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The Best Nighttime Cloth Diapering Solution

Successful cloth diapering at night is an important milestone and honestly it can be intimidating.  No one wants to spend time experimenting with cloth diapers if there’s any possibility of a leak at 2am and a nighttime cloth diaper solution becomes especially important when you have a heavy wetter on your hands.  Nighttime and nap-time cloth diapers are a bit different because your baby will be sleeping in their diaper for a long period of time rather than being changed every 2-3 hours or when dirty like during the day.

Usually the first thing people do when they attempt to cloth diaper at night is to adapt their current diapers by adding absorbency.  Logical right?  Adding a booster or second or third insert to a pocket diaper or all in one style diaper will give you more absorbency yes, but at some point, no matter how much extra you stuff in there you’re going to get leaks.  Why?  because the integrity of the diaper gets compromised by the extra bulk and you get gaps at the legs or a shorter rise which exposes but-crack inviting leakage up the back or out the legs.

So what do you do?  The solution is a fitted diaper.  What’s special about a fitted diaper is that it isn’t waterproof.  There is no PUL layer, it’s completely absorbent all the way around, not just through the crotch like other diaper options.  Because of this it has more total absorbency and of course you can add boosters into a fitted if you find you need to.  On top of the fitted you need some waterproofing, so a PUL or wool cover is what you put on top.the dimple diaper promo 1008px (*For all your questions about using wool.  See this post*).

Now, fitted diapers are generally made of natural fabrics – bamboo, hemp, cotton etc.  so they will generally feel wet against the skin.  Not comfortable or good for the skin over long periods of time.  So adding a fleece liner is a quick, cheap and thin addition that will provide a stay-dry layer and keep baby comfy and feeling dry.  A layer of cloth safe diaper cream is also a good preventative moisture barrier to keep skin in good shape.

Nighttime Diapering Solution:
2-3 good quality fitted diapers (so you can rotate when the others are in the wash) – the Bummis Dimple Diaper or the TotsBots Bamboozle Stretch are excellent options.
1-2 covers (PUL or wool) – we love the fit of our Rumparooz one size snap cover on our kids
Fleece liners
Cloth safe bum ointment (we love our Delish Naturals Yum Bum Butter)

**Please keep in mind that newborns and babies under aprox. 6 months will still need nighttime diaper changes as they still tend to poo overnight.  Anytime baby is dirty they need to be changed, night time or not.  The suggestions above are for babies who are a little older, usually 6+months who have started to go the night without pooing.  If they are just wet at night you can implement the above nighttime routine**

Nighttime Diapering Trick – Fighting Ammonia
Rinsing out your nap-time and overnight fitted diapers before placing them in your wet bag between washes will go a long way to combating the ammonia that sometimes plagues nighttime diapers.  Simply run them under the sink or tub faucet and wring them out a few times.

Keep those things in mind and you’ll enjoy many happy and dry nights!

Do you have a bulletproof overnight cloth diaper solution?  Share it with us in the comments.


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WARNING: Cloth Diapers are Addictive

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

You sat newly pregnant in my Cloth Diapering 101 class.

You laughed at me when I told you not to try a Blueberry Simplex diaper unless you were prepared to love them so much that you’d want 40 when you only needed 20. You ignored me when I told you that once you had one TotsBots print you’d want one of each to complete the set. And you scoffed at me when I told you that some Applecheeks diapers are worth hundreds of dollars on the used market.

“Phft that’s ridiculous” you snickered to your friend as you left my seminar. “I’m only buying that 12 pack starter package they have on sale. I want to cloth diaper because I’m frugal after all” you promised. And you didn’t give my comments another thought.

Well now it’s 2 years later. You’ve successfully cloth diapered a baby who turned into a toddler. You started out with just that 12 pack starter package and it was perfectly fine. But curiosity got the better of you and you preferred not to do laundry every day anyway, so it didn’t hurt to get a couple more diapers in different styles just for the sake of variety.

