My Sweet Pickle’s Newborn Cloth Diaper Rental Information
Why should I cloth diaper my newborn and why should I rent cloth diapers vs buy them?
There are many reasons to cloth diaper a newborn including fewer blowout diapers, potential money savings, potentially better for the environment and also some babies bottom’s just do better in cloth vs. disposable. Newborn cloth diapers are great on newborns vs. one-size diapers because they fit better and there’s less bulk, plus some one size diapers are too big for a newborn baby.
If you want to use AIO style diapers to cloth diaper your newborn renting may be the way to go. We did a little calculation and our rental program works out to $0.98 - $1.22 cost per day to rent newborn cloth diapers from us (cost will vary depending on how many you rent). You do have to pay a deposit per diaper up front which can be a little intimidating, however that’s refundable (see more info below). On average, if you were to use disposables on your newborn, it would cost you anywhere from $1.00 per day to $3.50 per day (based on 10 diapers per day and $0.10 - $0.35 per diaper) plus you’ll need disposable wipes. If you plan on using prefold cloth diapers and covers, you should buy those as that’s a very inexpensive way to cloth diaper your newborn.
Why rent though? Why not just buy? Because if you already intend on cloth diapering your newborn with newborn AIO, hands down, it’s much LESS expensive and less hassle. When you’re done, you ship them back to us and we issue you store credit or cash back and store credit (see more info below) and that’s it. End of day, the only money you are out is the rental fee and the cost to ship the diapers back to us (and please contact us and we’ll help you determine the cheapest way to ship – we are pro shippers!). We ship you brand new diapers! You won’t have to worry about sanitizing new diaper or what condition they might be in. Of course we expect you to take good care of your rental diapers, but just remember, they are diapers, we expect them to come back to us stained and with evidence of light to moderate use.
What is the fee per month (30 day period) to rent newborn cloth diapers?
We charge a flat monthly rental fee of $34.99 for renting out up to 36 diapers. 37 - 48 diapers is $46.99/month and 49-60 diapers is $58.99/month. If you need more than 60, contact us for a quote. We also will require you pay deposit per diaper. The amount of the deposit varies based on which diapers you want to order and is fully refundable in the form of store credit or store credit/cash refund (see more info below) after the diapers are return and inspected for any damage. You can pay your rental fee here.
Please note: You do not receive reward points for a cloth diaper rental. Coupons cannot be used in conjunction with newborn cloth diaper rentals.
When should I order?
We will ship them to you two weeks before your estimated due date (EDD) or other date that your provide us. Your rental period will start on your EDD or other date provided. This will allow you time to wash (prep) them for use. If for any reason you need your diapers earlier that originally requested, please contact us and we will try our best to accommodate your request.
How many do I need?
Most newborns will go through 10-12 diapers per day, maybe more. If you don't want to wash daily, we'd recommend at least 24. If you have twins, double that number. Some people like to supplement their newborn cloth diaper supply with newborn prefolds and newborn size covers.
What if I want to use them for longer than the rental time I purchased?
To extend your rental period, please just purchase additional month(s) just as you did when you originally paid the rental fee. You can do this at any time.
How do I return my diapers when I'm done?
Return shipping costs are the renter's responsibility. We can help you determine the least expensive way to ship back to My Sweet Pickles. We highly recommend you purchase a delivery confirmation because if we do not receive them back, the renter will not receive their deposit back. Diapers must be returned to us within two weeks of your rental period ending. For every week that they are late, we will deduct $10 from your deposit. Your diapers must be returned clean, however, we do expect some staining. If you choose to not return any diaper(s), we will deduct the deposit from your deposit refund. Please contact us here for return address.
When will I get my deposit back? Can I receive store credit instead of cash back to purchase my one size stash? (Updated 10/1/2014)
When we receive the rental diapers back, we will count and inspect them for damage (such as using a non-cloth safe cream, rips or other damage). From there, we will contact you and give you one of the following options: 1) 1/2 of your deposit will come back to you as store credit and the other half will be refunded to your credit card or paypal account 2) We can issue you a gift certificate in the amount of your total deposit plus 10% (better deal). Your deposit will be return/gift certificate issued within 72 hours of us receiving confirmation of how you would like your refund. Please note that refunds will be either sent to you via Paypal or you will need to request a paper check. We cannot refund a credit card payment as the time between purchase and return exceeds the time allowed by our credit card processor to refund the payment. Please watch for an email in your inbox from us when returning your diapers.
What are the terms and conditions I need to follow in order to get my deposit back?
You can find them HERE.
What detergent should I be using? How do I wash my diapers?
Please use detergents free of softeners and if possible optical brighteners and perfumes. Never use fabric softeners or dryer sheets when washing/drying your rental diapers. This can ruin them. Please also never use bleach, vinegar, or any other laundry additive before contacting us. A simple wash routine is: remove all solids from diapers (if any), warm or cold soak/rinse, hot wash (please avoid sanitary cycle as this can hurt the waterproof outer), and then an extra cold rinse at the end. Use approximately 1/2 of the manufacturers recommended amount of detergent if using a mainstream detergent such as All or Tide. If you are using a natural detergent such as EcoSprout, etc, please follow the directions on the package. If you are having repelling, ammonia or barn yard stink issues, please contact us and we will help you get your diapers fixed up!
Feel free to either line dry your diapers or dry in your dryer on medium. Remember to secure the Velcro on the laundry tabs if applicable.
How do I prep my diapers?
Diaper Rite Newborn AIO and the BumGenius Newborn AIO require just one wash with detergent and they are good to go. Smart Bottoms Born Smart Newborn AIO, Blueberry Simplex Newborn AIO, Grovia Newborn AIO, Thirsties Natural Fiber Newborn AIO should be washed several times before use. If you only wash them once, that’s fine, just know you may get some leaks until the they are fully prepped.
What if my diapers are stained?
its okay! It happens, but if stains drive you crazy, after you take then out of the wash, dry them in the sun for a few hours. Do not leave them in the sun all day though. This could cause damage to the waterproof outer (PUL). Also, spraying or rinsing your diapers after a baby BM can help reduce staining. This should take away/reduce the staining. Please do not use any other enzyme based stain removers/preventers on your rental diapers.
What kind of diaper creams should I use? What should I avoid?
CJs Butter, Grovia Magic Stick and Lusa Booty Balm are a few diaper rash creams/preventers that we carry and are cloth safe. Coconut oil (available at your local natural food store) is also cloth safe and is good to be used to prevent rashes. Do NOT use any zinc based creams while using your rental diapers unless you are using either a fleece or disposable liner. An example of a zinc based creams is Desitin. If this does get on your diaper, we will not refund you your deposit for the diaper that is damaged. It is virtually impossible to get this off of cloth diapers available in our rental program.
What else do I need?
Some items we recommend are:
- 20-30 cloth wipes. You can also make a wipe solution if you like with Wipe Bits
- Either 2 pail liners or 2 large hanging wet bags (this way you have a backup on laundry day)
- 1 or 2 medium sized wet bags for the diaper bag
- Fleece liners or disposable liners in case you need to use a Zinc based rash cream.
- CJs Butter or other cloth safe cream
- A diaper sprayer to remove solids or reduce staining (not necessary but nice to have!)