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How to Change a Cloth Diaper – My Best Few Tips

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When you’re expecting twins, your whole world will change in more ways than you can count. You’ll have to adjust the way you live, when you eat, and how you sleep, but you’ll also need to prepare for the added expense that comes with raising a child. Not only do you have to spend hundreds of dollars a year on clothing, the best double umbrella stroller, toys, and more, but if you’re planning on using disposable diapers for twins, you can expect to spend around forty to fifty dollars week, especially during the first six months. So, if you’re on a tight budget, then cloth diapers can be the answer. Many parents avoid using these diapers because they’re not as convenient as disposable and learning how to change a cloth diaper seems complicated, especially for new parents. However, once you get the hang of it, you can change a cloth diaper just as fast as a disposable, while also saving hundreds of dollars a month.

Here is how to change a cloth diaper:

  • Gather all of the necessary supplies
  • Place a clean diaper under the infant
  • Position the diaper correctly. For babies three months and up, have the front part of the diaper slightly higher than the back. For newborns, keep the front lower than the back to avoid irritating the umbilical cord stump.
  • Secure the diaper using pins, fasteners, or snaps.
  • Add a diaper cover and snap it in place to secure it.

There’s no one right way to change this type of diaper, but the technique I’ll cover here is the fastest and easiest to learn, which is what most moms and dads are looking. However, feel free to change up the steps as you learn and use what works best for you and your little one.

Getting Started

Before we begin, set up a changing area for your baby, have all the supplies out, and make sure you have baby wipes on hand. You’ll need to have the following supplies:

  • Cloth diaper
  • Diaper cover
  • Diaper fasteners
  • Baby wipes
  • Washcloth
  • Diaper changing pad

The First Step


To start, grab a clean cloth diaper and place it under the baby, with the back edge of the diaper in line with their waist. Pull the front portion of the diaper up and over their stomach. For a newborn, you’ll want to position the diaper so that the back portion is a little higher than the front in order to avoid irritating the umbilical cord stump. Most diapers for newborns will have an area that snaps down to accommodate the umbilical cord area.

Correctly Positioning the Diaper

Be sure that the portion of the diaper that’s between the infant’s legs is spread out as wide as possible. If it bunches up in that area if can cause discomfort and irritation.

How to Fasten a Diaper

This next step is one that seems to stress new parents out the most. Some types of cloth diapers will come with tabs, while others will come with snaps. If you have flat diapers instead of pre-folded, then you’ll fold the diaper yourself and use pins or fasteners to hold the diaper in place. Make sure the diaper has a nice snug fit before you fasten it so that it doesn’t slowly slide down when they move. Many parents worry that a pin or fastener will come loose and hurt their infant, but these days, most fasteners feature a safer design that makes it difficult for one to accidentally pop open.

Once the diaper is in place, put a diaper cover over it. You can fasten the cover with snaps or tabs. And that’s all there is to it, you’ve learned how to change your first cloth diaper.

Cleaning Cloth Diapers

If you’re dealing with poop, then using cloth diapers isn’t quite as convenient as disposable. You must dump as much of the poop into the toilet as possible and rinse out the diaper before placing it in its dedicated container prior to washing. Some parents don’t rinse out urine-soaked diapers prior to washing, but if your infant has very sensitive skin or you’re using an older washer that’s not quite as powerful as new front-loading machines, then rinse the diaper out once it’s soiled. This will help to ensure that all of the urine is removed during the wash cycle.

Diapering Tips

  • If you’re looking for a double stroller for your twins, make sure the model you choose comes with plenty of storage space to store clean diapers, diaper covers, fasteners, and wipes, and enough space to store soiled diapers and supplies. I recommend the Kolfcraft Cloud double umbrella stroller.
  • When you’re out and about with your baby, make sure you bring bags to place soiled diapers in to prevent leaks and odor.
  • Aside from learning how to entertain toddler on a plane, you also have to handle diaper changes in a cramped airplane bathroom. Make sure you pack just enough bathroom supplies and place it in a small dedicated diaper bag that you can bring with you into the bathroom. These bathrooms are very small, so having everything handy, without having to dig through a large diaper bag, will be a lifesaver, especially on a longer flight.
  • Always stay stocked up on clean diapers and create a washing schedule to ensure you won’t run out. This is always an issue for new parents who don’t realize that the average newborn can go through ten to twelve diapers a day. Most parents recommend setting aside at least eighteen cloth diapers a day to avoid running out. If you do laundry daily or every other day, keep at least two to three dozen cloth diapers on hand.

Final Thoughts

How to change a cloth diaper can definitely take some practice. If you’re pregnant take this time to practice your diapering technique on a doll or even a friend or family member’s baby, in order to avoid becoming overwhelmed once your child is finally here. But, with a little practice, you’ll find that changing a cloth diaper is almost as easy as changing a disposable, the only real difference here is that you’ll save hundreds of dollars by using cloth and they’re also a more eco-friendly option.