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- Pocket Diapers
- Swim Diapers
- Two Size
- Wet Bags and Pail Liners
What style of cloth diapering should I go with?
How many diapers do I need?
One-sized vs.two-sized vs. sized, what do I need to know?
What type of closure should I go with?
What are the differences between the different fabrics?
What is your return policy?
How do I care for my new diapers?
|A rectangular diaper with 2-4 layers think of an absorbant fabric (usually cotton) with a center strip that is 6-8 layers thick that when folded around baby provides additional cloth to the "wet zone." We carry a variety of sizes by Little-Lions. For covers, we carry Mother-ease Air Flow Covers and Rikki Wraps and Thirsties Duo Wraps. We also carry Thirsties Duo Hemp Prefolds which do not have a thicker middle but are designed for quicker drying.||
This is the cheapest form of cloth diapering and the "tried and true" method. Combine with a Snappis fastener and a diaper cover and you have a waterproof diaper solution. They are very durable and are workhorse diapers (as long as they are Diaper Service Quality -DSQ) Prefolds also are versitile as they can double as burp rags and around the house clean up rags. (I hear they even make great car washing shams) Covers can be used across multiple diaper changes. Dries quick in laundry. Also, a "modern" way of using these is to simply tri-fold them and lay them in a compatible cover and skip the folding all-together. (this works with the Rikki Wraps but is not recommended with the Air Flow Covers)
||Multiple pieces (fastener and covers) make this method a little more complicated and less convenient than some of the other methods. Not very Daycare friendly.|
|A step up from the prefolds, this is a diaper molded into the traditional shape of a diaper but is only the absorbant fabric. Usually snaps closed. We carry Mother-ease "One Size" and "Sandy's" fitted diapers. For covers, we carry Mother-ease Air Flow Covers and Rikki Wraps and Thirsties Duo Wraps.||This method is more convenient than the prefolds as the diaper is already formed to the appropriate shape, no folding required. Since a diaper cover is required it makes it unlikely that messes will escape both the fitted diaper and the cover and produces a leak-free diapering system. Covers can be used across multiple diaper changes. Dries quick in laundry.||
Since a diaper cover is required, it is again a multi-piece diapering system it is also a little more complicated than some of the other methods out there. This also can be one of the more expensive methods if you have to buy a stash of fitted diapers for each size. (We carry a one-size and two-size variety)
A waterproof material for the outside of the diaper sewn to a stay-dry material that touches baby's skin with an opening where an absorbant insert is placed. We carry Rocky Mountain Diapers in Super Yummy prints, Wahmies One Size Pocket Diapers, Snap-EZ Eco Pocket Diapers, DryBees Night Time Fleece Pocket Diapers, DryBees Lacies and Thirsties Duo Diapers.
||This method is one of the most practical methods of modern cloth diapering. These are great for grandparents, daycare, and babysitters as the diaper goes on just like a disposable but with hooks, velcro, or snaps. Drying is also quick since the absorbant part of the diaper is separated during laundry. You can also customized how absorbant you want the diaper (like for overnight) by adding additional absorbant inserts. These are definately my favorite and when paired with a "one size" style, they are the preferred diaper in my own stash.||My husband says the only thing he dislikes about these diapers is that you have to pull the insert out prior to placing the used diaper in the pail or wet bag. The exception is the Thirsties Duo Diaper since there is an opeing at both ends, the insert comes out in the wash cycle.|
A waterproof material for the outside forms a cover over an insert (the trifolded prefolds with a diaper cover would be considered an AI2). Some have a snap to keep an absorbant liner in place. We carry SoftBums PerfectFit diapers. We also now carry Thirsties Duo Hemp inserts which can lay in a Thirsties Duo Wrap (or another brand cover).
