Cloth Diapers 101
Cloth Diapering my Baby Series: Pre-birth to Week 2 March 04 2017
By Sarah Downey, Co-Founder of Glow Bug Cloth Diapers
From the day I found out I was pregnant with Evelyn, one of the things I was the most excited about was cloth diapering again since Gloria had been out of diapers for over three years and we have so many new and adorable prints!! Also, when Gloria was in diapers, the whole philosophy of washing cloth diapers was so different. I only used a tablespoon of soap to wash her diapers and had to strip them twice a month because of ammonia. Her diapers always had stains and stank! Now we know that the entire industry was wrong about washing and we base our washing advice on science. I was excited to do things right this time around. (For more info on washing instructions, check out Fluff Love University here. http://www.
- 8 parts water
- 2 parts witch hazel
- 1 part aloe juice
- 1 part olive oil
- 1 part baby shampoo
- Cloth wipes
- A spray bottle with wipes solution to moisten the cloth wipes
- Wet bags
- Changes of clothes
- Receiving blankets for under her in case she pees during a change
Oh, and if you want to use an old disposable wipes container and make your cloth wipes pop coming out of the container like disposables, I learned how to do this from the amazing Dirty Diaper Laundry: http://
Trying to Figure Out Cloth Diapers? Start Here! May 23 2016
Welcome to the World of Cloth Diapers! We're here to help you avoid feeling overwhelmed! There is a lot of info out there and a lot of words and concepts you may be totally unfamiliar with. Not to worry! Start here with our guide on the different types of cloth diapers starting at the beginning and working our way through how cloth diapers have evolved. The main thing that makes every kind of cloth diaper the same is that they all have a part that is meant to absorb and another part that is meant to be waterproof.
- The original diapers!
- The absorbent part is a large square of cotton that is folded into the shape of diaper to fit your baby
- The diaper used to be secured on the baby by using a diaper pin but now you can use a Snappi or Boingo
- The waterproof part is called "rubber pants" that are a separate underwear-shaped item with elastics that slide up and over the pinned diaper and come in different sizes
- Now instead of rubber pants there are waterproof covers available that attach with either snaps or velcro or are one piece made of wool
- These are the cheapest option but tend to be more work with folding, pinning or attaching with a device and using separate rubber pants or covers for waterproofing
- Similar to flats but the fabric is folded and sewn so that there are extra layers in the middle of the rectangle of cotton
- The absorbent part is rectangle of cotton that can be found in different sizes depending on the size of the baby
- The pre-fold needs to be folded into the shape of diaper
- The diaper is secured on the baby by using a device that adheres to the fabric with teeth such as a Snappi or a Boingo
- A diaper pin can also be used to attach the diaper
- The waterproof part is called a cover and it is a separate diaper-shaped item with elastics and velcro or snapps that can be different sizes or one-size.
- Pre-folds are another cheap option but with unlike flats, you need to buy the different sizes of pre-folds as the baby grows
- Pre-folds tend to be more work with folding, attaching and using a separate cover for waterproofing
- The absorbent part is contoured and shaped like a modern diaper and can attach onto the baby with snaps or velcro without an extra attaching device
- Fitteds can be made out of cotton, bamboo or hemp
- The waterproof part that is used with most fitteds is called a cover and it is a separate diaper-shaped item with elastics or velcro that can be sized or one-size.
- These are more expensive than pre-folds and tend to be bulky but also still have two parts that need to be separately attached on to the baby to form a complete system
- Called an AIO for short
- The absorbent part and the waterproof part are sewn together in one diaper with elastics so that everything you need is "all-in-one"
- The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps that are all a part of the diaper
- The absorbent layers of the AOI can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber
- There may or may not be a lining layer that is made of stay-dry material to keep the baby's skin dry
- The waterproof layer is made of polyester or cotton that is laminated with polyurethane
- AOIs are the most expensive diapers and they tend to take a long time to wash and dry because of all the attached layers
- Called an AI2 for short
- The absorbent parts are removable pads that are snapped in to the waterproof cover
- The pads can be kept in place and the whole diaper can be changed to use it as a AIO or the just the pads can be changed to use it as a cover
- The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps that are a part of the cover that can be sized or one-size
- The absorbent pads can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber.
