other day wash, 24 diapers will do.

2. What detergent can i use?

any detergent that you’re using with baby clothes. As long as it’s safe to her skin and NO fabric conditioner(fabcon) ingredient. Don’t use stain removers like clorox, bleachers etc… SUN is the best stain remover.

3. What will you do to the nappy when baby poops?

Remove the inserts/soakers first if you’re using pocket, then flush it with bidet or use any container (tabo) with water to remove it. then pre-rinse. Do not soak with water, use dry pail if you wish to wash it the following day. Never scrub the poop out. You may opt to use a liner when going out to avoid the stain or mess in your nappies.

4. How do you prepare when nappy is new?

For the shells or anything with PUL, washed it with tap or COLD water. washed once with little detergent. For the inserts, soakers or boosters, especially with natural material like bamboo or hemp, soaked it overnight with HOT water then washed once with little detergent too. Then line dry to sun. New nappies with gain its absorbency as they are washed. Manufacturers claim to washed for 6x to attain its absorbency.

5. Can i use washing machine to wash nappies?

Yes you can. as long as its all nappies. shells, covers then the inserts, soakers or boosters. Do not over put detergents.

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