If you've arrived at this page, you likely know by now how much conflicting information is out there about whether using disposables or cloth is best for your baby, best for your family, best for the planet. The decision only becomes more complicated by the fact that everyone you ask (or don't) seems to have their own opinion on the subject!
At Diaper Stork, we believe in cloth for three reasons: comfort, cost, and convenience. We also believe that only you know what is best for your family, so we are here to support (not pressure) you!
Diaper Stork currently serves customers in the Seattle metro area, including Bellevue, Redmond, Mercer Island, Burien, Renton, Kirkland, Woodinville, Lynnwood, Bothell, and North Creek.
We love to provide families with an alternative to disposable diapers and will always be assessing cloth diaper service demand outside of these markets. If you live outside of this area but would like to use our diaper service, we would love to hear from you!
Many of our customers live in apartment buildings and we find that each situation is different. Ideally, we would have access to get inside the building (with a key or code) and swap the diapers out side your apartment main door. We can also leave diapers in the lobby or outside in a concealed spot. Please contact us to discuss the specifics of your building.
what kind of diapers are included with your service?
We are proud to use 100% unbleached Indian cotton twill prefolds in our standard diaper service. These diapers are luxuriously soft, thick, and very absorbent.
While prefolds may seem intimidating at first glance, they are very simple to use. Even with the many modern cloth diaper options out there, prefolds have withstood the test of time due to their incredible absorbency, all-natural fibers, and the ability to make a trim and leak-proof fit with a simple adjustment to the fold or tweak of the diaper fastener's tension.
The number of diapers you receive will depend upon the age and size of your baby. The number provided with our standard service should give you as many as you'll need plus a few extra, but additional diapers can be added if needed.
Diapers are provided on a rotation system. You'll receive the number shown below for each of the first two weeks, and starting with the third week you'll receive the number we picked up from the week before. Easy!
We offer four different pricing levels. For the standard price of $110 per month, you receive 90 newborn diapers per week. This is equivalent to 28 cents per diaper. Newborn disposable diapers range from 22 cents to 28 cents per diaper depending on brand, sales discounts, and retailer. With disposable diapers, your weekly garbage will increase by approximately 13 gallons. Depending on your municipality this could increase your utility cost- for example in Seattle it would cost $8.95 per month (as of May 2019) for a household to switch from the 20 gallon garbage bin to the 32 gallon bin. Over the lifetime of the baby, disposable diapers are cheaper than a cloth diaper service unless you factor in the benefit of earlier potty training (6 to 12 months earlier). The most economical way to diaper your baby is to purchase your own cloth diapers or rent our DIY cloth diaper bundle for $23/month and wash at home.
See all price options here.
what is cloth wipe service?
Cloth wipe service is an optional add on service that is an alternative to purchasing disposable wipes. You'll receive 90 wipes for each of the first two weeks, and starting with the third week you'll receive the number we picked up from the week before. Throw used wipes in your Diaper Pail with your dirty diapers. We use OsoCozy flannel wipes. We recommend using Baby Bits or other solution to wet the wipe prior to use. You may fill a diaper warmer with the baby bits solution and dip each wipe in the warm solution prior to use, or use a spray bottle.
Cover service is an alternative to purchasing and washing your own covers at home. We will supply 7 (half service ) or 15 (full service) covers in rotation each week. Starting on the third week, you'll receive the number of covers that we picked up from the week before. A diaper cover can be used through multiple changes until soiled. Throw soiled covers into your Diaper Pail. We use a mix of Thirsties Diaper Cover Newborn (0 to 8 lbs), Thirsties Duo Wrap adjustable small (6 to 18 lbs), Rumparooz adjustable newborn (4 to 15 lbs), Thirsties Duo Wrap adjustable large (18 to 35 lbs) covers. For adjustable covers, make sure you snap to the appropriate size prior to use.
