Can Bum Genius 3.0 be hand washed?

Miri - posted on 02/08/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I just bought my first cloth diaper for my 3 1/2 month old son, and I would like to try it as soon as possible. The only issue I am having is wasting a few washes on just one cloth diaper. Can I do the prewash in cold and then the main wash with my sons clothes. He is exclusively breastfed, so aren't his poops all natural anyway? I am also not sure which detergent to use? How much detergent? How many washes all together? and will the diapers really last until he's potty trained? if so, I will purchase more and forgo the disposables. btw how many do I need? He poops about 3-4 times a day and I lost track of how many times he pees. Which leads me to another question...how often are cloth diapers changed?

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Miri - posted on 02/09/2009

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very helpful... I'm going to try it today for the first time and I'll let you now how it goes...I am so excited! I cant wait to get rid of the disposables

Rkamiyama - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hi, when I first started using cloth diapers, I mixed the diapers with my daughters clothes after they were prewashed once in hot water (my daughter is also exclusively breastfed). I found that the clothes started to smell funny this way. Now I always wash the diapers separately (2 cycles)...but you can try and see how it works for you. As for detergent, you only need to use a very small amount (1/4 of a regular small wash). If you use too much, it creates residue/built-up on the diapers which can effect the diapers absorbency and cause a stink. I use dreft and the eco-friendly costco brand detergent (dreft is a little pricey and I'm phasing it out since she's not sensitive to the other kind). As for the one size diapers, I think they say it fits up to 35 pounds on an average size child. At 4 months I had to unsnap my bumgenius a notch and has been at that one for a while now. Last, I change her diaper like I would if she's in a disposable...I found that the cloth diaper absorbs more and contains her bm's better though. Hope this helps :)

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