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Stripping Cloth Diapers

Stripping?? For mommies?!  Hold on there, this is cloth diaper stripping and it’s something that needs to be done if your diapers have been washed repeatedly in untreated hard water.  The minerals in hard water can deposit into your diaper fabrics over time, allowing uninvited bacteria to hitch a ride.  These minerals can also coat the fibers, causing diapers to repel liquids.

Stripping is a useful tool in your diaper washing toolbox, if it’s necessary.  But it shouldn’t be a regular part of getting your diapers properly cleaned.  A proper wash routine will get your diapers cleaned with no need to strip them.

Keep in mind that if you need help stripping, we’re here for you!  Well, what are friends for?!  But really, contact us.  We’re here to help you understand what you need to do to keep your diapers clean and your baby safe! 

 

The information by Fluff Love University below explains when it’s necessary to strip cloth diapers:

 

Ok, so you’ve determined that you DO need to strip your diapers.  How do you do it?  In a nutshell, the steps are:

  1. Dissolve a mineral removing solution in HOT water (in a top loader or a bathtub)
  2. Add your CLEAN diapers (everything except covers and pockets) and soak for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally
  3. When the water is cool, drain your washer/tub and squeeze the water out of the diapers
  4. Wash items in a WATER ONLY wash cycle
  5. Do a 30 minute COLD bleach soak for all items*
  6. Wash everything 2-4 times using proper main wash cycle for your machine, with detergent and water softener

 

That’s just the wrap-up for a summary at-a-glance.  Below are the full instructions by Fluff Love University:

 

*Wondering why the bleach soak?  The stripping process can bring bacteria to the surface that was trapped in the minerals.  A bleach soak is necessary to kill this bacteria. Skipping it can lead to rashes and burns.  For the full scoop on how to bleach cloth diapers, click here.

 

Remember, a proper wash routine is always key in getting your diapers properly cleaned.  Click here for our link on How to Wash Cloth Diapers and here for our link on Troubleshooting Your Wash Routine.

Happy stripping! 😉

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Sanitizing Cloth Diapers

Sometimes cloth diapers need a stronger cleaning than just your regular wash routine.  Some of these situations include when baby is sick with a bacterial, fungal or yeast infection or when you are using diapers that have been used by someone else.  Also, if you stripped your cloth diapers, you will need to bleach them.

Keep in mind that if you need help with sanitizing your diapers, contact us!  We’re here to help you get your diapers sanitized and squeaky clean!

 

If you’re not sure whether you need to sanitize your diapers, here are a couple helpful reference links.  When baby is sick, it’s not always necessary to sanitize her diapers.  The chart in this link: Baby’s Sick! Do I need to Bleach? by Fluff Love University has a list of when to sanitize and when it’s not needed.  Also, this link (My Diapers Stink! by Fluff Love University) has a helpful chart and more information on when to sanitize and/or strip.  Scroll down to “Do I Need to Strip or Bleach This?”

Sanitizing your diapers too frequently will break down the fabric and wear your diapers out unnecessarily fast.  So you should only sanitize diapers when you really need to.  Stinky diapers are NOT part of regular cloth diapering life!  If your diapers are stinky, you should look to your washing routine first.  Click here for more information on troubleshooting your washing routine.

 

Diapers are most commonly sanitized by bleaching them.  Below is an infographic by Fluff Love University that gives a quick overview on how to bleach cloth diapers:

For the full scoop on how How to Bleach Your Diapers (by Fluff Love University)  you can click here.

 

If you would rather sanitize your diapers without using bleach, there are other options including hydrogen peroxide and borax, Lysol Original Concentrate, and the sanitize cycle on your washing machine.  Click this link for How to Sanitize without Bleach (by Fluff Love University)

 

While sanitizing is not necessary every time your diapers are used, it is important to do when the situation calls for it.  After all, nothing is more important than making sure your baby and her bottom are safe and healthy!

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Troubleshooting Your Washing Routine

A good washing routine will get your diapers good and clean, and doesn’t need regular stripping nor sanitizing of your diaper pieces.  But getting your routine just right may take a bit of trial and error.

