Cloth Diapering tips
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Jordan - posted on 12/10/2011
I do the same as Aiden wash cycle except I also put Hydrogen peroxide in the hot water cycle to kill bacteria build up in the wash machine and diapers that is transferee, unless you have a sanitizing wash on your washer. Also, diaper creams and cloth diapers do not mix. I use a Diaper Genie II Diaper Pail that I got at my shower with no baggies. No Smell. When I wash the diapers I wipe out the inside of the Diaper Genie and it is ready to go again. I personally love the FLIPS system for starting out with infants and babys and when they get bigger like walking and toddler I love the FLIP covers with the Econobum prefolds as inserts. We use Coth Wipes and I encourage them. Since we changed to cloth wipes, we have had NO rashes. It is awesome. I love the solution we use. It is 2 cups water, 1/8 cup Olive OIl, 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil and 5 drops of Lavender Oil. The poperties of the oil are halthy for babies skin and are anit fungal and antibacterial so they keep those rashes away. *smile*
When your baby gets older you might need to double up inserts/prefolds at night. Enjoy the whole thing, your perspective is what will make this whole experience fun. Don't let others get you down *smile*
Kate - posted on 08/30/2011
I got a few different kinds to see what I'd like best, and suggest you try that. I bought mine used b/c I just can't afford them new which got me basically addicted to Ebay! I looked for brand names cause I was wary of the knockoff brands from China, but they might be good too. I personally really like Grovia One Size cause they're less bulky and have organic cotton liners. Bumgenuis, Babykicks and Fuzzy Buns one size pocket diapers are other favorites. I also do some prefolds and covers and they work well too, but the covers I have aren't one size so I'll have to get more if I want to keep using prefolds. Sunning is awesome for getting out the stains. I mean crazy fast and almost miraculous. Wish it would work like that on other clothes! Go online and look up the best way to wash them (I do a wash in cold-cold, a wash in hot-cold w/detergent, then two rinses), and there are charts with which detergents to use. I don't use a wet pail- I just toss the dirty diapers into a dry bag lined with PUL and when it's wash day throw everything in all together. It doesn't smell awesome so I have a cotton ball soaked with tea tree and lavender in the pail. Cloth wipes are awesome too- they work so much better than disposable wipes. Remember not to use diaper ointment with cloth diapers cause it will make them less absorbent. If you need it use a disposable liner, or I've heard coconut oil has antibacterial/healing properties but doesn't leave residue on the diaper. It smells awesome too!
I hope this helps! Good luck!