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Tag Archive: cloth 101

Cloth 101: When to Change a Cloth Diaper
September 7, 2015 6:49 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

We’ve all seen THAT baby — the baby who’s running around with a disposable diaper that looks like it weighs 15 pounds and is sagging well below the waist. By now, we should all (hopefully) know that when a diaper droops, it’s usually a clear indication that it’s time for a change. In general, it’s easy to tell when a disposable diaper needs to be replaced. But with cloth, you’re not as lucky. Cloth diapers are not equipped with absorbent materials that turn into a squishy gel when wet, which, with a simple poke, tells you that your baby should be changed.

 
Cloth 101: Cleaning Your Diaper Pail
July 26, 2015 8:35 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

I’m just going to come out and say it: diaper pails are down right nasty. I mean, when you really think about it, a diaper pail is just a one-stop shop for all the smells, moisture, liquid(s), and bacteria soiled cloth diapers exude. This is why it’s especially important to frequently clean and sanitize your diaper pail — just like you would your wet bag. Cleaning your diaper pail and keeping it clean and odor free is (generally) pretty easy. Since most are made from plastic, steel or aluminum, a quick wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner should get the job done. Better Life’s 2am Miracle, what-EVER Cleaner or

 
Cloth Diaper Basics: Cloth Diapering on a Budget
July 19, 2015 6:56 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers are an easy way to save money when you’re caring for a baby. Unlike disposables, cloth diapers are a one-time expense (unless you have to get the newest Genius Series print at each release). For some people, the upfront cost of cloth diapers can be a deterrent, although there are ways to build your stash without breaking the bank. To cloth diaper your baby full-time and wash every other day, we recommend having at least 24 diapers on hand.  Twenty-four bumGenius Freetime diapers are $399.  A 24-pack of bumGenius 4.0s is $384 while two dozen Elementals are $520.08. Regardless of

 
Cloth 101: Using Cloth Wipes
June 21, 2015 6:56 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

You know what they say.. for every cloth diaper, there’s the perfect accessory. Alright, maybe the saying is a bit different, but either way, it’s true! With the right accessory, like cloth wipes, you can use cloth diapers more effectively. Cloth wipes share the same benefits of cloth diapers — they’re reusable, economical, environmentally friendly, and free of harmful chemicals. One of the main reasons people choose cloth diapers is to save money. And when you use cloth wipes in addition to cloth diapers, you can save even more! Sure, wipes may be a small expense compared to some of the bigger items babies need like strollers

 
Cloth 101: My Tabs Aren’t as Sticky
May 25, 2015 8:14 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers endure A LOT.  From poop and pee.. washing and line drying.. to an active baby, your cloth diapers can take a beating. With that said, cloth diapers may need a little extra love every once in a while, especially the hook and loop closures. This part of a cloth diaper — besides the insert— gets the most wear and tear. And, if you’re using cloth diapers that have been around the block a time or two, a quick tune up may be needed. So.. if your tabs aren’t as sticky as they used to be, we have some advice!

 
Cloth 101: Washing your Wet Bag
April 27, 2015 5:42 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

Let’s talk about washing your wet bag. But first, if you’re not familiar with a wet bag, you can learn more about this cloth diaper accessory here. Most people who use cloth know that a wet bag is used to tote and store soiled diapers and/or clothes, which means it can get gross. Especially on the inside. Just think about all the smells, moisture, liquid(s), and BACTERIA a wet bag contains. Or don’t… because YUCK! Washing your wet bag is just as important as washing your cloth diapers. Wet bags can create a warm, damp and dark environment that is

 
Cloth 101: Line Drying Cloth Diapers
April 5, 2015 11:26 am | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

A gentle breeze, warm weather, and sun means spring. And you know what spring means? Line drying your cloth diapers, which we recommend for diaper covers and shells. You can learn more here. Line drying your cloth diapers is also a great way to save money. It can put more than $10 back in your pocket each month. Plus, drying your diapers in the sun can also remove stains and sanitize your stash. Most people think you have to have a clothesline in your yard to dry your diapers or clothes outside, but that isn’t necessarily true. You can use a folding

 
Cloth 101: Washing Cloth Diapers
March 22, 2015 4:08 pm | by
Cloth 101: Washing Cloth Diapers

Washing cloth diapers may seem overwhelming, but it’s really pretty simply. Although many detergents will work well when washing cloth diapers, it is important to find one that effectively cleans your diapers and works well for the needs of your whole family. Laundry detergents that work well for a baby’s regular clothing may also be suitable for cloth diapers. Some detergents contain ingredients such as perfumes, dyes, optical brighteners, and fabric softeners that may leave residue on fabric. In our experience, detergent residue can be problematic for cloth diapers and for little ones with skin sensitivities. If your child seems

 
Cloth 101: Diaper Creams and Lotions
February 22, 2015 9:41 am | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

Let’s set the record straight — there is NO cream, lotion or oil that is safe to use on bumGenius, Flip or Econobum diapers. Despite what you see, hear or read, we ALWAYS recommend using a barrier with any cream or lotion. A lot of people think that because something says its cloth diaper safe (sorry, coconut oil!) you do not need to use a barrier.  This is not true and will void your warranty because these products can cause issues such as leaks, odors, and unnecessary wear and tear. So why does this happen? Creams, oils, and lotions are designed to coat

 
Cloth 101: Washing New Cloth Diapers
January 4, 2015 12:36 pm | by
Prepping Your New Cloth Diapers

We’ve been seeing a lot of people ask lately about how to prep cloth diapers. Ask no more! We’re here to help! With the arrival of Jolly and Stellar, the newest colors available in your favorite bumGenius, Flip and Econobum diapers, you may be wondering how to wash these products since the shades are so vivid. For brighter, bolder colors like Stellar (as well as Hummingbird, Armadillo, Sassy, Countess, Clementine, Mirror, Twilight, Albert, Dazzle and Moonbeam), we recommend washing these diapers with ‘like’ colors for the first few washes to avoid any transfer of dye to other lighter colors. These do not have