Cloth Diapering Needs – Just Starting Cloth #Throwback

I’m seriously hoping to get everything for our cloth diapering needs done and ordered this weekend.  Obviously, some things are out until the nursery nightmare is resolved, but here’s to getting as much done as possible.

I’m totally interested in cloth diapering.  The pros are not putting diapers in the landfill, plus not putting the chemicals next to Norton’s little bum.  Plus, I won’t have to buy disposable diapers all the time.  I remember purchasing disposable diapers for Andy, at roughly a case per month at Sam’s Club with the parents.  Cloth diapering can either completely eliminate or severely reduce that.

The cons of cloth diapering, of course, are that it can be prohibitively expensive to start out.  If you can afford the lump sum starting fee, then you’re in the good.cloth-diapering-needs

So, that gets to my cloth diapering inventory.  I currently have… wait for it… exactly five cloth diapers.  Clearly, that’s not really going to be enough to do it.

This brings me to the baby needs list for cloth diapering.  I’ve searched high and low online for a nice, comprehensive baby needs list for cloth diapers.  I’m finding a nice and ridiculous range of diapers suggested.  One site actually suggests 36 cloth diapers!  If you’re using something inexpensive like Birdseye diapers, then no problem.  However, pocket diapers or all-in-one diapers are fairly pricy, and the vast majority of people would find the price for that quantity to outprice the cost of disposable diapers for a year.

A friend of the family cloth diapers, and has said that I can get away with a dozen, and just do laundry every day.  I kind of don’t feel that that’s enough diapers for my cloth diapering needs.  So, I’m kind of winging it here with my own conclusions.

I figure I should buy another twelve FuzziBunz one size diapers.  That will put me up to a total of seventeen diapers, which gives me a day and a half supply for a newborn, and roughly a two day supply when he gets bigger.  Honestly, it’s not like I want to leave them hanging around for too long.  No matter how much effort I take to keep the smell out, it will build up.  Right?  Especially if I take too long between washings?

I’m also not a big fan of the idea of scraping baby poop into the toilet.  I want to cloth diaper, but I want to do it without the ick factor.  So that means that I need to get a roll of cloth diaper liners.  They’re flushable, so I don’t have to deal with… well, poop.

I also figure I should get a single pack of size one disposable diapers just in case I hate the cloth.  CozyBums, my local distributor, will take back unused, unwashed diapers, so they advised that I wash one and try it first to see how I like them.  That makes sense, especially since they are over $20 a diaper.

I figure I should get a bunch of baby wipes, too.  I really don’t like the idea of washable baby wipes, because that’s defeating the whole purpose of using the flushable liners.  Besides, at least they’re biodegradable.

Then there’s the stuff that applies regardless of what type of diaper you’re using: diaper cream and baby powder.

I’m also going to need a wet bag for schlepping dirty diapers back to the house after an outing, plus a place to stash the dirty diapers waiting for laundry.  So that means I need to get a travel bag and a diaper pail liner for storing ickies.

Oh, and extra wetness protection for overnight, so hopefully I won’t have to change sheets due to the great flood of Norton’s diaper overtaking his crib.

So, I’m going with the following shopping list:

12 FuzziBunz one size diapers

1 roll of inserts

1 travel dirty diaper bag

1 diaper laundry bag

2 AppleCheeks hemp liners

1 pack of Pampers size one diapers

1 travel pack of baby wipes

1 regular pack of baby wipes

1 massive refill pack (on sale at Wal-Mart this week)

Pending negotiation with the husband, of course, I’ll order those this weekend.  Because I’m local, CozyBums will either drop them off at my house while she’s running errands, or I’ll pop over to her house and pick them up while I’m running errands.  It’s going to come out to a fair chunk of change, but, hey, it’s only a one time chunk of change that will be around for Norton’s future sister Eudora when she’s born (hopefully).  So, it’s definitely a long-term cost saving measure, even if the upfront part is a bit much.

What would you suggest for a cloth diapering needs list?

Originally written January 16, 2010.

Update: It’s so cute to come across these posts from when I was trying to figure out cloth diapering.  It drives home how little I actually understood about cloth diapering and cloth diapering needs until I was in the thick of it.  What’s the reality?

