Thursday, August 30, 2012

Keepin' It Simple, A Cloth Diaper Wash Routine.

When it comes to washing cloth diapers, there's a lot that you can over think. From the detergent, how much to use, stripping, additives, water type, etc., it can get pretty confusing and overwhelming! For consistently clean and smell free diapers, it's best to keep it simple. A basic wash routine will save time.....and your sanity!
  • Pick a detergent and stick with it: Problems often arise when people constantly switch detergents. Regardless of whether you use a detergent made for cloth diapers or a mainstream store bought brand, you'll have better luck if you just use one. This happens to me all the time. I decide to try a different detergent and then I end up with stinky diapers. I really should take my own advice!
  • Use the recommended amount of detergent: If you're using a detergent made for cloth diapers, use the amount they recommend. It's recommended because it's been tested. Trust them. If you don't think you're diapers are coming clean enough with the recommended amount, contact the company for help, they'll help you determine if you need more or less depending on your water type (see below). They're the experts! If you're using a mainstream detergent, use 1/4 of what's recommended for a large load. This usually ends up being to about the first line on the scoop.
  • Know your water type: You either have soft, normal, or hard water. Hard water seems to be the trickiest to work with. You can contact your town's water board or municipal building to find out. There's records available, you just need to do a little searching. I was able to find mine on my township's website. Soft water tends to need less detergent and hard water tends to need a little more. Just be sure to speak with the makers of your detergent as this may be different depending on what you're using and they might recommend something different.
  • Follow this wash sequence: RINSE (cold), WASH (hot) with detergent, RINSE (cold). That's it. Keep it simple. No need to rinse a million times. Once is enough.
  • If it's nice and warm outside, hang your diapers out to dry. They'll last longer that way. If it's cold and rainy, throw your inserts and cotton items in the dryer, and hang your PUL items on a rack inside. It is okay to throw everything in the dryer, you're diapers' elastic will just wear out sooner.
That's the basics! Stripping diapers is a topic for another post as it's not a simple topic! Hopefully by sticking to a simple wash routine, you'll never even need to think about it! Happy washing!

What's your CD wash routine? Do you keep it simple or do you have a complex process?
 

Bio: Jenny is the writer behind the blog, According to Jenny, where she shares her thoughts on being a semi-crunchy mama of 2! She lives in beautiful Pennsylvania with her husband and 2 kids, Grady-born in 2010, and Haley-born in 2012. She's an avid baby-wearer and cloth diaper addict. You'll find a little bit of everything over on the blog-reviews and giveaways, too!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FIVE Steps to Overnight Diapering Success!


Overnight diapering can be a dreary thing to think about, most parents that cloth diaper during the day, do not at night, simply because there is a greater chance of leakage issues. If you are like me, you hate changing bed sheets night after night from leaky diapers, and you want a solution to end it all, well look no further, below are some tips that have helped me to figure out the best way to keep baby and sheets as dry as possible at night.


Tip #1 Change baby right before bed and use an insert followed by a night time booster or use an overnight diaper.

Tip #2 Place a changing pad on top of the bottom sheet, place another sheet on top of that and then place baby on top and then cover if needed. We use this method a lot in the hospital for older clients who are incontinent and it helps them tremendously, plus it saves us a back ache the next day.  You can also invest in nice waterproof mattress pad available in crib sizes.

Tip #3 I know this may be hard to do for the younger babies, but we try to limit excessive fluid intake before bed.


Tip # 4 If you have to change diapers during the night it is great to have everything setting out and handy for you to use during those late night changes.

Tip #5
If none of the above work, try getting some plastic pants, or just simply change diaper brands, some like the AIO work better at night.  Many also experience success by adding a fleece cover over their nighttime pocket diaper.

The above are 5 good tips that are sure to make overnight cloth diapering a little easier!

What are your personal night time cloth diapering tips?