||This method is great because you can reuse the cover (as long as it is not soiled) and just switch out the insert. Drying is quick since the absorbant part of the diaper is a separate piece.||I will have to get back with you all on some Cons for this method ;)|
Similar to the pocket diaper except the absorbant inner is sewn in. There are no separate pieces to this diaper, all are sewn together. We carry DryBees AIO Hybrids (the hybrid part is that there is a pocket to add an insert for extra absorbancy although it is not required)
||The ultimate in convenient easy cloth diapering. Simply put on baby and then when used, put in pail or wet bag. No inserts to stuff, no folding, no bunching etc. These are great for grandparents, daycare, babysitters and are completely Daddy-Proof! With the hybrid version I carry it is nice because the absorbancy can still be customized for those heavy wetters or for overnight usage.||These do take a long time to dry and do require you to purchase a stash for each size needed. (Tip: I recommend turning the diaper inside out when putting it into the dryer from the washer to speed dry time)|
Q: How many diapers do I need?
A: Newborns and young babies need to be changed more often (10-12 times a day). We recommend 12 diapers for every use day. If you want to do laundry every other day for example, you would need approximately 24 diapers (though I recommend 30 so that you have extra incase you don't get to laundry right away). Once babies get a little older, you are typically changing their diapers 8-10 times a day so can go with less. If you are using covers, we recommend at least 3-4 per day of wipeable kinds for newborns and at least 4 covers per day in each size above that. (For lined covers, you will likely need closer to 5-6 per day for the newborn stage and 3-4 per day for after that)
A: The one sized diapers are really a one-size for most. Typically the size ranges from 8-30 lbs. However, we try to carry an assortment of one-size diapers that have a larger range. The ranges of our one-size diapers are as follows:
SoftBums 6-35lbs (our favorite one-size since they are actually very trim on small babies)
Rocky Mountain Diapers 5-30lbs
Snap-EZ Eco Pocket Diapers 8-28lbs
Mother-ease One-size fitted 8-35lbs
For obvious reasons a one-size diaper will be bulkier on a 8lb baby vs. a 20 lb baby. If you are wanting a trim fitting diaper, these would not be for you. If you want a diaper that will save you money from having to buy several different sizes and you don't mind the initial bulk, then this is for you. Again, you don't have to only go one or the other for your cloth diapering supplies. One compromised solution is to purchase a newborn/small stash for when the baby is really little, and then move to the one-size once they get a little bigger. This is usually a happy middle of the road solution for most. (Personally, we did not start using our one-size diapers until our baby was 10lbs for our older son). Another solution is the two-size system. Thirsties Duo Wraps and Duo Diapers offer only 2 sizes to cover your baby from 6lbs to 40lbs (size 1 is 6-18lbs and size 2 is 18-40lbs)
A: See the below table regarding the pros and cons to each type. Again, you don't have to limit yourself to just one type.
Tabs of velcro that wrap to fasten in front. We carry Mother-ease Rikki Wrap diaper covers, DryBees Lacies, Fleece Night time pockets, AIO Hybrids, SoftBums, and Thirsties Duo Wraps and Duo Diapers.
||Quickest way to secure the diaper. (handy with a squirmy baby). Easy.||Babies, once old enough can figure out how to undo them. Can form diaper chains or damage other fabrics in the laundry if not fastened to the laundry tabs on the diaper or when older come off of their laundry tabs.|
|Snaps||One or Two rows of snaps to secure the diaper in place (in one or several spots). We carry Snap-EZ Eco Pockets, Rocky Mountain Diapers, Mother-ease Air Flow Covers, Sandy's, and One-Size diapers, and SoftBums.||Snaps generally stand the test of time and are usually more difficult for babies to figure out how to undo (but not always for those of you with escape artists!)||Takes longer to secure the diaper. The fit is sometimes "between" sizes so can be akward to get the right fit.|
A: See the below table regarding fabrics. (Currently I do not carry any products in Wool but may at some point)
Natural fibers that can be used against baby's skin and absorbs. (also can be Terry -similar to towels). We carry Little Lions prefolds and Mother-ease Sandy's and One-size diapers in cotton. Thirsties Duo Fab Fitted is cotton outer and has a microfiber layer sewn in. We also carry wipes
||Inexpensive and available in many colors and prints||If against baby's skin, does not have a "stay-dry" feel and gets heavy when wet.|
Natural fibers that can be used against baby's skin. (can be in the form viscose of bamboo or terry as well) Has natural anti-microbial properties. We carry Mother-ease Sandy's and One-size diapers in bamboo and the SoftBums Pods are available in Bamboo velour or Stay-dry with bamboo. We also carry Wahmies fold to fit inserts in bamboo (which Wahmies pockets come with).
