Cloth Diapering FAQs

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Cloth Diapering FAQs


Is cloth better for my baby's skin?

Yes! Our 100% cotton prefolds are soft, cushy and breathable, while free of fragrances, dyes, potentially harmful chemical byproducts and skin irritants found in disposable diapers. Additionally, we offer all natural, locally made skin products to help clean and soothe even the most sensitive baby's bottom.

How often do I change cloth diapers? How do I know when to change a cloth diaper?

You can check to see if baby’s cloth diaper needs changing by checking inside the waterproof cover. If it feels wet to the touch, or is giving off an odor, it’s probably time for a change. To avoid diaper rash, try to change baby’s diaper as soon as you know it’s wet, and especially if it’s soiled. 2-3 hours is the general rule for how often to change diapers during waking hours.

Do I have to use safety pins?

Nope! We prefer using Snappi fasteners (and include a few with each diaper service). They are super quick and easy to use, and don’t have such sharp ends that risk poking your baby's skin. Fasteners are not necessary for fitted and all-in-one diaper styles.

What kind of diaper cream should I use?

For your convenience, we offer a cloth-safe pairing of Everyday Balm and Rash Relief Cream from Esembly Baby as an add-on purchase with your service. Your baby's skin will love these products made with natural ingredients to prevent, soothe, and heal diaper rash.

Many traditional diaper creams contain ingredients that will build up in the cotton fibers of your diapers, causing staining and repelling (not absorbing baby's pee). It is very important to use a “diaper friendly” cream that washes out of cotton, keeping your diapers fresh and absorbent. If you wish to shop around, look for brands that are free of petroleum, zinc oxide, paraffin, and cod liver oil.

Do I have to rinse or spray the dirty diapers?

Nope! In fact, it is most helpful that you don't scrape, wash, or otherwise treat the soiled diapers at home, as this allows us to handle staining and odor prevention. When you start to introduce solid foods to baby’s diet, we do ask that you shake any solid diaper waste into the toilet (no dunking or swirling, please!) This helps prevent odors in your home, while keeping the diapers in better condition. Flushable liners are also available as an add-on purchase to easily remove solids.

What about childcare? Can I send my child to daycare in cloth?

Yes! You may have heard that daycare and preschools won't allow cloth diapers, but that's not true. Different childcare providers have different policies regarding cloth diapers, and many of them will use your cloth diapers if you ask them to. We recommend calling ahead, and asking if they have any special instructions regarding cloth diaper use.

My baby is growing fast! What do I do when I need a larger size of diaper or cover?

If you're noticing that your newborn covers and/or prefold diapers are starting to fit too snugly around your baby, please contact us so that we can bring you the next size.

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Our Services FAQs


Do you provide everything I need to diaper my baby?

We provide all the basic supplies you need to diaper your baby. Cotton prefolds and covers are a must (although some parents may opt to use their own diaper covers). We automatically include 1 pail liner, which doubles as your pickup & delivery bag.


Our wipes and baby skin care products have been carefully selected as the most useful and best quality products to use while cloth diapering. But you may shop around for different diaper creams, or choose to use disposable wipes instead of adding on the cloth reusable kind. Our optional add-ons allow you to customize which items you’d like to include in your service. Any add-ons will be delivered to you along with your diapers. We think you’re gonna love our selections!

How do I know how many diapers I’ll need? What if I run out before delivery day?

On average, a newborn may go through 10-12 diapers per day. After the first few months, they will typically need fewer and fewer. Our various diaper (and cover) services are designed to provide enough diapers for your baby all week long. Here's a list of the standard, weekly amount of diapers you can expect in any of our sizes and styles:

Prefold Diapers

Newborn size (6-11 lbs.) - up to 100

Infant size (7-15 lbs.) - up to 85

Medium size (11-22 lbs.) up to 75

Regular size (15-30 lbs.) up to 65

Toddler size (30-45 lbs.) up to 55


Fitted Diapers

Size 1 (newborn-14 lbs.) - up to 80

Size 2 (12-22 lbs.) - up to 70

Size 3 (15-33 lbs.) - up to 60


"All-in-One" Diapers

Newborn (birth-12 lbs.) up to 100

One-Size (7-33 lbs.) - up to 80

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Part Time Cloth w/ Paper Subscription

1/2 cloth diaper allotment

+ 1 pack paper diapers

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These amounts are typically plenty for a week of diapering one baby at a time. You can request to add extras for a fee, as needed.

