Cloth Diapers, also commonly known as modern Cloth Diapers, are reusable diapers that can be used again after being washed, cleaned, and dried. Unlike disposable diapers which are thrown away, cloth diapers can be used again and again. Modern cloth diapers come with a waterproof outer layer and the inserts are a combination of different materials like microfiber, hemp, organic cotton, bamboo charcoal to give maximum absorbency. Once soiled they are washed and can be used again.
Before disposable diapers came into the market people were using only the traditional cloth diapers or nappies only. The traditional diapers which our mother had used lacked absorbency, were ineffective and would be required to change after 2-3 pees. But with time cloth diapers have evolved and modern cloth diapers are more absorbent, leak-proof, come in attractive prints, are eco-friendly, safer option for the babies and light in your pocket too in the long run.
Disposable Diapers Vs Cloth Diapers
Disposable diapers are convenient to use as they are thrown away after use. As they don’t require any washing they are convenient to use and makes life easier. But they are not at all save for the environment and nor for the baby. As disposable diapers have chemicals to increase absorbency they are harmful to the environment and can cause rashes in babies. On the other hand, cloth diapers have the following benefits:
- doesn’t contain harmful chemicals thus making it safe for the baby and the environment
- makes toilet training easy
- economical in the long run
- never have to worry about buying diapers monthly or when you run out of stock
- one free size diaper suits infants as well toddlers thus saving money
What are the different cloth diapers?
Flats are the oldest and have been in use for ages. They can be folded as per convince and secured onto the baby with a diaper cover, cotton nappy, pin it with a snappy or can be used as inserts with pocket diapers.
Nappy or Langots:
It is a single piece of cloth that is tied to the baby. They don’t have any absorbency capacity and need to be changed each time a baby pees. They can be used as diaper-free time or can be used with flats.
Prefolds are rectangular diapers with multiple layers of lightweight, woven fabric with extra layers in the centre panel for absorbency. They are easy to use with diaper cover or pockets.
They are easy to use and they dry up quickly. They have a waterproof material outside and soft microfleece stay dry material inside. Any type of inserts can be put inside and together they form a pocket. They are especially suitable when the baby starts moving.
As the name suggests diaper covers are waterproof covers and can be used with flats, inserts or prefolds. They can be used again with any inserts without washing. They are very helpful during travelling with your baby.
In Aios the inserts are sewed to the stay-dry lining and the waterproof outer layer. Some also have pockets where you can put inserts to increase the absorbency. After use, the whole diaper goes for washing.
They come with or without snaps and are highly absorbent and also come with inserts to boost absorbency. They have elastic at the legs and with or without snaps for closure. They need a diaper cover to become waterproof from the outside.
It is very hard to point out what type and which brand of diapers would be best for your baby. One will need to try out different types of diapers according to the baby`s built and pee pattern, before building a stash. Here are lists of the 5 best baby cloth diapers (not in particular order) that I have used personally and would highly recommend to parents who are looking to buy for their little ones.
5 Best Cloth Diapers:
1)Superbottoms Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers
Diapers from Superbottoms are popularly known UNO is one of the best baby cloth diaper brands from India. From newborns to toddlers they cater to all specific age groups. The Superbottoms Newborn UNOÂ is suitable for newborn babies to 3 months. They are made of all cloth and no harmful chemicals have been used. It has a super dry feel layer to keep the baby`s bum dry and a waterproof outer layer.
It consists of:
- A dry fill pad with a super dry feel layer on top.
- Waterproof outer
The Superbottoms Free Size Uno are suitable for babies from 10 months to 3 years. They come with an adjustable snap and one just need to change the pattern set according to the age. One can use one insert during the day and for night time the booster pad can be added for more absorbency. They are perfect for travelling and heavy wetters. One can use fleece liner on top of the insert (touching baby`s skin) to make poo cleaning easy.
It consists of:
- 2 pads; 1 booster pad and 1 dry feel pad
- 1 Waterproof outer shell
2)Apple Blossom Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers
For my second child, I have exclusively used Appleblossom Cloth Diapers for the first 4 months. One of the best baby cloth diapers that I have used is perfectly sized to fit your little one from 3-7 Kgs. The Apple Blossoms Cloth Diapers are made with Soft Microfleece- Stay-Dry Inner, 8 Layers of Bamboo Cotton Inserts and a waterproof outer cover. The inserts are made with supersoft, natural and GOTS certified Bamboo Cotton Fabric.
The Apple Blossoms Newborn Cloth Diapers consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- Two inserts
Apple Blossoms OneSize All-In-One Style Diapers fit babies from 5-17+ Kgs.
It consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- Two inserts
Apple Blossoms OneSize Pocket Style fit babies from 5-17 Kgs. They are made with Soft Microfleece- Stay-Dry Inner, 12 Layers of Organic Cotton Inserts.
It consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- 2 Natural Organic-cotton Inserts
3)Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers
Charlie Banana is an international cloth diaper brand India available in India. I just fell in love with the prints the moment I saw their diapers. They come with 2 inserts. One small size insert for the day will last for 4 hours and 2 large inserts with last for the night and heavy wetters also. once the baby is a little older or when the pee count has reduced then one can go for only 1 large insert at night. The newborn cloth diapers are suitable for newborn babies up to 6 months.
Charlie Banana Newborn Cloth Diaper consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- One insert
Free Size Cloth Diaper Suitable for babies from 6 months up to 2.5 years.
Free Size Cloth Diaper Consists of:
- 1 Free Size Outer Cloth Diaper &
- 2 Inserts
For people outside India, you can buy their diapers here
4)Bumpadum Baby Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Cloth Diapers
Bumpadum is another Indian brand with some great cloth diapers for kids and the best part is that the diapers are not bulky. They have Cloth nappies, Neo organic newborn diapers, and Organic free size diapers in their diaper categories.
Neo Organic Newborn Diapers Fits newborn babies from 2 – 8 kgs approximately. The trifold insert is made of organic cotton with a total of 10 layers of absorbency – 3 layers of organic cotton in 3 panels with an additional layer of hemp in the centre panel. One panel is topped with microfleece to keep the baby’s bottom dry.
Neo Organic Newborn Diapers consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- One tri-fold insert
Organic Free Size Diapers for babies from 3 months to 3 years. Duet Diaper is suitable for both infants and toddlers that lasts up to 12 hours at night.
Organic Free Size Diapers consists of:
- One waterproof outer
- One prefold style insert
5)Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers: 5 Best Baby Cloth Diapers
Bouncing Peaches Diapers doesn’t leave Elastic marks around those tiny legs. They are lightweight and trim. The AI2 model that comes with Front Pockets makes poo cleaning easy.
One can buy without any inserts or can choose between organic cotton insert or hemp or could buy both the inserts. Their one-size organic inserts are trim and long. I often use them along with cotton nappies during day time. The hemp inserts are perfect for nighttime, heavy wetters and during travelling.
Pocket diapers with a front opening and one default insert come with 6 layers of flannel fleece in a rounded rectangle shape with fleece side facing inside for longevity.
To Buy Bouncing Peaches Cloth Diapers Click Here
Other Accessories required with Cloth Diapers are:
Fleece liners are stay dry liners that are placed over the inserts touching the baby`s bum to give them a dry feel and they also make poo cleaning easy. One can also buy Disposable Stay Dry Liner. The Biodegradable Bamboo Liners come in super handy while travelling or when u don’t or can’t use fleece liners. It makes mess cleaning easy while traveling, all you need to do is empty the liner in the flush and discard the liner in the trash.
Wet Bags are waterproof bags that are used to store used diapers both at home and while travelling before giving them for a wash. They come with two pockets – a larger and one smaller dry pocket. 8-10 diapers fit in the larger pocket, while the smaller pocket can be used to store a change of clothes for the baby, wipes, wipes solution etc.
Like disposable diapers, disposable wipes are also not good for the environment as well as for the baby`s skin. I have made my cloth wipes using old soft cotton cloth cut into small sizes. You can also buy them online.
Check my video on how I make my solution.
How to wash baby cloth diapers:
Generally, the following steps are followed while washing cloth diapers but do check what is mentioned in the wash care routine of the respective brands.
Steps in washing cloth diapers:
- knock off any solids in the toilet
- rinse of the pee using a little detergent
- rub it well and rinse well
- then put it in other regular clothes to wash and dry out in the sun.
Hope you liked the list of the 5 Best Cloth Diapers. Living with cloth diapers is not at all difficult. All you need is little patience and determination. Your child and mother earth will thank you for not using harmful chemicals on them. To know how we travelled with cloth diapers click the link here Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience
For any questions or suggestions do contact me or drop a comment below.
Solids foods should be introduced to babies only after they complete 6 months of age. And providing a balanced meal is every parent’s concern. Babies should be given freshly cooked homemade food, but there will be days when it will be difficult to make everything from scratch, or you are too tired to make one. Store-bought organic baby food can be very helpful in such circumstances or when a mom has joined work again. It can be difficult to choose the right food as babies should be fed food that is free from chemicals and preservatives. And please remember they are not substitutes for meals every day.