||If in the form of velour (also known as viscose of bamboo) it can have a "stay-dry" feeling although it doesn't actually wick moisture away. Oh so super soft. Absorbant. I absolutely Love bamboo.||Expensive and can get stiff when saturated (since it holds onto the liquid)|
|Hemp||Natural fibers. We carry Thirsties hemp inserts and prefolds. The Thirsties Duo Diaper also comes with a combo insert that includes hemp.||
Very trim for the amount it absorbs. (good to use as a doubler to another absorber)
||It is a "slow" absorber.|
|PUL (Polyurithane laminate)||Synthetic fabric that is waterproof. Used for outside of diapers.||Inexpensive, flexible, and soft||In a small population can irritate if directly on baby's skin.|
|Heavy Polyester Fleece||Synthetic fabric that is used for outside of diapers. We carry the Drybees Fleece Night Times that utilize this fabric.||Breathes better than PUL and wicks moisture away.||Can have compression leaking. May get pilly with washing|
|Microfleece||Synthetic fabric that is used against baby's skin on inside of diapers.||Soft. Wicks moisture away and thus keeps skin dry. Stretchy so is great for pocket diapers.||Gets pilly after washing|
|Suedecloth||Synthetic fabric that that is used against baby's skin on inside of diapers.||Wick's moisture away and thus keeps skin dry. Stays looking new forever. Comes in a variety of colors.||Not as soft or stretchy as microfleece.|
|Microfiber||Synthetic fabric that absorbs||Perfect for pocket diaper inserts as it absorbs quickly and also dries quickly||Feels really weird, not suggested to be put against baby's skin since it is so "thirsty."|
A: I will accept returns of any unwashed, unused diapers and accessories within 30 days of purchase for store credit or refund (less shipping costs). Please contact me prior to shipping anything back. I do try to check for defective products when filling orders. If something is defective, please contact me ASAP as I have a limited amount of time myself to make claim on any defective products. All sales are final for clearanced or used items.
Q: How do I prep and care for my diapers?
A: With each purchase, I will include prepping and washing instructions. They can be different for each manufacturer so please see list below:
Rocky Mountain Diapers
Preparing For Use
Please pre-wash your Drybees cloth diapers before use. Wash your diaper in warm water with a reduced amount of detergent. You may dry your Drybees Cloth Diapers in a low dryer, or outside on a clothesline. Wait until diapers are completely cool before stretching, pulling on, or stuffing diapers or you can ruin your elastics. DryBees Pockets, Night Times, or Hybrid AIO's are all washed the same. Brightly colored night time diapers should be washed separately the first time because some of the outer fleeces do bleed for the first wash. Washing brightly colored laminated diapers in extremely hot or boiling water may cause these diapers to bleed or delaminate. Generally, this is a guideline for international customers as their washing water tends to be much hotter than what we use in the USA.
Microfiber inserts can be washed right along with your diapers.
Bamboo Diapers should be prewashed two times or more for best absorbency before use. Bamboo fabric should be handled more gently. Do not stretch while wet or fresh out of the dryer. When line hanging Bamboo diapers hang so you are not pulling in the direction of the stretchiest part of the diaper (ie, hang sideways for diaper and soaker)
Storing your Dirty Drybees Cloth Diapers
We recommend you store your diapers using in a dry pail until wash day. The "wet pail" method has been shown to be a drowning hazard for young children so we only use and recommend the "dry pail" method. The wet pail method will also drastically reduce the lifespan of your diapers. All you need is a trash can, diaper pail or wet bag or a combination. We recommend using a Wahmies pail liner inside of a diaper pail or kitchen size trash can. Even if your favorite retailer does not carry wahmies pail liners they will be able to special order one for you. Simply dump any solid waste into the toilet and put into the diaper pail where they will wait until wash day. Using a diaper sprayer attached to the commode can help spray any stuck on poop off the toilet. Remember that liquid breastfed poops don't need to come off the diaper. They are extremely water soluble and will wash right off in the washer.
