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Vanessa Tomchik

July 8, 2024

Newborn Essentials: How Many Cloth Diapers Do I really need?

Top must-have diapers for newborns, handpicked by the LKC founder

Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it can also feel a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to figuring out what you need. One common question for new parents who want to use cloth diapers is, "How many do I really need?" In this post, we'll break it down for you in a simple way, so you can be prepared without any stress. From daily changes to washing routines, we’ve got all the tips to help you get started with cloth diapering your newborn. Let's dive in!

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Really Need?
  • Laundry and Maintenance Tips
  • Fun facts about Newborn Cloth Diapering
  • Conclusion

Newborn Essentials:  How Many Cloth Diapers Do I really need?

Introduction to Cloth Diapering

As parents strive for a greener planet, sustainable and comfortable diapering solutions become ever more important. The shift towards eco-friendly choices reflects our collective responsibility to the environment as well as our children's health and comfort.  At Lighthouse Kids, we're on a mission to provide eco-conscious families with diapering solutions that are kind to both your baby and the earth. Our award-winning, PFAS-free, and recycled cloth diapers are designed with sustainability, safety, and your little one’s comfort in mind .

All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
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All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand
All In One AIO Cloth Diaper with AWJ Athletic Wicking Jersey.  Lighthouse Kids Company Best Cloth Diaper Brand

All-In-One Cloth Diaper- Recycled - Athletic Wicking Jersey AWJ - Apricot

$19.99

Understanding Diaper Usage Patterns

For newborns, diaper changes are frequent, often required after every feed – up to 12 times a day. This heavy usage pattern in the early months means parents should anticipate a higher quantity of diapers at hand. Understanding this pattern is essential when planning your diaper inventory before the baby's arrival.

Choosing the Right Cloth Diapers

We offer an array of quality options, including the LKC+Me One-Size Preflats - Not only do these diapers epitomize style, but they are also designed to grow with your baby, ensuring a snug and secure fit from infancy to toddlerhood. Preflat cloth diapers are an excellent choice for newborns due to their soft material and adjustable absorbency. Their design provides a comfortable fit and helps prevent leaks, making them a practical choice for your little one's early months.

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Calculating Your Newborn's Diaper Needs

On average, a newborn may need 10-12 diaper changes a day. To calculate your baby's diaper needs, consider how many daily changes you anticipate and how often you plan on laundering the cloth diapers. If washing every other day, for instance, and using 12 diapers daily, you would need around 24-36 diapers to maintain a comfortable rotation.  If you're still confused, get your FREE download on how many cloth diapers you need here 👉

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Laundering and Maintenance Tips

Establish a Good Wash Routine

To keep cloth diapers in top condition, establish a regular washing routine using a gentle, yet effective, detergent. Rinse the diapers in cold water first to eliminate waste, then follow with a hot water wash. Finally, air drying extends the lifespan of the diapers, protects their fabric, and conserves energy.

Staying Prepared: Diaper Stockpiling and Storage

Maintaining an adequate stockpile of cloth diapers ensures you're always prepared for your baby's needs. Store your diapers in a cool, dry place, and organize them for easy accessibility. Consider using breathable storage solutions to promote air circulation and prevent mildew.

Fun Facts About Newborn Cloth Diapering

Newborn cloth diapering, how many do I need

No Spraying Needed: Did you know you don't have to spray or rinse newborn breastfed poop? It's water-soluble, which means it dissolves easily in the wash.

Newborn cloth diapering, how many do I need

Cute Designs: Cloth diapers come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns. You can find ones with cute animals, and bright, pastel, or boho colors!

Newborn cloth diapering, how many do I need

Cost Savings: While the initial cost of cloth diapers can seem high, but they save you money in the long run. You can use them for future babies or even resell them when you're done.

Conclusion: Embracing the Cloth Diapering Journey

Switching to cloth diapers is a powerful step towards a sustainable lifestyle, reducing waste, and caring for our environment. These eco-friendly alternatives offer the comfort and safety your baby needs while supporting a healthier planet.We invite new parents to start their cloth diapering journey with our Preflat Cloth Diapers collection. Embrace a future where every diaper change reflects your commitment to your baby's well-being and environmental stewardship.

Meet The LKC Founder

“Vanessa has helped thousands of parents cloth diaper since 2012. She was a cloth diaper leader educator through the RDIA, and owned South Florida's first cloth diaper and natural parenting store. In 2017, Vanessa started Lighthouse Kids Co. through feedback from parents in her weekly cloth diaper 101 classes who wanted an easy to use stay-dry cloth diaper with natural fibers. Since then, LKC has sold millions of quality cloth diapers in the US and abroad. Vanessa believes in cloth diaper advocacy and education and that every parent can cloth diaper sustainably.”

“Cloth diapering can have a lasting impact on our babies.  They watch everything we do.  It's not just about what we use on their bums, but we are also teaching them about slow, circular fashion, good sustainability practices and how to care for our planet”

 - Vanessa Tomchik

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When choosing the right diapers for your baby, there are many options available. One popular choice among parents is all-in-one cloth diapers, often referred to as AIO diapers. But are AIO cloth diapers a good idea? Yes, All-In-One diapers are a good idea because they are convenient and the easiest type cloth diaper to use. If you are a working parent, this is the reusable diaper type you will want to invest in to save you time.

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Newborn Essentials: How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Really Need?

Welcoming a new baby into the world is an exciting time, but it can also feel a bit overwhelming, especially when it comes to figuring out what you need. One common question for new parents who want to use cloth diapers is, "How many do I really need?" In this post, we'll break it down for you in a simple way, so you can be prepared without any stress. From daily changes to washing routines, we’ve got all the tips to help you get started with cloth diapering your newborn. 

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