“Woo hoo” you thought. “These cloth diapers are pretty awesome”. Your baby never had poopy blow-outs and that fluffy bum looked so gosh-darn cute. Plus look at all the money you saved. This justifies buying a couple more diapers to complete that storybook set of prints you really liked. After all, if you had the Humpty Dumpty diaper didn’t you need Incy Wincy Spider too? These are classic childhood rhymes after all.

Your husband turned a blind eye to your hoarding.

You found yourself pregnant with baby #2 wondering what it would be like to cloth diaper a newborn. So you started collecting a newborn diaper stash as soon as the stick tuned positive. Meanwhile your toddler became a heavy wetter and started sleeping through the night. A perfect opportunity to try those super absorbent fitted diapers that are great for nighttime. Maybe you even tried a wool cover.

Your friends rolled their eyes that your obsession was no longer a money saving venture.Superman

“It didn’t matter” you thought. “It wasn’t all about they money” you said. “It’s healthier for baby of course”. And now you sit, reading this, wondering how you got in so deep, trying really hard not to click the ‘BUY’ button next to that super cute Superman diaper with the detachable cape on the bum. “Tomorrow I’m going to sell off some of my diapers at that community swap meet” you think to yourself. “And then I’m going to yell at that woman who owns the diaper store for getting me hooked on these soft and fluffy diapers”.

“But I warned you”, I’ll say as you buy the new Elephant print. I really, really did.

You’ll wink at me and chuckle, “At least I’m still saving the environment right?”

That you are Mama, that you are.


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What’s better: Natural Fabric or Synthetic Fabrics For My Diapers

When making a decision between synthetics and natural fabrics for your baby’s diapers it makes things easier to know the pros and cons of each. Here’s a simple guide on the features and benefits of each type of fabric.

Natural Fabrics
Cotton, bamboo, hemp, silk, wool

Benefits:
Natural fibers on the bum
Feels wet on the skin (great for encouraging potty learning)
Wash easily (less prone to holding smells, less prone to repelling issues)
Hypoallergenic
biodegradable

Drawbacks:
Needs pre-washing multiple times before use (usually)
Stains more easily
Feels wet on the skin (can cause rashes for some sensitive babies)


Synthetic Fabrics

Microfleece, microfiber, suede cloth, athletic wicking jersey, PUL/TPU

Benefits:
Stay dry/wicking effect keeps baby’s bum dry and rash free (the most like a disposable from a wetness wicking standpoint)
Microfiber is arguably the most absorbent material (in laboratory testing settings)
Microfleece is soft on the bum
Less prone to staining and stains tend to fade more easily over subsequent washes without any treatment
PUL/TPU is water-resistant while still being more breathable than old fashioned rubber or plastic pants.

Drawbacks:
Microfiber can’t be next to the skin
Tendency to hold smells
Slightly more sensitive to poor wash routine (can be more prone to begin repelling or holding smells with inadequate rinsing and detergent ratios)
Some babies are allergic to polyester (rarely, but it happens)

There you have it, a quick and easy guide to helping you decide how to build your diaper stash.  Keep in mind that cloth diapers are never an all-or-nothing pursuit.  Most moms at one point or another end up trying lots of different styles, brands and materials to find which diapers they like the best.


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The Reluctant Dad – 7 Tips To Get Daddy On Board With Cloth Diapering

Do you have a reluctant Daddy in the house?  Not every Dad is on the same page as Mom when it comes time to decide how to diaper that adorable little baby bum.  Here’s some tips for making sure Daddy will be happy to participate in cloth diapering too:

