How-To: Cloth Diapers (Part 1)

Caribou Baby puts an end to cloth diaper-phobia with this 3-part series. First up: Prefolds.

How-To: Cloth Diapers (Part 1)

Cloth diapering is simple to do once you know the ins and outs, but it is not a simple topic. There are enough options (and opinions) out there to make even the most dedicated researcher’s head spin! It just so happens that one of the most loved cloth diapers on the market is the incredibly simple and humble prefold. Yeah, yeah, we know, it doesn’t look prefolded. But if you lived a few decades ago, your idea of a diaper would be this: And compared to a flat diaper, a prefold would seem pretty easy. The prefold is sewn in such a way that it is smaller, most absorbent in the center (where the pee goes), and thinnest at the hips which makes it easier to fasten around little bellies. There is so much to love about prefolds! Let us count the ways: 1. Prefolds are several thin pieces of cloth sewn together. That means they won’t wear out and there are no special care instructions. Use ‘em and abuse ‘em--they’ll last forever. 2. Prefolds are so versatile! Forgot your changing pad? Use a prefold. Need a burp cloth? Use your prefold! Spilled coffee all over your shirt? Prefold. Babies get everything wet, and it is always useful to have some spare cloth on you. 3. Prefolds are, hands down, the best at containing newborn explosive poops. A baby that is diapered in a prefold correctly just doesn’t have diaper blowouts. It’s true. If you don’t believe us, ask a cloth diapering friend--they will all tell you say the same thing. 4. Prefolds are crazy cheap. For the price of seven disposable diapers, you can buy one prefold. That’s less than a single day of diapers! And, it will last you through several children (before it eventually becomes your favorite dish towel...or sold, or passed along to a pregnant friend). Right about now you’re probably thinking, “Yeah yeah yeah, this all sounds too good to be does a square of fabric become an fabulous, leak-proof diaper?” Like this! [youtube][/youtube] Easy peasy right? Prefolds are the cotton, absorbent part of the “diaper.” To contain all the, um, moisture, you’ll need to use a waterproof diaper cover on the top. Diaper covers used to look like this... ... but now they look all kinds of cute like these Rumapooz and Flip Diaper Covers below. Since the prefold itself does the job of absorbing and containing the messy stuff, the diaper cover usually stays relatively clean and should last you a few diaper changes. You’ll only need one or two covers for a day of diapering. You can also just fold a prefold (by threes, vertically, as if you were folding a letter to fit into an envelope), lay it inside a diaper cover and pop that on the baby. This is great trick if someone else will be caring for your baby, but might not be ready to learn diaper origami. [youtube][/youtube] Not into the origami part, but liking how the rest of this sounds? Try a fitted diaper instead! A fitted is basically a prefold that has been sewn into a diaper shape, has convenient elastics around the legs, and built-in snaps for fastening. It still needs a waterproof cover to go on top, and will still contain that newborn poop better than any disposable. It’s much more pricey than a prefold, but you might love the user-friendliness during those beloved middle-of-the-night diaper changes. [youtube][/youtube] Some beloved fitted diapers: the EsBaby and Sloomb Fitteds below. If all of this is up your alley, stay tuned for the next post in this series, where we will tackle the (actually quite simple) details of laundering cloth diapers. Stayed tuned for more info about cloth diapering in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime visit Caribou Baby online or in-store for loads of info and all your baby shopping needs (and wants).


By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.


Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!


Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.


Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌


Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.


Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.


Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.


Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.


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