Cloth Diapers in Kenya: Diapering that is Innovative, Stylish and Affordable

Last Updated on 16 February 2019 by Gertrude

What is a Cloth Diaper?

It’s made of fabric, looks like a disposable diaper. It’s washable, durable and lasts after one baby, that’s if you bought quality cloth diapers from a trusted supplier.

How many types of Cloth Diapers are there? 

There are numerous. Remember the flats? Nappies? Yes those cotton fabric ones which were not very absorbent?

Can I sew my own cloth diapers? 

Yes I sew my own cloth diapers and now I sell them to make extra income. If you want training on how to sew them, contact me for further training. I offer affordable and competitive prices plus a pattern.

How do I get a pattern for sewing?

It’s as easy as … tracing around a disposable, stretch all the elastics, and you have the pattern.

Where can I buy cloth diapers in Kenya? I sell them at affordable rates of 10 dollars without the shipping. You can also buy cloth diapers here at Impala Baby Cloth Diapers on Facebook, I found http://babynatural.co.ke/BN/

Are cloth diapers waterproof?

Yes, yes of course.

What category of cloth diaper do I use? 

I really like the pocket style cloth diapers because they are very customisable.

What made me turn to cloth diapers? 

I just felt an urge to experiment with diapers. I am always economical, so I thought, why not use an economical means on my baby? Turning to cloth diapers wasn’t a hard thing to do. I decided they are the only solution for a budgeting mum like me.

Are cloth diapers economical? 

Oh yes. How economical? They save money, time for rushing to the supermarket when you run out of the diapers, in the middle of the night.

Which fabric is good for sewing Cloth Diapers?

Where do you outsource your materials from?

I purchase my materials from diaper sewing supplies, Very Baby and Joanns.

I like Diaper Sewing Supplies because they ship worldwide and offer a wide selection of pul plus other fabrics including but not limited to: microfleece, suedecloth, minky, stretchy knits for making cloth training pants, fold over elastic.

I love Joanns for getting discounts all the time and their very wide selection of fleece and flannel. But I found flannel in Nakuru, want to buy from me? I can send it to you, or are you visiting Nakuru? Visit Rivatex, they have some solid colours and cute duck prints and cute bear prints.

 

How many cloth diapers do I need for a newborn?

This one is very hard to answer but not very hard. This is what you have to consider … how many times will you do laundry per week? I usually launder every three days that makes it twice a week. I know some very clean mammas who launder every other day. I cannot afford it.

I have 15 diapers, only. I figured, if I use pocket style cloth diapers then I don’t have to insert the inserts into the pocket. And once that worked, I became so happy because there are no leaks. I use only 15 diapers. But if you insert the inserts into the pocket … the least amount of diapers you can use are 30 … too much? It’s worth the investment. You will never buy again. And what’s better? You can share your diapers with your other babies and other needy mummies.

How many cloth diapers do I need to make my stash?

Approximately 20 diapers but to lessen your burden if you decide from newborn it’s 30.

How many inserts do I require?

As many as you can acquire. With inserts get as many because you just need many.

How did I learn to sew cloth diapers?

I am always self taught in so many internet things. I am naturally curious and adaptable. So after buying my pattern, it came with instructions which really helped me navigate from one form to the other. Unfortunately, this pattern had instructions which were not very easy to understand sometimes. So, I took to Google and Youtube came to mind.

I even found a free pattern with so very nice instructions … Cloth Diaper Revolution.

How do I deal with cloth diaper poop?

This one has defeated me a seasoned cloth diapering mum. I fear my own poop, find me closing my nose while doing my business. Not to scare you but I got used to it. Or you can

How do I store my dirty diapers?

There are diaper pails, wetbags. You can buy them from me.

How do I know my cloth diaper is ”full”?

You mustn’t wait for a diaper to be full. You should always change your baby’s diaper two to three hours after diapering. No wonder I love hemp, this fabric is an animal at soaking water and can stay until 6 hours.

Buy hemp inserts from me at affordable price of 2 for 600 shillings. You can also buy bamboo hemp which is equally a soaker and good for night times at  2 for 500 shillings.

I sell microfleece inserts which are sewn four together for 2 at 400 shillings. These are usually stay dry. This means when the baby urinates, it goes to the absorbent layers hence the name, STAY DRY.

Why are my cloth diapers stinking?

You are either storing them too long between changing or you are not rinsing them properly.

I usually rinse my diapers after changing and even the diapers when they have poop. Many don’t do that because they have sprays in their toilets … I don’t know how to add a spray into my toilet and I don’t know if I can show someone to do it for me.

So I use the bucket method.

 

This among other series of questions will be in the part two of cloth diapers. Add to this Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my cloth diapers leaking?

Should I use snaps or velcro closure?

Why are your cloth diapers so expensive?

Are cloth diapers stylish as you project them?

How do I keep my baby clean and dry while using cloth diapers?

Is cleaning cloth diapers easy? 

How many cloth diapers do I need in a day? 

Can I cloth diaper my baby while on safari?

 

 

 

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