Many cloth diaper users find they really don’t experience rashes like they did with disposables. But, it does happen and if the rash isn’t caused by yeast or thrush, you have some options.
CJ’s Butter Quick Stick in Monkey Farts is a particular favorite of mine. It’s like a giant tube of chap stick, so I never have to get it on my hands and under my nails. It comes in other scents, but really – why not just use something called Monkey Farts?
If you’re using natural fiber diapers, you can really use any cream you’d like. If you’re using synthetic fibers, petroleum based products can cause repelling issues. Something with Zinc Oxide can cause staining.
Make sure the bulk of poopies are not on the diaper. Solid poopies are bad for your washing machine. Some people hook a sprayer up to their toilet, some dunk and swish in the toilet bowl, some keep a spatula by the potty especially dedicated to scraping off poop. If you’re lucky, the poops are “plopable” and you just open the diaper and plop them in the toilet.
Make sure all inserts are pulled out of pocket diapers (except the Blueberry – those work themselves out).
Detergent: It’s the popular opinion of most cloth diaper gurus that powdered Original Tide works best to clean diapers and fight stains. That being said, it’ll be fine to use whatever you have on hand unless it’s homemade or some kind of hippy detergent – then get yourself some Tide. Poop is seriously dirty.
If you or your baby is sensitive to detergents, there are alternatives out there. All hope is not lost. The Cloth Diapering Babycenter group is a great place to troubleshoot sensitivity or stink issues.
Run a short/quick cold wash with detergent to Line 1. This washes away the extra so the second wash can really do some scrubbing.
Run a long hot wash with at least detergent to Line 3.
Remove diaper covers from the wash and hang them to dry (All-in-One diapers can go in the dryer).
Dry the rest in the dryer!
Technically, everything can go into the dryer. But, everything will last longer if you line dry, particularly covers with their PUL lining and elastics. If you do put covers into the dryer (or AIO or pockets), wait until they’re are completely cooled before fiddling with the elastics.
If you have stains on your diapers, that doesn’t mean they aren’t clean. If stains bother you, you can bleach them occasionally (PUL and TPU are color fast and can withstand bleaching). It’s best not to bleach on the regular because it will degrade fibers. A better stain-fighting course of action would be to sun them – lay them out in the sun, line dry them, and maybe toss them the dryer for a few minutes after they’re dry to soften them up. Also, Buncha Farmers stain stick is supposed to be fantastic.
Some say, though, that the best method for storing cloth diapers is in an open hamper with lots of air holes. The air circulation supposedly keeps down the stink. If you use an open pail, choose one with no holes in the bottom and and no holes a couple of inches up. If you choose not to wring out your poopy diapers after they’ve been sprayed off, you don’t want that water puddling on your floor.
There are all sorts of neat ways people choose to store their cloth diaper stash, and it’s definitely worth a Google search. This is something to think about because cloth diapers do take up quite a bit more room than disposables. Especially once you decide to #buyallthediapers.
I use a scarf hanger to hang dry my covers. They can go in the dryer on low or medium, but to preserver the life of the elastics, I prefer to hang dry. Plus, my baby likes looking at them while taking a bath.
These are nice covers and were my #1 in their newborn size options. They’re pretty roomy and wide through the bum. The Capri cover has flaps in the front and back to hold in an insert and help keep baby’s tummy and back dry. The Coverall version does not have flaps, but is a generally wider diaper cover. Blueberry also makes really wonderful AIO dipes called Simplex. You might get sucked in by their adorable prints.
This is a picture of the newborn size because for some reason I didn’t photograph the blue One Size (OS) I sent you.
Rumparooz is another good quality diaper from Kangacare. Sometimes these can be found on Zulily. Again, double gussets and soft two layers of PUL. Kangacare also makes AIOs, pockets, and you can get them with Aplix (Velcro) closure instead of snaps.