Cloth 101 Series

Every first-time parent feels the need for cloth diapers 101 classes. Not offered at your local community college? Relax; Kanga Care has so many great tutorials on our website that you can learn everything you need to know about using our wonderful products right here. We know how difficult it can be having that precious, tiny life completely dependent on you, and we want to help.

From Newborn to Training Pants; We Have Videos!

So what do you need to know? What would cloth diapers 101 have to teach you? How to adjust diapers, and put them on so they fit right? How about how to launder them, and what to wash them in, and whether to soak them or not, and how long to go between washes? So many questions! On our web site we have plenty of short cloth diaper video clips that introduce our products and our company; they also show how to use our terrific products for easy, healthy diapering. One thing you do not need to know is how to fold those old-fashioned cloth diapers. Everything we sell is pre-folded or all in one. Take a look at a few of our videos; most of them are only a minute or two long. You'll be able to see for yourself which of our great options may be the best one for you. If you want traditional pre-fold diapers with diaper covers, you can see how that works. Would you prefer an adjustable all in one diaper that just snaps on? We have that, too, and our video shows you how to adjust them and get the proper fit to keep your baby clean and comfortable.

Cloth Diapers 101: From Liners to Diapers to Diaper Covers; Even Written Instructions!

Our website also has pages of information about diapering and all our products; everything from newborn and preemie diapers to training pants. It's all there! Kanga Care was founded in 2006 by parents looking for solutions that were just not out there at that time. We are pleased and proud to share what we have learned. We have made every effort to provide information and instructions on our website, but if we have missed something – if you can’t find the information you need on our website – you can send an email to ask us questions about diapering with our products. Let us help you choose and use the right products for all your diapering needs. Exploring our website and asking us questions is so much easier than taking a cloth diapers 101 class.

The Benefits of Cloth Diapering

You don't need a full course in cloth diapering 101 to see why so many parents and caregivers make the choice to use cloth diapers for their baby. The motives for choosing reusable diapers vary between individuals. Some parents are drawn to the obvious financial savings. Still others make the choice due to convenience and style. Reusable diapers are attractive to families who choose to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Still others will choose cloth nappies because they are healthier and devoid of chemicals and toxins that could be potentially harmful to babies.

Safer Diapering Solutions

Any cloth diapering 101 discussion of the benefits would not be complete without mentioning the health advantages of using reusable diapers. Cloth nappies provide a safer option as they do not contain chemicals that can harm your baby’s skin. If you are concerned about chemicals in your diapers, then you might be interested in Kanga Care’s Ecoposh One Size Fitted Diapers which are made of organic cotton, bamboo rayon, and recycled water bottles. Disposable diapers use chemicals to wick away moisture and encapsulate it into a gel. Some of the common chemicals found in disposables include dioxin and sodium polyacrylate. These synthetic compounds can cause allergic reactions and pose a potential health risk.

Cloth Diapering – 101 Ways to Save

There are lots of ways to save when it comes to reusable nappies. Using cloth diapers and cloth baby wipes is a great way for families to save money. The average age for potty training is between 22 to 30 months of age, but there are many children who will begin toilet training sooner or later than the average. By purchasing cloth nappies, a family can reduce the aggregated cost of diapering by half. The savings can amount to thousands of dollars if you also include the use of reusable cloth baby wipes. Families can also stretch their money even further by reselling cloth wipes and diapers on the secondhand market, or reusing them for additional children. By reusing, you are also preventing our landfills from being packed with massive amounts of poopy diapers. If you need to use diaper covers, these can also be reused as swimming diapers or worn over training pants when it is time for potty training.

Cloth is Conveniently Stylish, Too

Reusable diapers and diaper covers are available in a variety of different colors and patterns. Many parents are delighted with the ease and accessibility of modern cloth nappies. There are no more late night diaper runs or worries about running out of diapers. Plus, everyone loves the cute designs of the fabric. Now that you have a good understanding of cloth diapering 101 benefits, you can begin to evaluate whether cloth is the right decision for your family.

1. How Many Cloth Diapers Do You Need?

This is a question that many parents ask: how many cloth diapers do I need to keep my baby in diapers until they are ready for training pants? It really depends on what kind of cloth diapers you choose to use, how often you change them, how often you launder them, and, ultimately, how soon your baby is ready for training pants.

