Quickstart Guide





This guide is perfect for parents interested in cloth diapering, with children currently in disposables, who are curious about switching but don't know where to begin.

We have chosen three great cloth diapers that are rated extremely high by review sites, as well as by parents, and are very simple to use. 

See our Top Starter Diapers blog for more details about the three diapers we chose.

We recommend ordering from Lagoon Baby as they have best prices in Canada, with free shipping on orders of $99, and are the only company in Canada that carries all three starter diapers along with the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag.

Step 1 - Purchase the diaper(s)

  • I want to try the simplest diaper: purchase diaper #1.
  • I'm trying to find a solution for diaper rash: purchase diaper #3 and Capri insert.
  • I want to experiment: purchase any or all of the recommended diapers. 

Step 2 - Purchase a Wet/Dry bag

Purchase a wet/dry bag to store the clean/dirty diapers (you can also use it for swimming gear). We recommend the Planet Wise one which fits about 5 diapers. It can be purchased and washed along with your diapers.

Step 3 - Purchase the Laundry Detergent

You can order any of the following healthy eco-friendly detergents either along with your diapers, in health stores or in the organic section of grocery stores.

  • Attitude - Baby Fragrance Free
  • Bio-Vert - No Perfume
  • BumGenius Diaper Detergent
  • Nature Clean - All Natural Laundry Liquid
  • Nature Clean - All Natural Laundry Powder
  • Rockin' Green - Unscented Cloth Diaper Detergent 
  • Thirsties Super Wash

Step 3 - Pre-Wash

Wash the diapers according to the manufacturer's instructions that come with the diapers (make sure to remove the Rumparooz insert from the cover).

Step 4 - Sizing

Adjust the snaps of the diaper to the appropriate size for your child.

Step 5 - Inserts

Add any inserts if required.

Step 6 - Evaluation

We recommend trying each diaper at least 7 times. The following test scenarios will help you decide if cloth diapering is for you and if you have the correct diaper for your child. 

Scenario 1 - Daytime Urine Leakage Check

  • Change the diaper right after a nap and when you usually expect your baby not to poop.
  • Put your child down to play.
  • Abort this test if the child poops.
  • Check for leaks at the 2 hr, 2.5 hr and 3 hr marks (if your child makes it that far).
  • Take a note and compare with any other diapers you purchased.

Scenario 2 - Daytime Poop Leakage Check

  • Change the diaper right after a nap and when you usually expect your baby to poop.
  • Put your child down to play or in a chair of sorts.
  • When your child poops, leave him/her to continue playing/sitting for 5-10 minutes to see if it leaks.
  • Take a note and compare with any other diapers you purchased.

Scenario 3 - Nighttime Urine Leakage Check

  • Change the diaper right before bed.
  • Check in the morning if the diaper leaked urine.
  • For Diaper #1 and Diaper #2, you may want to repeat the test with a doubler or an additional insert in the pocket.
  • Take a note and compare with any other diapers you purchased.

Scenario 4 - Nighttime Poop Leakage Check

  • Change the diaper right before bed.
  • Check in the morning if the diaper leaked poop.
  • For Diaper #1 and Diaper #2, you may want to repeat the test with a doubler or an additional insert in the pocket.
  • Take a note and compare with any other diapers you purchased.

Note: If you feel that the diaper may have been to loose during any scenario, repeat the test the next day with a tighter snap configuration.

Step 7 - How to remove poop

Liquid

  • The machine will handle it.
  • If there's a lot of liquid, you may decide to wipe a bit into the toilet with some toilet paper.

Soft & Sticky

  • Wipe the excess into the toilet with some toilet paper.
  • Bummis and GroVia sell thin flushable liners that are cheap and amazing for this kind of poop. Just toss the whole liner in the toilet. 

Hard:

  • Shake into the toilet.

Note: If there is any staining, the best way to deal with it is to line dry the diapers in the sun. 

 

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