Here is a list of essential items to start off right!
20 to 25 cloth diapers
To go on cloth diapers full time, you will need between 20 and 25 cloth diapers, depending on the amount of laundry loads you will do. Since your baby needs to be changed about 7 to 9 times a day during the first month after birth, a minimum of 20 diapers is strongly recommended.
Liners (approximately 1 roll per month)
These liners are a must! They help separate the faeces from the diaper before putting it in the laundry. Liners are disposable, which permits easy faeces elimination. You will need to add one liner per diaper.
Additional information: if you breastfeed only, you can limit the liners usage since the faeces are water soluble. However, as soon as you start feeding your baby meals or formulas, you have to separate the faeces before washing the diapers.
Wet bag (4 - 5 total)
Travel bags are very useful for out-of-the-house activities and day care. You will need 2 to 3 travel bags to start with (for your outings), then about 4 to 5 to bring your baby's belongings daily at day care.
Bag for dirty diapers
This bag is useful to store away your dirty diapers in between laundry loads. You can wash the diapers every 2 to 3 days.
Many detergents do the job. What you need to know:
1- Do not use baby wash detergents (this detergent isn’t strong enough to clean the diapers effectively).
2- Do not use fabric softeners or detergents that contain a fabric softener (to keep the diaper absorbency intact).