- There may or may not be a lining layer on top of the pads that is made of stay-dry material to keep the baby's skin dry
- The waterproof layer is made of polyester that is laminated with polyurethane and may have a stay-dry lining sewn inside
- AI2s are about as expensive as AIOs and they tend to take a bit more practice to get used to using them
- Most modern cloth diaper users prefer pocket-style diapers
- The diaper is like an AIO but the outer waterproof part and the inner stay-dry lining are sewn together except for one opening and the absorbent part is not attached and placed in between these layers in the "pocket"
- The diaper is attached using velcro or snaps and can be sized or one-size
- The absorbent part is called an "insert" and can be made out of cotton, bamboo, hemp or microfiber and you can use as many inserts as your baby needs
- The waterproof layer is made of polyester or cotton that is laminated with polyurethane
- These are cheaper than AIOs, easy to use and are quick to wash and dry
- Like a pocket-style diaper but with two openings called a sleeve-style diaper that is easier to stuff and adjust
- The outer waterproof part and the unique SlimDry lining are sewn together along the sides and the openings are in the top and back but are covered by waterproof flaps to prevent leaks
- The inner lining has a special patent-pending round elastic feature called a 360 gusset that traps mess in the center of the diaper to prevent blow-outs
- The diaper is attached and adjusted using snaps and is one-size from 7 lbs - 35+ lbs
- The newborn crossover snaps on the tabs get the diaper really small for tiny newborns
- The additional hip snaps on the tabs help to keep the diaper from drooping on active babies
- The inserts attach with snaps so that the diaper can be used as either an AIO or a pocket
- There are 3 different insert options; bamboo, microfiber and overnight/heavy wetter Mr. Clock contoured 4 layer inserts
- Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are sold either in packages with 12 diapers, 12 bamboo or microfiber inserts, 6 Mr. Clock inserts and 1 waterproof wet bag or in Sample Kits with one of each item to try
- The waterproof layer in the diapers and the wet bags are made of polyester that is laminated with polyurethane
- The packages are available in 3 collections of prints that change every year and hold their re-sale value
- Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are cheaper than AIOs, AI2s and most pocket diapers and are very easy to use, are quick to wash and dry, have less blow-outs and are very trim
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Cloth Wipes 101 August 26 2015
Cloth wipes and cloth diapers go together like peas and carrots. It follows naturally if you are already washing your diapers to wash your wipes along with your diapers! Here is everything you need to know:
- Cloth wipes are basically just like washcloths. They are generally made of a terry cloth material so that the texture of the cloth can easily clean the skin
- It is best to have on hand at least 1 cloth wipe per pee and 2 per poop. For a newborn, we'd recommend at least 48 wipes. For an older baby 24 wipes is a good number. You can buy Glow Bug Bamboo Wipes in 12 packs here.
- Sarah's favorite way to use cloth wipes on her babies was with a small spray bottle of water. Simply spray a bit of water on each wipe before you use it to moisten the cloth. Pick up a 2 pack at the dollar store so you will have one in your diaper bag and one at your change table.
- Here is a great recipe for wipes solution if you want a little more than just water in your spray bottle: 1 cup witch hazel, 1/2 cup aloe vera juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- We do not recommend using essential oils in wipe solution as it should be avoided for use on the skin for children under 2 years old
- Once a wipe is used, throw it in the diaper pail or wet bag with your diapers if it was for a pee, a breastfed poop or just a tiny amount of formula fed or solid poop
- If it is a very poopy wipe and the baby is not exclusively breastfed, same rules apply as with your diapers. You will need to rinse the wipe along with your diaper the remove the poop and then put everything in your diaper pail or wet bag
- One trick Neta loved when her babies were in diapers was after wiping to pat the baby dry with a fresh cloth wipe and then leave it for the next wipe to use at the next diaper change
- If you want to make your cloth wipes "pop up" just like disposable wipes, here is a great tutorial from Dirty Diaper Laundry
- Cloth wipes are ok to go in wipes warmers. Please follow manufacturer's recommendations.
