Since I started cloth diapering 4 years ago I have made my fair share of cloth diapering mistakes. I am hoping that I can help others learn from some of the mistakes I have made.
1. Extreme washing
– I was very guilty of this for the first few months of my cloth diapering journey. I washed all the diapers I had on hot water, used way to much detergent and dried them all way to long. My AIOs starting to stink and for the life of me what was going on. Then I did some reading and realized what I was doing wrong. It took some time but I got the wash routine down and we have not had any more stink issues.
2. OS does not fit all
– I have used several OS diapers on my four children. Right now the only OS diapers I have in my stash are BG AIOs and Sunbabies AIOs. I can use the BGs on my two year old and my 11 month old but I can only use the Sunbabies on my 2 year old. I have the original Sunbabies and they are simply too tight on her thighs. They work great for my older girl because she is tall and thin. Other issues I have run into with the OS diapers are outgrowing the rise before the weight and leaking around the thighs trying to make the waist fit.
3. Under estimating stash size
– When I first started cloth diapering I only had enough diapers to cloth diaper my two kids for two days without washing. It was a pain and my diapers wore out quickly because I had to wash them often. Now I have enough diapers to go about a week without washing ( not that I do ). My diapers are holding up wonderfully because the same diaper is not getting used day after day.
4. Waiting to wash
– Just because you have enough diapers to wait to wash for several days, does not mean you should. I do not leave a dirty diaper to sit longer then two days. I have heard horror stories about mold, maggots and even mushrooms after leaving diapers soiled for too many days.
5. Not changing enough
– This was not a personal lesson I learned ( I have been the type that changes the diaper whenever they are wet from the start ) but something I learned from other people. Someone else I knew switched from disposable to cloth and she did not change her child until the diaper was saggy. She could not figure out why her little one was soaking through all the diapers she had. We had a long chat about it and she finally saw she just needed to change her little one more often and all her problems were solved.