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I cloth diapered while camping in a tent
for four months this past Spring/Summer…
While I agree, tent camping while cloth diapering would be a frightful idea to many moms, it wasn’t as difficult as one would think. NOT having to factor in the cost of using sposies during the time really helped keep our budget down. Two babies in sposies for four months would have cost well over $700! My laundering fees during those months were less than $200…
Cloth diapering still offers great savings – even when you are not at home!
Each of my five children had cradle cap as a baby. Two of my little cuties had the condition well into their toddler years. My best advice – don’t panic. It is okay!
As I was dunking and swishing this afternoon it hit me:
“Has anyone ever accidentally flushed a diaper before?”
And, like all great ideas that come to me about cloth diapering, I took this question to Diva Diapers’ Facebook Page
After three+ years of cloth diapering, I finally had a load of diapers that beat me! I almost tossed them – nope, not kidding! If I could afford to toss half my stash and start over – I would have!
After the cold wash, hot wash, and final rinse… the diapers looked no different than they had when I put them in the machine! So, I did it again, this time adding a little vinegar to the mix…after all three washes… the same! THE SAME! So, here I was staring at a load of diapers that had been washed six times and still looked like I just pulled them out of the wet pail! How, oh how, did that happen?
I pulled them out inspecting each one. I separated the really bad ones from the rest of the load, and ran the load of ‘clean’ ones one more time, using HOT water, to be sure all of the germies I couldn’t see were gone. What now…
I anonymously hit Diva Diapers Facebook wall with my problem. If anyone else could help me, it was our wonderful cloth diapering friends…
After I got over my panic, I headed back in and tried it again. This time, I pulled out the big guns… bleach! Three more washing cycles later… they were clean… stained like crazy… but clean.
Later, I asked my husband to check out my machine because I had some difficulties with it freezing and not changing cycles… it appears that my diapers caught the brunt of this issue over the weekend. The reason they looked the same – because the machine was only filling up and spinning out water! This wasn’t happening with every load, but more than half of the laundry I washed this past week! Oh my…
That explains why the load was unusually dirty
after several rounds in the machine.
Moral: If you find yourself starring at a load of just washed prefolds wishing you could afford to toss them out instead …. check your washing machine! ~ Victoria
After the initial, “How do I cloth diaper” question, normally comes, “what do I use on a newborn?” I know many moms would rather stock up on duo or one-size options, however, you should really consider diapers that take the new baby’s tiny size into consideration.
Our youngest was wearing cloth diapers in the hospital but I had only purchased a small handful of ‘newborn’ diapers for her. I figured my one-size covers and prefolds would be just fine… except for one problem, the umbilical cord didn’t agree with us. It was constantly being hit by the seam or getting messy from too high of a rise on the cover we were using! Her umbilical cord came off VERY early and we had to take her to her pediatrician to have it looked at twice. If I could have a do-over of her first two weeks home – she would ONLY use newborn diapers!
Your goal: To have the trimmest cloth diapers in you newborn stash, with the lowest rise available.
As you can see from the graphic above, we offer five diapering options for newborns.
Knickernappies Custom Fit Pocket Diaper – I have heard good things about using Knickernappies for newborns. Their custom fit pocket diaper fits babies as small as five pounds! This makes them the smallest cloth available in our store for newborns!
Imse Vimse AIO offers a ‘preemie size’ that fits babies as small as 5.5 pounds. This organic diaper would be my top choice for newborns because it is the smallest organic newborn option we offer. I would purchase at least two of these in preemie size to be sure I had a diaper small enough.
The bumgenius Newborn AIO is a great newborn option, especially for those who are BG lovers! This diaper is available in over seventeen colors to add a little variety to your stash! Recommended for the average size newborn baby – not for small newborns or preemies as the rise is reported to be too high and can cover the cord.
Blueberry Newborn Simplex AIO – Do not be discouraged because the sizing looks like this may be a ‘bigger’ diaper than it is. This newborn diaper has a snap in the middle to help keep the rise as low as possible and clear of the umbilical cord! Amazing right? This diaper is a must-have if you plan on using cloth immediately.
Thirsties Diaper Covers & Hemp Prefolds: I like using Thirsties Hook & Loop diaper covers because they feel more gentle to me. I also found that Hook & Loop closures can be manipulated around a umbilical cord much easier than snap covers. Furthermore, pairing them with a Thirsties Hemp Prefold is a much trimmer fit than using traditional prefolds.
What do you plan to use with your newborn?
If you’re expecting any time soon and curious about whether or not you can use cloth diapers for your newborn you’ve come to the right place. Keep in mind that the average newborn eliminates up to 12 times a day; at least every two hours. Most infants dirty their diaper during or after a feeding. Due to the frequency of diaper changes, you should purchase 24 newborn diapers. It’s wise to have an assortment for your newborn stash filled with both sized and one size options.
We’ll go over the different newborn diapers offered at Diva Diapers so you can make an educated purchase.
The Prefold – Yes, the prefold is one of the old school ways of cloth diapering but its pretty fool proof as a newborn diaper as well as economical. A newborn does not wiggle or squirm as much as an older baby or toddler so it’s easier to get the fold nice and snug. You also don’t have to be a diapering whiz to use a prefold. There are simple folds you can do and you can also fold the cloth into thirds and then place it in a cover. If you do prefold you should purchase the following: DivaDiapers prefold options – The DSQ natural or bleached Chinese prefolds in Premie or Infant, Knickernappies’ Indian prefolds, Hemp Babies Little Weeds or Thirsties Duo Hemp prefolds.
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