Polyester Blues

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You’re struggling to find the source of your baby’s rash; you’ve run through the gauntlet of cloth diaper safe detergents, you’re changing your baby’s diaper frequently, yeast is a no show, AND you’re still using diapers that contain polyester or other synthetic materials. Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s a good chance that pesky polyester that is causing you’re baby’s bottom to break out.

Did you know that Smart Bottoms started because a polyester rash? Christy and her husband soon discovered after deciding to cloth diaper their youngest daughter that no matter what diaper they put her in, whether it was disposable or cloth, they couldn’t prevent her little bottom from developing a rash in a major way. After some research, they determined that her rash was due to an allergy to the polyester that could be found in virtually all cloth diapers that were on the market at that time. Smart Bottoms diapers contain all-natural fibers, and while no diaper can completely prevent rashes of all kinds, you know inside a Smart Bottoms diapers, a polyester rash is not going to stand a chance.

Because polyester is primarily made overseas, quality control is less than… quality; the finishing chemicals are not always used consistently, leading to a good amount of residual finishing chemicals. This residue hangs on to the fabric in your baby’s diaper, even throughout several wash cycles. To avoid exposing your baby to these residual chemicals and opening the door to inflammation, it’s important to know where your baby’s diapers come from.

 Skin is an organ… the body’s largest, in fact. It absorbs chemicals within 5 seconds; in the genital area it’s even faster. Even people who may not hold onto a polyester allergy as an adult could experience one as a baby; at least 35% percent of babies may have an allergic reaction to polyester.

The best way to prevent polyester rashes is to not use diapers that contain polyester (no, really?). Look for cloth diapers (like Smart Bottoms!) that are made with 100% organic cotton on the inside. If you’re not looking to replace ALL your diapers, at least use a 100% natural fiber diaper. Wool covers are a great option as well. Again, make sure that you’re changing your little one’s diaper frequently! There is no actual treatment for polyester rashes; however, make sure that your baby has lots of diaper-free time and that you DO NOT put your baby in a polyester diaper when they are kicking that rash!

Happy diapering! 

Wet Diaper Rashes Give Me the Willies

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The most common form of rash, whether one is using disposable or cloth diapers, is rashes due to wetness. The moist, warm, and closed-off environment of a diaper, combined with oodles of bacteria, make a baby’s bottom the ideal location for a rash to crop up. Factors that can lead to rash development are hot and humid weather or infrequent diaper changes. These rashes are not hard to spot: the area starts out looking red and irritated, and then it turns into a prickly mess resembling pinpricks. (Yeah, I know… gross!)

To avoid dealing with these icky rashes, make sure you change your baby’s diaper often (WebMD recommends changing at least every couple of hours, adding up to about 10-12 changes daily.)Herein lies one of the dangers of disposable diapering: because of the absorbent fillers put in disposable diapers, parents often do not realize their baby is wet until it’s too late and a wicked wet rash has already appeared!

Since babies are less likely to get multiple changes during the night, nighttime diapering is very important when trying to avoid diaper rashes. Apply a moisture barrier to your baby’s bottom; coconut oil or olive oil are great all-natural choices. There are a slew of great cloth diaper safe creams out today, but most of them use coconut or beeswax anyway, so you will probably be just as good as the source. Don’t forget to use a stay-dry liner to keep rashes at bay during the night.

Diaper-free time is key for every health baby bottom. After a rub-a-dub-dub session (or one of those frequent diaper changes), make sure your baby’s bottom is COMPLETELY dry before putting his or her diaper back on.

And I know many of our parents and grandparents swore by baby powder when dealing with bum rashes. However, that’s not such a good idea. Baby powder is comprised mainly of talc, which can contain remnants of asbestos. When babies breathe in this potent stuff, it can cause damage to their little lungs and life-long respiratory problems. So please avoid this potent powder at all costs!

Next up are polyester sensitivity rashes! Happy diapering!

Yeast Is a Beast (and other rashes are not so great either)

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So, you’ve been doing this for a while now… you have the whole cloth diaper thing down pat, but suddenly, you’re thrown through a loop… your baby has a diaper rash! And as you will soon discover, cloth diapers and traditional diaper rash creams are NOT besties. Hopefully our upcoming series on rashes we will help you get to the root of the problem (what is causing this evilness anyway?) and some cloth-safe, natural solutions.

I cloth diaper… my baby isn’t supposed to get a rash!