Conventional vs. Residue-Free Detergent for Washing Cloth Diapers February 04 2015
In the spirit of #ClothCommunity Day, we polled our Glow Bug and Friends group to find out a bit more about the diversity of washing routines among the people who use our diapers. We understand that one size washing routine does not and cannot fit all. As a company, we have always erred on the side of caution and recommended "residue-free" detergent because these detergents have the least number of chemical additives. This does not mean that "residue-free" detergents do not have strong ingredients. These detergents often have all the primary ingredients that conventional brands have just without the chemical additives and fragrances. What it comes down to is what works best for you and what you feel comfortable with. If you start off with "residue-free" detergent and you find that you cannot get it to work for you, try switching to a different brand with different ingredients. It may be the case that you need the enzymes in a conventional brand to get your diapers clean. If you start off using "conventional" detergent and you find that something is not right, try switching to a different brand with a different set of ingredients. You may find that your baby's skin is reacting to the fragrance in the detergent and you will have more success with an unscented brand. There is no "perfect" detergent that will work for everyone. As our post showed, there are many different routines and detergents that work well for people. As a company, we support what works and keeps your diapers leak and stink free without causing irritation to your baby's skin or damaging your diapers. If you need troubleshooting help because of leak or stink issues, please fill out our Troubleshooting Form here.
US CSPC Children’s Product Certificate - CPSIA Compliance January 21 2015
Every once and a while we get questions like "Are Glow Bug diapers CPSIA Compliant? or "Have you tested your diapers for lead?" There is a lot of mis-information and fear out there so here is the straight goods directly from the Small Business Ombudsman at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"CPSC staff have viewed PUL that is physically inaccessible to the child’s body as not requiring lead testing. And, as you see in the hyperlinked citations, polyester is always exempt from lead testing." 16 CFR 1500.91
The material that does touch the baby's skin in our diapers is made out of polyester so it is also considered exempt from flammability testing:
(d) Specific exemptions. Experience gained from years of testing in accordance with the Standard demonstrates that certain fabrics consistently yield acceptable results when tested in accordance with the Standard. Therefore, persons and firms issuing an initial guaranty of any of the following types of fabrics, or of products made entirely from one or more of these fabrics, are exempt from any requirement for testing to support guaranties of those fabrics:
(1) Plain surface fabrics, regardless of fiber content, weighing 2.6 ounces per square yard or more; and
(2) All fabrics, both plain surface and raised-fiber surface textiles, regardless of weight, made entirely from any of the following fibers or entirely from combination of the following fibers: acrylic, modacrylic, nylon, olefin, polyester, wool.
So in short, because our diapers have PUL that does not touch the baby's skin and are made from polyester, we are exempt from testing requirements and are therefore CPSIA Compliant. Here is a copy of our compliance certificate.
Our snaps and zipper have been tested and have been found to be free of lead and compliant. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the testing certificate.
Why Choose Glow Bug Cloth Diapers June 11 2014We recently conducted a customer survey and found some amazing results. According to the vast majority of the feedback that we received, our customers simply love our products. It is interesting to note that 70% of all the respondents to our survey had never seen one of our diapers in person before purchasing. They relied on our amazing reviews, recommendations from bloggers, family members and friends and our customer reviews to make their decision. After purchasing and using our diapers, 92% of our customers would recommend our diapers to a family member or friends and 95% of our customers reported that they were satisfied with their Glow Bug Cloth Diapers. The evidence is clear! Choosing Glow Bug is a great choice!
Why do we sell our diapers in packages? April 30 2014
One of the number one questions we get via email and on our Facebook page is why do we only sell in packages. To answer that question, let me explain the core philosophy of our company. We believe that the easiest way to get lots of people to start using cloth diapers is to get everything they need all together in an easy to use system, that looks fashionable at a reasonable price. Let me explain how each one of these things leads us to sell in packages the way we do.
Getting everything together makes it simple.
All you need is the baby and you can start using cloth diapers with one of our packages. This makes the whole experience as simple as possible. We offer everything you need to start using cloth diapers right away.
A good design makes our diapers easy to use.
We know how overwhelming the cloth diaper universe can be. With all the options, choices and decisions available, we have boiled it all down to what we believe is the best system on the market that works for the most number of people. Glow Bug Cloth Diapers are easy to use like All-in-ones, clean and dry quickly like pocket diapers and are affordable like inners and covers. One great system in one package.
A variety of awesome prints.
