new to cloth

Jessie - posted on 05/19/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )




we just switched to cloth, and would love any tips tricks and advice. we are using the prefold w/ a cover and right now a liner, we are battle a rash and was told that we needed a liner while we are using the cream

thanx a bunch :)


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Aicha - posted on 06/05/2010




use corn starch and no liner required
or if you need to put a cream use just plain vegetable shortening and it will wash right out of the diapers

Ashley - posted on 06/05/2010




I'm not sure about your baby but the liners caused rashes for my daughter so we can't use them. But if she ever does get a small rash with her cloth diapers, we just use regular rash cream. The only thing that happens is there is a small white stain on them that you can barely see unless they're wet.

Amanda - posted on 06/04/2010




I know it sounds crazy, but my son had welt/burn like diaper rash for about a week and nothing made it better until I read that breast milk helps. I thought weird but what the heck. I squirted some on, giggled at myself and put him in bed nthe next day it was 90% gone!!!!
About diapers - I use Kushies Ultra -the ones that have the waterproof cover built in (I have ones too that don't have it built it and it's a HUGE difference). They also have liners - looks like a roll of toilet paper.
Also, I make my own wipes with baby facecloths and mixture of 4cups water, 2drops tea tree oil and 6 drops lavender oil (they are natural disinfectants (and the bonus is it smells great!!).

Jessie - posted on 05/20/2010




thanx ladies :) our first night was a very wet night and then he was up for 2 hours lol so I think I need to figure something out for all the wetness he creates, I thought about doubling up the nappie but it looked to bulky so idk we'll see how tonight goes,

Jacqueline, oooo my son would get that type w/ any regular diaper but huggies at first and then started to get it w/ them. the only problem (aside from last night) that I have had so far has been how quick I need to be we are using the prefold w/ the snappi's and i thought I was already quick and skilled at diapering... I was wrong lol

M - posted on 05/19/2010




Jessie - welcome to club of cloth diapering mommies! I created a site that would be perfect for you. It addresses (very simply) all of the questions I had when I got started cloth diapering. I have instructional videos, how to guides and faqs.

Check it out:

In regards to your question about the rash - you only need to use a liner if your diaper rash cream is not cloth diaper friendly.

Here is a list of cloth diaper friendly rash creams:

If you've mistakenly used a rash cream that is not cloth diaper friendly, you'll need to (1) scrub your diapers to get the cream out and (2) either switch to a cloth diaper friendly cream or just start using a diaper liner with the cream you have.

Here are instructions for how to scrub diaper rash cream out of your diapers:


There are two types of liners you can use for your diapers to prevent non-cloth diaper friendly rash cream from getting on them:


Reusable liners come in all brands and all work pretty much the same so if you find some cheap ones, go for it. You can also make your own by simply cutting some pieces of silk fabric and placing it inside the diaper near baby's bottom.


Disposable liners are soft, compostable, biodegradable sheets of natural wood pulp that resemble a paper towel. You place these inside the diaper and toss, compost, or flush after use. These are also great for catching poo when you're on the go. They make clean up a snap! There are 4 common brands: Kushies, Bummis, Imse Vimse and Motherease. Kushies and Bummis are horrible. I've heard good things about Imse Vimse but never used them. I LOVE Motherease (you can buy them here:

Hope that helps!

Jacqueline - posted on 05/19/2010




We just switched too. My little girl seemed to get burn like rashes from regular disposables. I don't really have any advice lol but were in the same boat! It can be very overwhelming.

Celia - posted on 05/19/2010




If you use a cloth diaper safe cream then you don't need a liner. I like California Baby and Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom balm.

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