My name is Ashley Suzanne. I am a 21 year old pre-nursing student, and I am still living at home with my parents, I refuse to live alone! I dream about my future family along with cloth diapering, homeschooling, and raising my children in God’s amazing love and grace. Even though I am not a biological mother yet, I still consider myself a mother hen to all the little ones, and bigger ones that come in and out of my life. God has truly given me a passion for nurturing. In my free time I enjoy blogging, collecting baby items, reviewing items, entering giveaways, schooling, and reading. I love that there are things I can focus on and learn at this time now, so that whenever I am blessed with my own little family then I can truly be the wife and mother that God has planned for me to be.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tips for preventing diaper rash!

Easy Ways to Prevent Diaper Rash!
By Michelle of The Not-So Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom

One of the deciding factors for me when choosing to cloth diaper was that I had heard that babies who are cloth diapered get diaper rash a lot less. If my son was in a disposable diaper for too long he would always get a red bum. But I soon learned that even in cloth diapers little ones can get diaper rash. Sometimes it can be a simple thing, like sitting in a diaper too long. Or it can be a more complex issue, like buildup on the
diapers. Here are a few easy ways to keep your baby from getting a diaper rash in cloth diapers!

1. Don’t keep baby in a diaper for too long. A lot of diapers can last two to three hours or more without leaking, but it’s not great for baby’s skin to be sitting in a wet diaper. The best way to prevent baby’s bum from getting red is to change baby shortly after he or she wets the diaper. Baby should also be changed immediately after pooping.

2. Use a cloth diaper safe detergent. Make sure you are a using a detergent that is safe for your diapers and are only using the recommended amount of detergent. Each detergent manufacturer is different, so what is the amount for one may not be the recommended amount for another.  Using the wrong kind of detergent, using too much detergent or too little detergent can cause buildup which can cause diaper rash.

3. Strip your diapers periodically. I usually strip my diapers every couple of months. There are a few ways to do it, so it may take a few times to find what works best for you, but I just use a squirt of dawn dish detergent in a hot wash. Then I do a few cold rinses until all the bubbles are gone. This removes all the buildup in the diapers that can cause a diaper rash. Plus it gets your diapers really clean, which is always a good thing!

4. Use a natural, cloth diaper safe diaper cream. I use coconut oil. Coconut Oil works great as a diaper cream because it moisturizes and it’s an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It works great for keeping yeast away which can be a rough rash to get rid of! I use coconut oil on my little guy even when he doesn’t have a rash, just to keep away yeast and keep his bum moisturized!  *Apply sparingly.

If you follow these easy tips you will likely have very little episodes of diaper rash! I do all of these and my son rarely gets a rash in his cloth diapers! With a little extra care your baby really will get less diaper rash in cloth diapers!

Michelle is a cloth diapering, babywearing, stay-at-home mommy of two boys! She is the mom behind the blog The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a Second Time Mom!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

You put the poop where? A diapering dilemma.

One of the things I think "outsiders" find the hardest to accept about cloth diapering is that you CAN put poopy diapers into the washing machine.

We, as experienced users, know that we're not tossing giant turds into the washer and expecting them to dissolve away, we put those beasts into the toilet.  Breastfed and newborn poop does rinse more easily with the help of a cloth diaper sprayer, into the toilet, and what's left does rinse out in the wash.

In fact, some people don't rinse newborn or breastfed baby poop at all before washing, they simply add an extra rinse cycle to their routine.

Do you think that the thought of putting poopy cloth diapers into the washing machine that we use to do our clothing laundry is a big deterrent when people are considering switching to cloth?

As someone who often talks to others about cloth diapering and how to do it, I feel this is one of the major obstacles to overcome and one of the most common questions I am asked..."You wash the poop out in the washing machine?"

What are your thoughts? Were you initially afraid of putting poop into your washing machine?

Monday, August 13, 2012

Get that yeast OUT of your diapers!