Can Diaper Magic Help me wash diapers at home?

Yes! You can now rent our high-quality diapers for laundering at home for a fraction of the price of regular weekly service. Pricing starts at $10.34/week plus set-up and custom add-on(s) cost. Sign up includes:

1 bag of Esembly Washing Powder

6-pack of Esembly Agitator Balls

2-3 days worth of your preferred diaper style*

(*exact number varies depending on size)

Click here to view the order form for pricing details and additional accessories available to add-on!

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What if I have multiple children in diapers?

We offer a 10% Discount to cloth diaper laundering/delivery services for multiples. This does not apply to retail products, home-laundering rentals, & paper diaper subscriptions.

Do I have to wait until my baby is home to order?

No way! We encourage parents to order early so that you'll be ready to cloth diaper as soon as baby arrives. Just enter your due date on the order form, and you'll get your first delivery about 2 weeks beforehand.

How do I pay for services?

Once your order is processed, we will email a secure invoice to the email address provided via Square. We recommend that you pay this invoice by debit/credit card online, and click to save your card information for your future invoices. You will be billed on a weekly schedule, and may cancel at any time.

If you have received eGift cards to help pay for your service, your invoice will be automatically charged toward the eGift card balance(s)

Don't forget to add Diaper Magic eGift cards to your baby registry!

How do you wash the cloth diapers?

At Diaper Magic, the health and comfort of your baby is our number 1 priority. Our diapers are carefully inspected and sorted by hand to ensure quality and cleanliness. We've designed a rigorous, multi-cycle wash formula to flush, wash and rinse each diaper to perfection. Using large-capacity Electrolux extractors, we are able to reduce our water & energy usage per diaper by combining roughly 6-8 customer bags per load. Each wash load is pH tested and balanced for your baby's sensitive skin. Our formula has been lab tested for sanitation, receiving a score of 100 with excellent findings, absent of harmful bacteria.

I'm still undecided. Do you offer a trial period?

We do not currently offer a trial period. Consider signing up for a week-to-week payment plan, which can be canceled at any time. All sales are final, and we do not offer refunds for service plans.

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Delivery & Pickup FAQs


Do you deliver in my area?

We currently serve Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Cary, Garner, Clayton, Knightdale, & Wendell, North Carolina.


If you're interested in using our service outside of these areas, please contact us. We may be able to make an exception for you, depending on your location. Click here to view our service area.

How do I get my diapers delivered/picked up each week?

After placing your order, we will deliver the diapers to your home for you at no extra cost. You can expect your diapers 1-2 weeks before your due date. We service a different area each day of the week, and you will receive an email confirming your area's delivery day.

You will be responsible for counting & reporting how many clean diapers you have left towards the end of each service week. This is made easy and convenient for you with the use of an online form emailed and texted to you during the final 48 hours before each delivery. Simply enter how many diapers you have remaining and click submit! This helps to ensure you get the correct amount of clean diapers back every week.

Please have your pickup in a safe, accessible, and easy-to-find place (usually just outside your front door or back door, if you'd prefer). You do not have to be home for pickup/delivery. Upon pickup, we will leave your new delivery in its place. Our driver cannot leave your delivery without picking up your last week's liner.

What if I go on vacation for a week?

If you plan on missing a delivery day (for whatever reason), we ask that you contact us in advance, so that we can discuss available options. After two missed deliveries without notice, you will be charged a $10.00 charge to cover fuel costs for the third and each subsequent missed delivery. If the delivery driver is unable to find your pail liner for pickup, it will be considered a missed delivery. Be careful to place your liner outside for pickup by 3:00 pm on your scheduled pickup day.