Washing your Drybees Cloth Diapers
Washing your Drybees cloth diapers is very easy. First, fold back your laundry tabs. This ensures that you won't find the dreaded "diaper snake" after you wash your diapers. Take care the first few times to match up the hook and loop carefully until your diaper tabs "learn" where to fold easily. Next pull out the inserts. Finally throw it all in the washing machine. Choose the warm water level that will completely cover all your diapers and use a reduced amount of detergent. Using water that is too hot or boiling can weaken the bond of the laminate to your outer fabric. You can use a second rinse to ensure all of the detergent is rinsed out. Please tumble dry on your diapers on the low setting of your dryer or outside on a clothesline. Using a hot dryer can cause the lamination to stick together and pull apart.
Avoid using Free and Clear, baby detergent, detergents with optical brighteners, or cold processed (natural) soap based laundry detergents. These can leave a residue that builds up over time causing stinky dipers. A heavy smell of urine after your baby pees is an indication that your diapers need to be rinsed more completely. If this happens use a full amount of detergent to wash away any residue and then do several additional rinses to remove all traces of detergent.
~~*Also remember there is no hard and fast rules for cloth diaper washing. What might work for you may not work for others. The water in your area plays an important role in diaper/laundry washing.*~~
Avoid WAHM formulations as many of these are hand made in the home and the percentage of ingredients can vary widely. They also do not contain detergents to actually wash your diapers. Many also contain Borax which can destroy PUL. We can share with you this statistic from our customer service manager and confirmed by talking with other cloth diaper manufacturers "96% of all returns are from customers using Country Save, Charlie's, or one of the many new WAHM cloth diaper formulas" If you are looking for a specific recommendation, we have had great personal success with Tide, Arm & Hammer, and Gain. Additionally, we have not taken back any diapers for returns that have used these detergents.
- If your Drybees Cloth Diapers get a stain, simply lay them out in the sun, and the sun will bleach away your stains naturally!
- Never use bleach or excessive chlorine on your diapers as this can weaken the bond of the laminate to the outer fabric. While bleaching your diapers may work the first 20 times it is doing damage to your diapers and is not recommended.
- If your diaper suddenly starts leaking then it is usually a.) you need more absorbency or b.) you need a better fit. What fit good and was enough stuffing yesterday can change overnight as your baby grows and develops and may not work today. If your insert is not wet at all then you need to re-evaluate your washing routine as your baby's urine is being blocked by residue left in the fabric. Unless your diaper is leaking straight out the middle of the diaper it is not defective, it is a growing baby that needs adjustments in his diapering routine.
- Avoid WAHM formulations as many of these are hand made in the home and the percentage of ingredients can vary widely. They also do not contain detergents to actually wash your diapers. Many also contain Borax which can destroy PUL. We can share with you this statistic from our customer service manager and confirmed by talking with other cloth diaper manufacturers "96% of all returns are from customers using Country Save, Charlie's, or one of the many new WAHM cloth diaper formulas" If you are looking for a specific recommendation, we have had great personal success with Tide, Arm & Hammer, and Gain. Additionally, we have not taken back any diapers for returns that have used these detergents.
before use, wash with hot water and your favorite laundry detergent.
Swim Diapers – hand wash in warm water and line dry. Do not wrap wet swim diaper in towel. Garment may bleed color.
(soiled diapers must be rinsed in toilet).
2) Run a pre-rinse or a short cycle with cold water.
