School of Cloth: Diapering in Special Circumstances

week4This week we wrap up the School of Cloth by focusing on diapering in special circumstances.  You can link up to this week’s post and read other posts here.

Have you ever been home alone or at grandma’s and realized that you just used your last disposable diaper?  Maybe you are a one car family or maybe you don’t get paid for two more days and there is no money for another bag or box of diapers.  You can make cloth diapering work with just a few common items found in every household.  Check out the link above for more resources on cloth diapering with household items.  This is great even for cloth diapering families because we all get behind on laundry sometimes.

Below you’ll find picture tutorials on using receiving blankets and t-shirts as a diapers.  This is a fantastic way to start cloth diapering or to bulk up your cloth diaper stash.  They wash and dry quickly since they unfold to thin layers.  Resources for folding flat diapers:

See the next paragraph for information on covers to keep these diapers waterproof and fasteners to keep them on.

Receiving Blanket Diaper

T-Shirt Diaper

You’ll need a cover for these to be waterproof and a Snappi or diaper pins to hold the diaper on.

Fasteners:  You can find a four pack of Prym diaper pins at Wal-Mart for $1 and they work great.  They’re normally in the baby section.  I do not recommend a safety-pin.  Diaper pins have a little cap that snaps down making it almost impossible for babies to get them off, regular safety pins do not.  Snappis, boingos, and diaper pins can be purchased at most cloth diaper retailers and even amazon. See how to apply a Snappi here and a Boingo here.

Covers: To keep your child’s clothing dry, you need a diaper cover when using non-waterproof diapers like those above.  You can use the ‘plastic’ pants from Wal-Mart and Babys ‘R Us.  They will get the job done, but they won’t last long.  When you’re just getting started, they might be the easiest to get.  We used them until I could make enough covers to last several days.  By that time, they had pretty much worn out.

There are many inexpensive, quality covers you can buy.   Our personal favorite are flips.

If you are trying to make an ’emergency’ diaper or just want a no-sew homemade stash, check out this no-sew fleece cover from Dirty Diaper Laundry. It’s simple to make and inexpensive.

Fleece Diaper Wrap

Fleece Diaper Wrap

If you’re even the tiniest bit crafty, you can sew a cover.  Fleece is easy to get and inexpensive.  It is also water-resistant.  Most of our diaper covers are fleece.  Just make sure you are using 100% polyester fleece. First, check around your house for unused fleece blankets, robes, and hoodies.  Check thrift stores as well.  Anti-pill and blizzard fleece from JoAnn Fabric work well.  Most of our covers are made from the Rita’s Rump Cover pattern.  It’s a free pattern. You can get hook and loop (velcro) from most craft stores and lots of big box stores.  I really like the Babyville H&L and JoAnn carries it as well. It is really strong and lasts well.

Here are some other household items that work great for diapers.

See how inexpensive cloth diapering  can be?!? It can be easy and you can do it!  Share your stories with us. I welcome questions and am happy to help you start your cloth diapering journey.  Comment, email us, find us on Facebook.  All our contact info is in the Contact Info tab and I’d be happy to help you.  I love what cloth diapers have done for our family and I’m betting you will too.

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3 thoughts on “School of Cloth: Diapering in Special Circumstances

  1. Pingback: Cloth Diapering Tips and Tricks | Mabe, With Love

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