We know that almost no one will use cloth diapers if they don’t look cute. Other companies cannot produce the number of prints that we make because they sell them individually. By making the same number of each prints, our printing and production is much more streamlined and efficient. Because we sell in packages, we can offer a variety of 12 awesome prints in each package and have a total of 36 prints in our current collection.
Cheaper price for buying as a set.
The more you buy, the more you save. This is true almost everywhere. We designed our packages to be sold in sets of 12 diapers because we know that to start using cloth diapers, you are going to need at least 12. When we manufacture the diapers to be sold as a set we save money on the cost of production, shipping and packaging and so we are able to pass the savings on to the consumer and therefore are able offer our diapers at a cheaper price.
That being said, we know that there are many people who already have all the diapers they need but just want to pick up a few in their favorite prints. Therefore, we do have a fantastic group on Facebook called Glow Bug and Friends where we sell our diapers individually once a month. The sale is limited to a certain number of packages, so the diapers go quick! You can request to join here.
9 Cloth Diaper Hacks You Never Heard from Your Granny April 09 2014
Almost everyone used cloth diapers 40 years ago! Go ask your Grandma, Mom, Great Aunt or sweet old neighbor about how they used to manage cloth diapers back in the day. The industry has come a long way with cool inventions that Grandma never had but some of the old advice is still the best. Enjoy!
1. Diaper Sprayers are the best thing to happen to cloth diapers since the invention of the washing machine. This amazing little invention attaches to the plumbing behind your toilet and has a little hose and sprayer on the end. No need to dunk your poopy diapers in the toilet like they used to, just hold them over the bowl and spray!
2. Don’t want to invest in a diaper sprayer? Flushable liners are another thing your grandma wishes she had when she had kids in diapers. Simply tear off sheets these toilet paper like rolls and put one in every clean diaper. If the baby poops in it, the poop will come off with the liner when you dump it in the toilet. So easy!
3. Even if you don’t want to buy rolls of liners, poop removal can be easy without getting your hands in the toilet the way that your grandma used to. Get a spatula from the dollar store and write “POOP” on it with a Sharpie. Keep it in the bathroom away from little ones hands to scrape the poop off diapers. The easiest way to do this is to hold the diaper on the edge so that the poopy part of the diaper is under the surface of the water and then to scrape the diaper with your “poop spatula.”
4. Cloth diapers are so much easier when you also use cloth wipes. Your Grandma probably used a version of these back in the day. You should ask her! Probably what she will tell you is all you need is a few old baby wash cloths or a few old receiving blankets cut up into squares. Use a little bit of warm water and voila! Free wipes that can be washed with your diapers.
5. Wet bags and pail liners may seem pretty common in the cloth diaper world but that doesn't mean they are no less brilliant. Your Granny would have loved these! They are waterproof bags that contain your dirty diapers until you are ready to wash. Then, when you go to wash your diapers, invert your bags and wash them too!
6. You can’t use dryer sheets with cloth diapers because they will leave a residue on the fabric that can cause leaks. If you want to machine dry your diapers, the best alternative is to use dryer balls to soften them and reduce drying time. Here is a great article on how to make your own with wool: http://www.diynatural.com/how-to-make-wool-dryer-balls/
7. If you prefer to hang dry your diapers like your Granny did back in the day but don’t have a clothes line, don’t fret! As long as your diapers have snaps on them like Glow Bugs do, you can snap them to each other to create a long chain of diapers that needs no clothes line!
8. If you have stained diapers the best and cheapest way to brighten them is to get them in direct sunlight with a bit of lemon juice. Almost all Grandmas dried their diapers on the line so this was a natural benefit at that time. Drying your diapers in the sun will not only keep your diapers stain free but will sanitize them to kill any bacteria.
9. If you want to forget the pants and show off your baby’s cute cloth bum but still keep your baby warm, check out some baby leg warmers. Your Grandma will love how cute they look with your cloth diapers! There are lots of different colours and styles available that you can match to your cute cloth prints.