3) Wash the diapers in a full cycle, at highest water level, using hot water (160°F), and the manufacturers recommended amount of your favorite detergent. Avoid bleach as it can be very harsh against your baby’s skin and will damage the diaper’s fibers and elastics. Avoid the use of fabric softeners or use just a small amount. Over use will result in reduced absorbency.
4) Washed diapers may either be line dried or dried in the dryer on medium heat.
wipe pail clean regularly with warm soapy water.
Hand or machine wash with your diapers using your favorite detergent and tumble dry on low, or line dry.
Close Rikki covers before washing or drying.
Helpful Notes and Hints
Mother-ease does not recommend the use of oxygenated products, chlorides (bleach), fluorides, peroxides nor any harsh solvents. Do not rinse diapers in toilets containing automatic toilet bowl cleaners.
Use of these products will cause fabric disintegration on all natural fibers evidenced by balding spots throughout one or all layers of diaper and will adversely affect product longevity.
Waterproof Covers – Use over cloth diapers to prevent leakage. Can usually be used 3 to 4 times before washing, provided they aren’t soiled.
Line Dried Diapers – An environmentally friendly way to dry your diapers. Adds moisture to your house in the winter. Sunshine is an excellent way to naturally bleach your diapers. You can soften up your line dried diapers by placing them in your dryer for a few minutes.
How to Prevent Odors and Staining with the Dry Pail System – Important: to avoid odors from setting into fabrics when using Dry Pail Method, do not leave diapers sitting in a closed pail for days at a time. At the end of each day used diapers stored without pre-soaking should be run through a rinse and spin or equivalent machine cycle. Rinsed diapers can be returned to the pail or ideally spread/hung to dry. Remember, set odors are difficult to remove.
Diaper Stains - Rinse soiled diapers promptly in the toilet to minimize stains. Biodegradable paper liners or Stay Dry liners will also help. Should you have a tough stain, soak it in a concentrated solution of Ivory Snow or Dreft gently rubbing occasionally until the stain has lifted. Repeat if necessary.
Hot Water - Help ensure more hot water gets to your machine by running the hot water tap nearest to your machine until water is hot.
Detergents - Dreft and Ivory Snow are well suited for washing cloth diapers while formulated to be gentle on infant’s skin. Amaze is a great pre-soak (available in Canada).
Creams - Sticky barrier creams used to help prevent diaper rash can leave residues making diapers water repellent. Disposable paper liners will help prevent residue from accumulating on diapers.
Disposable Liners - To simplify the clean up of soiled diapers, disposable liners may be laid into the diapers.
Diaper Rash - A number of factors can cause diaper rashes. The first thing to try is more frequent diaper changes. Should the problem persist, run another final rinse cycle and add a cup of white vinegar. For more information visit our web site under Information & Education / Health.
Mother-ease® strives to please its customers by providing them with durable, well designed diapers and accessories. We warrant our products against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of three months from the date of purchase.
First prep your new Rocky Mountain Diaper by washing it once with full strength detergent with warm water, then wash it two more time with no detergent with warm water. After prepping just wash with other diaper as normal with 1/2 detergent and dry.
Wet Bags and Quick Trip Changing Pads:
Wet bags can be washed and dried on warm right along with your cloth diapers. Do not use bleach or other stain treaters as this can ruin the appearance of your outer cotton fabric.
Wahmies Lamination (PUL):
Using bleach or excessive amounts of chlorine or other chemicals can weaken the bond between the laminate and the outer fabric as in all laminated products. While the first few times may be fine, continued use of such strong chemicals can break down your PUL and is not recommended. We also do not recommend work at home mom (WAHM) detergents for cloth diapers. Detergents that are made at home do not have the continuous laboratory checks that commercially available products have. Most of the laminate and smell issues that we have are from people using one of the variety of WAHM made detergents. While these may work well for clothing, we do not recomend them for our products.