Keep in mind that if you’re having trouble getting your diapers clean, contact us!  We’d love to help you sort out the issues and find your ideal wash routine!  It’s what we do 🙂 

 

When your diapers get stinky, I mean REALLY stinky, or if your baby is getting a rash or repeated leaks, you may need to strip and/or sanitize your diapers to reset them, and then make some changes to your wash routine.  Most commonly, a change to your detergent, water softener, agitation, or a combination of these is what is needed to fix wash routine issues.  Below is a breakdown of the issues commonly faced when laundering cloth diapers, as well as what causes them and how to fix them.

 

Some common challenges with cloth diapers are:

  • Ammonia smell
  • Barnyard smell
  • Staining
  • Diaper rash
  • Leaks

Ammonia Smell

Diapers that have ammonia usually smell clean out of the wash, but smell strongly, like it’s singing your nose hairs, when they are urinated in.  This is because there is a build-up of bacteria in the diaper, which turn the urea in urine into ammonia.  If left untreated, this can cause rashes on baby’s skin.  This type of rash will usually look flat and red.  In severe cases, it can leave open sores or can cause a painful chemical burn.

This issue tends to come up in older kids more so than newborn babies because young babies are usually changed more frequently, and have less concentrated urine since they don’t eat solid food yet.  As newborns and babies grown into toddlers, they also sleep longer and those diapers can get more amounts of urine in them.

Another reason ammonia can happen is because of the material used in diapers.  Microfiber is the cheapest absorbent material used in cloth diapers.  This is usually in inner pieces for inserts.  The picture below from dirtydiaperlaundry.com illustrates how microfiber looks under a microscope, compared to a natural fiber:

The shape of microfiber makes it very absorbent, but this also allows bacteria to be trapped in all the little crevices.  Microfiber inserts that are sewn between synthetic layers are even trickier to wash completely clean. Opting for a natural fiber allows bacteria to be washed out more easily, preventing bacteria and ammonia build-up.

How Do I Get it Out?!

You will need to strip and/or bleach your diapers to get them back to square one.  If your diapers have been washed for extended periods of time in untreated hard water or with a weak or home-made detergent, you should strip and sanitize them.  Otherwise just sanitizing them should do the trick.  You can click here for more information on stripping diapers and here for more information on sanitizing diapers.

Once your diapers are ready, make a change to your wash routine.  Try starting with either increasing or changing your detergent and making sure you have adequate agitation.  Make sure you have either an adequately filled HE washer, or a stew consistency in a standard/non-HE washer.  Also, if you have hard water, be sure to use a water softener in your wash, as hard water can deposit minerals into your fibers. These minerals give bacteria a place to stick around.  Plus they can cause repelling issues which can lead to leaks.  Click here for more information on how to wash cloth diapers and choosing a good wash routine.

Also, make sure your baby is well hydrated!  Especially older babies and toddlers may not be drinking enough water, which is making their urine more concentrated.  Not to mention that staying well hydrated is very important for good health and will establish a wonderful habit throughout your child’s life.

 

Barnyard Smell

Another challenge you may run into is barnyard smell.  This is noticeable especially on warm diapers, such as when they’re coming out of the dryer.  Diapers smell musty, like manure, fishy, or just plain stinky.  This is caused by bacteria and soil left behind with an improper wash routine.  Beyond an offensive odor, this can cause rashes on baby’s skin.

How Do I Get it Out?!

Just like with ammonia smell, you will need to strip and/or bleach your diapers to get them back to square one.  If your diapers have been washed for extended periods of time in untreated hard water or with a weak or home-made detergent, you should strip and sanitize them.  Otherwise just sanitizing them should do the trick.  You can click here for more information on stripping diapers and here for more information on sanitizing diapers.

