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I decided on “Pocket Diapers” for our family. For the purpose of this post, all information is in regards to “Pocket Diapers”. If you choose another type of diaper, please note that washing or other instructions are likely to change.
Washing Cloth Diapers
Before using your new cloth diapers, you need to wash them at least once.
The more you wash them (I believe the suggested is up to 8 times prior), the more washes prior, the more absorbency increases in your inserts.
I believe I washed mine only twice. Mostly because I am cheap, and I figure a newborn infant doesn’t need that much, absorbancy, right?
Once your diapers are washed, you can either lay them out in piles OR fold them.
I am constantly trying new things to see what works best or just to change it up a bit.
In the early days, I folded all of my diapers in the evening while watching a movie (we don’t have cable) and resting.
Then I stored them in a cute little diaper hanger, like this one, from William’s nursery.
Besides, depending on whether Robert will be using the diaper for day or night use will depend on which inserts (and whether) we (double the) use. These diapers are, in my opinion, as easy as they look. I mean, check them out, they come in three sizes!
Diaper Changing Process
Dumping the solids in the toilet: Seeing as though I breastfeed, he doesn’t seem to have problems with constipation or loose bowels. They are “just right” to flip the diaper and they fall into the toilet. No rinsing, no touching, just a simple “plop”.How to Wash Cloth Diapers
Once this cycle completes, repeat with HOT water, more lavender and laundry soap. When the diapers have successfully been washed, hang them outdoors to dry.
NEVER dry the diaper covers. The plastic will break down much quicker, or maybe it was just my Haute Pockets?
Besides, the sun outdoors is the most wonderful (and safest) bleach!
Your diapers will come out looking brand new again!
I use these wipes.
There are different options for solutions, I simply use a few drops of lavender in some water and add the wipes.
Then I use a wipes warmer to hold and warm them.
They are the cheapest, and you get your money’s worth. I am constantly cutting strings off, and they are coming apart. But, they have been put to good use for nine months, and I suspect they’ll have at least that much left of life.
Robert is thankful for the great start we’ve given him, an example we are setting, and the difference we’re making in the world, even if he can’t fully express it yet.