Yeast. It’s a nasty beast and when your baby’s dealing with it everyone’s dealing with it. According to eMedicine Health.com one fourth to one half of babies will experience a yeast diaper rash during their diapering days. Yeast, a fungus called Candida albicans, is brought on when the fungus is present in your baby’s stool. Exposure to the stool (i.e. sitting in it) brings on the infection and believe me it’s a bear to get rid of!

What can you do? How do you know that your baby has a yeast diaper rash? To help combat an explosion of the C. albicans fungus you should start your baby on a probiotic supplement (preferably in powder form) or on a healthy dose of Greek yogurt (which is high in probiotics) whenever an antibiotic medication is taken. I actually have my kids on a probiotic called Flora Baby that they take every other day. My daughter, Lady Bug, had been off of it for the past three weeks and sure enough, that’s when her first and only yeast rash reared its ugly head! Also allowing your baby’s bare bum to air out a little in between changes is very helpful.

Yeast rashes are different from regular diaper rash in that there are isolated red raised areas. As you can see in my picture, there are isolated red areas and, while this picture was taken when my daughter’s rash started to get better, you can see the parts where it looks like a layer of skin was almost taken off. Ouchie! I mean really…it is the worst rash your little baby can have (in my opinion of course; I am sure there are worse).

When wiping your baby who’s battling a yeast infection do not use anything but water and try to dab or pat the infected area. To help fight the infection you can add about 40 drops of grapefruit seed extract to your water but that’s it. Trust me, anything else and your child may be writhing in pain. I know that one from experience. Some try to fight the rash with treatments such as tea tree oil and grape seed extract, I, however, use Lotrimin. Yep, the stuff that fight jock itch! I also use a heavy cream to act as protection over the infected area from urine and stool. And sadly…another thing I do is switch back to ‘sposies. Not only did I not want the rash creams to have no contact with my cloth but I also wanted to ensure that her little bottom was staying away from contact with moisture. I’ve found that when I’ve been dealing with yeast it works for us to go back to disposables.

Now this last time I didn’t fully switch back. I kept Lady Bug in cloth at night and every morning she’d wake up screaming from the pain of her morning urine release on her skin. I could not figure out why my cloth was hurting her I mean surely cloth was what’s best, right? Well, yes and no.

Get that yeast OUT of your diapers! You read that right. When a yeast infection is present those nasty fungus cells get into the fibers of your diapers and they stay. Yep, they just live there happily until your baby’s stool presents another opportunity for them to join in on the baby bum fun. My son, Buggie, who is now out of diapers completely, battled a persistent yeast infection for the majority of his diapering life starting at the age of 18 months. Actually it was that horrible yeast infection that kind of pushed him into wanting to be potty trained. I never knew you had to get the yeast out of your diapers. It didn’t even occur to me! Do I feel badly about this ignorance? Yes. That’s why I’m telling you one of the ways to get yeast out of your fluff.

A Recipe for Yeast Destruction. A fellow blogger gave me her prescription for destroying yeast.

  1. Hot wash cycle with 2 Tbs. Biokleen (the powder kind that has GSE) and 50 drops of grapefruit seed extract (GSE).
  2. Then another hot cycle without Biokleen and GSE.
  3. Sun the diapers

Going forward you can add a little Biokleen and 20 drops of GSE to washes. She said that she’s not sure if this was necessary but she wanted to be certain her diapers were rid of that nasty stuff!

Have you ever dealt with a yeast diaper rash? Did you treat your diapers for it? What did you do?

Elizabeth (aka Bert) is a stay-at-home-mom and contributing writer for She Thinks Media. She lives in the Twin Cities with her husband, Ben, her son Buggie, and daughter Lady Bug.  When she's not trying to convince Buggie to expand his interests beyond Thomas the Train or put his pants back on she's writing about her experiences as a mom on her blog, First Time Mom (FTM). After all, Bert maintains there's a first time for everything, even if you  have more than one child! 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Diaper Funk, How to combat it!