Once your diapers are ready, make a change to your wash routine.  Try starting with either increasing or changing your detergent and making sure you have adequate agitation.  Make sure you have either an adequately filled HE washer, or a stew consistency in a standard/non-HE washer.  Also, if you have hard water, be sure to use a water softener in your wash, as hard water can deposit minerals into your fibers. These minerals give bacteria a place to stick around.  Plus they can cause repelling issues which can lead to leaks.   Click here for more information on how to wash cloth diapers and choosing a good wash routine.

 

Staining

Stains can be frustrating but it’s important to mention that they’re basically just an aesthetic problem and are usually on the inner pieces of cloth diapers, hardly the stuff of family portraits.  If you have a good wash routine and your diapers are stink free, you can safely keep using your stained diapers if you choose to.  Now, if you want to try and get that stain out, the best way is to sun it out!  Lay your diaper flat, outside in sunlight.  Most of the time, the stain will be gone within a few hours.  If it’s not, try spraying some lemon juice on it and leave it out in the sun again.  Just be sure to re-wash a lemon juiced diaper before putting it back on your baby.

 

Diaper Rashes

Diaper rashes tend to occur less frequently in cloth diapered babies due to the breathe-ability of cloth diaper fabrics and the lack of chemicals in the materials.  However, a mild diaper rash is likely to happen at some point on all babies due to the nature of the environment on the inside of diapers- moist, warm and full of bacteria.  All this plus the friction of a moving baby makes for a perfect storm to cause irritation on baby’s delicate skin.

Please keep in mind that this is advice given from one mommy to another.  Listen to your parenting instincts, they’re usually right.  If you feel your baby needs medical attention, especially if a rash is severe or persistent, please consult your pediatrician.

Preventing Diaper Rashes

Changing your baby often, every two to three hours or right away if there’s poop, is a great start for preventing diaper rash.  Most minor rashes clear up in a day or two with minimal intervention.  Diaper cream can help prevent or clear up diaper rashes too.  Make sure to use a cloth-diaper safe diaper cream.  Or you can use a liner to avoid non cloth-diaper safe creams leaving stains or coating your cloth diaper fibers.

If There’s a Persistent Rash

If you have hard water in your home and you haven’t been using a water softener, you may have bacteria building up in your diapers, causing a rash.  Strip and sanitize your diapers to get them back to square one, then add a water softener to your wash routine.    If you have soft water, or you are using a water softener in your wash, you can skip the strip and just sanitize your diapers.  Click here for more information on stripping diapers and here for more information on sanitizing diapers.

Less Common Causes for Diaper Rash

If you tried the advice above and are still encountering diaper rash, there are some other possible causes.  One is a sensitivity to a particular detergent.  This usually causes a rash on the whole body (assuming you are washing baby’s clothes in the same detergent as her diapers) but will be more evident in the diaper area because of increased moisture.  Try a different detergent to see if this helps the rash go away.  Another cause is fabric sensitivity, particularly to synthetic fabrics.  Try lining your diapers will all natural fabrics, or switching to all natural fiber diapers.  Some babies have a sensitivity to wetness.  Try lining your diaper with a layer of fleece.  This will wick away moisture and leave baby’s skin feeling dry. Sometimes babies are sensitive or allergic to the ingredients in disposable wipes.  Try using cloth wipes moistened with water or a gentle home-made solution.  There are lots of DIY recipes but one option is water, coconut or olive oil and baby soap.

 

Leaks

Leaks are more commonly a fit or absorbency (type of inner pieces chosen) issue.  Click here for a link on troubleshooting non-laundry related leaks and here for a link on how to use cloth diapers that explains how to properly put on a cloth diaper.  However, sometimes your wash routine is the culprit in repelling and leaks.

If you haven’t already, start by checking for water hardness.  If you have hard water and haven’t been adding a water softener, you may have minerals being deposited into your diaper fabrics.  These minerals coat your fabrics causing them to repel liquids and lead to leaks.  You will need to strip and sanitize your diapers to get them back to square one.  Then be sure to use a water softener as part of your regular wash routine.  Click here for more information on stripping diapers and here for more information on sanitizing diapers.