As a new mom with no elders to advise me and looking after the house, I too struggle initially looking for the right nutritional food for my child.
Here I have listed the 5 best organic baby food brands in India that are made from organic produce and free from any preservatives.
5 best organic baby food brands in India 2021:
1) Earlyfoods: 5 Best organic baby food brands
Earlyfoods is founded by Shalini that envisions feeding fresh, natural, and chemical-free food for children. She came up with the idea of starting this brand as she couldn`t find too many healthy options for her child.
Read her story here to know about their premium range of organic food for moms, babies, and kids. Keeping in mind the daily nutritional need. They are fresh and completely chemical or preservative-free.
Here is the list of food they have for kids and babies under different categories:
- Sprouted Ragi and Carrot Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Ragi, Almond & Date Porridge Mix
- Organic Sattu Maavu Multi-grain Millet Porridge Mix
- Whole Wheat, Almond & Dates Porridge Mix
- Bajra and Pumpkin Seeds Porridge Mix
- Organic Sprouted Ragi Porridge Mix
- Organic Rice & Moong Khichdi Mix
- Kodo Millet & Walnut Porridge Mix
- Organic Little Millet & Makhana Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Ragi & Makhana Porridge Mix
- Organic Foxtail Millet & Dates Porridge Mix
Natural Sweeteners & Health Mixes:
- Dry Dates Powder
- Dry Fruits & Seeds Powder for Kids
- Almond & Date Drink Mix with Makhana
- Organic Ragi & Chocolate Health Drink Mix
- Organic Amla Powder
- Early Foods – Pack of 6 Foxtail Millet & Almond Jaggery Cookies 150g X 6
- Early Foods Dry Fruit Jaggery Cookies, 2 X 150 g
- Early Foods Jowar Almond Jaggery Cookies, 150g
- EARLY FOODS Organic Multi-Grain Millet Jaggery Cookies for Healthy Baby, 150g – Pack of 2
- EARLY FOODS Combo Pack of 2 – Organic Ragi and Choco Jaggery Cookies (150g Each)
- Ragi & Amaranth Jaggery Cookies
- Whole Wheat Ajwain Jaggery Teething Sticks
- Ragi & Sesame Jaggery Teething Sticks
- Millet & Sesame Jaggery Teething Sticks
Also read: Teething in Babies: Symptoms and Remedies
2) MylittleMoppet: 5 Best organic baby food brands in India 2021
Founded by Dr.Hema, who is a medical doctor by profession, MylittleMoppet is a brand of wholesome and pure homemade baby food products, made without preservatives, added sugar or salt, or any added flavors. They are 100% Organic, Natural, and Safe for your baby and toddler.
Let’s see what they have for babies and toddlers under different categories:
- Organic Oatmeal
- Banana Makhana Cereal
- Organic Barley Cereal for Babies
- Sprouted Ragi Banana Cereal
- Banana Oats Cereal for Babies
- Banana Wheat Cereal
- Organic Brown Rice Cereal
- Organic Rice Cereal
- Quick Oats Cereal
- Banana Rice Cereal
- Banana Soya Cereal
- Sprouted Sathumaavu Powder / Sprouted Health Mix for Babies
- Sprouted Ragi Powder for Babies
- Sathumaavu Health Mix / Multigrain Health Mix Powder
- Raw Kerala Banana Powder
- Millet Sathumaavu Health Mix
- Banana Nutrimix
- Organic Makhana Kheer Mix
- Organic Makhana Dalia Porridge Mix
Instant mixes are great during travels. They are super easy to make. Just add hot water and close the lid for 5 minutes
- Sprouted Ragi mix
- Rice Khichdi Powder
- Wheat Dalia Elaichi Powder
- Wheat Dalia Moongdal Mix
- Ragi Moongdal Powder
- Instant Bajra Moongdal Powder
- Rice Khichdi (with Toor dal)
- Soya Rice Porridge Powder
Bygrandma is another Indian brand that has organic baby foods and personal care products. Their products are free from any kind of preservatives. Apart from baby food they also have herbal baby bath powder, cold relief oil, health drink for toddlers, and mothers.