We offer newborn rental covers for $5 each. You'll wash these at home and return to us via your diaper pail when they no longer fit. We also offer larger size diaper cover rentals at $1.50 per cover per month. Once you are a customer, you can request these at My Accountservice change form. Cover rental is a great way to avoid the upfront costs for covers that you use for a shorter time. If using adjustable covers, the first size of covers fit between newborn and 18 lbs (or around 20 weeks), the second size of covers fit for the remaining diapering lifetime of your baby.
With the number of times you're going to be changing your baby's diaper each day, folding a cloth diaper will take no time at all to master.
Below are a couple of our favorite videos demonstrating the various folding techniques you can use with our diapers. Using one or more of these techniques will help you get the perfect fit and absorbency, no matter the size and shape of your baby.
When you sign up for diaper service, a user account will be set up for you where you can maintain your billing information and service details.
On the day you sign up, you'll pay for the first month of service and a one-time setup fee of $25 ($50 for twins service). The first month of service won't start until the day we pick up the first batch of dirties, so feel free to sign up as far in advance as you would like (but please try to give us at least two weeks!).
Going forward, your saved payment method will be charged for each month in advance on the 1st of the month. Depending on when you start service, your first payment maybe pro-rated.
do I need to rinse the diapers before I put them in the pail?
No rinsing or scraping needed! While your baby is being exclusively breast- or formula-fed, simply toss the dirty diaper into the lined diaper pail.
Once Baby starts eating solid foods, you'll plunk the poo into the toilet using the flushable, biodegradable diaper liners that are included in our service. (P.S. did you know that this should be done with disposable diapers as well?) Simply place the liner inside the diaper -- for wet-only changes, just toss the liner into the trash before putting the diaper into the diaper pail. For everything else, shake the soiled liner into the toilet, flush, and done!
This process makes for a super-easy, super-clean diaper change. The best part? An odor-free diaper pail!
Our diaper pails are specifically made for use with cloth diaper services and built to contain odors from a week's worth of cloth diapers. Plunking the solid poo into the toilet before you toss the diaper in will go a long way toward keeping diaper pail odors down. Additionally, once a month we'll provide you with a citrus-scented deodorizing disc that fits into a slot in the diaper pail's lid, free of charge.
Our wash process uses a combination of very hot water and a commercial detergent which has been scientifically proven to rinse away completely. A trace amount of chlorine in each wash ensures that our diapers are completely sanitized after each and every use and multiple rinse cycles ensure that absolutely no residue is left behind -- just clean, soft cotton. Our diapers are periodically PH tested to ensure the wash process is calibrated for baby's skin.
The great news is that although many babies suffer from diaper rash from time to time, you will generally see fewer and less severe outbreaks when you cloth diaper your baby!
In the event that your baby does have an outbreak, please do not use diaper rash creams that contain cod liver oil or petrolatum as these can cause residue buildup over time, staining the diapers and reducing their absorption.
can our service be suspended while we are on vacation?
We can very easily schedule a service hold for you. Head on over to My Account and fill out the Temporary Service Suspension form. Your account will be reimbursed for any weeks you do not use service (no pick-up or delivery) less a $5 processing/rental fee. You must notify us by 9 a.m. on the day prior to your delivery day. If you will be suspending service for more than one week, we ask that you do not leave dirty diapers in your bin for longer than two weeks, please plan accordingly and contact us if you have a special circumstance. For holds longer than 4 weeks, we will pick up your bin and diapers and re-deliver when you return.
Diaper Stork's products can easily be added to any universal baby registry, such as Amazon or Babyli.st. Try this link for Amazon's universal "add to registry" button. Once you have the button, just navigate to the gift certificates page on our website and add the certificates to your registry. Here is a link to Amazon's registry FAQsfor more info.
If you would like friends and family to gift you with cloth diaper service, it is best to add gift certificates to your registry instead of the diaper service itself, as we need important delivery information from you when you sign up.
When friends and loved ones are ready to purchase items from your registry, they will be directed back to Diaper Stork to complete the purchase.
Gift certificates can be purchased directly from our website and emailed or mailed to you. If you have received a gift certificate and would like to apply it to your account, redeem it here.