Also, if you have been using fabric softener or dryer sheets when washing and drying your diapers you may have unintentionally been coating your fibers decreasing their absorbency.  You will need to strip and sanitize your diapers to get them back to square one.  Click here for more information on stripping diapers and here for more information on sanitizing diapers.

If your diapers are newer and are made of natural, especially organic, unbleached fabrics, such as cotton or hemp, they may still have natural oils coating the fibers.  These oils are usually washed out when you prep diapers for their first use.  Sometimes these oils are stubborn in washing out.  Try using these diapers for daytime for a few rotations.  Once they’ve been washed a few more times, try them again.  The oils will gradually wash out and your fabrics will reach their full absorbency.

If you have recently stripped your diapers and are experiencing leaks, they may be leaking because they are actually cleaner!  The stripped fibers absorb liquids more readily but also release them more quickly, particularly in the form of compression leaks.  If you had been double-stuffing diaper inserts before stripping, try switching to a single insert after stripping.  Making sure you closely follow stripping guidelines will help minimize leaks after this process.

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How To Wash Cloth Diapers

There are different ways to get your diapers clean and everyone has a slightly different routine.  In addition, different diaper manufacturers have different recommendations, and different washing machines will need a different routine when washing cloth diapers.  It’s really not as complicated as it looks by the length of this post!  The abbreviated version of all this comes down to:

  1. Prewash: quick setting with warm water, a little detergent and water softener, if needed
  2. Main Wash: longer setting with hot water, detergent and water softener, if needed
  3. Line dry outer pieces.  Dry the rest in the dryer.

 

If you need help sorting though it all, we would love to do a one-on-one consultation.  It’s kind of our thing.  Contact us to set one up!

 

Getting Everything Ready

Before getting started, you need to know whether you have hard water.  If you do, you will need to add a water softener.  Hard water will gradually deposit minerals onto your cloth diapers which will hold on to bacteria.  Yuck!  Mineral deposits can also lead to your diapers repelling liquids, causing leaks.

Also, you will need a cloth-diaper-friendly laundry detergent.  Fluff Love University has a comprehensive list of recommendations here,  but the chart below is a really good way to sum it up:

Finally, you will need to know the settings to use for your specific washing machine.  Fortunately, Fluff Love University has a very complete index of manufacturers here and a recommendation of the settings that will be right for you.  There is a general set of recommendations below, but it’s good piece of mind to have settings specifically chosen for your machine.

Make sure all your diaper outer pieces are separate from your inner pieces.  Also, make sure all solid waste has been removed from the diapers.  It’s generally recommended to wash diapers every 2-3 days.  Any longer than that and stink, stains and bacteria can really set in.

Toss all your dirty diaper pieces, and the liner for your dirty diaper pail, into the washer.  If you have a front-loader HE machine, make sure it is at least 2/3 full.  A top loader HE machine needs to be at least 3/4 full.  Add small items if you need to make a load bigger (nothing bigger than a receiving blanket).   For additional information on washing cloth diapers in an HE machine, check out this link on Fluff Love University.

If you have a standard/non-HE washer with a spiral agitator, you want your laundry to water ratio so that your wash resembles a stew consistency.  To check the consistency, fill up the washer with laundry and water.  Pause the cycle and open the lid.  Once the agitator is still, put your palm gently in the water and press down until you start to feel resistance and stop.  You should have 3-4 inches of water on top.  If you have more water, add laundry pieces (nothing bigger than a receiving blanket).  If you have less than 3-4 inches of water, take some laundry out.  If you have a standard/non-HE washer with a paddle agitator, check for a soupy stew consistency.  Instructions are the same as above, but look for 4-5 inches of water above your laundry.  Smaller laundry loads are also recommended for this type of washer.  For additional information on washing cloth diapers in a standard/non-HE machine, check out this link on Fluff Love University.

Making sure your washer is adequately full is very important!  The agitation in the wash is a big part of how diapers scrub against one another to release soiled particles and get cleaned well.  Ok, now that you have everything ready, it’s time to wash those diapers!

