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Old 06-29-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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Hi All! I am new to doing the prep work for prefolds myself. I used to use a diaper service and would put the prefolds on my baby with a snappi. When he would have a wet diaper the wetness seemed to spread throughout the entire diaper, but now when he has a wet with the diapers I prepped a few days ago it just stays in one spot on the back side and is SOAKED. It goes up through the trim on his cover and soaks the back of whatever he is wearing.

I washed the diapers and dried them four times. Was that not enough? Or do I just need to double him up? Maybe I am not putting them on him correctly? I lay him on the flattened diaper, fold together where it will go between his legs and the spread the front out and snappi.

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Old 06-29-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Yes, sounds like they might not be prepped enough. You can try boiling them for 15 minutes if you don't feel like doing a bunch of extra washes.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:24 AM   #3
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Are the Unbleached or Bleached?
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:10 PM   #4
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Unbleached. If I boil them, do I add anything? like detergent or something?
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:38 PM   #5
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Dribble some water on a dry one and see if it soaks in or if it beads off. If it beads off they aren't prepped all the way. It should soak in INSTANTLY. I think my unbleached ones took maybe 7 washes til I was happy with the absorbancy. Also, you are washing on hot and drying on hot right?
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Old 06-29-2011, 02:10 PM   #6
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I washed on warm... man I don't know what I'm doing! haha Thanks for the info ladies

:: goes to throw diapers back into the machine ::
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

It seems like the unbleached PFs take longer to prep as well. Drying in between washes on hot will help them to prep faster and get the oils off so they absorb better. I think it took about 7 washes for them to really get absorbent.
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Yep, the unbleached ones take more washes to prep. I just did some about a month ago. I add a little detergent into the hot wash to help cut down the natural oils in the fibers, and then dry on hot in between washes.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:21 PM   #9
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

boil. so much quicker and doesnt waste as much water. I boiled my unbleached pf in batches of 8 for 30 minutes with just a little squirt of dawn. you'll need to weigh the diapers down somehow-I used a skillet that was just smaller than the pot that I was boiling in.
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Re: GMD PFs not absorbing?

Unbleached take forever to reach full absorbency.
At this point, you could just toss them in with your regular laundry to prep them. I used to keep my new diapers in the laundry room and every time I did a load of laundry I tossed them in.
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