The Wahmies diapers with hooks should be hooked prior to laundering. This is similar to folding back a washing tab on hook and loop diapers. We are not responsible for replacing diapers that have been damaged by your washer or dryer.
Wahmies uses a super soft 100% polyester velour on the inside of the diapers to keep your baby feeling soft and dry. Your inner fabric will last through out the diapering time of your baby if you do not pull or tug on the velour portion of your diaper while stuffing it. Pull the included bamboo inserts in using the stronger laminated portion which can take this kind of repeated pulling and tugging.
Do not use stain treaters, whiteners, or products such as oxyclean, shout it out, bacout etc. on your diapers this can ruin the inside fabric of your diapers in an attempt to remove stains. This creates holes in the fabric and are not eligible for replacement. If you have a stain on your diaper (which is rare) lay your dry diaper out in the sun and your inner velour fabric will be as bright as the day you got it. Take care when stuffing your Wahmies diapers that you pull on the PUL side of the diaper and not on the velour as this can cause your velour to wear in the areas that are frequently tugged on. Taking this step will make your diapers inner fabric looking new and fluffy.
Wash your diapers using reduced amounts of detergent and rinse completely. Tumble dry on low. Using fabric softeners or detergents with optical brighteners can cause your diapers to have build up and leak out of the leg openings. Do not use detergents made by others in their homes without laboratory tests per batch.
We do not give specific detergent recommendations because we feel that detergent and your water are two things that we can not control for. We first suggest using whatever is working for your family's wash routine, and if that does not work you will need to experiment with the detergents in your area to find a good fit for you and your local water.
If your diaper does not seem to be fitting properly around your baby's leg or seems bulky in the bottom, you may need to make the rise shorter. These diapers are designed to fit under the belly. Generally, shortening up the rise can make your diaper fit much better.
Wipes: Wash wipes with your cloth diapers using the same washing instructions.
General Washing Instructions:
Wash all products with similar colors
125F or less
No Fabric Softeners
Tumble Dry or Line Dry
No Stain Treaters
No Laundry Additives
Use Only Detergent in Reduced Amounts
Do Not Dry Clean
Do Not Iron
Snap-EZ ™ Products are all easy to care for.
Allens all Natural
All Free Clear
Detergents to avoid like the plague:
Arm and Hammer
These have all found to cause build up in diapers that lead to repelling or odor problems!
Detergents that can cause burning in some babies:
While these soaps are highly recommended for cloth diapers, for some children it can cause burns, so I recommend avoiding them if your child has sensitive skin.
If you child develops a rash/burns/boils after switching detergents, assume it is the detergent - then strip your diapers and switch detergents asap!
General Diapers and Trainers Washing Instructions
To make your first experience with Snap-EZ ™ Pocket Diapers and Trainers the best that is can possibly be, please prewash all diapers and trainers in a hot wash/cold rinse (adding boiling water might be necessary if you hot water heater is set at less than 130 degrees F) with a little detergent to remove the sizing so the fabrics can do the job they are supposed to do!
I recommend that you use a "Dry Pail." This means that you don't fill your diaper pail with water - this causes back strain and huge disgusting messes when knocked over by the dog or toddler, I know by experience on this one - trust me, you don't want to have this happen to you!!!
Do not use both baking soda and vinagar together or for every wash as this can cause an odor problem when these two are combined!
DO NOT USE ANY FABRIC SOFTENER ON ANY POCKETS OR TRAINERS that have fleece- IT WILL RUIN THE FLEECE!!!
Set your machine for a presoak if you have soiled dipes, use a hot wash/cold or warm rinse, add a minimal amount of detergent to the wash cycle, vinegar to rinse if desired, and an extra rinse to be sure to get out all the vinegar. I also follow this up with a quick hot wash cycle with no detergent to prevent build up!
To dry them you can dry them in a dryer on high at least once for products made with PUL(this helps seal the seams in the PUL), and after that on medium, or you can line dry them.
DO NOT wash NEW Hemp INSERTS/Simple SOAKERS/AIO DIAPERS or TRAINERS with OLD ONES - the hemp oils will adhere to the new ones and cause repelling!