When cloth diapering, you’re able to avoid the rashes that can come from the harmful chemicals found in disposable diapers, however there are a few other things that may irritate your baby’s delicate skin and today we are going to discuss what to do if and when the hideous yeast infection rears its ugly head.

Yeast infections might make an appearance after a round of antibiotics for baby or for a breastfeeding mommy. Antibiotics don’t discriminate when killing bacteria and often leave the patient with insufficient “good” bacteria in their bowels. When the “good” bacteria isn’t around to balance things out, yeast, which we all have and is completely normal, may get out of hand and cause an infection. Yeast usually attacks weak skin and loves to live and grow in damp, warm places, which is why the diaper area, inside the mouth and a nursing mom’s nipples (where it is then called Thrush) are the perfect places for yeast (also known as Candida) to manifest itself.

Change in diet can also lead to yeast infestations (again, for baby or for mom)— foods high in citrus, dairy, or gluten can upset the balance of “good” bacteria in your baby’s intestines.

If baby already has a diaper rash, with inflamed or broken skin, they are more likely to get a yeast infection.

How do I know if it is a yeast rash?

A yeast rash may start out looking similar to a diaper rash caused by urine or feces. It will start out red, irritated, and raised. There may be areas of the centrally located rash that has fluid beneath the skin. The tell tale sign of a yeast rash versus other rashes is the presence of satellite pustules. These pustules will be smaller, fluid filled, sores that will appear around the larger rash. These pustules may blister and pop leaving open sores and a greater risk for further infection.

This sounds serious! What do I do?!?!

First off, let’s talk about fighting off the yeast infection itself. Many parents like to treat their baby’s bottom with a prescription antibiotic cream and switch to disposable diapers until the infection has cleared. If you and your pediatrician decide to take this route the infection should clear up in days, however you will want to treat your cloth diapers so you do not re-infect your baby. You should also wait at least a week after the last of the rash is gone before switching back over to your cloth diapers, unless you want to disinfect them after each use. The yeast can continue to live on your baby’s bottom for up to a week after the rash is gone so be careful what comes in to contact with the diaper area and disinfect appropriately.

If you want to keep using your cloth diapers through the course of the infection, it is totally possible but you will want to take some extra precautions. If you use a prescription antibiotic you will want to make sure your diapers are lined with a liner that protects the cloth. This can be a disposable liner, a stay-dry fleece liner, or an old cut up piece of fabric. Whatever you use as the liner will likely need to be thrown out after it has been used. Most antibiotic creams do not wash out of cloth very easily.

Want to treat the yeast without antibiotics? Oh yes, it is possible!!! The tried and true method from the mom behind Smart Bottoms is yogurt! I know, it sounds weird, but she swears it works. Yogurt has the “good” bacteria which fights yeast really well. Make sure you choose a yogurt that is unflavored and does not have any sugar (yeast loves sugar).  All you have to do is generously apply your baby’s diaper area with cold yogurt (this will also help soothe). Reapply at every diaper change. Yogurt is also completely cloth safe, so no need to line your diapers with anything special. You will want to make sure your diapers are disinfected after every use if you continue to use cloth throughout the infection period.

Next, let’s get rid of the yeast that’s hanging out in those diapers!

Please don’t use bleach. A lot of people will tell you to, but just… don’t. Not only is bleach itself not good for your baby’s bottom, but it merely kills the active yeast, not yeast spores. Grapefruit seed extract is your ticket out of Yeast-Ville… it’s natural and safe, and it really fights off those yucky yeast spores. Add no more than a teaspoon to your yeasty laundry load. Also, throw in a few drops of tea tree oil for good measure. Continue to treat your diapers in this way every time they are used for AT LEAST a week after the yeast infection has cleared.

We recommend you throw in an extra rinse at the end, just to make sure there is nothing left in your diapers that could irritate.

After you wash your diapers, lay them out in the sun for a couple of hours. Even if it is too cold out to dry your diapers, the UV rays are still there. You can even let them sun in front of a window if you don’t feel like braving the snow. Finishing drying in the dryer. Check out our previous blog post all about the power of the sun for more useful info (http://bit.ly/HpSxW9).

So… we hope we’ve shed some light on this subject. Of course, every experience varies because not every baby’s bottom is the same. We’d love to hear about some of your experiences with the Yeast Beast and tips that you have found to be helpful! Happy diapering!

The Magic of the Sun

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Stains happen. Even the most faithful cloth-diaper-laundresses are not exempt from this unsightly truth. Cloth diapers, and all clothes for that matter, will get dirty and they will stain. That’s (laundry) life.

