this page, we will post recently asked questions and their
answers. I am hoping this will be a fun page giving you
answers to questions you haven't yet thought to ask. I
remember learning much from the questions of others at our local LLL
meetings. Of course we will remove any specifically
identifying portions in a question asked to protect the identity of
need a new washing machine. Do you have any advice?
get asked this question a lot and we haven't found one machine
that is superior at washing cloth diapers. But we do have some
pointers. Avoid the GE Profile and the Whirlpool Duet. Otherwise,
recognize that a top loader does clean diapers well and a standard
top load washer, washes in a shorter period of time than a High
Efficiency (HE) machines. Some top loaders may only use 5 gallons
of water more than some HE machines. We do love a machine with a
high RPM spin. The faster RPM spin can gets diapers and clothing
drier before line drying or meeting the dryer. Last but not least,
be sure to pick a washing machine that you will use for full size
loads. Washing less than half a load, does not clean diapers
or clothing well. Sometimes these newer machines are so big, that
diapers end up free floating in the machine and still coming out
stinky. If you find a machine you can program, the ideal HE cycle
would be a cold short wash, add detergent, warm or hot wash, extra
rinse. In a nutshell, choose a washer within the right size for
your family that boasts a high rpm spin cycle, and has the
capabilities of extra rinse, choosing warm or cold rinse, and it
doesn't have to be an HE to be the most efficient for your family.
summer we are traveling to Baltimore for 5 days. I have enough
diapers to get through 3 days without washing. We will be staying at
a hotel and are going on vacation for fun (we don't know anyone
there). So what would you do for this trip? Take both
cloth/disposables, all disposables, all cloth?
Would you wash, when and where...etc. Any advice would be helpful as
we are trying to figure out a hotel and laundry may be an issue!
went away for fun last spring to San Diego with all of the kiddos
and me prego with #4. We took cloth. My rational is, "we can find disposables anywhere if
we decided we need to and cloth is what I know and love."
Sometimes, the known is a lot less work and worry. In my experience going for a trip longer than
3 days, it is often easier if you pack clothing for 3 days and plan to wash anyways.
Imagine toting 3-4 full loads of laundry with you, since we end up
with a load of laundry a day here. In San Diego, we stayed at a hotel that had guest laundry. Call
ahead and see if the place you are interested in staying has a guest
laundry or not. Personally, I find guest laundry and continental
breakfast to be a must when traveling with children.
Consider what can happen in a regular day at
home with your children's clothing and your own as a result of
children. Finding a laundry mat when out of town is an absolute nightmare. I have been in that situation as well and wasted half a day
finding and then doing laundry. With guest laundry at a hotel, I find it is easiest to do in the time frame that we are "arranging our family" in the hotel each day. For us on the East Coast it is at night and on the West Coast in the
morning due to the time change we experience and all. When we stayed
in Baltimore years ago we did the laundry at night while winding
down and getting ready for bead.
When we were in San Diego,
I would care for all this in the morning. I would grab a load of clothes and
head to the laundry, go back to the room, finish dressing and brush
my hair, set out clothes for the kids, pack for the day planned, and tidy the room some. 30 min.
a load of diapers and wash them in the machine that the clothes just
came out of. Let the clothes sit wet in a laundry bag. (Use our extra pail liner for this) Take
time alone by myself eating continental breakfast. This time alone would recharge me for the
crazy's of the day.
Then both loads,
the clothes and the diapers, were ready for one dryer. I often
enough will pull out the diaper shells and covers and only dry
inserts and fitteds. The shells dry quickly spread out around
the hotel room. Make sure that the dryer heat is on medium since
commercial dryers can get quite hot. Dry time 45-60 minutes (shorten
to 15 minutes is you only use microfiber inserts or flats). I go
back to the room and get the family up dressed and off to breakfast. Both loads ready to pick up
dry by the time breakfast is over. Bring back to the room and put away now or later depending on how soon we need to be gone somewhere.
one pail liner as a laundry bag for clothes and one for
diapers is very helpful. It provides a set place for
dirty clothes. and a means to get clothes and diapers to the
to wash a load of your own laundry in a washing machine before
washing your diapers in the machine so that any problematic
residues are less likely to affect your diapers.
you need quarters, the hotel's front desk can help you.
to take pre-measured amounts of powdered detergent in a
ziplock baggy. 1 Tablespoon measures are appropriate.