  1. Make it easy
    Make sure you have super user-friendly cloth diapers in your stash.  For Dads and other caregivers (think Grandma or babysitters) easier is better and the less thinking required when trying to diaper a wriggling baby is always a bonus.  So, consider all-in-one (AIO) diapers.  AIOs are all one piece with the absorbent layers and the waterproof layer all together with no stuffing or fussing required.  You just put them on and take them off.  Nothing fancy.  These are very intuitive and are the closest thing to putting on a disposable you can get.  Generally a big thumbs up for ease of use.  Alternatively, if you’re wanting to do a pocket type diaper, look for one that can accommodate Daddy’s bigger hands.  Applecheeks diapers for instance were designed with the diaper changing Daddy in mind.  Their pocket opening is specifically placed at the widest point of the diaper, making stuffing the absorbent insert inside very easy.  Plus, if Daddy forgets to pull the insert out before washing, no big deal.  Applecheeks inserts will agitate out in the wash on their own anyway.  See?  Easy.  Note: when using pocket diapers, if Mom pre-stuffs them ahead of time, then it’s even easier for Dad 😉
  2. Address the poop issue and home washing concerns
    This can be a big thing for Dads and is one of the first questions that comes up in our Cloth Diapering Workshops.  Lots of Dads have never changed a diaper in their lives and have no idea what baby poo even looks like.  No wonder many of them balk at the idea of having to change diapers and wash them in the machine at home.  When you let the imagination run wild it often comes up with something way worse than reality, so address this issue up front with him.  Assure him that newborn poo is hardly scary and barely has any volume at all.  It’s all water soluble and can be easily handled by the washing machine in a clean and sanitary way.  No scraping, dunking or rinsing required.  Just change that diaper and toss it in the wet bag with no further thought for babies 0-6 months.  Once baby starts solids, Dad will be getting used to changing diapers, but with the introduction of solids comes some interesting bowel movements.  Never fear, that’s where flushable liners come in.  Simply show Daddy how to lay the liner on top of the diaper and when the diaper is soiled you shake it into the toilet along with the poo and flush it away!  The rest of the diaper goes in the wet bag for washing.  Whatever is left the machine can handle, I Promise.  A diaper sprayer can also be of assistance during this phase as an option for easier cleanups.  Plus Daddy can show off his home improvement skills by installing it (no tools required and it easily attaches to the water line of your toilet with simple instructions included).
  3. Discuss health and environmental issues
    These things are easy to find just with a little ‘googling’ or browsing our website.  Daddy may not have time to do all the research, but if you do, then condense some of the pertinent info and share it with him.  He may want to know that keeping his little boys’ testicles cooler in cloth diapers might contribute to better fertility down the road.  And he may not realize what kinds of chemicals are in today’s disposable diapers.  Don’t bombard him with info, but do share the facts and discuss how your family can save thousands of diapers from ending up in landfills for the benefit of future generations.
  4. Smells be gone
    Cloth diapering smells a lot less than disposable diapering if you ask me.  And yes, I’ve done both!  But if Daddy is worried about, or sensitive to smells, keep things fresh with an open diaper bag (yes, open to the air smells less than closed off options) and products like the Rockin’ Green Pail Freshener.
  5. Crunch the numbers
    Dads often like to see cold numbers and facts, so give it to him straight.  Show him on paper how much money can be saved for how many children you plan to have and it all becomes quite black and white.  Here’s a great cost breakdown to make it easy for you which even addresses the cost of machine depreciation, water and heating costs and detergent requirements.  As for the up-front cost of getting started, this is a legitimate concern.  Depending on the style of diaper you go with, your initial stash can run you a few hundred dollars.  But, telling your friends and family that you want to cloth diaper and starting a registry for cloth diapers can help get you started.  And you have 9 months to build your stash up slowly while waiting for baby.  In the end, remind Dad that those cost savings can go towards other fun things like vacations, a new car or your kids’ university fund 😉
  6. Show him how cloth diapering will make his life easier
    Mention to Dad that with cloth diapers, he’ll never have to cart stinky trash to the curb every week, or run out at night to grab more diapers from the corner store when you run out.
  7. And if all else fails…
    Don’t push Dad into it if he just isn’t there.  Perhaps do half and half.  When Mom changes baby, use the cloth diapers, when Dad changes baby, he can put on a disposable.  Often, once Daddy sees how easy it really is and that you have cloth diapers that match the colors of his favorite sports team…he’ll come around to cloth diapering too.


