Frequent asked questions

I think my diapers have detergent buildup. What should I do?

Wash once in hot water with one teaspoon (for high efficiency machines) to one tablespoon (for regular washing machines) with original liquid Dawn (blue formula) and up to 1/2 cup bleach in the wash cycle. Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent to completely rinse the diapers clean. If you still see suds, keep rinsing until the diapers are rinsed clean.

How can I prevent diaper leakage?

The number one cause of leakage is a saturated diaper that just needs to be changed. Any diaper will leak once full. If your baby is having problems with leaks, check this first. 99% of the time, additional absorbency solves leakage problems. If that doesn’t work, we’ve included some other trouble-shooting points below.

• Did you prewash? First of all, make sure that you washed everything at least once before using. There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. If you have organic or hemp diapers, they must be prewashed in hot water 3-5 times before they become absorbent.
• Is the insert flat? Make sure that the insert is flat when you put the diaper on your baby. If it is twisted or wadded up, this can cause leakage. A Hemp Babies Diaper Doubler placed on top of your insert can prevent the wadding that can occur with some babies.
• Is the wetness at the legs or the tabs? If the diaper is leaking from the tabs or the legs, change the diaper and remove the prefold. If it is saturated then your baby definitely needs a more absorbent prefold or a more frequent diaper change. If the prefold isn�t saturated, then the diaper may not be adjusted to fit your child properly or, if you are using a detergent that contains additives, your diapers may also have detergent buildup which can also cause leakage.

How can I tell if the diaper is adjusted to fit my baby properly?

To observe fit, pick up your baby�s legs after putting the diaper on and observe how it fits around the legs and bottom. Is it snug? If you can see �air� between the diaper and their skin, then you need to refine the fit.

Trying a smaller snap setting and fasten the snaps snugly. When you child stands up, notice how the prefold or soaker is positioned relative to the back elastic. If the prefold or soaker is higher than the back elastic, lay your child down, release the snaps, pull the diaper slightly towards the front and refasten the snaps.

If you notice that the front of the diaper is positioned low over your baby’s thighs or that it is difficult to fasten the diaper around your baby’s waist, try using a larger snap setting. This will increase the rise of the diaper and improve overall fit. Remember, babies change shape frequently as they grow up. You may have times when your relatively young baby is using their one-size diapers on the largest setting. The same child may be on the medium setting several months later due to increased mobility.

How many diapers do I need?

We recommend a minimum of 24 inserts & 6 Flip covers. This may vary based on your child’s wetting habits. Remember, wash at least every other day and rotate your stash evenly

Why do my cloth diapers stink?

Cloth diapers usually start to smell when there is detergent build up. Detergent, when it doesn’t completely rinse clean from a diaper, actually traps odor. Detergent can be from not rinsing well enough, from using the wrong type of or too much detergent and from water condition. The best solution I have found is to wash and then wash again with HOT water. A cold rinse just doesn’t seem to get the deep down, hidden detergent.

If this doesn’t work, or you have leakage without the insert being soaked, you may need to strip your diapers. Please contact me and I can help you through the process.

How do I get stains out of cloth diapers?

Staining is normal when using cloth diapers. Sometimes there is just no way around it. However, there are a few things you can try. First, apply detergent directly to the trouble spot and rub. I have had great luck spraying BacOut directly on diapers and inserts that have bowel movements on them immediately after taking them off the baby.

I just spray and throw them in the diaper pail. Another option is to rinse the diapers, refill the washer with detergent and let the diapers sit for a while and run your normal wash cycle. Oxyclean or BacOut in the wash cycle can help to prevent stains and smells. For a more natural attempt to remove stains, hang the diaper out side and the sun will often do a great job of removing stubborn stains. If the stain is REALLY stubborn, squirt it with a little lemon juice and then try hangin in the sun.

How do I use cloth diapers when I have to leave the comfort of home?

It is very easy to use cloth diapers when out of the house. When I pack my bag to run errands, I will pack one cloth diaper for every two hours we will be gone (and I might toss in one extra for an emergency). I think that pocket and AIO diapers are best for day trips. Before leaving the house I stuff the diapers with inserts (usually a microfiber on top of a hemp). I pack the clean diapers in a wetbag that I will also use to bring home my dirty diapers.