For babies they have the following organic cereals and porridges:
- Sprouted Ragi Porridge Mix
- Plain Rice Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Moong Dal and Rice Porridge Mix
- Wheat and Roasted Gram Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Wheat and Beetroot with Almonds Porridge Mix
- Broken Wheat And Moong Dal Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Wheat, Carrot with Almonds and Dates Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Ragi, Green Gram, Dalia with Almonds Porridge Mix
- Ragi and Oats Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Wheat and Apple with Almonds Porridge Mix
- Sprouted Multigrain Mix with Walnuts For Brain Development
- Health Porridge Mix – Wheat, Dates, and Almond For Grown-up and Adults
4) Slurrpfarm: 5 Best organic baby food brands in India 2021
Slurrpfarm is a well-known know popular certified baby food brand in India founded by two moms. They followed their heart and dug into recipes from Grandmother’s kitchens and with ingredients like Millets.
- Organic Sprouted Ragi Powder
- Organic Brown Rice Powder
- Organic Oats Powder
- Organic Ragi & Rice Cereal: Strawberry
- Organic Ragi & Rice Cereal: Mango
- Organic Ragi & Rice Cereal: Banana (No Sugar)
- Sathu Maavu | 100% Natural Porridge Mix
- Moong Dal Khichdi | 100% Natural Porridge Mix
There other food items that are loved by kids are:
5) Happa Foods
Happa foods are loved both by babies and moms for their vegetables and fruit purees. These puree pouches can be easily carried by parents wherever they go and without worrying about the nutrition intake.
Check out the different types of purees that they have here: Happa Foods
And for porridges click here: Happa Food Porridges
I have personally tried all the brands and can vouch for all the baby food brands mentioned above. Do drop a comment if you have any other brand that I have missed out on.
Teething in babies is another milestone both for the baby and for the parents. Teething can occur as early as 4 months to 24 months and it can be an irritating/discomfort feeling for some babies while some don`t show any signs at all. Many parents associate teething with fever and diarrhoea, but researchers say these symptoms aren’t indications of teething. The two bottom front teeth are usually the first to appear, followed by the two top front teeth.
Some common symptoms of teething in babies:
- Loss of appetite
- Trouble Sleeping
- Slight Temperature
- Chewing on objects
How to soothe a teething baby: Remedies for teething in babies
Teething is a natural process that every child goes through. Though I personally don`t recommend any ODC product, it is best to seek advice from your paediatrician. One can try the following tips to ease the irritability and discomfort of the child.
- Massage the gums with your clean finger
- Give a cold steel spoon to chew on
- Teething toys
- Teething sticks
- Teething necklace
- Cold foods like a chilled slice of cucumber, banana, carrot can be given if your baby is already eating solids but always remember to keep a watchful eye on them as this could be a choking hazard
And once your little one does cut a tooth or two, make sure to take good care to clean the area each day with a damp washcloth or soft bristle baby toothbrush. Continue with the habit of brushing otherwise they might not allow brushing their teeth once they are a little older (as it happened with my son). Check out a few soft-bristle baby toothbrushes from Amazon. Do drop in your comments about your teething experience with your little ones.
With the arrival of the monsoon bringing relief to our body and mind, rains at the same time bring uninvited guests in the form of disease-spreading germs and mosquitoes. There are few things a child, a new mother, and expected mothers should keep in mind to stay safe and healthy. Here are some Monsoon Care Tips For Children and Moms:
Keep your hands clean: Monsoon Care For Children and Moms
It is very important, especially for young children to wash their hands and feet thoroughly after they come back home from outside. They keep roaming around, play messy games, and through hands germs find their entry into kids’ bodies. New moms keep your hands clean before engaging with your newborn. Always carry hand sanitizer while stepping out of the house.
To buy other sanitizer click here: hand sanitizer
Eat seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables: Monsoon Care For Children and New and Expected Moms
Have fresh fruits like Jamun, mangoes, litchi, pears, plums, and freshly prepared vegetables. Vegetables like bitter gourd and bitter herbs like neem, turmeric powder, and methi seeds help in preventing infections.
Remember to soak fruits and vegetables in salt/vinegar water for some time to get rid of harmful chemicals and worms.
Especially new and expected moms need to avoid:
- Street food
- Cut Fruits as flies are carriers of many diseases
- Eating raw leafy vegetables
Keep dry fruits like almonds, cashew, walnuts, pista with you when going out. They come in very handy. You can pack them in small containers or wax food wrap instead of aluminium foil. I bought these wax wood wraps from @iktaraeco_zerowasteindia,
Drink homemade soup, juice, and coconut water:
Like avoiding outside food during this rainy season, it is also better to avoid drinks from roadside stalls. Instead, make juices at home and drink them immediately.
Coconut water which is easily available is not only refreshing but also includes minerals like potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, fiber, carbs, protein, sodium, calcium. Expected moms should include coconut water in their diet.
I always my travel cutlery pouch to avoid those plastic straws. (Travel cutlery pouch bought fromÂ @iktaraeco_zerowasteindia).