Nellie's Laundry nuggets a prepackaged and you can just take a
handful of them in a ziplock baggy. We found these to be
sure to adjust the hotel dryer heat to low or medium. Often we
have found dryers that still had time left on them. This
is a good indication that the dryer dries more quickly and
hotter than your home machines.
if you decide to take disposables on the trip. Be sure
to take diaper covers or diaper shells to use over your
diapers. Particularly during plane or car travel. You
don't want poopy blowouts or leaks from using an unfamiliar
product that doesn't fit your child as well as your cloth
you feel you would only want disposables during part of your
trip, consider using a disposable insert from Flip or GroVia
with your current cloth diaper shells or covers. We
would recommend Grovia for loose stools and Flip for formed
flushable diaper liners in your diapers if your child has
formed poo. This allows you to remove the poo from the
diaper. Leave minimal residue. And shorten up your
needed wash routine by eliminating the cold rinse or short
cold wash cycle. Worst case scenario, you may find
yourself rinsing out a couple of diapers by hand before
washing. I have only ever done this once on a trip and of
course washed my hands thoroughly afterwards. As mothers
we rise to the necessary when we have to.
a zippered wet bag when out and about during vacation to
collect your diapers. We liked being a self contained
system. We were always prepared for a diaper change and
never had to wonder what to do with the soiled diaper.
summary, we have traveled with cloth to Pensacola, Florida;
Baltimore/DC; Las Vagas; San Diego; Cincinatti; St Louis and
Chicago with a 6 month old, 11 month old, 3 month old, 20
month old, etc. We have not had to resort to disposables
are the pros and cons of snaps versus hook and loop? Is it
purely aesthetic, or is there slightly more versatility in fit with
a hook and loop closure?
Some of the difference is aesthetics, but it is hard to pinpoint all the differences. Of course, in trying to determine if somebody would be more pleased with one or another, I can feel my own bias seeping in. I am predominately a snap lover. I have actually sent diapers that were hook and loop (velcro-like closure) to www.convertmydiapers.com to have them converted to snap closures. And even currently, I am wanting to use the New Thirsties Duo Diaper for an overnight choice for my toddler and am hesitating because of the hook and loop.
However, I really prefer the hook and loop style closures on some infant/newborn diapers. My babies seem to be born with big bellies and skinny bottoms and front snaps can be hard to secure on the little squirmy bundles of joy. Using hook and loop makes fastening the diaper in front easier. Otherwise, for infants I like more of a hip snap or a single snap, but not 4 or 6 snaps across the front of the diaper.
Hook and Loop Closure
Pros: familiar, easier for people with arthritis or similar joint issues. Fast to put on and doesn't require "thinking."
Cons: requires extra laundry care-closure tabs need to be secured properly to laundry tabs; don't wash in too hot of water or dry on too high of heat. Can wear with time-stitching can come undone, hook and loop can "lose" its adhering power, this time frame varies with how well the diapers are taken care of, how rough your washing machine is, and how often you are washing the same diapers.
Pros: Diaper stays looking nice wash after wash, does not require any special washing care-when the diaper is unsecured from baby it immediately goes to the pail, no worrying about laundry tabs being secured properly. Allow for independent adjustments for the legs and waist-you can snap legs loose for chubby legs but still pull a waist in snug for the skinny waist. If a snap is to fail or break, it is most likely to happen while the diaper is under warranty.
Cons: Requires fine motor skills. Care providers may not know which snap setting to use and put the diaper on too loosely. Can not usually be repaired at home if failure occurs you often have to send back to manufacturer for repair.
Their is a personality difference between these choices as well and I will best describe it from my own perspective. When I put on a snap closure style diaper, I know exactly (not the first time I put it on but subsequent times) where to snap each and every snap to fit my baby correctly. I always use the same setting until the baby jumps in size. For me the snaps provide precision. If putting on a hook and loop closure diaper, I tend to adhere the left then the right, adjust the left, look and make sure it is good, adjust the right and finally I am satisfied. I fiddle too much with the hook and loop. As a former math/science teacher, my thought is that I like the precision, 2+2=4 not 4.1 or 3.9. If I was more "artsy" then I think I would prefer the ability of the hook and loop to fit differently each and every time.
you take pre-orders on new products?
actually don't take pre-orders on products that are to be released
soon. As much as I respect other businesses that do, I choose not
to. I like to have my accounts as current as possible.
