Cloth Diapering Starter Checklist


A good plan is to start with 18-24 prefolds or fitteds, 2-3 extra fitteds for night, and 2-3 pockets of a few brands with features that interest you the most. After 1-2 months, you will have an idea of what features work best for your family.

  • Diapers: Minimum of 18-24 diapers (can be prefolds, fitteds, pockets, or a combination)
  • Covers (if choosing prefolds/fitteds):
    • 6-8 covers for newborn/infants, 4-6 covers for larger sizes
  • Inserts: One for every pocket, including extras for more overnight absorbency
  • 5 Doublers for overnight or extended use
  • 5+ Reusable fleece or silk liners – for stay-dry and easy solid removal
  • Disposable liners for easy solid disposal while out
  • Diaper pail
  • 2 diaper pail liners
  • 1-2 Snappi diaper fasteners (if using prefolds)
  • 2 travel size wet bags
  • Pail freshener disks (replace every 2-3 weeks)
  • Cloth diaper-friendly detergent
  • Cloth diaper-friendly rash ointment
  • Optional:
    • 2 dozen cloth wipes and wipe solution (wipes are washed with diapers)
    • Diaper sprayer for minimizing stains by removing solids into the toilet