When cloth diapers come to mind, most parents imagine some complex and dirty diaper puzzle, having a washing machine on 24/7 and a not-so-pleasant time after discovering that the little smiley angel has done her serious “business”. In reality, it´s much easier than you think, and it comes with many benefits. We figured a little ABC of cloth diapers never harmed anyone and hence we´d like to guide you through the most frequent questions/concerns you might have before choosing reusable diapers for your little one. Whichever reason is motivating you; there are multiple benefits of cloth diapering.

  • Why should I choose cloth diapers for my baby?

    Answer

    There are numerous reasons why reusable diapers are way cooler than disposables. Aren´t they just so much cuter? Okay, this argument is probably not strong enough. But how about these:

    1. MONEY – Did you know that your baby will need approximately 4800 disposable diapers before she/he will be potty trained? Considering that an average disposable diaper costs around 0.30€, a simple calculation shows a significant number disappearing from your bank account – ca 1500€! For the same period of time, you could opt to get 10-20 cloth diapers (depending on how often you are used to switching on the washing machine) which would leave much more money for e.g your family vacation. Let´s take a closer look. Fridulin´s Ultimate set that covers 20 changes, costs 450€. What about water and electricity consumption, you ask. We thought of this as well! You will spend approximately 150€ for washing during the diapering period (on average 53cents per washing which includes electricity, water, and laundry detergent). So here we are – 600€ for reusable option vs 1500€ for disposable diapers.  By the way, did we mention that your second baby can use those fun and cute diapers as well? Another 1500€ to put in your family piggy bank.

    By choosing a cloth diaper, you simply do your family budget a favor!

    2. HEALTH – Did you know that disposable diapers can contain dioxin, soda polyacryl, plastic, xylene, ethylbenzine and other nasty chemicals? These chemicals increase the risk of diaper dermatitis or other inflectional inflammation significantly. Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are made of natural materials like cotton, bamboo, etc and result in less skin irritation and rashes because they let your baby’s skin breathe. Oh, add the cost of those diaper creams that you can leave on a shop shelf to the point nr 1. By choosing a cloth diaper, you simply do your baby a favor.

    3. NATURE – Close your eyes and imagine the 4800 used diapers in one pile. Now imagine that there are about 360 000 babies born in a day and in their first 2 years they all produce this pile. Disposables generate over 3.5 million tons of waste each year and those diapers may be around longer than your family tree — they can take 500 years to decompose. And now compare this amount with one big box of cloth diapers, not bigger than a piece of hand luggage! Isn’t it great?! If you and I take a step towards giving our planet a little break, it can already make a huge difference. By choosing a cloth diaper, you simply do your family our planet a favor!

    4. COMMUNITY – There are not many things more satisfactory and rewarding than the feeling that you just helped a person or a whole group of people, and exactly this is one of the reasons why we are proud to work with our partner Bamboolik. Bamboolik is a social enterprise that truly cares about people. Not only about all the babies who are wearing their quality diapers but also about those who sew the diapers. Bamboolik started working with sheltered workshops to create opportunities for people with a more difficult position at the labour market. Part of Bamboolik´s philosophy is also to support mums of small children (at least one child under 4 years or older in case of a single mum) whom they offer a  re-qualification and enable them to work part-time, as their schedule will allow them. Beautiful isn’t it? We want to contribute to creating opportunities for people with bigger challenges than we might face, join us in being part of it – supporting communities is and will always be one of our strongest values.

  • What kind of diapers does Fridulin offer?

    Answer

    Bamboolik diapers come in two different systems: pocket diapers and All-in-2 (Ai2) diapers. Learn more about them below.

    Before our son Sam was born, we started looking into options on how to reduce our waste, be more kind and considering to his soft, sensitive skin as well as a big bonus – save a bit money on diapers. Cloth diapers seemed like a logical step to take. For us it was crucial that the diapers are produced in Europe instead of Asia where many of them are made, and that the materials used are ecological. So we ended up with Bamboolik who fills those criteria and many more! It´s a company with a noble social purpose: Creating sustainable paid employment for people who are severely disadvantaged in the labor market. In Bamboolik, that means they employ mothers with children under 4 and single mothers. This is so beautifully aligned with our values and it became our biggest wish that all parents and babies could experience the care that has been put into making your babies life healthier.

  • What is a pocket diaper?

