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FYSF, WIn TWO New Rumparooz Cloth Diapers w/ Snaps!

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Last week Rumparooz announced their new colors and print: peacock, phantom and preppy!
Diaper Junction is giving away a one size rumparooz in phantom and preppy!

It ends in two days so hurry and get your entries in! Click Here!

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How to Guide for Cloth diapering

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How to Guide for Cloth diapering

Why cloth diaper?

Can save you money: roughly $2000 per child.
Better for baby: lots of chemicals in disposables.
Better for the environment: the U.S. uses 16 Billion disposable diapers in a year and they can take 500 years to biodegrade!
Convenient: no running to the store in the middle of the night because your out of disposables.
Cute diapers: there are many different colors and patterns out there that are extremely cute.

Here is a great website expanding on these reasons. Click Here..

Types of cloth diapers:

AIO:
(All in one) This is a waterproof outer with the absorbent material sewn on. This is the closest diaper to a disposable. The down side is that some can take longer to dry. The Bumgenius Feetime is a great AIO because it has two absorbent flaps that are only sewn at one end to make for faster drying.

AI2:
This is a shell with an inserts that snaps into it. Grovia and gDiapers are popular brands.

Pocket diapers:
This is a waterproof outer with a layer of microfleece sewn on top. The micro fleece will keep your baby from feeling wet. You then stuff these with an absorbent material such as micro fiber, hemp, bamboo or cotton.These are most preferred by parents because they are easy to use and the absorbency is customizable. Just stuff and strap on baby. For nights you can add additional absorbency.

Covers and prefolds or flats:
A cover is a waterproof layer that goes on baby with either snaps or hook and loop.
Flats are one layer of cotton and can be folded to fit on baby with a snappi or boingo (use these instead of diaper pins). They can also be folded and laid inside a cover. If using flats do not buy cheap brands like Gerber. These will not work for a diaper.
Prefolds are like flats but have multiple layers of cotton. Usually 4x8x4. This means 4 layers on the sides and 8 layers running down the middle where your baby would pee. These can also be used on baby with a snappi or folded and laid in a cover.

What you will need:

Cloth diapers
Diaper pail (trash can with lid works fine)
2 pail liners
Small wetbag (for diaper bag)
Cloth diaper safe rash cream.
Cloth diaper safe laundry detergent.
Diaper sprayer and flushable liners.

The least expensive are covers and prefolds which you can do for $100-$150. Econobum, Thirsties and Palm Tree make a popular economical brands. You can even use flour sacks that can be found at Walmart as a absorbent cloth. Kuwaii or diaper rite brands also have affordable pocket diapers.

Covers can run anywhere from $6 to $17. Prefolds are around $2, flour sacks are about $1 and flat diapers around $1.50. AIOs are around $16 to $26 and pockets are $10 to $20.

If you go with one size covers and prefolds you will need at least 6 to 8 covers and 24 prefolds. This will allow you to wash every other day. If you choose pocket diapers or All in ones then you would need 20-24 to wash every other day. You can start your stash small and add diapers as you can afford it.

If you are looking to save money, but want a better quality diaper then you can buy used at places like eBay or diaperswappers.com. These are fine to use and most will look brand new with no stains.

Laundry

Find a diaper safe laundry detergent. Click Here for a list.

Wash routine: pre wash cold with 1/4 of manufacturers recommended detergent. Hot wash with another 1/4 detergent with an extra rinse and spin.
The more water in the washer with your cloth diapers the easier it is for them to get clean.
Hang dry pocket diapers and wet bag and tumble the rest dry on medium.

How to deal with stains. Laying or hanging up in the sun to dry is extremely effective at removing stains. In the winter you can lay the cloth diapers in the sun coming in a window.

You will want to wash at least every other day to prevent ammonia issues and bacteria from growing.

Stripping. If you use a non-cloth diaper safe rash cream or use too much detergent you could cause your diapers to leak or smell like ammonia. If this happens your will need to strip (remove build up) your diapers. Here is a link with instructions. Click Here.

If you use natural products like cotton, hemp or bamboo you will need to prep them. This means getting rid of the natural oils that are on the cloths. You will need to wash these separate from your usual diaper laundry at least 5 times before using. You could also boil the new fibers for 30 mins and achieve the same results. Just make sure not to boil anything with snaps or a waterproof material.

How to deal with the poop. Exclusively breastfed dirty diapers are ok to put in the wash, they are completely water soluble. If you use formula or start solid foods you will want to get as much poop as you can off before putting in the washer. Either hook up a diaper sprayer to your water line on the toilet (Easy to do) or use diaper liners. Diaper liners are flushable and, for most brands, if just peed on can be washed and used again. Bummis liners can be washed multiple times and used again.

Hook and loop vs snap closures. Which is best?

Velcro is a trade mark name so it is referred to as hook and loop or aplix. This is the easiest closure for dads/grandparents/babysitters.
Snaps are great because they will last for several babies while Hook and loop will need to be replaced. They can be intimidating at first but after a few uses you will figure out how tight to make them so there is no leaking.

Most one size diapers do not fit newborn babies well until around 3 to 6 weeks (depending on babies size) either buy newborn size diapers or use disposables until they fit into one size cloth diapers.

Here are some great videos explaining cloth diapering:

Cloth diapering: Lesson 1

Cloth diapering: Lesson 1 part 2

Cloth diapering: Lesson 2

Cloth diapering: Lesson 3

Cloth diapering: Lesson 4

Cloth diapering: Lesson 5

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