If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I’m pro-cloth diapers. They’re eco-friendly and healthier for your baby’s delicate skin. I love all the adorable patterns and prints and I feel good about doing something to reduce my footprint. Cloth diapering can be quite a commitment but doable if you’ve got all the right information. Much like using standard disposable diapers, you still need all the accessories like wipes, diaper rash creams, and changing pads. But, besides the obvious, here’s a list of the Best Cloth Diapering Accessories you may not have thought of.
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GroVia Cloth Wipes
Cloth wipes are essential if you’re cloth diapering your baby. They help cut down on landfill waste and they’re much healthier for your baby’s skin. Cloth wipes are available in flannel, hemp, and cotton terry. My favorites are GroVia cotton terry. They’re absorbent and thick enough for messy cleanups.
Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer
One way to use cloth wipes is the wet method. To use the wet method, make your own wipe solution, saturate your wipes, and store them in a wipe warmer. To use the dry method, store your wipe solution in a small spray bottle and when changing baby’s diaper spray their bottom and use a dry wipe to clean. I used this method for my diaper bag and the wet method at home.
Lusa Organics Wipe Juice
One bottle of this wipe solution concentrate will last a few years. You’ll probably throw it out before you run out. It’s made of essential oils and is gentle enough for baby’s delicate skin. Mix a small amount of concentrate with warm water and saturate your wipes before placing them in your Prince Lionheart Wipe Warmer. Or mix up a spray bottle for your diaper bag.
bumGenius Stay Dry Liners
bumGenius makes awesome stay dry liners that wick moisture away from your baby’s skin and into the absorbent cloth diaper below. Baby won’t feel wet when you use a stay dry liner. Using a liner will make it much easier to slide solids right off into the toilet and they will protect your diaper from being damaged by creams and ointments. With my son, I also found they helped prevent diaper rash.
Hemp Babies Hemp Liners
Hemp Babies makes multiple sized liners and doublers (a thicker liner) for heavy wetters. These are a must-have for extra absorption at night if your baby pees a lot at night. Use them between the prefold and stay dry liner. Or, if you use pocket diapers at night, use a hemp liner on top of the bamboo insert.
GroVia Magic Stick
The zinc in standard diaper rash creams and ointments can damage cloth diapers by making them less absorbent, which is why they are a big no-no. GroVia Magic Stick is a great all-natural rash stick and it won’t damage cloth diapers. If you must use a cream with zinc, remember to always use a liner on your diaper because you can toss the liner if necessary.
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Thirsties Dou Wrap Diaper Cover
If you’re using prefolds, Thirsties makes one of the best covers. They’re made of a soft and breathable waterproof fabric, they have leg gussets for extra leak protection, they come in hook & loop (Velcro) or snaps, they’re adjustable for different size babies, and they have a variety of cute patterns you can’t resist. Find them on Amazon and Cotton Babies.
There are a lot of diaper pails specifically designed for dirty cloth diapers but I used a white pedal garbage can with a lid, pail liners, and it worked great. Pick one up at Target, Walmart, or Home Depot.
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Munchkin Arm & Hammer Freshener Discs
These deodorizers are perfect for the nursery and laundry room. They’re small enough to hide anywhere; perfect for under the lid of your diaper pail.
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Skip Hop Zippered Wet Bag
Skip Hop has a few matching lines of wet bags, travel changing pads, and bottle coolers. All are made of a durable, waterproof material, and cute prints. Wet bags are an essential diaper bag accessory when cloth diapering. Have one or two on hand for dirty diapers and/or wet clothes.
Skip Hop Travel Changing Pad
Munchkin Changing Pad Liners
These pad liners are my favorite. They’re cheap and can be used just about anywhere around the house. The top layer has a soft feel with a bottom waterproof layer. Use them on top of your cute changing pad to prevent stains or lay them on the floor or couch for quick diaper changes. I even use them under a pack and play sheet to protect my pack and play foam mattress from leaks.
A sprayer is a useful tool if your baby is formula fed or for when you switch your baby to solid foods. At this stage, your baby’s poops will no longer be able to go directly in the washing machine. EBF (exclusively breastfed) poop is water soluble and doesn’t need to be dumped before washing but formula fed baby poop has to be dumped in the toilet along with poop from babies who are eating solid food. A sprayer is a nifty tool that hooks up to the water supply and attaches to the side of your toilet. With a diaper sprayer, there’s no dunking your hands in the toilet to clean poop off. They’re also great for quick clean ups if your baby has a blowout. Just put baby in the tub and grab the sprayer.
Country Save Washing Detergent
This toxic-free detergent is unscented, fragrance, and dye free making it safe for baby’s delicate skin and cloth diapers. It’s tough enough to remove stains without the harsh chemicals and it can be used on regular and H.E. (high efficiency) machines.
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iPlay Swim Diaper
iPlay makes adorable absorbent swim diapers that can be worn alone or under a swimsuit. The outer layer is waterproof and the inner layer is semi-absorbent—no more or less than a disposable swim diaper. Find them at Target.
Kanga Care Lil Learnerz Training Pants
When you’re ready to start potty training, you don’t have to abandon your cloth diaper routine for standard pull-ups. Kanga Care makes training pants that have a waterproof shell, semi-absorbent center core, and are made with an inner lining fabric that allows your child to feel wet, which promotes potty training. They have side snaps so they’re easy for mom and dad to remove and also easy for your toddler to pull on and off by themselves. They’re available in sizes S-XL and you can find them on Amazon.
I also like Charlie Banana brand training pants. They’re not as absorbent but I found that they were easier for my son to pull on and off by himself. They’re much slimmer and lightweight, similar to underwear. You can also find them on Amazon.
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Do you cloth diaper? What’s your favorite or Best Cloth Diapering Accessory? Share in the comments below.
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Meagan is in her mid-thirties and has been married for almost 10 years. She is a proud boy mom, happily navigating her way through the toddler years. She met her husband 20 years ago in high school; they got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. Meagan currently helps run a family business with her parents and sister, while blogging about her life and taking care of her three-year-old son full time (at work)!
When she isn’t chasing her son around and constantly picking up Matchbox cars, she enjoys spending time with her family on a beach anywhere. She also loves decorating and organizing her home, delving into fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating at unique restaurants. She also loves Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.