If you are going on a longer trip, pack your clean diapers in a pail liner or large bag and bring along another pail liner for storing your dirty diapers until you return home. When our family takes a long trip, I typically don’t want to bother the host (or hotel for that matter) with washing my diapers, so I will bring along disposable diapers and wipes.

As a working parent, how can I use cloth diapers in a childcare setting?

Most daycares and caregivers are more than willing to use cloth diapers, once you show them how easy they are to use! All in one diapers are a great choice for daycare because they function much like a disposable, just put one on and go.

If your center is hesitant, a suggestion might be to put each diaper in a wetbag or a gallon Ziplock baggie for each change you anticipate. The caregiver can take out the clean diaper and put the dirty one into the now empty baggie. The filled baggies can simply be placed into your child’s diaper bag or you could send along a pail liner.

What type of cloth diapers need a waterproof cover?

Prefold and fitted diapers need a cover. Pocket diapers and AIO diapers, when used with an insert or soaker, are a complete waterproof system.

What type of cloth diaper should I use for a heavy wetter?

There are many options available for heavy wetting babies and toddlers. Something to keep in mind is that you will likely be dealing with a little more bulk in order to handle the extra wetness. You might want to consider buying clothing that is a little looser (i.e. elastic vs. buttons).

Fitted diapers with a quality cover will hold in a lot of wetness if using an extra hemp doubler. This too will be a bulky system, but is fine for around the house.

Pocket diapers that are stuffed with 1 microfiber and 1 hemp, much like for night generally will hold a lot of wetness. Overstuffed pocket diapers are fine for playing at home, however, can be bulky when wearing under clothing.

The AIO diapers that we carry in our store have proven time and time again to hold in a great deal of wetness, over long periods of time, without a lot of bulk. These are great for running errands and playdates.

For nighttime, I would recommend a fleece pocket diaper, stuffed with 1 microfiber insert and 1 hemp insert. Another option would be to triple stuff a solid pocket diaper or use a hemp pocket fitted diaper covered with either fleece or wool. The last two options are bulkier than the first.

Can I use cloth diapers at nightime?

Cloth diapers work really well at night – not always leak proof – but neither are disposables. The key to using cloth a night is determining how much absorbency your baby/toddler needs and creating a system that will keep him/her as dry as possible.

Here are some reliable nighttime cloth diapering systems you could try:
* A fleece pocket diaper stuffed with 1 microfiber and 1 hemp. The microfiber should be placed in the pocket on top of the hemp for faster absorption.
* A solid color pocket diaper stuffed with 2 microfiber and 1 hemp. The Microfiber should be placed in the pocket on top of the hemp for faster absorption.
* A hemp or bamboo fitted diaper, covered with a wool cover.

How often do I need to change cloth diapers?

Cloth diapers are not like disposables. You do have to change the diapers every 1 1/2-3 hours during the day (depending on how heavy a wetter your child is). During the night you will use either a night-time diaper or you will add more stuffing to your pocket diaper. This may be different depending on your child.

A very important thing to remember is that your diaper is only as good as its stuffing (absorbency). If you only use one insert during the day and your child is a heavy wetter, you may need to either change more often or add additional stuffing. If using fitted or AIO diapers, add a hemp doubler for more wetness protection.

How do I store dirty cloth diapers?

You will store your diapers in a pail liner until wash day. When changing diapers shake any solids into the potty and toss the diaper into the pail liner. No need to rinse or swish!

How do I wash cloth diapers?

Most moms wash diapers every 2-3 days. Washing cloth diapers is a very simple process. Remove the inserts or soakers if using a pocket diaper. If using prefolds or fitteds with covers, just drop the diapers and the covers into the wash.

Run a cold rinse. Wash on warm or hot with about 1T or 2T of detergent. Run an extra rinse cycle to ensure detergent is removed from diapers. Detergent build up will result in your diapers not functioning properly (wicking, leaking, stinking, etc.)

Can I dry cloth diapers?

Cotton, hemp, fleece, microfiber and PUL can all be dried in the dryer. Wool needs to be hand-washed and hung to dry.

It is generally NOT recommended that PUL covers be dried on the high setting. I typically run a short low heat cycle, take out my covers and pockets, hang them to finish drying and then start an additional high heat cycle for my inserts and fitted diapers.

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