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Cloth Diapering Accessories

Diaper Pails and Bags:  You may choose to use a container specifically designed for diapers or you may purchase a small garbage can for the purpose.  Some parents use diaper pail liners inside their diaper pail.  These liners can be thrown in the washer along with the diapers.  Other families use the diaper pail liners as a bag to store dirty diapers in without a pail.  If your diaper pail seems stinky, add a couple of drops of tee tree or lavender essential oil to a little cloth and toss it into the pail.

Many parents like to have a zippered or draw-string wet bag for when they go out with baby.  Wet bags are usually smell and waterproof and function as your diaper-pail-away-from-home while you are out and about. 

Snappis™ diaper fasteners are an alternative to fastening diapers with pins.  They can be used on prefolds, contours, or fitted but fastener-free diapers.  …from Snappi

Doublers or soakers: The term “soaker” can be confusing to someone starting out with cloth diapering as it can actually refer to two different things.  A soaker can be the wool or fleece cover used over a non-waterproof diaper.  It can also be a lay in soaker, a doubler that is placed inside any type of diaper to give the absorbency a boost when needed.  When might a parent want extra absorbency in their baby’s diaper?  Extra absorbency is usually desired when a baby will be in their diaper for an extended time such as at night or on a car trip.  To confuse matters even more, doublers are sometimes referred to as “liners,” not to be confused with the non-absorbent layer of disposable fibre, silk, or microfleece which may be added to a diaper to catch solid waste and keep baby’s bottom drier. 

Cloth wipes are much less expensive than commercial wipes.  You can also control the chemical exposure from commercial wipes by using your own solution.  Many parents either purchase cloth wipes designed for the purpose or use a package of baby washcloths.  Some use soap and water or a homemade wipe solution, while others use wipe cubes such as those made by Monkey Doodlez, to make their solution.  The wipe solution can be used in a bottle to squirt on the cloths or baby’s bottom when needed or it can be used to soak the wipes until they are needed.  Used cloth wipes can be dropped into the diaper pail with the dirty diapers.

Disposable Liners such as Bio Soft Liners are flushable diaper liners that make cloth diapering clean-up easier.  Bio-soft liners keep the solid waste off of the diaper- and then you discard the soiled liner in the toilet and flush away the mess. They are made of a non woven material with no binder, and will biodegrade very quickly (within 8 days in a sewage treatment system or 20 days in a septic tank). They are 100% viscose rayon, a cellulosic fibre derived from natural sources.

Reusable Liners are usually made from materials such as fleece or silk.  They help to keep baby’s bottom separated from the wet part of the diaper. They are also easier to shake solid wastes off of, than if a diaper is used without a liner. 

Diaper Sprayers are a hose and nozzle set-up which can be attached to the side of a toilet to help clean off soiled diapers…very handy!