    Answer

    Pocker diaper (also known as All-in-One diaper) is very similar to a disposable diaper and is very easy to use. They are made up of three completely different layers. The waterproof outer material is sewn to an inner “Stay Dry” material; together those two layers form a pocket that is stuffed with the third layer, an absorbent pocket diaper insert. The size of the diaper can easily be adjusted thanks to 4 rows of snaps in the front of the diaper which makes it possible to use the diaper throughout the whole diaper period.

    It is always assumed that cloth diapering is difficult but it´s not, see it yourself in this video

  • What is a All-in-2 (AI2) diaper?

    Answer

    The Ai2 diaper comes in three parts:
    1. Diaper cover
    2. Shaped insert
    3. Absorbing insert

    All-in2 diapers have a detachable shaped insert and an absorbing insert, which means that the diaper cover can be reused for more than one diaper change. After each use, you only need to wash the absorbent part. The cover can be just aired out and reused. You can wash it once in 1-2 weeks, or when soiled. Fewer washing cycles extend the lifetime of the diaper cover, so with every other baby, the AI2 system pays off even more!

    The size of the AI2 diaper can be easily adjusted to fit exactly the size of your baby – thanks to 4 rows of snaps in the front of the diaper cover.

    Learn more about the All-in-2 diaper in our beautiful instructional video.

  • What is a “shaped insert”?

    Answer

    The essential absorbing layer of our AI2 diaper system.

    To be put in Diaper Cover, either on its own or with a Short / Long Insert for absorbency boost.

    It’s double-sided – fleece on one side, bamboo rayon on the other. Fleece makes your baby feel comfortably dry while bamboo, as a natural material, lets the baby feel the wetness and makes it beneficial for potty training.
    It has a pocket, so you can add any absorbency booster inside. We suggest our Short Insert for babies and Long Insert for toddlers but any other absorbing layer will fit, even a prefold or a muslin square.

  • What´s an “absorbing insert”?

    Answer

    An absorbing insert is an additional absorbing layer for AI2 or Pocket Diaper diaper system. This lets you control the amount of absorbency in your baby’s diaper. This is important when making sure that diapers keep your baby both dry and comfortable. As babies grow, they need to be able to move, and crawl, and do all the cute things they do. Inserts help you fine tune diapers to exactly what your baby needs.

    Those come in the form of either short or long inserts. Check also our instructional video to learn more.

  • How many diapers do I need to buy?

    Answer

    This depends on various factors. 1. How often do I want to wash the diapers? Some wash every day, others every two or three days. We recommend not waiting longer than 3 days, otherwise the bacteria in the diapers can multiply.
    2. Do I have a dryer? If you have a dryer, it only takes a few hours until everything is ready to use again. If you don’t have a dryer, the insoles usually take about 24 hours to dry completely. So it is necessary to have a few diapers in stock. It can also take longer if you live in a damp apartment. Winter is often faster because you can dry them near the heater. The Sun is a good helper in summer.

    At the very beginning, you will probably change your baby on average 8 times a day. Later the number of diapers will drop a little to around 6 a day.

    That makes a simple calculation. We highly recommend a collection that contains so many diapers that you can change about 20-25 times. You can buy less if you have a dryer and want to wash every day.

    What do you need for 1x change? There are several options depending on the type of diaper:

    1. Either a Pocket Diaper (with one long insert already included) or
    2. an AI2 diaper with one shaped insert and one short/long insert.

    Bare in mind that you do not need to wash the AI2 diaper cover every time, they are only washed every 1-2 weeks – if they are not soiled.

    For many, it is the easiest to buy a set and not worry that suddenly there´s no cute print to put on your baby. Our sets are carefully put together so that you have enough diapers ready for changing. Fridulin offers many different sets that are compiled based on the experiences of mothers, tested on their own children, and of my very own experience as a mother. With Fridulin´s Ultimate Set you have a complete cloth diaper collection and don’t have to worry about anything anymore. The Fridulin´s Flexible Set makes up about half of the required number of cloth diapers and this set is ideal if you want to combine our diapers with other brands or disposable diapers. You can also choose the Fridulin´s Explorer Set if you want to try cloth diapers first or if you want to give someone a present.

  • Let´s get the main question out of the way – what do I do with the poop?

    Answer

    A general rule of thumb is to flush the solid waste down the toilet, keep your dirty diapers in a pail or wet bag, and wash them every 2-3 days.

