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All About Cloth Diapers (by Alysha)

By Samantha - Posted on 02 February 2012

Why Choose Cloth Diapers?

Cloth diapers have come a long way, they come in a variety of styles, and have many benefits.


  • To save money!

    -The average cost of disposable diapers is $2000-$3000 per child per year.
    -Cloth diapers can cost as low as $300 to approximately $1000 per child per year depending on the style you choose

  • Cloth diapers are environmentally friendly.
    -They produce less waste.
    - Disposable diapers are the largest non-recyclable component of household garbage.

  • For Baby!
    -Cloth diapers are soft against baby's skin and are much more comfortable.
    -Today's cloth diapers are made from various materials such as milled fleece, hemp, bamboo, and velour – all materials that are breathable.
    -Less chance of diaper rash.

  • Cloth diapers are free from many chemicals that disposable diapers may contain.

  •  -Today's cloth diapers are as easy to use as disposables!
    -They feature velcro and snap closures and keep messes from escaping.
    -Because cloth diapers are reusable, it is unlikely that you will run out and have to make those extra trips to the store!

Basic Washing Routine – From

There are many opinions about how to best wash cloth diapers and some of these include very detailed and involved processes. This is a simple starting point, and a basic routine that works well for most families. We recommend starting simple, and then adjust from here only if necessary based on your baby, water-type or washing machine. The basic routine for washing cloth diapers is as follows:

  • COLD pre-wash

  • HOT regular wash, with highest water level setting and maximum agitation

  • Cold rinse cycle (sometimes two are needed)

  • Machine dry on Medium or hang to dry

Here is the same routine, step-by-step:

  1. Remove diaper. If soiled, use the Mini Shower to remove solids from the diaper. If breastfeeding, this is not necessary.

  2. Remove any insert or liner and toss into diaper pail.

  3. Toss diaper into the same diaper pail. Put diaper cover or pocket cover into separate pail.

  4. You can reuse diaper covers a number of times unless soiled. Rotate them by hanging and airing them out between changes.

  5. Wash diapers every other day. Your load should consist of approximately 20 diapers plus 3-4 covers, less for a smaller than average machine. Diapers need room to agitate.

  6. Using your washers highest water setting, run a COLD pre-wash with no detergent. This helps stains from setting in and the rinse gets the bulk of any soild “mess” out of the diapers.

  7. Some people choose to do a HOT 2 hour soak at this point, with just a bit of detergent, but this may not be necessary depending on your water type and detergent used.

  8. Follow with a regular HOT wash and COLD rinse. Use only a few tablespoons of detergent in your wash.

  9. An additional COLD rinse is optional. This will more than likely not be necessary when you start, however, if you begin to experience detergent build-up on your diapers, you might need to add an additional rinse to your routine.

  10. Dry cloth diapers in dryer, hang to dry or use a combination of both. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for which method is best for your particular system.


Babybellhop Cloth Diaper Test Drive

Do you want to try out a cloth diaper system without the commitment? offers a Cloth Diaper Test Drive program that allows you to try out a variety of products and find out what works best for you at a low price. Check out the link below!

How It Works:

  • "Select a trial date that works best for you. We Highly recomment waiting until your baby is at least 10-12 pounds before renting this package. Most one-size diapers do not offer a great fit before this point which can make it difficult for you to figure out which options you like best.
  • Pick up your diapers which will be washed and ready for use. We thoroughly sanitize the diapers between each trial to ensure they are fresh and ready for you.
  • Use the diapers! We encourage you to attend one of our free cloth diapering workshops before trying out the rental package as it will give you a great orientation and introduction. Whether you attend or not though, you're welcome to contact us anytime with questions you have during the trial. We're here to help!"


Local Businesses that Sell Cloth Diapers, Offer Workshops, and Provide Resources

JamTots Baby & More Store 
748 Goldstream Avenue

Victoria, BC

"At JamTots, we understand that start-up costs for a cloth diapering system can be a concern. That's why we offer a convenient layaway plan to help you out. Better yet, sign up for our Gift Registry to let your friends and family know your baby will be a cloth baby."


 Mothering Touch

 975 Fort Street  Victoria, BC V8V 3K3

(250) 595-4905

Products, Cloth Diapering Workshops, Online Resources etc.

Hip Baby

 560 Johnson St  Victoria, BC V8W 3C6

(250) 385-8020

Products, Online Resources, etc.



Babybellhop offers a Cloth Diaper Test Drive, Cloth 101 Workshops, Products for sale, as well as online resources.




If you have experience using cloth diapers, it would be great to hear your story! Please feel free to leave a comment sharing what you think and any helpful tips you might have for new users.



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