How many cloth diapers do I need?
This depends on how often you intend to do laundry. The average newborn goes through 8-12 diapers every day. The average baby 8-9 months and older uses about 6-8 diapers each day.
In order to do laundry every day or every other day, it is recommended to have about 2 dozen diapers and 5-7 covers. Please note quantities are based on an average sized baby and if you wash every other day. More diapers will be needed if you go longer between washing.
Do I need to prep my diapers?
Yes we recommend for diapers to be washed before use. Diapers containing synthetic fabrics TPU, microfiber, etc should be washed at least once before use. Warm or hot water with detergent works best. Prep all bamboo, hemp, etc should be washed separately from other products at least 6 times before use to strip the natural oils and reach full absorbency.
How often do I need to change the diapers?
Newborns often need to be changed every 1-2 hours. They can wet frequently (i.e. 8-20 times a day) and in small amounts. Even an older baby needs changing every 2-3 hours until they begin to hold their urine for longer periods of time. At one year, babies may wet 7-10 times a day, but in greater amounts. At two years, your child will need a greater absorbency capacity in your diapers, but may only need 5-8 changes a day.
Changing frequently greatly reduces the chance of diaper rash. Bacteria begins to form as soon as a child wets or soils, and leaving a diaper on a baby for prolonged periods can not only produce irritation but compromise the skin to the point of serious infection.
How do I wash my cloth diapers?
Washing cloth diapers is really no more difficult than washing regular laundry!
If the cloth diaper is wet, toss it into your diaper pail. If the cloth diaper is soiled, rinse it in the toilet, and then put it into the diaper pail. When your pail is full, empty your diapers into your washing machine, cold rinse, hot wash with cloth diaper friendly detergents, extra rinse. You have two options to tumble dry low or line dry.
How often should I wash my cloth diapers?
You should wash your cloth diapers every day or every other day. If you go longer stains can set in, your pail may begin to smell and you can get bacteria growth.
Why are my pocket diapers leaking?
Sometimes you may find that your pocket diapers leak. There are several possible causes of this.
If the diaper is too big for the baby, there will be gaps around the edges at the legs or at the waist. Size down and see if you solve the leaking problem. If the insert is soaked and the diaper is leaking, you may need to add more absorbency. Add another insert and see if you solve the leaking problem. Additionally, if you've used any fabric softener or oily based diaper cream without a liner, this will also cause your diapers to completely repel as well.
What is TPU?
All our waterproof covers are made of TPU. It is more breathable than any other waterproof material on the market. Unlike PUL, which is chemical bonded, TPU is a polyester fabric that is heat bonded with thermoplastic polyurethane. It contains less chemicals, and is made using a safer, more environmentally friendly process.
How do I get stains out of my cloth diapers?
The best stain remover is the sun! Wash your diapers and then lay them out wet on the lawn with the stain facing the sun. It usually only takes a few hours before the stains are gone! If some remnants of the stain still linger, rinse the load again and repeat the process.
Using diaper liners and spraying/rinsing diapers prior to putting them in your diaper pail are a couple of ways to minimize the staining of your diapers.
How and why would I strip diapers?
Stripping cloth diapers may be necessary if your diapers have developed build-up. You may notice this needs to be done if your diapers are smelling, leaking or your baby is getting rashes. Despite sounding intimidating stripping your diapers is quite simple. It is important that you start with clean diapers. Then Rinse, Rinse, Rinse. Rinse your diapers on hot (no hotter than 140F) 3 times with no detergent or until the water runs clear and there are no suds left. You may want to turn up the mixing valve on your hot water heater to make sure the water is extra hot as hot water does a better job of removing residues.
Will my cloth diaper keep my baby dry overnight?
Typically, yes, although the use of additional inserts is recommended to avoid leaks. Pairing an insert with your existing diaper will provide the additional absorbency needed to keep your baby comfortable and dry all night long.
Is my baby more likely to get diaper rash with reusable diapers?
Research has shown that baby's wearing cloth diapers are no more susceptible to diaper rash than wearers of disposables. In fact baby's in reusable diapers may be less likely to develop diaper rash as parents are more aware of when to change the cloth diaper and how well to cleanse the entire diaper area.