Wasting Away – The Reality of “Disposability” March 25 2014
Do you know which Chemicals are in Disposable Diapers? March 19 2014
Ever wonder what exactly is inside disposable diapers? Because disposable diaper companies are not required to list their ingredients, we asked one of the biggest disposable diaper manufacturers what chemicals are used inside their diapers. Here is the list that they provided of the main chemicals that comprise their diapers and our explanation of these substances:
- wood cellulose fiber (a fluffy paper-like material) Until the mid 80s, this bleached product was the primary absorbent part of disposable diapers. Now companies use this material with sodium polyacrylate
- sodium polyacrylate A super absorbent polymer (SAP) that turns from a powder to gel when exposed to liquids. Sodium Polyacrylate Material Safety Data Sheets warn injury can occur by breathing in the powder and recommend to wash with soap and water if powder or gel is exposed to skin
- polypropylene Considered a safe, food grade plastic. 280 million metric tonnes of it was produced in 2011 alone.
- polyethylene Is a similar compound to polypropylene but is sometimes contains phthalates. When we asked, we were told these diapers are tested to be phthalate free
Most babies wear disposable diapers at least 23 hours a day every day from the day they are born until they are potty trained. Would you even consider exposing your sensitive areas to chemicals day in and day out for several years? Once these diapers are filled with human waste, don’t forget they then go to the dump where it can all leech into soil and ground water. Cloth diapers are made with cloth instead of chemicals and don’t end up in the dump.
How to Fit Cloth Diapers on Your Baby March 05 2014
Getting your child’s diapers to fit properly can go a long way in ensuring their comfort, avoiding leaks and ensuring trimness under their clothing. Adjusting one-size cloth diapers is one thing but getting a good fit on your baby is something different all together. Here is a handy sizing chart and a few tips on getting the best fit.
Glow Bug Cloth Diapers Sizing Chart
The rise snaps can be found on the front of the diaper through the crotch in 4 rows. All of your diapers need to be adjusted before using the diapers on your baby. This is a general guide to go on but every baby is different. If you notice the front of the diaper is gaping and pulling down along the top, you may want to adjust the snaps to the next size.
- Small Rise Adjustment (top row snapped to the bottom row) 7lbs-10lbs
- Medium Rise Adjustment (top row snapped to the third row down) 10lbs-18lbs
- Large Rise Adjustment (top row snapped to the second row) 18lbs-25lbs
- Extra-large Rise Adjustment (not snapped) 25lbs+
- The main thing is to make sure that the diaper fits comfortably on the baby without gaps around the legs or around the belly
- When placing the diaper on your baby, make sure that there is plenty of fabric in the front
- With more fabric in the front of the diaper, the elastic will sit better around the baby’s legs and there is more absorbent material where it needs to be to do its job
- Make sure the diaper is not too tight on your baby. Some red marks are normal for cloth diapers but angry red or broken down skin is not normal. See your doctor and email is at email@example.com if skin breakdown should occur
- When applying the diaper, use your hand to smooth down the tab making sure the white inner flap is tucked into the diaper
- The diaper fits properly when it lays flat against the baby’s tummy and does not gap around the legs.
When in doubt, you can always send a picture of the diaper on your baby to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help make sure everything is kosher.
Why breastfeeding and cloth diapering go great together! November 26 2013
If you’ve made the decision to breast feed and it is going amazing, high five to you! We know it isn’t always easy. Breast feeding is a learned skill for both Mom and baby and although can be tricky to master at first breastfeeding can have huge benefits for both Mom and baby including making cloth diapering beyond easy for the first few months.
Here is the secret: exclusively breastfed baby’s poop is almost completely liquid so it does not need to be removed from the diaper before putting into the diaper pail and washing machine. The washing machine does the work and does a great job at getting the diapers perfectly clean. How cool is that? Breastfeeding and cloth diapers are a match made in heaven!
Cloth Diaper Washing Routines November 20 2013
Learning to how wash cloth diapers is one of the most important factors in successful cloth diapering. Cloth diapers are different than clothing and require a special routine that is different from your regular laundry routine. When cloth diapers are washed properly, they will work properly. Although it may take some trial and error, it is important to start off on the right foot with washing to avoid frustration and disappointment with the performance of your cloth diapers. Below are two complete wash routines for prepping cloth diapers and washing cloth diapers. ***Please note that these routines are based on North American style washing machines that bring water in from a separate hot water tank. If you are using a machine that heats the water in the machine, do not wash on water hotter than 40 degrees Celsius as we've heard reports that washing with water at 60 degrees has damaged diapers.***
Prepping New Diapers
It is important to machine dry your diapers and inserts before you use them to remove fluff up the fibers and seal the seams of the diapers. Washing the diapers and inserts before use is not necessary, however if you choose to do so, make sure you are using a detergent that does not contain fabric softeners.