We choose not to go into debt. We pay off all business cards
several times a month. And, we choose not to take preorders.
Preoders are too dependent on a future unknown that I have no
control over and can not give my promise to fulfill.
am due with our second child. Since I didn't cloth diaper with
our first one at the beginning, I was wondering what diaper you
would recommend for a newborn? I used the Bum Genius pocket
diapers and like the concept of the pocket diaper for quicker drying
times and cleanability reasons, but the velcro started to fray and
scratched our little one on her tummy and thighs. I'm thinking
of going with a snap version this go around. I like the one
size diapers, but our first baby was 6 lbs 11.4 oz and they would be
bulky on her. So, I don't mind buying a few newborn or small
I did look at your chart
which was helpful, but was wondering what you personally used on
your little ones.
due late summer with my own baby and I too am once again going
through the question of what diapers to use with this new
baby. Of course some of the diapers from my previous babies
will be put to use but I am personally reviewing and critiquing
diapers for my own personal use.
me also preface this response with the statement, that I strongly
feel cloth diapering has to match a family's lifestyle and
personality to have best success and at the shop we strive to help
families meet their own specific needs.
tend to like newborn sized diapers more than one-size
diapers. However, the advent of mini one-size or one-size
for newborn diapers even challenges my own notions of
one-size=bulk on a newborn.
also am a huge fan of snaps; and yet during the newborn stage
using a hook and loop, velcro-like closure does seem easier to me
in some cases.
true one-size diaper that fits small from 6lbs is the Rumparooz.
It fits from 6-35lbs. It will be bulky on a newborn but it
will function properly and does have the snap closure
option. Another option would be the Blueberry MiniDeluxe
which should be available again this summer.
specific one-size diapers give a great fitting newborn diaper with
the ability to adjust and use it for months rather than just
weeks. When my last child was born we used the Blueberry
mini's for the first 6 months. Knowing that I can get 6
months out of diaper is awesome. These first six months are
the time when poop containment is at a high priority and meeting
this need becomes easier if the same diaper will function during
the runny poo stage.
baby's have all been 8 to 8.5 lbs with chicken legs. I also
like a variety of diapers rather than a collection of just one
type. In the newborn stage, I do tend to be heavy in fitted
diapers. So here is what is on my short list for this
upcoming late-summer baby:
Duo Diaper: This diaper is on my have to have list. I
have plans to use this diaper for overnight. The insert is
perfect for newborn overnight use. The gussets are
wonderful. The closures are hook and loop, velcro-like, but that
will be just what I need in the middle of the night. We
used its predecessor Thirsties XS AIO diaper like this in the
past for overnight but we had to add more absorbency. This
diaper with its insert part microfiber part hemp is perfect for
overnight. We could also use it for going out...but it is
a clear winner in my book for overnight.
Joey's: This diaper is on my want list. Hopefully, it
will be in-stock since it can be hard to get. My older
child has the Rumparooz firetruck print and if the newbaby is a
boy too, we will have to get matching diaper pictures.
These diapers are so stinking cute and they are snapped similar
to Kissaluvs 0's which we loved with the last baby. This
diaper would be more practical if we had smaller babies.
With this baby likely over 8 lbs, it is more of a cutesy choice.
This one-size should fit at birth but I am wondering if it
will be bulky. Fit and function are important though and I
have no doubt it will contain well. They also have some
fun colors and I like the Kangaroo print for a newborn.
And new prints are due to come out late summer too!!!
Duo Wrap: We have used the Thirsties covers in the past and
love them. Love the gussets. The Duo's can be used
longer than the sized Thirsties covers, and they have new
prints. So, we will definitely add on the Blackbird Wrap in Size
one at the very least.
This cover is due to come out any day. It is a snap
closure gusseted cover designed to fit newborns and then grow
for a little bit. So I will be checking this one out to
see if it appeals to me.
I have from before:
With my last baby, we had lent out all our newborn prefolds
and they hadn't made their way home yet. So we didn't have
any at first. After a couple of weeks my husband pointed
out that he kind of missed them; so we washed some up for
use. We used these with our first 2 girls and I think my
husband is just really fast at putting them on because they are
familiar. Definitely, pair with a gusseted cover though if
you have the choice.