In such desperate times, many will turn to bleach. However, this is definitely not the safest option and we cannot in good conscience recommend it to our nature-loving, crunchy mamas.

  1. It’s not good for the environment. Though it is up for debate whether dumping it into your machine is actually harming the environment, the bleach-making process is extremely detrimental (read up here: http://bit.ly/19rE486). This is enough reason for many tree-hugging parents to avoid buying it altogether.
  2. Bleach is bad news bears for you and your baby (well, for basically any human being). It can cause problems in your respiratory and nervous systems and can cause pretty nasty burns. Ick. And that’s just bleach as a solo artist. Mix it with another ingredient, and this potent brew might land you in the hospital.
  3. Bleach is just not good for your cloth diapers and clothes. It gobbles up the fibers, leaving holes in your fabulous fluff! It can also diminish durability and absorbency, which are pretty much the keys to an effective diaper.

But have no fear! There is a completely safe and totally free *gasp* alternative. It’s none other than the daytime star… the sun! And I can just hear you right now… “That’s all well and good, but there’s NO WAY the sun is as effective at wiping out stains as BLEACH!” But seriously, all the rumors you’ve heard from the craziest of cloth diaper mamas are true!

Here’s the how-to:

  1. Obtain a thoroughly (or moderately… but the extreme ones are more fun!) stained diaper.
  2. Get it wet.
  3. Hang it to dry.
  4. Watch the magic happen!

Simple enough, right?

Take note, many have found that thicker items benefit more substantially from the power of the sun. This is likely because thin materials dry so quickly that the sun is not able to utilize the height of its magical abilities.

So… give it a try! We’d love to see some of your before and after shots! Send them in an email (allie@smartbottoms.com) or post them to our Facebook!

Happy diapering (and sunning)!

 

How to Deal with the Poo

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That cloth diapers are better for your baby than disposable diapers is pretty much an indisputable fact. And considering the fact that it is significantly more cost-effective, you’d think it would be no-brainer type of decision for parents. But as anyone who has tried to convince their friends to embark on The Great Cloth Journey knows all too well, there is one argument that seems to complicate things, still discouraging over 60% of parents from choosing cloth: “But how do I deal with the poo?”

Even coming from many moms and dads who have managed to cloth diaper up until potty-training, this remains a tough sell. There’s nothing glamorous about cleaning up your little one’s feces… even if it does save you a chunk of change.

Since the argument that baby poop isn’t gross is kinda invalid, we can still try to persuade you that the cleaning-it-up part isn’t quite as terrifying as you might think. So please sit tight while we attempt to clear up one of the great misconceptions about what it takes to cloth diaper and to acquaint you with some workable and realistic clean-up methods.

  1. The Toss-in-the-Wash Method: As long as you’re breast feeding your baby exclusively, your kiddo’s waste is actually entirely water-soluble. Just throw those suckers in the wash and the excrement will wash away like yesterday’s rain. But we still recommend that you do this load separately from your other clothing and linens. These first few months are a walk in the park and it’s a great way for you to take your first baby-steps into the wide world of cloth diapering. However, after your baby starts ingesting avocados, carrots, and mangoes, this is no longer a doable option.
  2. The Liner Method: If you’re looking to lighten the work-load once your baby starts producing more, err, substantial poop, biodegradable/disposable/flushable liners may be the way to go (not to be confused with disposable INSERTS). These babies don’t need to be washed and they work nicely in conjunction with your infant’s cloth diaper. Basically, they’re a catch-all for your munchkin’s poo; so after your little angel leaves you a little gift to clean up, you simply pull out the liner and flush it down the toilet (if you don’t have a septic tank) or throw it away. Again, these are NOT inserts, so back sure that if you’re going the cover-and-insert route with your diapers, you use these as an aid, not as an alternative, to your cloth inserts. And here’s a little tip: biodegradable liners can oftentimes go through the wash a couple times themselves before they’ve seen their last day. The ways to save money are endless!
  3. The Shake Method: It couldn’t be more simple: shake (over the toilet), flush, toss (into the wash). This option takes about forty seconds TOPS and is many cloth diaper users’ go-to method. Just to make sure you’ve got it: shake, flush, toss. Great.
  4. The Sprayer Method: For many moms and dads, the diaper sprayer is a necessity when cloth diapering. This handy little guy hooks up to your toilet and is used to spray diaper contents into the toilet. It’s pretty similar to dish-washing… except not.