Do not use any liquid softeners, dryer sheets, dryer bars or natural oils while washing and drying the diapers. Bleach may be used occasionally in special circumstances to remove minerals or kill yeast in diapers but should not be used routinely.
Remove all the inserts from the diapers and place everything in your washing machine. Add the recommended amount of softener-free detergent and run a hot/cold wash. Throw the diapers and inserts in the dryer and run a regular dry on high heat to heat seal the seams and stitching. Please note that if you know that your dryer runs particularly hot or are unsure about the heat, heat seal the diapers on medium heat.
Every 2-3 days place all diapers, wipes, inserts and inverted wet bags into the washing machine. Do not use homemade laundry soap or any other product that is labeled as "soap" instead of "detergent" (such as soap nuts,) detergent that contains "sodium metasilicate" or "sodium cocoate," liquid softeners, dryer sheets, dryer bars, chlorine bleach (can be used occasionally but not with every wash) or natural/essential oils while washing and drying the diapers. Adjust the water level to the appropriate amount based on the size of your machine and the number of diapers. Turn your agitation level to heavy duty for all washes.
Set your machine to a cold or warm “soak,” “pre-rinse” or “rinse” to rinse all the urine out of your diapers and add the amount of detergent recommended for a small load along with your diapers. Once the rinse has finished, add the recommended amount of detergent for a large or extra large load (if you have hard water please also add either 1/4 cup Calgon, 1/2 cup borax or 3/4 cup washing soda to soften your water) and run a hot/cold wash.
After the wash is complete, throw all the diapers and inserts in the dryer on medium heat or high heat or hang to dry in the sun. Make sure the diapers are put out in the sun or in the dryer as soon as possible after the wash is complete so that bacteria does not have a chance to grow. It is not recommended to hang dry your diapers indoors out of direct sunlight because it can allow bacteria to grow. Always hang your wet bags inside out to dry.
When your diapers come out of the dryer, there should be no ammonia or barn yard smell. If your diapers have odor or if they are repelling moisture due to build-up please contact us at email@example.com.
Most stains will come out in the wash, however if you have a persistent stain, simply place your wet, clean diapers out in the sun or in a sunny window for the day and the sun will naturally remove the stain. Lemon juice is safe to use on the stain prior to sunning diapers.
What does it Mean? Know the Lingo! November 20 2013
Cover: The outside waterproof part of a diaper system
Insert: The removable absorbent part of a diaper. Can be made of microfiber, bamboo viscose or hemp etc.
Gusset: The elastic that runs along the leg of the diaper to fit to the baby’s body
Rise snaps: The size adjustment often found in one-sized diapers
Microfiber: Absorbent polyester material commonly used in inserts
Suedecloth: Permeable stay-dry material commonly used inside diapers
Co-op: A group that comes together to buy products in bulk generally found on Facebook
Fluff: Cloth diaper
Strip: A method to remove mineral residue from cloth diapers through soaking
Urea: The part of urine that turns to ammonia
Diaper Sprayer: A device that attaches to the plumbing in a toilet that has a hose and a spray nozzle to clean cloth diapers into the toilet before putting them into the diaper pail
Pail liner: A waterproof sac that lines a diaper pail that one would wash along with cloth diapers
Pre-fold: A multi-layer basic cotton diaper
Fitted: A diaper that does not adjust to different sizes
One-size: A diaper that adjust from new-born to potty training
All-in-one: A diaper that where the waterproof part and the absorbent part are sewn together in one piece that does not come apart.
Non-residue soap: The recommended soap for washing cloth diapers. This kind of soap will not cause build-up to form on diapers
Hip snaps: Extra snaps located at the sides of the waist that prevent the diaper from drooping down the leg
Residue: This is caused either from minerals in the wash water, using too much soap, not enough water or diaper cream or other things that can coat the fibers of diapers such as fabric softener. Residue leads to repelling as well as skin irritation.
Repelling: This is when diaper are coated with residue that will not allow liquid to go through the cloth lining or into the absorbent material so it leaks out to the front of the diaper.
