Cloth diapering no-nos!

Posted 06-5-2012 at 09:42 AM by whitneywalters

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.


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13 Responses to “Cloth diapering no-nos!”

  1. Kabuki24 on June 5th, 2012 10:22 am

    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.

    OMGosh..couldn’t agree more!

  2. angelacez on June 5th, 2012 12:21 pm

    LOL. I agree with EVERYTHING you have said! Even more so with the washing every two days. It needs to be done! I use to try to wait and, ummm don’t! :)

  3. MammaNilsson on June 5th, 2012 6:39 pm

    My OS diapers have fit every one of my 4 children from birth until potty trained…okay, two of those children haven’t been PT’d yet, but in any case, I haven’t had any problems with OS diapers getting too small or being too large. …although my children have all been over 8 pounds at birth so that could be part of it.

  4. jenn.mcc on June 5th, 2012 8:56 pm

    I’m struggling with #1. Would love more guidance on how to not over-wash.

  5. Rdesonia on June 5th, 2012 11:11 pm

    I used disposables with my son. I changed him as soon as he was wet. I always though waiting till they “sag” was gross. I think changing them more frequently with cloth is mentally easier. What is the difference between washing 18 diapers and 20 diapers in cost? Nothing. But when you are on a budget and buying disposables, parents are more likely to try to make each one last as long as they can. I am so glad I chose to cloth diaper my dd. She will be 11 months in a few days. I did the math and I have been basically cloth diapering for free for the past 7 months compared to disposables and disposable wipes!

    *I wash every 1 1/2 to 2 days. IF I find a stray (It happens. You forget the wet bag or your husband doesn’t put a diaper in the pail and puts it in the laundry hamper), I will hand rinse the old diaper. I’ll do a hot wash and add some dish soap… then after it fills for a rinse cycle stop it and add 1 cup of vinegar. I let them set all night. Then let the cycle finish in the morning and do an additional wash cycle with no soap. No stink issues so far.

    I would throw away a mushroom or maggot diaper(not that I’ve ever had that happen). I read those threads. Crazy!

  6. abunchoflemons on June 6th, 2012 8:38 am

    I agree with os being diff even the old fb os & elites. Oler ones fit longer than elites. I was adjusting new & elites all the time & were all out almost compared to barely adjusting older fb os. Changing & not trying to use as long as you can.

  7. Bris Momma on June 7th, 2012 8:13 pm

    OS is definitely not OS for all babies :) I’ve been thru several types and brands before finding ones that I actually like! And my luck is I find them and then they discontinue or change the style/fit! :(

  8. MommyAbby on June 9th, 2012 7:53 am

    I am also struggling with #1..could someone elaborate?

  9. Mama-of-Three on June 9th, 2012 10:00 am

    Rgd #1 – on the other hand, my first error in making the switch to CD was UNDERwashing! I had read so many things about detergent buildup and how awful that was – and I have an HE machine – so I used way too little detergent. I figured if I rinsed enough, everything would come out (baby was ebf at the time). The result was terrible ammonia burn! I have actually doubled the detergent and cut down on the number of rinses (by about half!) – and i just take a look in the drum during the last rinse cycle to see if there are any bubbles left. If there are, I throw in another rinse at the end.

    I agree with others here – I find it pretty sad to see little kids with saggy disposable diapers! Learning to walk with a diaper hanging around your knees is not okay in my book – change your kid’s diaper! (My first 2 were in sposies … i get what you said about wanting to make sposies last longer because there is $$ wrapped up in each one, but you still have to change your child’s diaper!)

  10. Angel894 on June 10th, 2012 4:15 am

    Good post! This should be a sticky in Diaper Q&A. DH forgot to change DS2 for a while the other day. He was in a pre-fitted and wool. He ended up with a wet shirt and DS2 got a dry bum, lol.

  11. dudeney on June 11th, 2012 6:38 pm

    Good info. Thanks for sharing. I am shuddering at the thought of mushrooms in a diaper. Yikes

  12. mommy2psfe06 on June 11th, 2012 11:42 pm

    I so agree with this post

  13. Sarah on July 9th, 2012 10:11 am

    When we lost power due to the storms from Ohio to the coast, we couldn’t wash our diapers for a while. Mushrooms grew and we’re now trying to reclaim some of the diapers for use. We’re washing in bleach, then ammonia, then detergent. We hope it works.

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