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Washing Diapers 101 – The Best Way To Wash Cloth Diapers

Washing diapers should be simple.  Really.  You shouldn’t need lots of special rules or excessive rinsing or stripping to keep your diapers clean and functional.  Follow these quick and easy steps to worry free cloth diaper washing.

#1) Rinse – Do an initial rinse or short wash cycle without detergent.  Cold or warm is fine.

#2) Wash – A HOT wash with detergent.  Use the proper amount of detergent for your load size and type of washing machine as recommended on the package regardless of whether you use a commercially available brand or a cloth diaper specific brand.  What detergent should I use.

#3) Rinse – This additional rinse is somewhat optional as all wash cycles are followed by a rinse anyway.  So, this ends up being a rinse on top of that rinse.  It’s generally a good practice to make sure all detergent residues are gone, but, if you don’t do one and you aren’t having smell, repelling or rash issues, then don’t worry about it.

*The above applies to any washing machine whether it be a top loader, front loader, high efficiency (HE) machine or not.

There you have it.  Easy peasy.

IF you have leak, smell or rash issues then reference the linked articles to troubleshoot or contact us for help 🙂


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How To Use Cloth Wipes

Does your baby have a persistent rash?  Suspect your disposable wipes.

Would you like to save about $100/year in addition to what you’re already saving by choosing to cloth diaper?

If someone was wiping YOUR bum what would you want them to use?

Enter super soft, economical, easy to use and chemical free cloth wipes!wipes-roll-png_bmprd_lf

Made from a variety of materials including cottons, velours, flannels, microfleece, minky and more, cloth wipes have many advantages and are easy to use.  I mean, heck, you’re doing diaper laundry anyway, why not be using cloth wipes too.  You wash them all together anyway.

How to use cloth wipes:

  • Have your wipes handy, either close to your diaper changing area or bathroom sink.
  • If baby has peed, use a wipe to dry them off.  If baby has pooped, use the diaper to take off as much poo as you can as you take it off, then use a damp wipe or two to clean baby’s bum.
  • Place the used wipe (s) in your wet bag along with your used diapers and wash everything together on wash day.

How do you wet your cloth wipes?

There are a number of ways to wet your wipes before use (note: you can use them dry, that’s perfectly fine, but to get baby nice and clean most moms prefer them damp like disposable wipes).

  • You can simply keep your wipes in the bathroom nearest the change table and wet them with warm tap water on your way to change baby.
  • You can do what I do and use a pre-mixed spray such as Applecheeks Gentle Bum Cleansing Spray to either spray directly on baby or to wet your wipe before using.  Bonus it contains no chemicals and has a lovely smell of Tea Tree Oil (anti-bacterial) and Lavender.  This option is amazingly convenient, works really well and it’s super easy to keep this small spray bottle in your diaper bag for fuss-free diaper changes when you’re out on the town.
  • You can use a small container (some moms use an empty disposable wipes container) to put your wipes in and pre-wet them in the container so they’re always ready and waiting.  To do this, pour the wipe solution of your choice over the dry wipes and you’re good to go.  You can make your own home-made wipe solution, use plain water, or make a wipe solution from wipe cubes like this. (Note: if you use this option you’ll want to clean out the container and put in fresh solution about once a week).
  • Or, you can take any of the wipe solutions mentioned above (plain water, home-made solution, wipe solution made from cubes) put it in your own spray bottle and use it to spray baby or your dry wipes at diaper change time.  (Note: if you use this option with home-made solution or solution made with wipe cubes, you’ll want to clean out the spray bottle and fill it with fresh solution about once a week).