True, making the switch from disposable diapers to cloth is a tad more work; however, we hope that by laying out these oh-so-simple cleaning methods, we have helped you see that the benefits really do outweigh the hassles (which are few). Cloth is less expensive, eco-friendly, and not as quite as poopy as you might have originally thought. Happy diapering!

Crafting the Greenest Nursery Around (Part Dos)

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You’re halfway to creating the most perfect, greenest nursery for your soon-arriving family member. Make sure you don’t skimp on these last few details!

Flooring

Given the carpet in your new baby’s nursery is not alive with mold, you are probably good to go after implementing a green carpet cleaning system.  If new flooring is mandatory, your best choice is likely an eco-friendly hardwood floor. Your nursery new hardwood floors should be FSC-certified. Another option is bamboo or cork flooring.  Bamboo and cork are both sustainably grown and harvested. Prior to installation, make sure you inquire about the finish and the presence of formaldehyde. Finishes should be water-based plyurethane, drying oil or hardwax oil.

Toys 

Y’know those vibrantly colored toys your child just cannot resist when you pop into your friendly neighborhood toy store? Well, chances are they are made of plastic. Plastic is a leading contributor when it comes to indoor pollution. If you don’t believe me, just take a whiff of that lingering “new toy smell.”

Soft plastic toys, like the good ol’ rubber ducky and teethers are especially disconcerting. Many toy manufacturers still chock their products full of phthalates to make the plastic soft and flexible. Phthalate is one of the more toxic plastics and is not even on speaking terms with the environment (hint, they’re not friends). In case you’ve never been around a baby, they put everything in their mouths, so those oh-so-soft plastic toys are probably not such a good idea.

Your new baby’s toy box should be packed with clean, non-toxic wood (the key is natural finish oil) and organic fabric toys.

Cleaners

Now that you’ve put in all that work greenifying your baby’s new safe haven, don’t go gumming it all up by using toxic cleaning products (please)! Natural, chemical-less cleaners are in high supply these days and they work every bit as well as many of leading conventional cleaning products. Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Method (among others) are available at most grocery stores, not just the all-natural ones.  Or, if you want to save money and ensure that you know every single ingredient that is going into your cleaning products, you can check out Pinterest for some great ideas for making your own eco-friendly cleaning products (psst… Smart Bottoms has a Pinterest).

Bath and Body Care Products

Skin is the body’s largest organ. This means that everything we put on our skin is almost immediately absorbed into our tissues and organs. Therefore, it is oh-so-important that you make sure that the bath and body care products you are lathering on your baby’s skin are made with wholesome, organic ingredients. Make sure you stay clear of parabens and phalates. Burt’s Bees Baby Shampoo & Wash is a pure, yummy-smelling option.

So, there you have it! You’ve successfully constructed a safe, green haven for your new baby! Is there anything we missed? If so, we’d love to hear from our readers if they have any tips or suggestions!

Crafting the Greenest Nursery Around

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You’re excitedly anticipating the birth of your new baby (and you’re already all stocked up on Smart Bottoms diapers and accessories). Your nesting instincts are at their max and you’re primed to begin laying the plans for the chicest, most adorable nursery your friends have ever seen. And while creating a nursery fit for your hip little one is fun and sure to bring out your inner interior designer, it’s not all pinks, blues, rainbows, and giggles. Your little one is going to spend the majority of his or her time in this room (16-17 hours each day) and if you aren’t careful, you could be creating a hot-bed (err, crib) of chemicals and toxins.

The thing about implementing a green design in your baby’s nursery is that you are doing your best to reduce your child’s exposure to harmful toxins and chemicals… not so you can have brag to your friends about being the most conscience parent around (you can still do that, but your friends probably won’t appreciate it). Everything you” greenify” could make a difference in the health of you and your kiddo… that’s the real point.

Paint

This one’s a biggie. Paint is the primary means by which new parents can transform their bland office into the baby space of their dreams. We already know that traditional paints cause indoor air pollutants that make it unsafe for expectant mamas to be involved in the painting process. The thing that many of us may not know is that this air pollution can last past your due date. There are high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in paint. Here are some eco-friendly alternatives:

  1. VOC-free (or no-VOC) paint. These paints contain five grams or less of VOCs per liter of paint. Some brands to look out for are Eco Organic Paints, Safe Paint, and American Pride.
  2. Low-VOC paint. In these paints, water, rather than petroleum-based solvents, is used as a carrier, strongly reducing harmful emissions. The heavy metal and formaldehyde content in these paints is little to none. Sherwin-Williams GreenSure line and AFM are brands worth checking out.
  3. Natural paint. These paints are derived from natural substances (think balsam and citrus… yum!), water-based, virtually scentless, petroleum-free, and low in VOCs. What’s not to love?
  4. Milk paint. These paints are made with milk protein and colored with lime or clay. They come in powder-for and are mixed with water at home.

