Cloth diaper problems

Megan - posted on 09/02/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )

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I was dead set on using cloth diapers for my daughter. That was until all of my complications. My little one was born 5 pounds exactly and dropped to almost 4 pounds within a couple of days. The BumGenius diapers are for 8 pounds and up so I had to wait for almost three months before I could put her in them. I had no problems with the paper diapers but when I put her in the cloth diapers I noticed that her urine smelled very strong (like cat pee) and it had my whole house gagging. I wash the diapers every night and made sure to strip them with Dawn soap, then I tried vinegar, then bleach. Still they smell is terrible. I also noticed that my daughter started becoming very colic-y. I thought maybe she was getting sick or something because she is normally a super happy baby. My mother-in-law asked when the colic started and pointed out that it was about the same time as the cloth diapers were started. I thought that was ridiculous (she wasn't really on board with the whole cloth diaper thing) but decided to try anything (5 minutes of sleep at a time for 3 days will leave a girl pretty desperate). As soon as I switched her back to paper diapers she seemed perfectly content and her happy self again. I though for sure it had to be coincidence so I started her back on the cloth diapers. Again with the cat pee smell and crying all day long. I had been double rinsing the diapers and decided to triple rise them but still my little one was so unhappy. So back to paper diapers we went and almost instantly she was fine again. What am I doing wrong? Has anyone else had this problem or is my daughter just super picky? I still would really love to do cloth diapers but I can't keep putting my poor baby through this and frankly I can't handle much more...

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