Each year the ABC Kids Show, cloth diaper retailers release new prints, colors, and diapers. This year we absolutely fell in love with the new Thirsties Woodland Collection. It’s just so refreshing to see cloth diaper prints in neutral colors. Though I have a daughter, I have never been one for pinks and purples. I figure there is plenty of time for the inevitable princess obsession that I’m not likely to avoid, so in the meantime I choose greens, yellows, and blues. I think Thirsties nailed it this year at least for this mom.
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A lot of times people are frightened off by fitted diapers since you still need a diaper cover. I mean why not just buy and an All In One? However, fitted diapers give you a TON of absorbency and are essential for most night time diaper stashes. So give a fitted a try by just entering our super simple giveaway.
We’ve been using the Buttons Cloth Diaper Covers for the past 3 weeks. For just $11.00 they are simply a steal. While Button’s manufactures amazingly simple inserts that snap into the cover, I’ve been using the prefolds I already own. Typically I can get away with using a flat, but Abby has needed some extra absorbency at night.
I realized that I do not own a single microfiber insert. In fact all I own for inserts are natural cotton fiber inserts like prefolds, flats, and bamboo cotton diapers. Over the years microfiber has been given a pretty bad reputation for being hard to clean causing ammonia build-up and stink so I just never tried it.
Today I’m buying my first hemp and microfiber inserts. It may end badly but I feel like companies sell microfiber inserts because of their super strength absorbency. We are definitely in need of absorbency since Abby is getting bigger by the week.
I’m branching out, but I’m also in need of suggestions fellow moms! What is your favorite diaper insert? Just enter the giveaway below and tell me what insert you love for a chance to win 1 Marina & 1 Pebble Buttons Diaper Cover. The giveaway closes August the 14th at 2pm MST.
How do you take care of it without the use of zinc oxide products or other store bought diaper creams? This is a real struggle for parents who use cloth diapers since creams build up in the fibers and diapers start to lose absorbency.
The Bare Bottom Solution
The best approach to diaper rash is… ditch the diaper! But seriously. As soon as your baby has had a bowel movement, clean and dry the bottom and let them get some fresh air. It’s best to let them go bare-bottom outside in the sunshine. To avoid a sunburn, let them go outside before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m. when the sun is most mild (the closer to sunrise/sunset the better). Don’t use sunscreens while they’re out during this time; this could aggravate the problem. Even 10 minutes of fresh, sunny air will help. If you’re concerned that they’ll burn, bring them inside. But, alas, we can’t let our little ones run diaper-less for too long… or else!(Cue sinister looking baby who may or may not poop on your carpet).
Cause and Effect
Before we get into some other natural approaches to diaper rash, let discuss a few of the potential causes and solutions:
Irritating diaper detergents (solution: use a natural liquid soap);
Digestive problems, via nursing mom or baby (solution: avoid spicy foods, citrus fruits, and other high-acid foods);
Stress due to teething, fever, etc. (solution: pour yourself a cocktail – just kidding! That’s a whole separate topic)
Try a Good Probiotic
Whether or not you know the cause and are trying to eliminate it, you can also try giving your baby (and yourself, if you’re nursing) a good probiotic containing acidophilus. Consult with your health care professional for recommendations on a good brand and the right dosage.
You can also try any of the following remedies. If the rash is persistent, however, it could be a herpes-related virus or a yeast-type of fungus. In these situations, you would want to consult with your health care professional.
Traditional Herbal Remedies
Diaper Rash Powder
To help prevent diaper rash, you can make your own all-natural herbal baby powder. Here is the recipe from the herbal legend, Rosemary Gladstar:
2 parts arrowroot powder
2 parts white clay (check your natural food store)
¼ part comfrey root powder
¼ part slippery elm or marsh mallow root powder
Mix all these ingredients together in an old spice jar (something with a shaker top). For diaper rash, you can add 1/8 part Goldenseal powder, 1/8 part Myrrh powder, and 1/8 part Echinacea powder. The herbs should be organic, whenever possible so that pesticides are not contributing to the irritation.
NOTE: While cornstarch has been very effective, it’s not recommended for diaper rash that is yeast-related because it could make matters worse.
Diaper Rash Oil
Rosemary also has a recipe for a diaper rash salve. Here’s my adaptation to her recipe that makes an oil instead (no beeswax or double-boiler needed!):
1 part calendula flower
1 part comfrey leaf
1 part St. John’s wort flower
Organic olive oil
Mix the herbs together in a glass mason jar so that it’s filled ¾ of the way to the top (if using fresh herbs) or 1/3 full (if using dry herbs). Pour olive oil over the herbs to the top of the jar. Screw the lid on tight and store in a cool, dry, dark place. Shake once per day, every day for 1-3 weeks (depending on when you need it!). Strain out the oil (cheesecloth or a nut milk bag is good) and store the oil in a cool dark place. You may want to put it in a glass dropper container for easier use. Just rub this on the diaper rash and let it soak in as much as possible before putting the diaper back on.