 

Pre-Wash

First, you’ll do a prewash to get the surface soil out of your dirty diapers.  Run a quick cycle with warm water using a little bit of detergent and water softener, if needed.  Generally speaking, this cycle needs to be 30-45 minutes long and have a decent amount of agitation to remove the surface soil from your diapers.  Always select the highest spin and highest soil settings.  Turn off any additional rinses or prewash options.

When this cycle is done, open up the washer and peel off any pieces that are stuck to the drum.  Fluff up the diapers a bit and get ready to start your main cycle.

 

Main Wash

Next you’ll do your main wash.  This cycle deep cleans all the layers of fabric in your diapers.  For your main wash, run a long cycle with hot water using the recommended full amount of detergent and water softener if needed.  Choose the longest cycle setting with the strongest agitation. Always select the highest spin and highest soil settings.  Turn off any additional rinses or prewash options.

As for drying, you can either hang dry or toss pieces in the dryer.  Keep in mind that the more care you take with your diapers, the longer they will last.  If you put outer pieces in the dryer, do not stretch the elastic while it is still hot as this will cause the elastics to stretch prematurely.  Also, if you hang dry, put outer pieces to lay lengthwise or by the middle, so the weight of the entire wet diaper is not pulling on the elastics.  The inner pieces are generally ok to just go in the dryer.

Synthetic fabric softeners should be avoided because they tend to coat your fabrics and repel liquids.  Natural fabric softeners are safe to use with cloth diapers.  Wool dryer balls are another great natural alternative for keeping your fabrics soft.

 

Special Situations

Certain situations call for something stronger than your regular wash routine.  If your diapers need to be stripped, sanitized or if you need some troubleshooting with your wash routine, click on the links below:

 

All in all, cloth diapers present more work than disposables.  That might be true.  But it’s an easy piece to fit into your parenting routine.  Laundry?  Babies give you plenty of that anyhow.  The rest can easily work into your days and you’ll know you are doing better by your baby, your wallet, and your planet.

 

 

 

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How to Use Cloth Diapers

Let’s start off by saying that to read this, as opposed to seeing it are two very different things.  There will be lots of words below, and it might seem like a complicated mess to read, but it’s totally simple, once you’re actually doing it.

Also, we love to do one-on-one consultations, it’s kind of our thing.  So give us a call and we can chat all about it in person!

 

First of all, when you get a new cloth diaper, you need to prep it.  This will wash off any residue from the manufacturing process as well as prepare the fibers for their intended absorbency.  If diapers are pre-loved (aka cloth diaper cutesy talk for used) they should be stripped first.  You can read more about this is How to Wash Cloth Diapers.

 

How to prepare (prep) diapers for first use:

  1. Separate outer pieces (covers, pockets) from inner pieces (inserts, prefolds, flats).  Separate natural fibers (cotton, hemp) from synthetic fibers (microfiber, microterry, bamboo, charcoal bamboo).  Check manufacturer’s specific instructions (especially for AIOs) and defer to their recommendations, if different from these below.
  2. Find the settings you should use for your specific washer.  (FluffLoveUniversity.com has a directory of manufacturers and models).  Settings will be different if you have a top loader or front loader.
  3. Take inner pieces with natural fibers, and wash (in hot water cycle with cloth-diaper-friendly soap) and dry (NEVER with fabric softener or dryer sheets.  Can use wool dryer balls, if wanted) 4-6 times. This will strip natural oils that prevent full absorbency. You want these oils out of your diapers, so you need to keep the synthetic materials out for now to prevent them from getting these natural oils on them, since these will repel liquids.  Organic, unbleached cotton may need a few more washes and dries to be fully ready. Cotton prefolds will shrink, quilt, and soften the more you wash them.
  4. Wash synthetic fibers and outer pieces in warm or hot cycle (soap is optional, but recommended).  One cycle is enough. This step is to remove any dirties from manufacturing process. Take out outer pieces and line dry.  Dry inner pieces in dryer.