What Kind of Diapers Will You Use?

Kanga Care offers two lines of all in one diaper, plus pre-folded diapers for those who wish to start with the traditional cloth diaper; we also offer diaper covers, of course. Our most popular brand is Rumparooz, which are a one size diaper that adjusts to fit babies from six pounds to over 35 pounds. For most babies, that is birth to training pants. If you have enough Rumparooz when your baby is born, you will not need to buy any more diapers for your new addition to the family.

How Often Should You Change Your Baby’s Diaper?

The general opinion is that you should change your baby’s diaper at least every two hours, or whenever it becomes wet or soiled. Since babies do sleep for more than two hours at night, and the last thing any parent wants to do is to wake a sleeping baby, most families find that 8 to 10 per day is about what they use. That is an average of 3285 diaper changes per year! That is a whole lot of diapers. If you were using disposables, you could easily spend $500 a year! But “how many cloth diapers do I need?” was the question.

How Often Will You Launder Them?

How many diapers you need will depend on how often you wash them. Kanga Care diapers are made to be stored in a Wet Bag or one of our Pail Liners; the bag and liner can be washed right along with the diapers. We recommend you wash no less than every three days, but many parents choose to wash daily. If you wash every three days, you will need between 24 and 30 diapers, plus a few extra to get you through the dryer cycle. If you wash more often, you will need fewer.

How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need: What’s the Bottom Line?

The bottom line is that you can purchase a package of 24 Rumparooz for about what you will spend on disposable diapers for one year, or about the same as you would spend on pre-folded diapers and diaper covers by the time you get small, medium, and large. So remember Kanga Care Rumparooz when you find yourself asking “how many cloth diapers do I need?”

2. Cloth Diaper Inserts: What Are They For?

Cloth diaper inserts let you control the amount of bulk and absorbency in your baby’s diaper. The Kanga Care system lets you choose not only the size of your baby’s diaper, but also how much absorbency there is vs. how bulky the diaper is. This can be important when making sure that diapers keep your baby both dry and comfortable. As babies grow, they need to be able to move, and crawl, and do all the cute things they do. Inserts help you fine tune diapers to exactly what your baby needs.

Cloth Diaper Inserts Make Pocket Diapers a Lot More Versatile

Kanga Care makes a variety of diapers, training pants, and the inserts to go with them. Our inserts come in your choice of hemp or microfiber, and are actually two inserts in one. This means that you can, for instance, use the Hemp or Bamboo 6r Soaker on the pocket for maximum absorbency, and snap the Microfiber 6r Soaker to the top for faster absorption. The Rumparooz 6R soaker is actually a pair of inserts, one contoured newborn insert with two snaps (three layers thick) and one larger insert with even more snap settings (four layers thick). The different snap settings make them very versatile, and because they are made to go with our Rumparooz, they fit between the patented double inner gussets so as not to interfere with their correct functioning.

You Can Use Them With Other Diapers as Well

Whether you are using traditional diapers and diaper covers, pocket diapers, all in ones, or any other variation on diapering, sometimes you are going to want a bit more absorbency, especially for naps and overnights. This is when inserts come in handy. Pocket diapers, of course, are made with a pocket to insert soakers or inserts into, but you can use them in other types of diapers as well. Even when you are potty training, you will find that you can use the cloth diaper inserts along with training pants and diaper covers at nap times and overnight; by doing so, you can prevent little learning accidents from becoming big messes.

Our Inserts Adjust for All Sizes

Just like our Rumparooz and EcoPosh one size cloth diapers, our inserts or soakers are one size, and can be used as your baby grows. Those snaps can be used to make three sizes, plus newborn, as well as to make the soaker specific for a girl or a boy. So don’t buy different diapers for different times and different stages in your baby’s life; Kanga Care makes cloth diapers with pockets for cloth diaper inserts, so that every diaper is always the right one!

3. What are Diaper Liners Really For?

We hear about diaper liners all the time, but what are they really for? Kanga Care makes a diaper liner that is washable and fits between the inner gussets of our all in one diapers. Is it the purpose of a diaper liner to make it easier to deal with “solid waste,” or to protect the diaper? It is actually both!