I do recommend drying products that have PUL on high once a month to keep them sealed. If you wash your inserts and diapers together, I recommend removing the PUL Pocket Diapers after the first run and then leave the inserts in for a little longer as they take longer than the pockets do to dry. This will help reduce the wear and tear on your PUL Pockets!
I personally wash my pocket diapers and trainers separately from the inserts to reduce wear and tear.
And I put the poopy diapers in the washing machine for a rinse only cycle and then add the rest of the pockets.
Please do not wash the trainers with VELCRO diapers as this will ruin the Fold Over Elastic by snagging it.
If you have any staining problem (and this is rare with the fleece or suede cloth interiors), I recommend that you line dry them in the sun - it does a really nice job of taking care of those stains without any harsh chemicals!
Special Trainer instructions
****Do not wash the trainers with velcro products!!*****
- the velcro will wreck the Fold Over Elastic!
1) These trainers shrink about 2 inches in the waist and 1 1/2 inches in the thigh, so prewash (wash in Hot, dry on High) these before you judge the fit!
2) These also need to be prewashed or the inside fabric will repel liquid and you will have a leaky mess!
3) If you ordered an AIO Trainer with a hemp insert, the hemp has been prewashed 2 times, but will *not reach it's maximum absorbency for about 4 more hot washes! So these get better every time you wash them for a while!
4) These will wash/dry best if unsnapped first!
5) If the velour is a dark color, please prewash in cold with * cup vinegar in the wash to set the color!
6) Black FOE or Dark inner fabrics will show lint if washed with diaper inserts or prefolds.
Snap-EZ ® Diaper and Trainer Inserts
For best results, , please follow the apporpriate instructions below:
For HEMP/BKT inserts (lavender stitching): Boil the inserts in a large pan for 20 minutes and then allow to cool slightly. Pour the inserts and the water into you washing maching and then wash them in HOT water and dry on HIGH 3 cycles to strip the hemp of it's natural oils and maximize the absorbency.
For SHERPA/BKT Inserts (White Stitching): Prewash in hot and dry on high once and they are ready to go!
Wash all diapers at least one time before use. Washing and drying your hemp and natural cotton diapers at least 3 times before use will wash away the natural oils that inhibit absorption.
diaper changing station...
Shake solids into toilet after each diaper change. Store your soiled Thirsties® Cloth Diapers in a DRY diaper pail. A standard 52-quart garbage pail with a lid works great and can be purchased at your local department store. Be sure to line your pail with a Thirsties® Diaper Pail Liner to avoid having to clean your pail on every laundry day.
Stow your stash of Thirsties® Fab Wipes in an accessible location to your changing table along with some fresh water for wipe dipping. Toss soiled wipes into your pail along with your diapers.
For optimum cleanliness, limit the size of your load to no more than 18 diapers and wash every other day. Use COLD water for the pre-wash cycle with 1/2 ounce Thirsties® Pre-Wash solution to help pre-clean your diapers. If you do not have a Pre-Wash cycle on your washer, a Short or Quick Wash cycle will work just as good.
Choose a HEAVY cycle and wash on HOT for the main wash. Use 1/2 ounce Thirsties® Super Wash per load. Thirsties® Pre-Wash and Super Wash is HE safe and has been custom formulated for use on cloth diapers.
Avoid all soaps, many "Free & Clear", and popular baby detergents. Most detergents on the market will leave a residue on your diapers that will affect the absorbency and will cause odors and diaper rash. Be sure not to use bleach or fabric softeners, either. OxyClean® Baby is safe for occasional use, but is not necessary when using Thirsties® Super Wash in combination with HOT water. Thirsties® Super Wash is uniquely formulated to naturally brighten and eliminate harmful bacteria.
