Tips for Asking for Cloth Diapers at Your Baby Shower

Written by: Krystal Keller



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As you prepare for the arrival of your little bundle of joy, one of the most significant decisions you'll make is choosing the right diaper system for your family. While disposable diapers offer convenience, they come with a hefty cost—for your finances and the environment. 

Cloth diapers, on the other hand, are a sustainable and cost-effective alternative that can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your baby's diapering years. If you're considering cloth diapers, your baby shower is the perfect opportunity to ask for them and start building your collection. Here are some tips and tricks for how to ask for cloth diapers at your baby shower.

Here are some tips for asking for cloth diapers at your baby shower:

  1. Set up a cloth diaper registry. Register for the specific cloth diapers and accessories that you want at online retailers like Kinder or Babylist. This makes it easy for guests to purchase exactly what you need. 
    Learn more about how to create a Kinder baby registry »

  2. Spread the word early. Let close friends and family know well in advance that you plan to use cloth diapers for your baby. This gives them time to ask questions and get comfortable with the idea. If you're not comfortable telling loved ones in person or via text, consider posting to social media. 

  3. Include a note with the shower invitations. Have the host include a brief note explaining that you are registered for cloth diapers and would prefer not to receive disposables. This can be as simple as including a small business card size note with the baby shower invitation. 

  4. Offer a cloth diaper raffle. Most families will offer a diaper raffle as an incentive for guests to bring diapers to the baby shower. If choosing to use cloth diapers, consider modifying the diaper raffle to give guests one raffle entry for each cloth diaper the guest brings. This incentivizes guests to bring cloth diapers at your baby registry. 

  5. Suggest a cloth diaper fund. Instead of physical diapers, some guests may prefer to contribute cash towards your cloth diaper stash. You can set up a cash fund on your registry.

  6. Be gracious if you receive disposables. Despite your efforts, you may still get some disposable diapers as gifts. Graciously accept them and consider donating any unopened packages.

The key is making your cloth diapering plans clear from the start, providing easy ways for guests to purchase cloth diapers, and being understanding if some do not see your note or misunderstand your intension. 

How Many Cloth Diapers Do You Need for a Newborn?

The number of cloth diapers you'll need for your newborn can vary depending on several factors, such as how often you plan to wash them and whether you'll be using them full-time or part-time. As a general guideline, most experts recommend having at least 24-36 cloth diapers on hand for a newborn.

Here's a breakdown of what you might need:

  • Newborn Stage (0-3 months): During the first few months, your baby will go through approximately 10-12 diapers per day. To ensure you have enough, aim for 24-36 newborn-sized cloth diapers.

  • Infant Stage (3-6 months): As your baby grows, the frequency of diaper changes may decrease slightly. You'll likely need around 18-24 one-size or sized cloth diapers for this stage.

  • Toddler Stage (6+ months): Once your baby reaches the toddler stage, you can typically get by with 12-18 one-size or sized cloth diapers.

Remember, these are just general guidelines, and your actual needs may vary based on your baby's habits and your washing routine.

adding cloth diapers to your baby registry

Creating a Cloth Diaper Registry with Kinder

Setting up a cloth diaper registry is a fantastic way to ensure you have everything you need for your cloth diapering journey. At Kinder, we offer a built in option that allows you to create a cloth diaper registry for your friends and family without leaving the Kinder website. 

Here's how you can get started:

  1. Visit Head to the website and click on the "Registry" tab to create your account.

  2. Choose Your Diaper Style: At Kinder, we offer a wide range of cloth diaper styles, including popular options like pocket diapers and covers. Browse through their selection and add the styles you prefer to your registry.

  3. Select Prints and Colors: One of the best things about cloth diapers is the variety of adorable prints and colors available. At Kinder, we're passionate about offering one of the most extensive collections of prints and solids available, so you can choose the designs that best suit your taste and preferences.

  4. Add Accessories: Don't forget to include essential accessories like wet bags, diaper sprayers, and cloth wipes on your registry. These items will make your cloth diapering experience smoother and more convenient.

  5. Share Your Registry: Once you've added all the items you need, share your registry link with family and friends. They can easily purchase items from your registry and have them shipped directly to you.

By creating a cloth diaper registry at Kinder, you'll not only be able to build your stash with ease but also ensure that you receive high-quality cloth diapers at your baby shower.

The Benefits of Cloth Diapering

Choosing cloth diapers for your baby offers numerous benefits beyond just being environmentally friendly. Here are a few reasons why cloth diapering is an excellent choice:

  1. Cost Savings: While the initial investment in cloth diapers may seem higher, they can save you thousands of dollars over the course of your baby's diapering years compared to disposable diapers. The average baby will go through 3-6000 diapers before they potty train. This cost can quickly add up. 

  2. Reduced Environmental Impact: Disposable diapers contribute significantly to landfill waste, while cloth diapers are reusable and some can even be composted or recycled at the end of their lifespan.

  3. Chemical and Fragrances Free: Cloth diapers are free from the chemicals and fragrances found in many disposable diapers, which can cause skin irritation and other health issues. Many families that switch to cloth diapers report experiencing less diaper rash overall. 

  4. Unique Designs: With cloth diapers, you can dress your baby in cute and trendy prints and patterns, adding a touch of style to their diapering routine.

By asking for cloth diapers at your baby shower and creating a registry at Kinder, you'll be taking a significant step towards a more sustainable and cost-effective diapering journey. 

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