Q: What are the different types of cloth diapers?
Q: How do I wash cloth diapers?
Shake, wipe and/or spray off poop from diaper into toilet. Slightly wet the diaper so that it is almost dripping and store in diaper pail. Keeping the diaper wet until washing will help reduce stains. Please note, some manufacturers recommend their diapers be stored dry until washing (FuzziBunz for example). Please refer to the manufacturers recommendations for soiled diaper storage.
Wash diapers every day to every few days with a good detergent. We recommend Allens Naturally, FuzziBunz Pocket Diaper Detergent by Vaska, Charlie's Soap or regular Tide. These are the detergents most commonly recommended by diaper manufacturers and the only ones we have had success with. Never use chlorine bleach, fabric softener, baby detergents (like Dreft) and Free and Clear detergents on your diapers. It will cause a detergent build up and the diapers will not work properly. Also, do not use "Natural Detergents" - even though they are earth-friendly, many of them contain essential oils that can make diapers leak. The only diaper-friendly "natural detergents" we have found are Allens Naturally and Charlie's Soap, as they do not contain oils or fragrances.
Run a cold rinse on your washing machine's highest water level with no soap/detergent. Wash no more than 2 dozen diapers at a time for best results.
Follow the cold rinse with a regular warm or hot water cycle with the detergents recommended above. Continue to use the highest water level.
If necessary, run an extra cold rinse or two after washing to completely removed suds from diapers.
Dry diapers in the dryer on no higher than medium heat or hang dry (or a combination of both).
Q: I have a high efficiency, front loading washing machine. What detergents can I use?
A: Allens Naturally and Charlie's Soap are advertised as high-efficiency and top loader washers alike.
Q: How does the cost of cloth diapers compare to disposables?
A: Cloth diapers can save you a lot of money compared to disposables. We can't tell you exactly how much you will save because it depends on a few factors: the cost of the cloth diapers you purchase, the cost of the disposables you used to purchase, how frequently you wash the diapers, the cost of the detergent you use, if you are now using washcloths and used to use disposable baby wipes, and your water and gas/electric costs to wash cloth diapers. Check out this Diaper Cost Comparison Calculator on Diaperpin.com to calculate your savings!
Q: How many diapers will I need?
A: That depends on two main factors: how frequently you will wash the diapers and the age of your baby. The following is an estimate of how many diapers you will need if you plan to wash diapers every other day. If you want to wash less frequently, purchase more diapers.
Newborn to 4 months: 20-24 diapers
Infant ( 4 to 10 months): 16-20 diapers
Toddler (10 months and up): 12-16 diapers
Q: Do soiled diapers smell in the diaper pail?
A: No. You can keep the soiled diapers in a diaper pail with some baking soda or store them in a wet bag until washing. Wet bags waterproof and zipper to keep the odors inside. Then throw them in the wash with the diapers.
Q: What is the least expensive diapering system?
A: Using prefolds with a cover is the least expensive system. When using this system, we also recommend you have a few pocket diapers for night time or when you need to go longer between diaper changes. The pocket diapers with fleece inside pull moisture away from baby's bottom to keep them dry longer. You could also use the prefold with a doubler for extra absorbency when needed. You may want to also use a fleece liner to pull the moisture away from baby's bottom.
Q: Are cloth diapers as easy to use as disposables?
A: Yes. Cloth diapers are easy to use now that you don't need pins! Most secure with easy-to-use snaps or velcro. Prefolds can be secured with a Snappi or simply placed inside a diaper cover that also secure with snaps or velcro. All-in-one diapers are the easiest to use because you don't need to stuff them or do anything except put them on baby and secure with the snaps or velcro. They are as convenient as disposables.
Q: I don't have a PayPal account. How do I check out?
A: You do not need a PayPal account to check out and pay for your purchase. We process our payments by PayPal via their secure network, but you do not need to log into PayPal. When directed to the PayPal site, to the right will be the PayPal log-in, but on the left there is an area to continue without a PayPal account and use your credit or bank card. Select this option to proceed without a PayPal account.
Q. My diapers smell of ammonia after my baby wets them or they just don't smell clean even after coming out of the wash. What should I do?
A. Bacteria is probably built up in the diapers. Try running a cold pre-wash cycle with 2-3 squirts of Biokleen Bac-Out before washing the diapers as usual.
Q. My prefolds seem to be giving my baby a diaper rash even though I change him/her as soon as he/she is wet. What should I do?A. Bacteria is probably built up in the diapers. Try running a cold pre-wash cycle with 2-3 squirts of Biokleen Bac-Out before washing the diapers as usual.
The information provided by Green Baby Shoppe Inc. and its employees is based on our experience and is to be used as a guide. It should not be used instead of your medical professional's advice.