Asked Cloth Diaper
Q: How do I put a cloth diaper on to fit correctly?
A: Place the open cloth diaper with the liner etc.
on your changing table. Lay baby on diaper so that the top
back of the diaper is at bellybutton height. Now fold
front of diaper
over baby, making sure you wrap the front two corners of
around the sides of the baby ... pulling them slightly
help get the fit around the legs snug. Now close the
Velcro or snap closure. If you are using
start with placing diaper with insert etc. on to cover.
directions to fit the cloth diaper. Once the cloth diaper
place, pull the cover over the front of the diaper and
to keep the cloth diaper in place snugly. For snap covers,
the 'thigh-snaps' first. It may help to pull out the gussets around the legs.
Q: My cloth diapers leak - what can I do?
A: The first thing that you want to do when you
diapers is to make sure the diaper fits around the legs
refer to previous question. If you are using covers, make
of the cloth diaper is sticking out of the cover. If you
problems with wicking/leaking, start using a diaper insert
could be that your baby needs more cloth to absorb the
is very often a cause for nighttime leaks! Do not worry
diaper becoming too bulky... it only bothers our eyes, but
are as comfortable with the "bulk' as without it. If you
have problems, your diaper or cover may be too big or too
small. If you are sure your diaper and/or cover fits well, then you might have problems with build up. Refer to the question below on how to "fix" build up.
If none of this works - call me!
Q: What do I do against detergent build-up/residue with cloth diapers?
A: Detergent residue is a film left on fabric by detergent. It can build
up on any items that you wash - clothes, bedding, etc. Usually you will
notice it only when you have residue on a product that is supposed to
be absorbent or waterproof – like diapers and diaper covers! You
can see the signs of detergent residue right away if your diapers and
covers are washed with way too much detergent – but more commonly it
will take a couple of months before you have any problems. You may even
find that one of your covers develops problems before the rest.
Here are the problems you may see:
1. Leaking and wicking onto babies’ clothing
2. Repelling liquid
3. Stinky cloth diapers or cloth diaper covers
4. Skin rashes
Yellowing or dinginess of white fabrics
Why do you have this problem?
Q: How do I solve Detergent Residue Problems
You may be using too much detergent. If you are using the correct
amount of detergent for the size of load you are washing but if there is
not enough water in your machine, it will be too much detergent.
Or you may be using a detergent with additives that leave residue in
the fibers. Detergent companies put additives into their formulas in
order to attract us with cleaner, brighter, whiter, softer, etc.
promises. This can cause problems for people with sensitive skin as well
as causing residue on your laundry. Below is a brief outline of what to
watch out for when you shop for detergents.
A: Wash your diapers a few times in hot water NO DETERGENT - you are trying to "rinse out" all the detergent! Repeat this until the water is completely free of any suds. Then dry your diapers and try again.
Q: How do I recognize and fix a Urine residue?
A: You might have this problem if your baby is getting a bad diaper rash and your diapers have a strong odor of Ammonia - your diaper will be "stinky". This residue is most commonly caused by not using enough water to wash
and rinse diapers clean. It can also be caused by not using enough
detergent. Detergent is what enables water to enter the fibers of the
cloth and release its soil (by decreasing the surface tension of the
water). If there is too little water (or detergent), the urine is
diluted, but not rinsed away. It is recycled in the wash and dries onto
the fabric, remaining there in the form of residue. If the residue is not too extensive, you can usually get rid of it by
doing several hot water washes with no detergent, then doing one regular hot wash with detergent and throwing the
diapers and covers in the dryer. Make sure you are washing with enough
hot water!! If you cannot adjust your machine manually to the highest
water level, call the manufacturer. If they cannot instruct you on how
to adjust the water level to the highest water level, use the wet towel
trick! Decrease the number of diapers you wash per load, and add wet
towels to your load in order to trick your machine into adding more
Q: I like the convenience of disposables, but want the
fabric of cloth diapers. Is this possible?
A: Absolutely! Use One-size Cloth Diaper like the Best Bottom Diaper or bumGenius! Both are very easy to use. You'll have soft chemical
touching your babies skin with disposable-like
Q: Is it possible to use cloth diapers on short trips
A: As long as you pack your diaper bag right it is
You'll need a wet bag (waterproof bag) to put the dirty diapers in. I recommend the Planet Wise Wet Bag product line. I
always make sure my diapers are ready to use with the
flushable liners in each diaper. And that is all...it is
Q: I am a working parent and would like to use cloth
Is that asking too much?
A: The first step would be to find out whether your
is willing to use cloth diapers (most daycare centers
don't mind using cloth diapers). If your daycare has a problem using
diapers, show them the Pocket/One-Size Diapers before you ask
make a decision.
Q: How many different sizes of Fitted Diapers & Pocket Diapers will I need during the diapering years of one
A: Unless you have a One-Size diaper, you will need
2-3 sizes depending on the brands.
Q: How often should I change my baby's diaper if I am
A: Ideally you should change your baby's diaper
cloth or disposable) every two hours. Personally I feel that this is only necessary for the initial 3 months, and this is unrealistic for most
parents, as it is very difficult to stop every two hours
for a diaper
change. I think your goal should be to try and change your baby's
every 3 hours… as your child gets older, it will then probably end up being closer
to 4 hours!
not apply when your child has a poopy diaper - those need
Q: How do I recognize the different kinds of diaper
how do I treat them?
A: The most common kind of diaper rash is IRRITANT
RASH and occurs in the genital area, the folds of the
the buttocks. The skin will appear red and puffy; this can
some discomfort. It is often caused by diaper chafing,
to a wet or poopy diaper, antibiotics, teething,
diet e.g. high concentration of Vitamin C, etc. Below are only guidelines for diagnosing a diaper rash. Please consult a doctor with any questions.
YEAST (CANDIDAL) DIAPER RASH appears as tiny red spots
and mass into a raised, patchy bright or dark red rash
borders. The affected area is red and may be tender or
and the rash can creep into the folds of the skin around
genitals and legs. It almost never appears on the
it can. Antibiotics are often responsible for a yeast
SEBORRHEIC DERMATITIS is the worst looking diaper rash,
but is very
rare. It is characterized by a big red rash that extends
lower abdomen to the groin and genitalia. It is raised,
and greasy. It is caused by overactive oil glands in the
Try this as treatment for any Diaper rash: Change your baby's diaper
making sure you allow the skin to dry before putting on a
Clean your baby's diaper region very well with each diaper
Leave your baby open without a diaper as often as you can-
works wonders! Rub breast milk on the affected area.
for as long as you can. Apply a diaper rash ointment. Do a second rinse
are washing your own cloth diapers. Change the detergent.
using disposable wipes and change to washable wipes. Introduce solids one at a time to rule out
Adjust your diet (if you are breastfeeding) or the babies
diet. If the diaper rash does not clear up within 3 to 4 days or
rash gets infected (blisters or open sores) please consult