I have been a cloth diaper user for over five years now. I know I have made some mistakes along the way and thought I would share some the mistakes I have made, along with the mistakes I have heard others make.
1. Washing mistakes
– This is the biggest issue I had when I first started my cloth diaper adventure. I had read that I needed to use a certain kind of laundry soap and not to use dryer sheets, but that was about it. I ended up using way to much laundry soap and it did not take long before my diapers started to stink. I had to strip all my diapers, quickly changed my washing routine and we have not had any stink issues since.
– I am making all my own laundry soap after having allergic reactions to several store brands. My recipe is pretty simple. I mix a box of borax, washing soda, a small thing of oxiclean, a large box of baking soda and half a bar of laundry soap. I use the scoop from the container of oxiclean and it takes one scoop to wash my diapers. I always run my diapers through an extra rinse as well.
2. Drying mistakes
– This is not from my personal experience but from someone I know. When she first started using cloth diapers, she was drying all of her diapers on high hea and over drying them. Some of her diapers delaminated and others wore out long before they should have.
– The best way to dry cloth diapers is outside on a clothes line. The sun will naturally bleach out stains and line drying will extend the life of your diapers.
– If you do need to dry in the diaper, never over dry your diapers. I always check mid cycle and take out the pocket shells out since they are dry. I will then finish drying anything else that is wet.
3. Not changing diapers soon enough
– This is a mistake that I have heard several people talk about making. After switching from disposables, they were waiting until the cloth diaper was very wet before changing. This lead to their baby getting rashes.
– You should change a diaper as soon as it is soiled and never go longer then a few hours ( over night is an exception in most cases ) between changes.
4. Rash ointments
– This is another mistake that I made when I first started using cloth. My oldest daughter had horrible rashes from disposable diapers. They got a lot better after switching to cloth but when she did get a flare up, I made the mistake of using a store bought cream. It stained my diaper. I am lucky that all that happened was a stain. Other people have reported loss of absorbency as well.
– There are several places online that you can buy a natural diapering cream that is cloth diaper safe. I have found through my own experience that these creams work much better and I always like knowing that what I am putting on my babies skin is natural.
5. Not having a large enough stash
– I started out with two in cloth. I bought way to few diapers for both kids and I was washing diapers once and sometimes twice a day to keep up. I quickly saw this was not working and I needed more diapers.
– A larger stash will make it so you are not washing diapers every day. This will help extend the life of your diapers and make you life easier. A good rule of thumb is to have enough diapers for 38 changes ( some people do okay with less and others prefer a lot more. )