Stretchy Bamboo Terry Flat | bittybuns.com

CJ's BUTTer Quick Stick | bittybuns.com

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.

Machine Wash Instructions

  • 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.

 

How-To:

  1. 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.
  2. Run a long hot wash with at least detergent to Line 3.
  3. Remove diaper covers from the wash and hang them to dry (All-in-One diapers can go in the dryer).
  4. 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.

 

Resource: Fluff Love University – not everything said here, or anywhere, is gospel.

Storing Dirty Diapers

Open Pail | bittybuns.com

Some disposable diaper pails can be also be used with cloth, but some can’t.  I use a Dekkor with a wet bag pail liner (Dekkor now makes a Plus model that is bigger and they market it for cloth).  Ubbi even accommodates cloth with its own liner (but any could be used).  Using a Diaper Genie with cloth takes some finagling, but here I’ve located a video tutorial and a picture thread to help with the transition.  I also travel with a large Planet Wise wet/dry bag.

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.

Open Pail | bittybuns.com

 

Drying Covers

Drying Covers | bittybuns.com

Drying Covers | bittybuns.com

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.

Where to buy: IKEA, Amazon

Getting Poop Off Diapers

Newborn Poo: If your baby is exclusively breastfed, you can put those diapers right in the washing machine.

Solids: When your baby starts solids and you start seeing thicker poo with maybe some chunks in it, that stuff needs to be cleaned off the diaper before it goes in the wash.  You have a few options.

Liners: In your diaper assembly line, add a flushable liner like this one from Buttons.  You can even use Viva paper towels (read about them here and here.)

Sprayers: There are dedicated diaper sprayers and bidet sprayers, but you can also MacGyver a sprayer from a kitchen sprayer and some spare parts.

Here’s a good video on how to use a diaper sprayer and specifically how much poo should come off the diaper before it goes into the wash.  (She uses a small spray shield, too.)

 

 

 

Blueberry Capri Cover

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.

Blueberry Capri | bittybuns.com

Review by a Babycenter momma gives 5 out of 5: Great Covers Comparison Blueberry (she compares Coveralls)

Where to buy: Green Mountain Diapers, Kelly’s Closet, Nicki’s Diapers, Sweet Bottoms Baby, Diaper Junction, and others.

Rumparooz OS Cover

Rumparooz Cover | bittybuns.com

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.

A great review on Babycenter gives it 5 out of 5: Great Covers Comparison Rumparooz

Where to buy: Kelly’s Closet, Nicki’s Diapers, Diaper Junction, Amazon, Sweet Bottoms Baby, and others.