Whether you’re out to save a few bucks, protect the environment or just think they’re cuter than disposables, you’ve decided to use cloth diapers. Now that you have them, what do you do with them?
With a little practice, learning how to use cloth diapers is easy — simply follow these tips from the pros for a perfect, leak-free fit:
Fit It Right
Entering into the world of cloth diapering can often be overwhelming — there’s new terminology to learn and multiple diaper styles to get familiar with. But learning how to use cloth diapers is easy once you jump in. Putting a cloth diaper on your baby is a little different from using disposables, but they can be just as easy to use, explains Maria Moser, owner of the cloth diapering resource site Change Diapers and director of operations for the charitable cloth diaper organization Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. “The back of a cloth diaper should be approximately even with the belly button, and the front should be at or scooping below the belly button. If you pull the back high like a disposable you may end up opening the rise unnecessarily and/or having leg leaks!” Though disposables have high backs to contain the dreaded “blow-out,” cloth diapers shouldn’t be worn as high. “Don’t worry, the rear elastic will keep messes in,” says Moser.
If you feel that you’ve gotten a good fit, but find that your baby’s diapers are consistently leaking from the legs, Moser explains that the diaper “should sit in the leg crease where underwear would sit, not low on the thigh or caught in cute baby chub. You want the elastic to sit snugly against baby with no visible gap (make sure you can run a finger underneath — you don’t want it to be too tight!).” Still unsure about the fit of your baby’s cloth diaper? “Make the front of the diaper a taco shape by cinching in the area that will fit between the legs while you flatten it against baby’s belly. This helps the leg elastic to be in the right place. Smooth the front panel against baby and pull the wings around to secure,” Moser explains. This ensures your baby’s cloth diaper is fitted securely, no matter how much he wiggles and moves.