How Many Cloth Diapers Do I Need To Make The Switch From Disposables?

How Many Diapers Do I Need To Start Cloth Diapering?

This is by far the biggest question we get asked! Remember, you're in charge, so you make the rules!  But if you need some guidance, this video will show you exactly HOW to calculate the number to get you started on your cloth diapering journey!


The easiest way to calculate the number of cloth diapers you need to get started is to count the number of disposable diapers you are using per day.

  • Replace 1 Disposable Diaper with 1 Cloth Diaper

    • So if you use 5 disposables in one day, you need 5 cloth diapers to get started if you would like to wash your diapers every night.
    • If you would like to wash your diapers every other night, then you need to double that number.  So if you are using 5 disposable diapers per day, and you would like to do laundry every other night, then you would need 10 cloth diapers.

Here is a handy chart with recommendations based on your baby's age and whether you plan to cloth diaper part-time or full time.

Baby Age

Part-Time Cloth Diapering

Laundry Frequency

Full-Time Diapering

Laundry Frequency

0-6 Months 5-12 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Night* 12-24 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Other Day*
6-12 Months 5-10 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Night* 10-20 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Other Day*
12 Months + 5 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Other Day* 10-18 All-In-One Cloth Diapers Every Other Day*

* If you have more diapers, you can extend laundry time!

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