For most people diapers will be a large part of their baby registry. Some parents-to-be even have separate diaper keg parties to stockpile diapers before baby’s arrival. We chose to cloth diaper though (you can read more about my cloth diapering routine here). While cloth diapering can save money over the long haul, it does involve some significant upfront investment. So here’s a list of must-have baby gear you’ll want to add to your baby registry to help you get started with cloth diapering.
The number one item you can add to your baby registry to get you started with cloth diapering is the cloth diapers themselves. A lot of people, including myself, recommend not buying a full stash until you find the diapers that work for you and your baby. We started with a mix of BumGenius Freetimes, Grovia AIO and Grovia Hybrids and quickly learned that we preferred the BumGenius diapers. Narrow your potential diapers to a couple of options and register for a few of each. Here’s a helpful post I found that details the different types of cloth diapers to help you choose.
Another big-ticket item for diapering was the diaper bag. We registered for the Ju-Ju-Be Legacy Be Right Back Diaper Bag, and I love it! It’s classic looking and is well laid out. It is also massive, so it accommodates cloth diapers easily. My favorite feature is the suitcase type zippers that allow me to open the whole bag instead of digging to find something. I also registered for the matching Ju-Ju-Be Be Quick wristlet, which I like because I can fit two spare diapers a wet bag and wipes in it (in this thin travel wipes case), and I can take it out for a mini diaper bag on short trips. Speaking of which, we have the Grovia Zippered Wetbags (2) for storing soiled diapers on the go.
For diaper changes at home, we prefer a classic changing station set up. We have one upstairs on the girls’ dresser in their room and one downstairs on a buffet table tucked in the corner of the dining room. We have the Skip Hop Easy-Clean Foam Changing Pad, which I love because we don’t have to mess with changing pad covers. On the upstairs dresser I have a old train luggage case converted into a diaper caddy that houses an Ubbi wipes container (because we buy wipes in bulk) as well as diaper rash cream, lotions and other miscellaneous things like their hair brush. The downstairs changing station just has a second wipes container. Next to each changing station is is a rattan hamper with a lid that I line with Buttons diaper pail-sized liners. I have four of these pail liners so I can throw one set in with the diapers and have a second set on the hampers at all times. I also have cheap bathroom trash cans for soiled wipes.
Finally, you will need things to help you with washing your cloth diaper laundry. Some of these things can wait until you start feeding your baby solids (until then poops don’t need to be pre-washed off the diaper before laundering), but it doesn’t hurt to ask for them on a registry and get ahead of the game.
First you’ll need a clothes drying rack for sunning your diapers. I have the AmazonBasics Foldable Drying Rack. I picked it because it can hold a lot of diapers, which is needed for our twin-sized cloth diaper stash.
Later you will also need a diaper sprayer for spraying off #2 in the toilet. We have the SmarterFresh Cloth Diaper Sprayer set up on our powder room toilet and that is where I spray off all of the soiled diapers. In addition, I prefer using this Spray Pal Splatter Shield to keep things tidy in the powder room. I also have a small tub for the spray pal to rest in and a five gallon bucket from the hardware store for housing sprayed off diapers.
I hope you find this list useful when considering what to register for if you are going to cloth diaper your baby. Let me know if you have any other cloth diaper registry must haves!
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