 

How to put together a diaper to be ready to use:

  1. Snap the rise snaps (the bottom rows) to fit your baby.  Tuck up, not down to get a good fit on the legs.
  2. Choose the inner pieces you want to use, depending on your absorbency needs, and stuff the diaper (or have a prefold/flat/FST/fitted ready to use)
  3. Add a liner, if you are using one (can be disposable or washable)

 

When it’s time for a diaper change (every 2-3 hours):

  1. Before starting, have a clean diaper put together and snapped to size
  2. Take off the dirty diaper and set it aside.  
  3. Open the clean diaper under the baby.  Cloth diapers hug baby’s hips (instead of fitting high on the back, like a disposable) so they will lay low across baby’s hips.  
  4. Bring the top part to the front, making sure the leg gussets are tucked securely into the crease at baby’s legs.  The front starts out high on baby’s tummy (but will be below baby’s belly button when you’re done.)  Hug the front flat against baby’s tummy.
  5. Take the side tabs from the back and pull up and around to circle and hug around baby’s hips.  Snap into place starting with hip snaps and then remaining snaps, or velcro.
  6. Tuck in any insert/prefold if it’s sticking out.  Make sure there are no gaps in the legs but that it’s not too tight (should easily pull off when you pull with your finger).  It’s ok if there’s a little belly gap. Baby is free to go!
  7. Now the dirty diaper.  If there’s poop, take it off (by flushing the insert, spraying it off, or however you choose.  You can skip this if baby is exclusively breast fed.) Separate the inner piece from the cover/pocket and put both in the dirty diaper pail.  Your pail should have some ventilation to prevent odors.
  8. If it was pee, take out the liner (if using one.  Trash it if disposable.) If AIO, it goes in the wash.  If pocket, separate inner piece and they both go in the wash.  If cover, put the inner piece in the wash, and put the cover aside to use again next time.
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Types of Diapers

There are several types of cloth diapers, both the outside pieces and the inner pieces.  This might sound overwhelming at first, but you’ll learn to love it, because it will give you the flexibility to pick the pieces of your diaper stash to best fit your needs.

By the way, we offer one-on-one consultations to help you sort through the fluff and build your perfect stash.  It’s kind of our thing.  Contact us to set one up!

 

Let’s start with the part that goes on the outside of the diaper.  These typically do not provide the actual absorbency, the inner piece (get it?) will do that job, but we’ll get to it in a minute.

Covers:

Covers are the most straightforward way to use cloth diapers.  The cover is a waterproof layer that goes on top of an absorbent inner piece.  Covers are usually the cheapest way to cloth diaper.  The biggest benefit is you can use a cover with any type of inner piece you choose.   And if there’s no poop, you can keep using it without dirtying another diaper cover.  They are typically pretty easy to put together and to use.

 

Pockets:

A pocket diaper has a pocket for the inner piece.  Pockets are separate from inner pieces (like a cover) but they get dirty every time you use it (like an AIO, below).  They are still very customizable, because you can stuff them with any kind of inner piece you want. But they take a little extra work, because you have to stuff the pockets and make sure the inner pieces lay flat and don’t bunch or wrinkle.

 

All In One (AIO):

These are a cover and inner piece all sewn together.  They are the most convenient to use, because it’s all one piece, like a disposable.  But they are also typically the most expensive. Also, they have to be washed each time they are used.  They are the least customizable option, but you can add layers for extra absorbency.

 

All In Two (AI2):

These are basically a cover or pocket that has an inner piece that attaches to the outer piece, usually with snaps.  Your inner piece will stay in place and won’t shift or bunch, which is a benefit. Also, once your diaper is snapped together, it is essentially one piece, like an AIO.  But you have to use the same brand for both pieces, which can make them more expensive and less customizable.  However, you can usually unsnap the branded insert, and use any kind of insert you want.  These are sometimes called hybrids because they can behave like an AIO, or a cover or pocket.

 

Now, let’s talk about the inner pieces that give the diapers their absorbency:

Inserts:

These are a pad that goes in the center of the diaper or in a pocket.  The come in a variety of materials that will vary in absorbency and thickness.  They are most commonly microfiber, bamboo, hemp, cotton, charcoal bamboo, or a combined layering of these.