Hang your cloth diapers to dry or dry in dryer. Add a dry towel to the dryer to speed the drying process. Drying in direct sunlight is the very best method for drying and disinfecting. Hang drying also helps to preserve the textiles of your diapers and is great at getting rid of stains. Cotton and hemp diapers will be somewhat stiff when hung to dry. One option to soften sun-dried textiles made from natural fibers, is to use the dryer for the last 15 minutes.
Even if you follow all the rules above, you still might end up with occasional stinky and less absorbent diapers due to water mineral residue. Simply replace your regular detergent with 1/4 cup Calgon® water softener (found at your local grocers) or 1-2 Tbs Dawn® or Ivory® dish soap. This process is often referred to as diaper stripping. Strip your diapers as often as needed, but not at every wash as it is a bit harsh for your diapers and your baby’s skin.
(Yes, it’s really this easy)
1. Wash in COLD with the Water Level on High, Using ¼ the recommended amount of detergent.
2. Wash a second time on HOT, with no detergent.
Details about Washing Diapers!!
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1. Shake all solids from your dipes into the toilet. Anything sticky left on after shaking, or all breastfed poo does not need to be taken off. You can just throw it into the bag and them washing machine. This is harder while you're out and about, so you might try using a washable or disposable diaper liner in the diaper for these times. Diaper liners are also good for helping keep stains lessened, and for older toddlers who don’t wear too many diapers per day.
2. Close velcro tabs to fold back tab, to keep from sticking to one another in the wash.
3. Keep all dirty dipes in a DRY washable waterproof bag, plastic bag, or diaper pail. There is no need to fill a bucket with water or rinse all your dipes in the toilet (eww!). Just put them from the bag to the washing machine, and let it do all your work for you. If you need to rinse, you can do so with a sprayer attached to your toilet, or in the bathroom sink.
4. Wash about 24-36 diapers at a time (any more than 36, and they won't get so clean) Wash in COLD with the Water Level on High, USE ONLY ¼ - ½ THE RECOMMENDED AMOUNT OF DETERGENT. So if they recommend 1 cup, use ½ c. for really soiled dipes, or ¼ c. for your usual load.
5. WASH again with NO DETERGENT in HOT water with the water level still on HIGH.
6. Some find that just one washing in HOT with water level High, and ¼ amt of Detergent can be sufficient for most loads. Especially if you’re washing every other day regularly, they’ll get clean with one washing.
7. Dry by hanging in the sun if you want your dipes to get bleached white (10-15 min is all it takes, for magically white dipes!) Dry in the dryer for 10 min after sunning if you want to fluff them up. Or, Dry in the dryer on warm setting, until dry, or mostly dry, and then hang on your dry rack upstairs.
8. Remember only use detergents with mild ingredients, anything with oxygenating stuff, or whiteners will slowly ruin your dipes. Borax, Softeners and BLEACH should NEVER be used. Baking soda in the first wash will help to de-odorize them, but you shouldn't need it too often. Vinegar in the last rinse cycle can help soften diapers. Every once in a while, or if your diapers are stinky after washing, you’ll need to strip them. Wash 3-5 times in Hot with No Detergent to strip diapers. Also you might try soaking in the washer for a few hours or overnight if your diapers are getting stinky. If you only have a few diapers with urine, or your diaper covers with a little poo, you can wash them with your other clothes, no need to wait to do a separate diaper load. Another trick is to use a detergent called SportsWash. It has no perfumes or brighteners, just pure detergent. To use this wash your dipes in HOT with no detergent to get all the excess soap scum out. Use ½ ounce of SportsWash, then wash once or twice without detergent again. Yes you are using lots of water, but it really does help that smell go away, and just remember that diaper services wash their dipes about 5 times!
9. Babies are part of our family and their excretions, although scary sometimes, are completely safe to our own family. Urine is actually sterile, and feces contain no Pathogens unless we are extremely ill. There is no need to wash out the washer after washing dipes, your washer does a great job of that itself! Nature takes care of us in mysterious ways!!
10. Stains are totally natural and will fade with time, try not to worry about them. If you really like unstained diapers, you can try the sun, or diaper liners.
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