Yes, I absolutely could have done fine with the 18 or 19 FuzziBunz diapers I’d started with.  It is, however, a starter stash, not the size stash that is appropriate for exclusively cloth diapering.  The amount of washing would be a lot of wear and tear on the diapers, and I suspect that if I’d stuck with only that amount, they would not have made it to Eudora.  Additionally, prices have come down, making it easier to get enough diapers for your cloth diapering needs.  When we started buying, FuzziBunz were nearly $25 each.  And that was an average Canadian price back in 2010.

My concerns about dealing with poop were ridiculous.  In the end, we stopped using flushable liners and just got a sprayer.  I was all wrong about my cloth diapering needs for storing dirty diapers.  And of course, now I’m really annoyed when people use “insert” and “liner” interchangeably.

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. When I first started, I kept my list as simple as possible.

    24 pre-folds (I bought seconds)
    12 pull-up style waterproof pants
    1 pack pins (+ 1 snappi I was sent for free with my diaper order)
    Cloth wipes cup up from hospital blankets (FREE wipes!)
    Spray bottle with filtered water to spray wipes
    Diaper pail
    2 reusable pail liners

    We were flat broke and spent roughly $90 for everything above. Luckily one of our bathrooms in our house had a removable shower head that reached near the toilet, so I didn’t have to invest in a diaper sprayer 😉

    • How did that work for you? I thought that was what we were going to do… but it ended up being a two person job to get the shower head to work over the toilet and not make a mess over the entire bathroom with water from the shower head.

  2. I definitely think I underestimated the number of diapers I needed to begin with! Of course, I’ve turned into such a lazy laundress, so that probably contributes

  3. Paige Watson Visintin says:

    hmm I bought liners but never used them. I prefer my diaper sprayer to clean poop 🙂

  4. Shalaina Simmons says:

    I love looking at how experienced cd users started and seeing the changes they would have made. Especially since I’m going to try to cd my new little one exclusively (we’re a week away from our due date, ah!). These types of posts help me feel decent about being able to grow my stash later instead of being fully “stocked” at the time of his arrival. Plus we have some sposies on hand given to us as gifts.

    • Being fully stocked is overrated. You never know what you’re going to like best, and what you love for one child, you may hate for the next.

  5. Stephanie F. says:

    I never used cloth diapers but I know how effective and environmentally friendly they can be. I would look for coupons on the items you need. Saving some money helps.

  6. What a great list. I needed this when I started cloth diapering.

  7. I started with 16 Fuzzi Bunz OS and about 4 other sized diapers, lets just say that the stash has grown significantly now that I am on baby #3, lol.

  8. Julie Ghrist says:

    I would suggest not buying all of one type of diaper. I always tell people to get a variety of diapers to start and see what they like best. I wish someone would have told me this!

  9. Definitely suggest not getting one type of cloth diaper because I did that when starting out and ended up not liking my diapers

  10. I would try a few different diapers before you get your whole stash. I think having disposables on hand is a good idea especially those first few days where you probably don’t want to do laundry. I prefer prefolds (I just fold them into thirds and place in a cover) and Thirsties duo wraps for when baby is little. (bonus you can get like 12 diapers plus covers for under $75) If you’re breastfeeding then you probably wont need diaper liners for awhile because you don’t really need to swish the poo off it’s so runny. It just comes out in the wash. One size pockets are great for the 4-6 month and over stage, but they are typically too large for a newborn and can leak.

  11. Amanda Urso Perry says:

    I am almost 6 months pregnant and have decided to cloth diaper. Of course, I’ve been pinning and reading tons of blogs. Looking back and now knowing what you know – could you make a list for a first timer like myself and all the other mothers out there.

    When I was reading your original post, I felt the same way as I read. Thinking I need this and this and that… some things I feel I can do without…. like the disposable liners and such.

    I would love to hear a list you would suggest now for first timers. 🙂


  12. I liked reading your update on your original post. Even in the few months I’ve been researching CD, I’ve changed my views on what I really need to make it work. Can’t wait until little miss gets here in Dec to finally get started! haha

  13. Fleur Merlingeas says:

    I am going to start cloth diapering with our coming baby N#1. So I would like to thank you for sharing your experience and tips. That helps a lot!

  14. I love that you talk about Norton’s future little sister Eudora 😉 Appears that your crystal ball does work! I also think it’s cute that you actually thought that *you* would be fine with 17 diapers LOL!

  15. Currently I have 23 prefolds and a cover. I want to have something cheap to fall back on while I experiment with diapers to figure out what I like.


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