Crib

Your baby is going to be spending a lot of time here, so it’s particularly essential to create a clean, healthy environment where your child can safely slumber. Here are a few key elements:

  1. The crib itself. Acquiring a pre-owned crib is not only thrifty; it’s also your greenest option. Used baby furniture has already off-gassed much of its toxins and you’re ensuring that it won’t make its way into a landfill. Stay clear of furniture painted with lead-based paints and make sure that it’s up to snuff as far as safety requirements are concerned (http://1.usa.gov/lzT1E5).
  2. The mattress.  Eco mattresses are chemical-free, waterproof, fireproof, and filled to the brim with organic cotton and wool. While it’s important that adult and children alike consider green bedding, it’s more significant when dealing with an infant, as they spend the majority of their day in close contact with it. Check out Pixel Organics and Naturepedic.
  3. The bedding. Your baby’s skin is highly sensitive, so his or her sheets should be made of organic cotton or toxin-free bamboo, ensuring they are free of pesticides, bleach, and dye. Do not fret, organic crib sets come in a variety of colors and prints. As far as blankets are concerned, look for organic wool, which is free of detergents, dyes, and substances that could irritate your baby’s sensitive skin. Nui Organics is a brand to check out.

What about your guys… any tips for decking out a green nursery? Trusted brands? Nursery no-nos? We’d love to hear from you! Check back later this week for more green nursery tips (floors, toys, and cleaners, oh my!).

Smart One 3.0 Review by Kim

Recently, we received a lovely review from one of our new users! She had so many great things to say about Smart Bottoms that we just had to share it with you! 

Hello. I am writing to tell you how incredibly fantastic your diapers are. I normally use prefolds. I just recently came across your diaper at our local cloth diaper store, Itsy Bitsy Bums.  She told me that your diapers have the softest cotton she has ever felt. I opened the diaper and it was like opening a present on Christmas morning. The inside of this yummy yummy squishy perfect diaper is the softest I have ever felt.
I do have a funny story for you: after prepping the diaper I went out with my husband to run errands. Now running errands with my husband is usually a very long full-day event. Well as the time ticked by I was never at a location should change the diaper. When we finally arrived at my daughter’s holiday party I changed the baby’s diaper and would you believe it was just damp. After three hours the diaper was not even completely saturated. My son is one year old and a very heavy weather. I absolutely could not believe it.

I cannot say enough good things about your diaper they are absolutely hands-down one of my favorites. The fit around the waist and the legs is bar none the best in the industry. I have even sung their praises on a cloth diaper forum. Plus I have told every single person that might have a baby, has a baby, or knows someone who has a baby how wonderful your diapers are. Please continue to come out with cute prints and word will spread and soon you’ll be worldwide :-)

Thank you so much for making such a superior product.

Here are two pictures of Miller in your fabulous diaper.

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We’d love to hear what more of you wonderful Smart Bottoms devotees have to say! If you can find the time in your busy day of baby-chasing, why don’t you shoot us an email with your review (allie@smartbottoms.com). And who knows, like Kim, we may feature you on our blog!

The Guide to Cloth Diaper Laundering: Washing & Drying

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So now that you know how to store your dirty diapers in anticipation of laundry… it’s time to discuss that fateful day (just look at the picture above; see how fun cloth diaper laundering is?). As said before, you should wash your diapers 5-6 times, drying at the highest setting before first use. After your baby’s soiled his or her first cloth diaper you will be ready for the real fun (ha).

Washing:

Diapers should be able to be transferred directly from your diaper pail to the washing machine (I’m guessing most parents are fans of this no-hands approach to poopy-diaper-transfer). Make sure your washer is never more than half-way full of diapers per wash cycle.

Do a quick rinse of your diapers in cold water, without detergent. Following this, add the detergent. We STRONGLY encourage you to use detergent specifically made for cloth diapers. However, if you decide to use a detergent non-specific to cloth diapers, be sure to use no more than half of the recommended amount. Cloth-diaper-specific or not, don’t ever overdo it on the detergent. It won’t make your diapers “more clean;” it will simply lead to a bad case of build-up over time. We believe that you can’t go wrong with Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent (sold here on our website: http://bit.ly/VtkvSdhttp://bit.ly/VtkvSd), but there are plenty of great diaper-safe detergents on the market. Avoid detergents containing dyes, whiteners, or fragrances. It goes without saying that babies have sensitive skin, but many babies also harbor aggressive allergies that they may or may not carry into adulthood. Coconut and citrus are two to watch out for.

