You may feel overwhelmed at the prospect of cloth diapering, whether you plan to wash at home or use a service. It is simpler than you think. We take you step-by-step to get started on your cloth diaper journey.

Step 1: Have a baby!

Of course, the cutest and most essential ingredient to cloth diapering is a baby! No matter how your child arrives to your family, you can trust that wrapping them in a soft cotton diaper is the best choice for their bum.""

Step 2: Home-wash or Use a Service?

Next, decide whether you are going to cloth diaper on your own or use a service! Washing at home will require extra accessories to successfully clean and manage your supplies. Choosing a service, like Green Diaper Babies, means having the convenience that disposables offer restored. We provide all the supplies and there is no need to wash, scrub or scrape – simply throw them in the pail and we will take care of the rest! Read more about the differences between washing at home or using a service.

Step 3: Choose your Diaper Style

Cloth Diapers have made leaps and bounds since the old rubber pants days. There are a lot of different styles, but we boil it down to two kinds: All-in-ones and Prefolds.

All-in-one diapers are similar to disposables, simply wrap it around baby and snap to secure. Prefolds require more assembly, you have to wrap the cotton flat around baby and then secure a waterproof cover over the prefold.

Whichever style you choose, they both work great for keeping “things” contained! Read more about the difference between all-in-one diapers and prefolds.

Step 4: Get the Essential Accessories

You may find you need more than just diapers to get by with cloth diapering. Thankfully with Green Diaper Babies, all the items you need are at your fingertips through our store or when you sign up for services!

  1. Pail – as with disposables, having somewhere to throw those stinky diapers is essential! When you diaper through us we provide a pail and hospital grade, waterproof liner to store those dirty diapers for pick-up.
  2. Wet Bag – these water-proof/odor-proof bags are perfect to store soiled diapers in while traveling or running errands!
  3. A Cloth-Safe Rash Cream & Balm – Most big name rash creams and balms will damage cloth diapers. CheckoutĀ our list of cloth-safe recommendations.
  4. Pail Deodorant – if you’re sensitive to smells, this will be a helpful tool to shake onto dirty diapers to cut down pail odors.
  5. If you’re using prefolds:
    1. Waterproof covers – there are a lot of different styles that come with snaps or velcro. If you’re using Green Diaper Babies, covers are included in your package.
    2. Snappis or other diaper fasteners – these are the modern day (and much safer) diaper pins, which allow you to secure the prefold around baby.


When you break it down step-by-step, cloth diapering isn’t so overwhelming after all! Learn even more of the nitty-gritty details at one of our Cloth Diaper 101 Classes.