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One of the first decisions I made once I found out I was pregnant was to cloth diaper. Among many reasons, I knew that it was going to be a better investment for us. What I didn’t know was that there were many “accessories” that I also needed to consider investing in for my cloth diapering journey as well.
#2: Hanging Wet Bags. Some people opt for diaper pails. But I have 2 hanging wet bags. You need two do you still have an extra when one is in the laundry. A smaller sized one is also good to keep in the diaper bag. You use these for putting your dirty diapers in until laundry day, then the bag and all can go right into the washing machine.
#3: Cloth Diaper Friendly Laundry Detergent. Many “regular” detergents have additives that over time will cause build up on cloth diapers and not rinse out completely. Eventually this will cause your diapers to leak over. It’s best to protect your investment and just use an approved cloth diaper friendly detergent.
#4: Cloth Wipes. It only makes sense if you are going to use cloth diapers that you use cloth wipes as well. It’s much easier to just use the wipes and throw in your wet bag with the dirty diaper rather than having to remember to put one thing in the wet bag and the wipe in the trash if you are using disposable wipes!
#5: Wool Dryer Balls. Just like with the laundry detergent, softeners and dryer sheets can ruin your cloth diapers. The alternative is to use wool dryer balls. The more you use, the faster dryer time. The great thing is this isn’t JUST a cloth diaper essential, but if used all the time can drastically cut down on drying time, saving you costs on energy and electric. Read our review of LooHoo Wool Dryer Balls.