    The big advantage of the AI2 system is that the diaper covers do not need to be washed after each use. Please bear in mind, however, that this does not mean they are not allowed to be washed, and more importantly, it does not mean that they should be hand-washed!

    When maintaining diaper covers and pocket diapers – basically all parts containing the laminated PUL layer, always bear in mind:

    1. The diaper covers must not be scrubbed manually – hand washing is much rougher for them than washing at 60 degrees in a washing machine! Washing the diapers with hands and inappropriate maintenance can result often to broken diaper covers, which we all want to avoid.

    2. Remove stool residues from the cover with a stream of water, do not rub it manually. If necessary, drip the stain with liquid gall soap and leave it for a while. Then throw into your wet bag or wash together with all the used diapers – at a long 60-degree program.

    3. It is good to wash the diaper covers once every 7-10 days, or whenever they are soiled. Keep in mind: A month without washing can damage the diaper cover much more than washing it every week.

    Attention: On the other hand, tumble-dryer is not suitable for diaper covers! The dry hot air can, in contrast to hot water in the washing machine, definitely harm them. (The same applies to pocket diapers, swim diapers and accessories containing the waterproof PUL layer.)

    Just after taking out of the washing machine, do not try to stretch the diaper covers and pockets of the pocket diapers, as this could gradually loosen the elastic rubber bands around the legs, and the covers and pockets would not fit tight anymore. Simply hang the wet covers and pockets on the cord. If drying outside, you can use the velcros of the pants for attaching them to the cord (so that they don’t fly away 🙂 ).

  • How do I store dirty diapers?

    Answer

    We recommend to store used diapers in a waterproof wetbag or a diaper bucket. Don´t add any water into the bucket, the diapers should be stored “dry”. When stored in water, bacteria would reproduce very fast and could damage the diaper fibres.

  • How do I put a diaper on a baby so that the stools do not soil the diaper covers so we don’t have to wash them?

    Answer

    Unfortunately, this cannot be avoided every time. Most of the “dirty load” can be caught by a diaper liner, but if a little stool gets on the edges of the diaper covers, you simply have to wash them. This is why our diaper sets contain such number of diaper covers to make sure you have enough of them even if one or two pieces are just in the laundry. It is normal that with a small baby, you will wash the soiled covers more often than later on with older children who usually make poo once a day. Don’t worry, the covers are durable enough to handle this more frequent washing in the first months!

  • What detergent to use?

    Answer

    You can use any detergent which you like and does not cause you or your baby any unwanted reactions.
    In Fridulin, we prefer Natural Whitening Washing Powder​ .
    Why? Because it only contains 4 ingredients – sodium percarbonate, sodium carbonate, TAED, citric acid and because it´s a gentle washing powder made in the Czech Republic (EU).

    Originally developed for washing cloth diapers but works perfectly for washing white/light colours as well. The whitening effect is carried out by sodium percarbonate and its activator (TAED), our washing powder does not contain chlorine.

    The washing powder is also suitable for washing of our diaper covers, pocket diapers, or accessories containing the PUL layer – all these can be washed together with the inserts as they are colour fast.

    The ingredients list is very short as it contains just four simple ingredients. No complicated “chemical” sounding terms.

  • Which program do I need to use on the washing machine?

    Answer

    During their use, diapers soak up fluid (and let’s say it straight, this fluid is nothing but urine), which then needs to be properly rinsed. You will not reach this otherwise than by using a sufficient amount of water. Hence, beware of various eco programs in your washing machines, these usually mean less water. If possible, use a prewash program and add extra rinsing at the end (to make sure that all detergent is rinsed out of the diaper). Use a long washing program (we recommend at least two hours), diapers need a proper and long wash cycle.

    In order for the diapers to be really hygienically clean, a temperature of 60° is required. At lower temperatures, there is no guarantee that you will dispose of all bacteria that may be present in the diapers.

    If your washing machine does not have the options of prewash or extra rinsing, just use a short washing program (without any detergent) instead, it will do the same job.

  • MAIN CLEANING TAKEAWAYS:

    Answer
    1. Never handwash the diapers
    2. Flush solid waste down the toilet
    3. Store dirty diapers in a wetbag
    4. Wash the diapers min. every 2-3 days
    5. Use long programs and 60°C on your washing machine
    6. Don´t use fabric softeners