A bowl of a piping hot soup made at home from mushrooms, dark & leafy vegetables, meat will boost your immunity. And adding spices like cloves, pepper, cardamom, ginger, garlic will add a fresh flavor to your soup and aid digestion. You can buy straw here stainless straw and cutlery pouch
Keep your child clean and dry:
Humidity in the air during monsoon makes clothes difficult to dry quickly. It is preferable to use warm iron over these clothes before storing them, to remove moisture. Extra sets of clothes, nappies, and diapers should be kept ready, specifically for babies. Keep checking for any kind of fungal infection underarms, neck, waist, toes, and diaper area.
Change diapers/nappies frequently or go diaper-free:
Change diapers and nappies frequently during the rainy season, as little ones pee more during rains. A wet nappy or diaper could give your child a cold, diaper rash and provide a breeding place for bacteria. During the rainy season, you will need to build a huge stash as it takes more time for cloth diapers to dry. Also, let your child go nappy/diaper-free for some time. Check some cloth diapers here
Keep mosquitoes away:
Dress your kids in long pants and a full-sleeved top to prevent mosquito bites. Keep your baby`s bed /cot/pram covered with a mosquito net when they are sleeping. Use mosquito repellent made especially for babies and toddlers while going out.
Clear mosquitoes breeding grounds
Buy mosquito repellent for kids here:
Treat any cold, cough, fever immediately and take the required vaccine:
Treat any cold, cough, fever immediately, rather than waiting for it to resolve itself. A warm massage with mustard oil and garlic can do wonders. Doctors may recommend getting a flu vaccine.
Keep child and expected mothers away from sick people
Keep children away from sick people as their immune system is still developing.
Invest in good rain gear and wear appropriate clothes: Monsoon Care Tips For Children
Invest in good quality rain gear and wear appropriate clothes. Invest in a good quality raincoat and umbrella, bigger in size that will last 2-3 years, rather than buying that cheap one which can be used only twice or thrice in a year.
With changes in temperature and humidity, let your child wear comfortable clothes. Take an extra set of clothes if going for outings. Firstcry has some wonderful collections of raincoats and umbrellas. To buy click here:https://clnk.in/jfBn
P. S: Views expressed here are personal opinions.
Duration: 7-8 hours.
Toddler`s age: 2.5 yrs – 4 years
Going out with your toddler for a full day or half day also requires planning and packing your bag accordingly. Keeping a checklist of items on what to pack will make packing hassle-free. I prefer to pack my bag a day earlier or the first thing in the morning, to avoid the last-minute rush. Kids’ packing list differs from person to person. A packing list for the day might be different from one for the road trip or when traveling by flight or train. But there are few things which you will always require no matter where you go.
Check here Road trips with a baby and toddler in India
2 things to keep in mind before packing kids bag are:
1. The Destination:
If you have not been to the place do try to find out about the place. Are you going to a friend’s or relative’s place or for a fun outing, to attend some event, going out shopping, or going to the beach? One need to pack your kids bag accordingly.
2. The Bag:
What type of bag to carry? A large tote bag, diaper bag, or two separate bags, one for your toddler and one for yourself. I prefer to carry one large bag which will fit everything, instead of two separate bags. Have a look at Tote bags: tote bags and diaper bag
Kids packing list: Checklist of items to carry
1. Clothes: Kids packing list
Always carry an extra set of clothes keeping in mind the weather conditions and the destination. 2-3 hand towels or cloth- napkin/paper napkins or wet- wipes. Buy wipes here: wipes
I always prefer to carry water from home. I found this leak-proof water bottle very handy. This insulated water bottle can be used to store hot/ warm water and it will be very useful during winters.
Even if your child is big enough to eat outside food, do carry some snacks with you because you never know when they will feel hungry or in case they refuse to have the food served at the venue. Snacks like protein biscuits, dry fruits, cakes can be easily carried in a small container with lids. And they easily fit into your bags also. Have a look at containers with lid: Tupperware Tropical Plastic Container Set, 230ml, Set of 2, Multicolour
Carry a few diapers if your little one is still using one. My son was well potty trained by 18 months, so I didn’t carry any diapers. I made him eat papaya in the morning and he cleared his bowel very leaving the house( I was so relaxed). One can even carry this portable baby child potty urinal emergency toilet. This will fit into a large tote bag.
Carry one or two small toys in case they get bored or you are stuck in traffic.
Other Essentials to include in kid`s packing list
These are some other essentials that you might require: Face Cream, Mosquito repellent, Umbrella, Hand sanitizer, Mask and Trash bag