What if I don’t Like Cloth Diapering? Isn’t it a Big Risk? November 20 2013
Since the cost of buying cloth diapers is roughly the same as three months worth of disposable diapers, there is no risk if you decide to simply use cloth diapers for three months. The cost will be exactly the same.
What you stand to gain is all the savings after that when you fall in love with cloth diapers and continue to use them. If you keep going until your baby is potty trained, you will have saved about $2000 and 1 ton of garbage.
The risk is NOT in committing to cloth diapers, the risk is committing to spending $2000 on a throw away product that does nothing good for our planet.
I am New to Cloth Diapers! How does it all Work Exactly? November 20 2013
You’ve come to the right place! Here we are going to describe a modern cloth diaper and show you how to put them on a baby and what needs to be done to wash them.
Here is a modern cloth diaper: It has several important parts.
In most cloth diapers, the outside material is waterproof because it is laminated with polyurethane. The polyurethane lamination makes cloth diapers breathable as well as waterproof unlike polypropylene and polyethylene used in the waterproofing of disposable diapers that does not allow the baby’s skin to breathe.
The lining is made generally from permeable polyester or bamboo viscose to keep the baby’s skin dry by wicking moisture away.
These are the size adjustments. Some cloth diapers will grow with the baby from birth to potty training and some need to be bought in several sizes. For one-size diapers, the diaper needs to be adjusted to the correct size before applying it to the baby.
Here is a video about how to put a modern cloth diaper on a baby:
Once the baby has soiled the diaper, or every 2-3 hours, you need to change the diaper. If the baby has pooped in the diaper and they are not exclusively breastfed, you will need to remove the poop from the diaper. Here is a great video about how to do this. If it is a pee diaper or breastfed poop diaper or when the diaper has had the poop removed, place the soiled diaper in a dry diaper pail. This means that you do not put any water or vinegar in the bottom of the pail.
Every 2-3 days, take all your diapers and wash them in the washing machine. Turn the agitation to heavy duty and adjust the water level for the number of diapers you are washing. Do a cold or warm rinse first with a small load amount of detergent to rinse urine out of diapers. When the pre-wash is complete, add a large or extra large load amount of detergent (if you have hard water please note that you need to also add either 1/4 cup Calgon, 1/2 cup borax or 3/4 cup washing soda to soften your water) and run a hot/cold wash. When the diapers are clean, hang them to dry in the sun or machine dry. Please see our Cloth Diapers Wash Routines article for more info on how to wash diapers.
In between these two layers, there is always an absorbent material such as microfiber, bamboo viscose or hemp that absorbs liquids. This layer can be removable or fixed depending on the style of the diaper.
The Truth About Disposable Diapers: Myth vs. Reality November 20 2013
This infographic challenges the belief that disposable diapers are Easy, Cheap, Mess-Free and Comfortable by comparing these beliefs to the actual common experience of parents who use disposable diapers. SHARE it with parents, parents-to-be and anyone you think would find this information valuable.
10 Great Reasons to Cloth Diaper October 31 2013
Our diapers are half the price of the leading pocket diaper with snaps. And you can just forget disposables! You’ll save a couple thousand dollars by using cloth diapers. If you use your diapers on more than one child you can save double. Just think of how you can spend that extra dough you’ve saved?!?
Disposable diapers will take hundreds of year to break down in the dump. The toxic chemicals and human waste in disposable diapers can leach into ground water. Each baby in disposable diapers will produce 1 tonne’s worth of garbage per year!
What’s cuter than the round rump of a cloth diaper baby? They look just like a little Bug!
You never have to run out in the night to get a pack. Just wash them up when you need them.
Come on! Everybody’s doing it in Hollywood. Cloth diapering has become a very stylish thing. With so many hot prints in your stash, you can release your baby’s inner fashionista!
Your parents used them and their parents used them. Except now, you can skip the pins and rubber pants.
Now be honest, wouldn't you love underwear made out of our super-soft cloth? A lot better than paper disposables, that’s for sure.
They're Virtually Leak-Proof
No more poo-splosions!
They're Not Smelly
When they’re washed every other or every third day, like we recommend you’ll never have a stinky diaper pail, let alone a stinky garage in the summer time with hot, rotting disposables in your garbage can.
Like we said, no pins or rubber pants. They go on and off just like disposables!