0's: These were some of my favorite diapers to use
with the last baby. Snap closures and only one on each
side. So easy to use. A belly button snap
down. Cute colors. Total poo containment.
Perfect! A gusseted cover was also ideal to cover up the
diapers ruffled legs.
Covers: We used the sized Thirsties cover. With the
new Duo size that may be a better economical option, and the duo
now comes in super cute prints. Loved the gussets on this
cover it was a great match-up to prefolds.
Super Brite Cover: This cover is one of the littlest
covers we have seen and has a nice belly button dip down.
We added the xs in blue to our rotation for July 4th because it
looked like fireworks to me. Got some great pictures and
it was a great cover to use. It also has gussets and fits
really trim. When we grew out of the xs size we added the
small size to our collection too.
Beetles ONE: We don't sell these diapers at our shop
although I have considered it for years. We loved these
diapers although if I had it to do again I would prefer getting
them without closures. They were luxurious and very easy
Fab Fitted Diapers XS: This was one of the few fitted
diapers that had stay-dry next to baby. Very easy to use
and great colors. The only thing that got me a bit
frustrated was the velcro from the diaper would sometimes get
caught on the velcro of the cover below when trying to change
Diapers: I had other various fitteds I made for my
baby just for fun. Trying to find cute printed fitted
newborn-only sized diapers online is near impossible. So
from a cute denim diaper with a pocket on the butt to whales and
trains, I made about 20 fitted diapers that we didn't use long
because they were so tiny. But other's have since used them with
MiniDeluxe: These came out about a month after my last baby
was born and we used a few from then until about 6 months.
My niece was born about a year after and used these too. My
sister loved them. She lives off-grid and line dries everything.
These diapers cleaned well, line-dried well, and still stayed
soft for putting on baby's bum.
AIO Diapers from Blueberry: These were the diapers before
the Blueberry Mini and they are not made any longer. They
were easy-peasy AIO diapers that had a pocket in back that we
could 1) test to make sure they were dry on the inside and 2)
add a bit of absorbency if needed. These didn't fit as
long as the MiniDeluxe but they were really easy to use.
Dry time was quite long though. I did love how narrow
these were in the crotch to fit without bulk on a newborn, oh
and they did have wonderful colors and the cutest polka dot
This question was long so was answered within the
I have a Bosch HE Front Load washer (the smaller European size). I usually use Tide Free HE for all my laundry. I also will use some Downy fabric softener on my hubby's clothes since he thinks they're not clean if they don't smell like something!
You really don't want to wash diapers in a machine that uses fabric softener. Definitely, at least wash a load without softener before washing diapers in the machine. Ideally, find an alternative for using either liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets.
here, for more information on Fabric Softeners. Click
here, for some alternatives.
The only CD store that I have nearby
carries Charlie's and Rockin Green, however they only had Charlie's in stock.
It is worth finding a great detergent. When I couldn't find my detergent locally, I used to order online at drugstore.com. They offer free shipping over $35 and I could always find other things I needed really needed from there
anyway. We use Planet powder; I love how easy it is to measure. With your machine being both an HE and a smaller European Size, you may need to plan on using as little as 3/4 - 1 tsp of detergent on a full size load.
My hubby brought it home for me and I got on their website to see how to use it and I noticed that it says to clean out your washer using a load of detergent and old rags. I also have hard water (not super hard) and it said to call to find out about how to use with hard water. They said it may not have an effect but also suggested switching all my laundry to Charlie's otherwise I'd have to clean out my machine with the old rag load every time I got ready to wash the diapers. This makes sense to get all the fabric
softener, etc that I use with my other laundry, out of the machine before a diaper load.
I also feel that Charlie's if it is going to work is too much rigmarole. Jump through this hoop, stand on your left foot; and spit sideways and maybe our detergent will work for you otherwise you may need to use phosphates which have been removed from detergents for years now to protect the ecosystem in our waterways.
So, I'm just wondering if I would need to do this step with any detergent that I might buy for my CD if I don't switch all my laundry over?
Getting the Fabric Softener out of your machine is a good idea a very good idea.
