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12 Tips for Newbies to Cloth diapering
If at first you don’t succeed…
1) Wash, wash again….seriously. These fluffy things need plenty of washing to get primed and ready to absorb to their fullest cloth diapering potential. Give them a chance to show you their stuff. Follow the directions of your CD’s packaging or a basic laundry washing routine is cold wash with no detergent (get rid of the dirties), hot wash + recommended amount of cloth diaper friendly detergent & extra rinse. More about laundry to come soon!
3) Remember the BIG 3 Golden Rules: Wash diapers well, never put microfiber against baby’s bottom, and use a CD safe diaper rash cream . Unsure if your diaper cream is safe? Use a liner or some toilet paper between baby’s bum & the diaper!
4) Check the fit. If you are using One Size or any with snaps, experiment. Yup, it took me several tries to find the perfect leak-free fit with each diaper. Think about Goldilocks and the 3 Bears…too small, too big, just right. Change the rise, adjust the belly….
Fluffy Wishes Diaper Closet is a cloth diaper lending service serving Southwest Michigan and newly expanding to Indiana! Fluffy Wishes provides cloth diapers to low income families who can not afford to diaper their children, or have to make the choice between diapers and the basic necessities in life. Fluffy Wishes runs completely on volunteers and donations. There is no cost to families who are approved for the program.
Choosing to cloth diaper your babe means that they generally sport cute fluffy bottoms which can make it difficult to find pants that fit their eco-friendly and adorable bums!
I find that I often need to put my baby in a larger size for his rump, making the pant legs too long, necessitating that I roll them up, into bulky cuffs. This happens particularly with jeans which is not as forgiving a material.
Now, I could just avoid jeans altogether but that doesn’t fly with this jean loving urban mama. In our household, jeans are worn almost all the time, they are our staple wardrobe piece. It’s only fitting that our baby gets to rock the look with us. What’s a girl to do?
1. Wool covers (a.k.a., soakers, shorties, and longies) are a heirloom item!
If you take care of your wool covers, they will literally last for generations, and certainly for multiple children.
If you are crafty, you can even make wool soakers by upcycling old 100% wool or 100% cashmere sweaters-an economical and environmentally friendly way to repurpose and reuse for your babe!
2. Wool covers are easy to use & absorbent!
When wool covers get pee on them, the lanolin gets “activated”, turning into a natural soap when wet, cleaning & killing bacteria. Then as they air dry, it airs out odors & the lanolin goes back to being just a coating on the wool, waiting for the next time it needs to be “activated”. If lanolized properly, you’ll get about 2 weeks of good wetness protection & self-cleaning properties before needing to clean & re-lanolize your woolies.
Not to worry, Mama’s! You can tell when they need to be washed & lanolized quite easily – when the lanolin is working, once they’ve air dried there will be no odor. When the lanolin is depleted, there will be a bit of a pee odor once they’re dried – then you know its time to wash & re-lanolize!