Cloth diapering is on the rise, and with so many easy and affordable options on the market these days, it’s not hard to understand why.

But, whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned pro, making the switch from disposable to cloth can seem a little daunting.

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Before you begin your search, here are a few helpful  tips and tricks that may help you in your cloth diapering journey:

Choose the Right Brand

Choose a brand and a style that is right for your family. There are tons of different cloth diapers on the market these days, so choosing a brand that is right for your family is paramount.

Some things to consider when narrowing down your options: type of materials (organic, cotton, synthetic, snaps, velcro, etc.) versatility (one size fits all, inserts, all-in-one, etc.), and user reviews.

Research First, Decide Later

Research cleaning methods before making your final decision. The process of cleaning a load of dirty diapers can be quite involved, or quite simple.

Some brands require the use of specific detergents and others don’t. Read up on cloth diapering forums and websites to find out about the brand you are considering to ensure that the necessary procedures will fit into your schedule.

Prepare Before You Act

Prepare yourself for being on the go. Disposable diapers may be convenient when you’re out and about because you can just toss a soiled one in the trash.

But, what do you do with a loaded cloth diaper when you’re running errands?

Keeping a wet bag (a reusable, waterproof bag) in your diaper bag will save you from losing your investment, or stinking up your purse.

Learn to Deal with Stains

Dealing with stains and stinks can be a major deterrent for many parents when considering making the switch to cloth diapers. Dealing with stains and stink and mess can be really scary, but knowing how to confront these issues before they arise can make them a lot less dysfunctional.

For tough stains and musty odors, hanging your inserts out to dry in the sunlight can be the easiest and cheapest way to bleach them back to their pristine state. Diaper pail stinking up the house?

Try a wet bucket or add a few drops of tea tree oil to the pail until laundry day.