If you are new to cloth diapering, don't be intimidated. After a few uses, you will be a pro!
How to adjust a One Size diaper
One Size diapers are great because they will fit most babies from birth until potty training. This makes them very economical. That is possible because of the snaps.
Once you have set the size that baby needs currently, you do not need to unsnap the height snaps until baby outgrows that setting. These snaps allow you to get a custom fit for your baby, no matter what stage they are in.
Cloth Diaper Lingo
AIO : All in One - This is a diaper that is the closest in function to a disposable diaper. They have the waterproof outside, absorbent stuffing/insert, and soft inner lining all in one put together diaper. These come in velcro and adjustable snap options.
AI2: All in Two - This is similar to the All in One with a difference being the insert is removeable and is usually held in place by a snap.
OS: One Size - One Size diapers are adjustable with snaps that raise and lower the height of the diaper and can also be adjusted with velcro or snaps on the hips. Most OS diapers will fit from about 6-35 pounds, depending on the maker,
NB: Newborn Size - These diapers will be smaller in the leg area as well as overall size will be slightly smaller. The benefit of buying a few newborn diapers is a more custom fit from day one. Also, most newborn diapers have an umbilical cord cutout/fold down.
PUL/TPU: Pul fabric is a type of laminated fabric. PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate. It can be pronounced either P-U-L or "pull". TPU or Thermoplastic Polyurethane is another type of laminated fabric. They are created with different processes, but both have the same end result of being a durable waterproof fabric to use in making cloth diapers.
Insert: An insert is made of several layers of absorbent material and is put inside a diaper to soak up pee.
Wet Bag: A wet bag is made from the same PUL material as the diapers and is used to hold wet and clean diapers.
Microfiber/Bamboo/Charcoal/Hemp: These are the different fabrics used in cloth diaper linings as well as inserts.
Stuff: When you stuff a diaper, you are putting the absorbent insert into the pocket to prepare the diaper for the next use.
Cover: A cover is made from waterproof material and goes over a traditional prefold, flat, or fitted diaper.
Snappy/Diaper Fastener: These are rubber fasteners used in place of the traditional safety pins.
Fitted Diaper: A fitted diaper is an absorbent diaper that is made of similar material to prefold diapers. They are contoured to babies body to give a more secure fit. They are only absorbent and will require a cover to hold in the wetness.
Sunning: The process of using the sun to dry your cloth diaper and inserts. Sunning is a natural and chemical free way to bleach your clothing.
How many diapers do I need?
This is a great question. In the beginning, baby will go through 10-14 diapers a day on average. As baby grows and their body regulates, that amount will decrease. Toddlers average 6-8 diapers per day.
It is recommended that baby is changed every one to two hours.
Most families do pretty well with about 28 diapers. This will allow for washing every 2 1/2 to 3 days. If you want to wash every four or five days, that is fine. You will just need to increase your stash by about 10 diapers per day.
You can use diaper rash cream while using cloth. There are a few things to consider.
Most diaper creams are very difficult to wash out of the diaper and will causing repelling issues. It is recommended to use a liner on top of your diaper when using creams that are not labeled cloth friendly.
Some rash creams are made specifically for cloth diapering and do not need a liner.