I know your husband likes scents but you have a new baby coming that
will be highly sensitive to scents and likely to the chemicals that
you are putting back on the clothes. Consider you husband will
be holding baby, baby will be snuggling on your bed at some point;
you might grab a towel to wrap baby up in. Do you want fabric
softener on yourself, your husband or in your world right now
Also, I was wondering if I should avoid Charlie's since I saw your note that it causes rashes on some kiddos. My kids tend to have sensitive skin, so it worries me a little.
Why not? why not find a detergent that you don't have to wonder so much about and invest so much energy into? If you want to experiment down the road go for it, but when you are starting out, I suggest finding a great detergent and having success from the start vs. issues.
Also--last question, I promise!--I noticed Rockin Green wasn't on your evaluated list, so I was wondering what your thoughts were on their detergent.
I think the scent free Rockin Green is fine. I am not a fan of using scents on any of baby's clothing including
diapers as discussed a bit above. Mothering magazine had a good article on avoiding scents in a recent back issue. Scents are not in your baby's best
interest particularly during that newborn/infant stage.
am trying to place an order and it's not letting me for some reason.
Hope to hear back from you soon!
are having trouble placing an order, feel free to call 309.826.9401;
it is no problem at all. We love to help.
was browsing your store online, and I noticed a few items I am
interested in purchasing had a yellow dollar sign beside the price.
When purchased in large quantities there is a little discount. I was
wondering if that also applies if I were to purchase those items in
your showroom as well. I live in Champaign, and would like to make
my purchase in person. I just would like to know if those savings
only apply to online purchases only, and how long they will
online pricing is effective in the showroom along with all quantity
discounts and online specials. We use the same cart for the
shop to help us maintain proper inventory numbers. As a
general rule quantity discounts are set without an expiration date.
And of course, we always love to have people in the area visit the
currently make my own laundry detergent for our family. We are
making the switch to cloth diapering and I'm wondering if this
detergent would work with the cloth system.
1 Bar Dove Soap or Fels Naptha ( I can substitute this for any bar
soap that may work)
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda (which can be substituted for Baking Soda if
a general rule this type of solution is not suitable for washing
any cloth diapers. The only scenario that would be semi
suitable for a homemade laundry solution to work effectively is if
the water you were washing the diapers in was already naturally
soft and free of minerals.
your own laundry solution for washing clothes is not a new
concept; rather dates back to before the advent of
detergents. Detergents are cleaning products that contain
surfactants. In this case, no surfactants are used in the
solution and therefore it is not truly a detergent. (on the
flip side Lever 2000 "soap" isn't a soap rather a bar
detergent because it contains surfactants).
problem with the homemade washing mixture is the same trouble from
history. The soap reacts poorly in hard water conditions and
creates a scum or film that can be left on the clothing. The
Borax and the Washing Soda are useful as water softeners to reduce
the forming of soap scum however, they can form their own
precipitates in hard water that can be left on the clothing or
washing machine and cause difficulties. The borax can also
be abrasive to fabrics in certain situations and is often
considered harsher than necessary for washing.
unless you are washing completely natural fiber diapers in
completely and naturally soft water, using a homemade washing
mixture will probably cause you more diapering headaches than its
have a question regarding cloth diapers soiled with meconium.
I heard meconium is sticky and tar-like. Is this hard to
wash off cloth diapers? Does is stain badly (doesn't really
bother me)? How would we go about washing the meconium off of
the cloth diapers?
is sticky and tar-like, but I have never had any problems washing
out of my diapers or having it stain. Do wash diapers blessed
with meconium in hot water; cold water doesn't work effectively. We
cloth diaper from birth so I have first hand experience here.
Meconium won't stain but that breastfed baby poo that comes after
would also like to mention that if you change a meconium diaper
right away it will easily come off baby's skin. If you
wait...it can be like trying to wash off a temporary tattoo.
At hospitals they will often slather the baby's bottom with
petroleum or vaseline which is not at all suitable for cloth
diapers. They do this to make cleaning the baby easier since
the staff will not immediately know when the baby needs
changed. In a homebirth setting or a hospital rooming-in
setting, you will know when a diaper becomes soiled and change
right away; so plan to forego the petroleum/vaseline product.
was checking on a gift registry and was wondering what does it mean
when there are red circles around certain items on the
a fun question. Actually the circles mean nothing. We
use circles in product images throughout the site because they fit
the look of PinStripes and PolkaDots. Some products on the
registry would have circles and some would not depending on where
the registry is pulling the image from.