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Old 01-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Tips for avoiding SoftBums "red marks"

I don't know if I've seen this tip posted here before, so I thought I'd share.

We were randomly getting the infamous "red welts" -- the ones that fade to purple/brown and take a week to fade away. I couldn't figure out why we got them sometimes, but not every time. At first I tried putting it on him LOOSER, which resulted in MORE welts (woops!) I eventually figured it out...

When you put the diaper on, make sure that only the elasticized portion of the leg opening touches baby's skin. (Also, note that SoftBums are designed to fit a little higher on the waist than the average diaper.)

On the "red" picture, see how the non-elasticized material touches his thigh? Also see how the waist is below his belly button? This fit will result in red marks. The "green" picture shows a better fit. I didn't even adjust the elastic, just put the diaper on differently.

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Great tip mama!
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I'll have to pay attention to this!! We have very occasionally gotten these ( the fade by the next change though!)
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I am curious, can you find us a "what not to do" pic? I am having a hard time imagining what the alternative is here.
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I'll take some pictures and post them by the end of the day.
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I'll take some pictures and post them by the end of the day.
That would be awesome!
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Updated first post with a picture! It might be that I'm the only dunce who was doing it wrong, haha!
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Updated first post with a picture! It might be that I'm the only dunce who was doing it wrong, haha!

No I don't think you are as I have heard this complaint before but I always wondered to myself "how?" since I can't see some of my customers' babes to see how they are putting on the diaper. This helps a lot. Thanks so much mama!!
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No I don't think you are as I have heard this complaint before but I always wondered to myself "how?" since I can't see some of my customers' babes to see how they are putting on the diaper. This helps a lot. Thanks so much mama!!
When I first noticed red marks, I tried putting it on him "looser" but that just resulted in more non-elasticized material touching his legs...resulting in WORSE red marks. I'm actually putting the diaper on him "tighter" than I was before, to make sure the two ends of the leg elastic meet up. I'm not sure how this will work on bigger babies (my son is only 3 months), but cloth diapering, like all parenting, is just one big ongoing experiment isn't it?
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When I first noticed red marks, I tried putting it on him "looser" but that just resulted in more non-elasticized material touching his legs...resulting in WORSE red marks. I'm actually putting the diaper on him "tighter" than I was before, to make sure the two ends of the leg elastic meet up. I'm not sure how this will work on bigger babies (my son is only 3 months), but cloth diapering, like all parenting, is just one big ongoing experiment isn't it?

It sure is, and after examining the pics, it could be different for a chubby thighed baby vs a skinny thighed baby. Just their body shape at that point on their hip but I think you are definitely on to something as our fit always looks like the "green" pic (DS has chubby thighs so we would have definitely gotten red marks with the "red" pic version)
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