Cloth Diapers Do39s And Don39ts

Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby
You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.
Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn
When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!

Additional Information:

The eco-friendly revolution has brought cloth diapers back in popular demand. Also, the innovative new cloth designs are extremely simple to use, attracting modern parents to these reusable diapers.

Parents tend to prefer cloth as they are healthy for the baby. They contain less or no harmful chemicals and irritants. For babies with sensitive skin, cloth is the best choice. Also, these reusable diapers don't cause much rash.

Another reason why modern parents switch to cloth is due to the cost factor. With disposable, you need to spend at least $3,000 per year. With cloth diapers, you can save around $4,000. Unlike disposables, these reusable ones can be passed down for generations as they have a longer shelf life.

Important Do's and Don'ts to Follow

Using cloth diapers for the first time can be a little unnerving. But with a few days of practice, you'll find that they are very convenient and easy to use. Here are some simple do's and don'ts to follow while using cloth.

Do's

Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch
If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.
Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped
At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.
  • Do try different cloth diapers. Every baby, every family has different needs. So try the different style of cloth diapers before making a huge investment.
  • Do consider buying reused cloth diapers. There are many outlets selling second-hand diapers with good quality. Using these used ones at a cheaper rate can help you understand which style suits your baby.
  • Do invest in your cloth diaper accessories. Diaper pail, wet bags, liners, doublers, inserts and wipes are just some of the must-have accessories.
  • Do wash your cloth diapers once in 3 days. Keeping dirty ones for more days can leave behind a nasty stain which is very difficult to remove.
  • Do consider line-drying your cloth diapers. Sunlight works naturally to kill bacteria and to remove stains. Drying them in the sun also improves the shelf life of the reusable diapers.
  • Do change the diapers frequently. A wet diaper for a long time can cause serious rashes for the babies.
  • Do consider extra protection during nighttime diapering and while on-the-go.

Don'ts

  • Don't complicate the washing routine. Once you remove the poop, put the diapers in a cold wash, hot wash and followed by a rinse cycle. It is as simple as that.
  • Don't use harmful detergents. The detergents with coloring agents, fabric softeners or any other kind of added chemicals can destroy the diaper's material. So use only natural detergents.
  • Don't leave the house without the cloth diaper accessories.

Make your cloth diaper journey simple by following these tips. Also, if there are any questions, don't forget to ask for help.

Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings
When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!
Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad
Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.
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