Traveling with Cloth Wipes

Is this possible?  Of course!  Same rules apply as above, but on a smaller scale so they fit in your diaper bag:

  • Pack dry wipes and pre-wet them just before use at the sink or with a small spray bottle.
  • Or, put pre-moistened cloth wipes in an empty disposable wipes travel size container, or small wet bag.
  • Store your used wipes along with the used diaper(s) in a wet bag to wash when you get home.

How Many Cloth Wipes Do You Need?fab_wipes_girl-7763

Most Moms find roughly 2 dozen to be a good number if you’re wash routine is every second day.

Other Uses For Cloth Wipes

Oh yes you can do lots of things with wipes either than clean a bum.  Cloth wipes are also great for spit up, wash clothes in the bath, face wiping, makeup removal, post-partum mama care (especially when softness is appreciated on stitches or tears) and they make lovely absorbent doublers for use in newborn diapers among other things.

So what are you waiting for.  Cloth wipes are inexpensive and easy.  Browse the different kinds we have available here and join the fun!

P.S.
As a quick side note, if you have a baby with a persistent rash that isn’t explained by a more obvious cause such as ammonia, detergent buildup, material sensitivity, yeast infection, need for a stay-dry diaper inner etc.  it may very well be that they are having a reaction to the chemicals and preservatives in disposable wipes.  We see lots of babies that have reactions even when using brands that are of the ‘hypoallergenic’ or ‘gentle perfume-free’ variety.

And definitely don’t use disposable wipes if baby has a bad rash or open blistered rash.  See your doctor and in the mean time use cloth wipes with plain water as the ingredients in disposable wipes will sting quite a lot on open skin.


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Sized Diapers or One Size….Which Is Better?

When we do consultations with Moms-to-Be, we often get asked which are better, sized diapers, or one size so called ‘Birth to Potty’ diapers?

Well the answer depends on several things, so let’s go through some pros and cons of each to help you decide too…

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Examples: FuzziBunz Perfect Size, Applecheeks, Thirsties and Bummis prefolds with covers.

Sized diapers are diapers that come in more than one size to get baby diapered from birth to potty training.  They might come in Small, Medium, Large, or Size 1, Size 2 varieties.  They key with these is that they have snaps or velcro in the front and no other adjustability.  They are designed to fit specific weight ranges.  Size 1 Applecheeks, for example, fit from 7-20lbs which roughly corresponds as birth to about 9 months at which time you’d move into size 2 that would take you from that point until potty training.

Most people shy away from sized diapers when they hear that they’ll have to buy 2 sets of diapers, each in a different size, but in reality, you don’t really have to buy 2 full sets.  Newborns need 10-12 diapers per day, but once they get older (6+months or so) they only require 6-8 diaper changes, so once you move up to the bigger size, you need fewer diapers than you did in the smaller size.

Another benefit is that over time, sized diapers tend to hold up better because they see less overall use.  A sized diaper is only used while baby is in the weight range, while a one size diaper will be used the entire time baby is in diapers.  Less overall use = less washes and less wear and tear.  This is especially important if you intend to use your diapers for more than one baby or if you want to preserve better re-sale value on the used market for when you are done with diapers.

But what are the biggest benefits of size diapers?  Ease of use and trim fit.  Without extra elastics or a front full of snaps to fiddle with, sized diapers are more intuitive to use, are not as confusing to fasten.  This is nice for dads, daycares, babysitters or grandparents who may be lending a hand in the diapering department.  Sized diapers also tend to have a really great trim fit even on newborns.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a few one size diapers that fit newborns, but we’re talking bigger newborns (7-8+lbs) and yes they may function, but all the extra fabric makes them really bulky until baby grows into them.  If simple diapers and a trim fit are important to you, sized diapers are for you.