Protect Your Investment

We recommend diaper liners to protect the diapers from the effects of frequent use of diaper creams. Cloth diapers are made for absorbency; liners are made to protect the diapers and preserve that absorbency. Whether you use one size cloth diapers, like Lil Joeys and Rumparooz, or our pre-folded diapers, all diapers are made for absorbency; diaper cream, on the other hand, is made to prevent liquid from getting to baby’s skin. If the diaper absorbs the diaper cream, it will be less absorbent. Even if diaper creams claim to be safe for cloth diapers, don’t believe it!

Diaper Liners Make a Messy Change a Bit Easier

Anyone who has had to change really messy diapers knows it is easier to rinse a diaper liner in the toilet than to have to dunk the whole diaper. Our liners are made from 100% hypo-allergenic microchamois. They are the perfect size to fit in between the inner gussets of all of our one size cloth diapers. Why not just use disposable liners? One big reason is that if you do, human feces will end up in the landfills; and landfills are really not designed to handle it. By using washable liners, the feces ends up in the septic tank, or sewer, both of which will make sure that the bacteria in the feces are destroyed before they can get into the ground water.

Easy to Use and Hypoallergenic

The Kanga Care liner come with a tag to indicate which side should go down; when the tag is down, the correct side of the no-pill microchamois will be against your baby's skin. We take pride in our diapers; we make them both adjustable and sturdy so that they will last for as long as your baby needs to use them. We make our washable liners of the same hypoallergenic material that we use for the inner layer of our Lil Joey and Rumparooz diapers, so you know they will never cause your baby to break out in a diaper rash. Kanga Care understands that no matter how careful you are, there will be times when you may occasionally need to use diaper creams; when you do, please remember to use our hypoallergenic washable diaper liners.

4. Making Diapering Easy

Cloth diapers 101 – your cloth diapers don’t have to be messy, expensive, or unsanitary. Cloth diapers have a bad rap after marketing campaigns pushed the convenience of disposable diapers. But, let’s face it, disposable diapers have major issues. They are bad for the environment, expensive over the lifetime of diapering a child, not always secure with messes, and have issues with fit. Cloth diapers, once deemed unsanitary, rise to all of these challenges with a little prep time, a lot less money, and the use of a washing machine. We don’t live in the 1800s anymore, and cloth diapers have evolved to be comfortable, sanitary, and environmentally sound options for diapering your baby. With Kanga Care, you get the best of all of these options with our Rumparooz diapers. Soon, you’ll be through cloth diapers 101 and moving on to the styling diapers that your baby could sport.

Messy? Unsanitary? Bad for Your Baby? No Way!

Cloth diapers do require laundering, but times have changed, and no longer do you need to try to get cloth diapers clean and sanitized by hand. In fact, your washing machine does a great job of this on all your other clothes, so let it work for diapers, too. Cloth diapers can be easily laundered and left to dry, creating clean and sanitary options for diapering your baby. Simply remove the dirty diaper, dump solid waste into the toilet for disposal, and stick diaper and pads into your washer. Voila! Clean diapers! With Kanga Care, you get our double leg gusset to ensure that messes stay put in the diaper and not on clothes, and absorbent pad options that let you pick the best absorbency cloths for your baby. Rumparooz one size diapers are adjustable from newborn and six pounds up to thirty five pounds to ensure the best fit and leak protection. Best of all, you reduce household waste by eliminating the endless parade of disposable diapers in the trash, keeping your baby and your house that much cleaner.

Cloth Diapers 101 – Protect the World Your Baby Will Inherit

Another major facet of cloth diapering that appeals to many moms is the environmental soundness of cloth diapers. Diapers take years to decompose in landfills, and cause up thousands of pounds of household waste each year. Reducing this impact is important to many modern moms, and cloth diapers let you keep the planet a little cleaner while keeping your baby comfortable. Rewashable diapers last much longer and are biodegradable, and our EcoPosh line takes recycling a step further with recycled and organic materials. Whether you want environmental safety, comfort, or convenience, Kanga Care diapers can give you the lessons in cloth diapers 101 to make you a convert.