What's one of a cloth diapering mama's greatest fears? Stinky diapers of course! After all, those disposables can always be dumped in the garage, but the cloth diapers have to sit in the diaper pail right there in the house until washing day! Battling the smell takes trial and error, but we learned a few ways to keep it in check and we hope this will help you on the fast track to successfully eliminating diaper odors.
  • Wash often. Wash no longer than every third day and make sure you aren't washing too many dirty diapers per load. Too many diapers for a load means you need to wash more often.
  • Use a Diaper Sprayer. While certainly not a necessity, we think it really helps. Also, keeping a separate Doorknob Diaper Pail in the bathroom so you’re not carrying dripping diapers from room to room. (It’s best to line dry the diaper pail liners, too. So having more than one is convenient.)
  • Diaper pail deodorizer – Use a Diaper Pail Deodorizer. If you run out, you can make something similar by using baking soda and a few drops of essential oils. Whenever you have a smelly diaper, you can sprinkle a bit in the diaper pail after dropping in the diaper.
  • Speaking of essential oils, you can also sprinkle a few drops on the fabric swatch in the liners after every wash. A personal favorite is lavender.
  • Wash with Bac-Out, sparingly, as needed. If not rinsed out completely, it can cause serious irritation. Use two teaspoons (or less) in the rinse, wash once with detergent and again without detergent. Then do a couple of extra rinses. (We have very hard water and a front-loader.) It’s miraculous in its ability to battle that diaper smell, though, so it’s worth it every once in a while.

With a little planning and some preventative tips and tricks, you can avoid a house of diaper smells just as well as (or better than) if you used disposable diapers.

How do you fight the cloth diaper funk?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Prefolds and Rashes, What's the cause?

I was just inspired by a local friend's question. Her 8 month old is in cloth diapers and she's been using a lot of prefolds with covers.

Suddenly, her son seems to be getting red and almost developing a rash when he's in prefolds but not when she uses cloth pocket diapers.  What could be the cause she asks?

There are a couple reasons this could be happening now and not in the past.

First, babies tend to be able to control their bladder more as they grow older.  This means they're peeing more and their diaper is much more wet than when they were little.  Their urine can also be more concentrated than when they were tiny and constantly emptying their bladder.

It's no secret that ammonia can cause redness and rashes, so when urine remains in contact with a babies skin for a lengthy period of time, redness and rashes are bound to appear.

Second, pocket diapers are innovative and popular because they have a synthetic interior that will keep baby feeling dry while the moisture is held in it's absorbent core.  With prefolds, wet cotton is in direct contact with the baby's delicate areas over and over unless baby is allowed times of being diaper free.

This is where stay-dry liners come in.  Made from microfleece, the same material as the inside of a pocket diaper, these liners come in long sheets.  They're placed on top of the prefold or flat and give baby the same stay-dry feeling that is achieved when using a pocket diaper.

Stay-dry liners are also perfect for those days when you need a little extra diaper rash cream and don't want to risk staining your diapers.  They're inexpensive, easy to care for and easy to use.

So what are your thoughts?  Have you noticed more rashes with prefolds than with pocket diapers and have wondered how to resolve it?  Have you tried stay-dry liners?  Did they work for you?

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lifetime Warranty on Knickernappies Snaps!

Knickernappies Lifetime Warranty on Snaps!

When comparing the benefits of Snap diapers vs. Aplix diapers, one of the main reasons moms want to go with Aplix is because they are afraid that the snaps will break over time and that they won't be able to fix them themselves.

Did you know that Knickernappies diapers come with a lifetime warranty on snaps? No longer do you have to fear buying snap diapers because you're afraid the snaps won't last, will wear out or break. We've taken all the risk right out of it!

Our lifetime warranty insures that your snap replacement will be covered no matter how long you've had your Knickernappies diapers or where they were purchased. If it breaks we will fix it.

Visit our Warranty Info Page for more information on our other product warranties. If you need to return an item a RMA must be obtained first. The RMA form can be found HERE.

 
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