 

Flats (or flour sack towels or FSTs)

These are a large square that can be folded down to lots of different shapes and sizes.  They are what you may think of traditionally when you think of cloth diapers. They are usually cotton and are very easy to wash.  They can be folded very simply (half, then half, then thirds) or in more intricate folds that may take a learning curve to use.  They can be very versatile and are a very low cost alternative for inner pieces.

 

Prefolds:

These are several flats sewn together, with additional layers in the center.  They can be folded into a simple pad shape or into more fitted shapes.  They are also a very versatile and low cost piece to have in your diaper stash.

 

Fitteds:

These are flats material sewn into a diaper shape that fits snug to baby’s bottom. These are highly recommended for newborns.  They are not waterproof and need will need a cover.  However, they can be worn without a cover, if you want to air out baby’s tush, without leaving them completely unprotected in case of an accident.

 

One final note on the types of materials that make up inserts.  As mentioned above, the inserts are made of various materials, each with different characteristics.  They can be chosen depending on what you need (light wetter vs. heavy wetter, daytime vs. nighttime) or layered for a custom solution for your particular baby.  Below is a quick breakdown of the types of fabrics and their pros and cons:

  • Microfiber– A lot of diapers, especially pockets come with microfiber inserts.  They are a synthetic fabric that absorbs quickly and are inexpensive.  However, they are thick and don’t hold liquid well when squished around.  A very important thing to note is that microfiber CANNOT be used directly against baby’s skin.  It is SO absorbent, that it will dry them out and cause a terrible rash.  They can go in pockets though or be wrapped in flats, prefolds, or FSTs.
  • Hemp– These inserts are touchably soft, and thin.  Hemp is a natural fiber, making pieces that hold wetness really well, but don’t absorb very quickly.  Also, since they hold deeply onto wetness, they take a long time to dry after being washed.
  • Bamboo- Bamboo is made from a processed form of rayon so it actually behaves like a synthetic fiber.  It is the thinnnest material for inserts and is soft as well.  Like hemp, it doesn’t absorb wetness very quickly, but it holds onto it very well. 
  • Charcoal bamboo– These tend to be pricey but work extremely well.  They are not a natural material.  They absorb wetness quickly and hold onto it over time and wiggles.  They also dry very quickly after being washed.

 

It can be a lot to process, but we’re here for you!  Contact us to set up a one-on-one consultation to find the best solution for you, your baby, and your life!  We also have a one-month rental package, which has a range of diaper types and brands, so you can give them a test run and see what you like best!

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Why Cloth Diaper?

Putting a disposable diaper on your baby is one of those things that modern life has just kind of built into parenting.  It all seems great at first.  Convenient to use, no need to touch the mess, no hassle with figuring out how to put the thing on, and no time spent washing the nasty stuff out.  What’s not to like?  Well, as with lots of “modern conveniences” that often get taken for granted as great improvements to our life, this one deserves a second thought.

 

You’ll Save Money

For starters, cloth diapering will save you money in the long run.  Birth to potty training, you can easily spend $1500-$2000 on disposables.  With cloth diapers, you invest your money up front, but will re-use those diapers for the next 2-3 years and can use them on the next baby too.  You can also re-sell them and get some of your money back.

You’ll reduce waste

Disposable diapers can sit in a landfill for 500 years before they decompose!  Using cloth diapers is a responsible choice to do your part in helping the planet.

Natural Materials

Disposable diapers contain chemicals to make them absorbent.  Many diaper companies don’t disclose the materials that are even in their diapers.  These materials are sitting on baby’s skin 24/7 for years of their life!  Cloth diapers are made of soft, natural fibers. They can even be unbleached and organic for the most natural option for baby’s delicate skin.

They’re so Cute!

Let’s face it, cloth diapers are darn cute.  There are several type of diapers, so you can choose what will be most convenient for your family and your life.  And then you get to choose from all the adorable prints and styles!

 

If you’re thinking about cloth diapering, but nervous to take the leap, contact us!  We’d be happy to answer any questions and help you make the best choice for your family and your lifestyle.