Always wash your diapers on hot. If you’re noticing a little odor issue, 2-3 drops of Tea Tree Oil (but no more!) may be all that stands between you and Fresh-Smelling-Diaper-Bliss. You may want to follow-up the “detergent cycle” with another rinse in hot water. As I’m sure you’re well aware, HOT = GERM-FREE. Plus, a final rinse helps reduce the incidence of detergent build-up.

Drying:

There is some debate over the best way to dry your diapers. Some people will tell you to NEVER use a dryer… others use them every time. We recommend that you air-dry covers as much as possible, using a drying rack.  This simply makes the covers last longer, making sure you get your money’s worth! All of our other products are able to be both washed and dried together. Our Smart One 3.0 is one of the only All-in-One diapers on the market that is easily dried in ONE CYCLE on hot. While some may choose to ALWAYS air-dry, we don’t want to shortchange the sanitizing power of a hot dryer! However, choosing an air-dry policy will cut your electricity usage by around 50-60%… so there are pros and cons to both sides of the Diaper Drying Debate (that alliteration was just handed to me). If you air-dry, you can avoid stiff diapers by putting them out in the early morning or late afternoon when they will not dry too quickly.

A few more washer/dryer suggestions:

  1. Always fill your washer with the max amount of water your washer will hold.
  2. Don’t wash your dirty diapers with other clothing (come on, guys… this should be a given).
  3. Don’t use chlorine bleach on your diapers (like, ever).
  4. Don’t use diaper creams with zinc or petroleum. This may lead to “diaper ruination,” which is really sad.
  5. Don’t have TOO MUCH fun washing and drying your cloth diapers. I mean, laundry day was fun to begin with… and now it just got that much better. (But seriously, cloth diaper laundering is really easy.)

Til’ next time! Any washing/drying tips for your fellow cloth-diaperers? We’d love to hear them!

By Allie Giles

The Guide to Cloth Diaper Laundering: Diaper Storage

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Your brand-spankin’-new [Smart Bottoms] cloth diapers have arrived. You’re so excited to not only to START USING THEM, but you feel pretty special that you’re part of this momentous cloth diaper movement. The temptation is to immediately grab the nearest baby and start CLOTH DIAPERING, but there’s a few things you need to know first: how to launder these little bundles of joy (yes, I’m talking about the diapers).

It’s true that washing instructions for cloth diapers are simpler than the once believed… but they are important none-the-less. And so we’ve put together this series of blog entries to draw your attention to some need-to-knows when it comes to cloth diaper laundering.

First off, before you can use your diapers, you need wash them several times and dried on the hottest setting your machine has before they are able to take all that your baby is going to throw at them. Smart Bottoms are usable after 5-6 washes and reach maximum absorbency after 8 washes.

When it comes to wet/soiled diaper storage, make sure you start with a good 13-gallon diaper pail (or trash can). And don’t forget the reusable diaper pail liner (http://bit.ly/UQA8CM)!

There are 2 basic diaper storage “methods”: the Wet Pail Method and the Dry Pail Method.

  1. In the WPM, cloth diapers are placed in a diaper pail filled with water (and often baking soda). This is thought to prevent stains from settling into the diapers. On wash day, you can drain the water in your bathtub or toilet and throw the diapers into the wash. This method has become steadily less popular because of the odor issues that arise from s’messy diapers sitting around day-after-day in stagnant water. Plus, having a pail full of poopy water has the potential to add a lot of messiness to wash day. Also, AIOs and diaper covers generally require a dry pail, so this just adds another inconvenient step.
  2. So, here we come to the DPM in which wet and soiled diapers are simply placed within a covered (or uncovered) pail with no pre-soaking. You can control odors by sprinkling baking soda on your diapers or by placing a deodorant disc at the bottom of the pail.

For further odor control (and to make wash day easier on yourself), makes sure you shake all solid waste into the toilet before putting your diapers in the pail. Many cloth diaper users swear by diaper sprayers for this process; others merely use a designated spatula. Make sure you wash somewhat frequently (about every 3 or 4 days) and that you don’t place your pail in the sun or near a heater (that’s the best way to stink up your entire house if you’re into that).

Make sure you come back later this week for more tips on cloth diaper laundering!

By Allie Giles