One Size Diapers
Rumparooz, Kawaiis, Lil Helpers, Tots Bots Easy Fits, Kawaii or FuzziBunz One Size

If on the other hand, a little extra bulk doesn’t bother you, then one size diapers might be better for you.  One size diapers are designed to fit babies from ‘birth to potty training’ or from about 7-35+lbs, to accomplish this, they have extra adjustment capabilities that allow the sizing to be scaled up or down to fit baby’s changing dimensions as they grow and gain weight. The 2 main ways to do these adjustments are:Fuzzi-Bunz-Cloth-Dia-9153

  • Internal elastics (like the FuzziBunz One Size) where there is buttonhole elastic for the legs and waist that you cinch in or let out.  The benefit here is that the adjustments are done on the inside of the diaper, there is nothing visible on the outside revealing it to be a one size diaper.  The drawback is that it can be time consuming to adjust the diapers.  Once they are adjusted you don’t have to change them all the time, but every couple of months or when baby has a growth spurt, you’ll need to spend the time adjusting elastics.  This is not all difficult to do for one baby, but on the occasion that you have 2 babies in diapers (say a toddler and a new baby or twins), it’s not feasible to be adjusting elastics all the time so that both kids can use the same diapers simultaneously.  On the plus size, the elastics can be fully replaced if they ever relax or snap, extending the life of your diapers.  After so many washes and hard use, elastic is usually the first thing that gives way on a cloth diaper, internal elastics on FuzziBunz One Size are super easy to replace without needing to know how to sew and you can get replacement elastics for free if you ever need them, which you probably won’t.
  • Snap down rise – The most common type of one size adjustment is a snap down rise. (like Rumparooz, Lil Helpers, Tots Bots Easy Fits and Kawaii).  On a snap down one size diaper, there is either snaps or velcro to close the diaper up on top and then a myriad of snaps below which are how you make the diaper smaller or larger.  Snap the top 4_Rumparooz_lazylime_snaprow of snaps to the middle or bottom row to create a small or medium diaper.  You can see the snaps on the outside of the diaper which some people don’t like, but it makes it super easy to adjust and once it’s snapped to the size that fits baby, it will stay snapped as you wash it until you re-adjust again.  Since the snaps are so easily accessible and quick to do up or down, snap down one size diapers are a great option if you have 2 babies in cloth at the same time.  They can both share the same set of diapers and changing the sizing is super quick.  Be warned that daddies and grandmas often get flustered when they see so many snaps, but a quick tutorial from you and they should be good to go.

So, the trade-off for one size diapers mean a very fluffy, bulky bum which may not accommodate pants, let alone skinny jeans, but you do get the convenience of only needing one set of diapers and not having to ‘size up’ when baby grows.

**One caveat with one size diapers though…most brands will claim that they fit newborns from about 7lbs.  This is largely false marketing.  We see a great many newborns – in fact I would say a majority of newborns, who are too small for one size diapers right after birth.  There is simply too much fabric.  One size diapers generally do not start fitting babies well until about 10lbs.  So, what does that mean practically?  It means that there is a gray area between birth and 10lbs when your stash of one size diapers may not fit baby.  So, what’s your solution?  You have a few:

  • Newborn diapers – You could purchase newborn specific diapers to bridge the gap.  Lil Joeys, for example are a great option (4-12lbs) and fit newborns perfectly, but are outgrown of very fast.  This option is pricey and defeats the cost savings of going with one size diapers.  It also sees you getting two different sets of diapers very similar to going with sized diapers in the first place.
  • Newborn rental kits – Another great option is to do exactly as above, but rent the newborn diapers instead of buy.  At Cloth Diaper Kids we have several kits available that provide a perfect solution to the one size fit dilemma.  Newborn rental kits are also a great option if you have or are expecting a preemie.  Our newborn kits start fitting at 4lbs.
  • Use up those gifts – Many moms find that they receive newborn disposable diapers as part of their gifts at baby showers etc. Some moms just choose to use those up before switching to their cloth diapers.  Depending on how many you have and how big your baby was at birth that may give you enough time for baby to grow into your one size diapers (depending on brand).  However, keep in mind that newborns need at least 10 diapers per day and babies often hit 10lbs at about 8 weeks so you’re looking at about 600 diaper changes during the newborn period 😉