5. How to Use Cloth Diapers Depends on the Diaper

There are videos, instruction manuals, YouTube videos, and grandma’s advice on how to use cloth diapers. You fold one way for boys, another way for girls, one way for newborns and use two or three diapers folded together for toddlers; then you fasten them with sharp diaper pins and hope you do not prick your baby doing so. What a hassle! Early prefold diapers had Velcro attachments that invariably got weaker with washings and were set so they did not always fit babies tightly, resulting in sagging and leaks. The alternative seemed to be disposable diapers, which are a constant expense and result in massive amounts of trash, both in the home and in the landfill. There is, however, another much better alternative on today’s market.

How to Use Cloth Diapers the Modern Way

Kanga Care has made a wonderful line of pre-folded diapers that not only snap on, but also snap to adjust to babies growing size. Experienced parents who already know how to use cloth diapers will appreciate how much time and energy these great pocket diapers can save, and how much more attractive they are than disposables. New parents will appreciate the ease with which you can set up an entire diapering system that will carry your baby from newborn to potty training without having to buy new diapers or learn a new system as your baby grows. With the ingenious design feature of easy to use snaps, Rumparooz adjust to fit your baby perfectly at each stage. You can find out more by checking out our excellent products: Rumparooz One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper, the Lil Joey Newborn, Preemie AIO (all in one) Cloth Diaper, and the Ecoposh Recycled Organic Fitted Cloth Diaper, all from Kanga Care. We also offer diaper covers, available in prints and colors so that your baby can be stylish while having a well-cared for bottom. The Rumparooz One Size Diaper Covers also have four adjustable settings so they will fit your baby from six pounds to over 35 pounds. There is also a preemie size for four to twelve pounds. The 6r soaker also make the diaper more versatile with customizable absorbency settings, and liners, in your choice of hemp or microfiber, to help with the cleanup and protect the diapers from diaper creams. In addition, we make Wet Bags in a wide variety of colors to match your nursery décor. These are heavy duty, and the seams are physically sealed; they are made to hold 15 diapers and inserts. These bags are inexpensive enough that you could have one at home and one to go with you. So come on board and you will agree that Kanga care products are all you need to know about how to use cloth diapers!

6. How to Change a Diaper - Boys Squirt!

When you begin to diaper boys, it is important to remember that there are important, key differences in diapering a boy verses a girl. Diapering a boy can be challenging due to differences in anatomy. Being a parent means that you will have plenty of opportunities to learn how to change diapers so that they fit properly and will provide the maximum amount of dryness for your little one. Changing a diaper on a baby boy is quite easy. First, lay the baby down on a changing table or other suitable location. You will want to use baby wipes to clean the lower extremities of the infant. Allow the baby to briefly air dry before placing the diaper on. When using baby wipes, it is important that the skin is dry before you put the clean diaper on. The trick to a squirt-free experience is making sure that genitals do not come into contact with cold air. Placing a soft cloth such as a towel, extra soaker, burp cloth, or diaper over the genitals will usually help prevent this unpleasant experience. Many parents will also keep a small towel or extra liner handy during changes in case of accidents involving projected urine. Next, slide the diaper under the baby and fasten the snaps around the waist. When you diaper boys, it is very important that the diaper fits properly. The diaper should fit snugly across the waistline so that there is no pinching, but it should be tight enough that urine and poo does not escape. The top line of the diaper should be even with the belly button. In many ways, the process of sandwiching a diaper onto the newborn is similar to folding a burrito shell.

Should I Use a Diaper Cover?

Pocket diapers, such as Kanga Care’s EcoPosh One Size and the Rumparooz One Size, have proprietary inner gussets and a waterproof outer shell, and therefore do not require diaper covers. If using a fitted diaper, such as the Ecoposh Recycled Organic Newborn Fitted, then you will need to also use an outer diaper cover. The cover is folded and snapped over the top of the fitted diaper, and helps to prevent leakage. As long as they remain unsoiled, diaper covers can be re-worn several times before they need to be washed again.

Diaper Boys in Dapper Ways

You can use diapers in a variety of vivid colors and snazzy patterns to suit your child’s individual personality. Parents love using cloth diapers because they provide a more customized fit and also come in an assortment of different, aesthetically pleasing designs. One of the best parts of using cloth diapers is that they allow parents to diaper boys in stylish fashion while also providing premium comfort.