Susan Wood’s Diaper Rash Heal
Place whole, clean, gently crushed fresh plantain leaves directly on the diaper rash as a poultice. Leave on overnight.
Dr. John R. Christopher and Cathy Gildeadi, authors of Every Woman’s Herbal suggested using mullein oil and plantain oil (or in ointment form). They say it “work wonders to soothe baby’s sore bottom”.
If you’re unsure where to find these herbs, consult with your local herbalist (there’s likely one near you!) or speak with the wellness consultant at your local health food store.
Ahlborn, Margaret L. “The Benefits of the Use of Plantain in Herbal Preparations.” Herbal Legacy. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 July 2015.
Christopher, John R., and Cathy Gileadi. Every Woman’s Herbal. Springville, UT: Christopher Publications, 1987. Print.
Gladstar, Rosemary. Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health: 175 Teas, Tonics, Oils, Salves, Tinctures, and Other Natural Remedies for the Entire Family. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2008. Print.
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So a few months have passed and we’ve been really busy here at Clothdiaper.com. We’ve had new hires, a sick owner, and a new pregnancy all within the last couple of months. The good news is that as August approaches we are finally getting back to normal here. We’ve been busy adding a bunch of diapers that I haven’t even had time to test out. Hopefully this Friday I can get around to testing the new Buttons Diapers for everyone. In the meantime I’m going through pictures and notes I wrote out about the Flats and Handwashing Challenge that I participated in all the way back in May.
If you are new to cloth diapering you probably have never heard of this event. However, in the cloth diapering community it’s been going on for 5 years. The challenge helps to show you that no matter your circumstances you can cloth diaper affordably. This means if you don’t have access to washer or dryer, you can’t afford all in ones or pockets, or if you have a very limited budget. I was able to complete the challenge with the use of 2 dozen bleached flats, 4 Thirsties covers, and the use of a hand-washer. All of this totaled for less then $100. You only do the challenge for a week, which is good because by day seven I was ready quit and use my washer again.
The experience leaves you humbled. After a few days or hand agitating your hands start to callus and your husband starts to threaten divorce over the fact you have taken up the entire upstairs bathroom. Did I mention I used our upstairs jetted tub? I’ll have to write another blog post just on cleaning that out. You also learn that you don’t want to use too much soap or it will take 30 extra minutes to get it out of the diapers. You start admire what older generations have gone through to diaper their children. It also shows you that with less then $100 you can diaper a child, and since unforeseen financial circumstance can happen at any time that knowledge is reassuring.
Will I do it next year? Sure. In the meantime though I will continue to be ever so grateful for my washer and dryer.
I’ve been in the cloth diaper industry for almost decade and honestly I’ve been terrified of flat diapers the majority of the time. I get it, they are economical and easy to launder. However, the idea of trying to fold them each time before use stressed me out. Who has time with a squirming child trying roll off the changing pad to fold a flat and secure it tightly? Why not just use prefolds?
Well I decided it was time to face my fear. There had to be a reason that so many people loved flats. I mean we sell a metric ton of these each year. I set aside all my expensive all in ones, all in twos, and fancy diaper systems to try them.
My daughter was not impressed the first time I attempted the origami fold. The legs were too large and they definitely wouldn’t contain an epic blow out. The second try was better, but still not completely secure. Then I had to give up. Ham was having none of it. She was frustrated that it was taking 15 minutes for a simple diaper change since I had to re-do the fold each try. I felt justified in my original fear of using flats, but I work at a cloth diaper company. I couldn’t just give up.
For her next diaper change I was prepared. I had the fold down to a science and I folded that flat like it was my full time job. This time it maybe took me a grand total of 15 seconds to get the flat on and fastened with a Snappi. The next couple of days were easy. Once you learn the fold they really weren’t any more difficult then a prefold. Did I mention this is the first time I didn’t have to re-start my dryer for a 2nd time? The flats were dry 20 minutes before my dryer timer even went off. I am now over my fear of flats.
With all of this said, this is not why you need to buy flats. I just wanted to brag. You need flats because they make the most incredible diaper inserts. You spend $10 on 2 microfiber inserts for your pockets or all in twos. You can get 12 flat diapers for around $18.00 that do the exact same job but better.
Microfiber is synthetic, unlike flats that are 100% cotton. Microfiber inserts are popular because they are cheap and can absorb a ton of liquid. The negatives are that they are extremely bulky, easily trap ammonia and bacteria, and can’t be used directly against babies skin. Flats are trim, more absorbent then microfiber, easier to launder, can be used directly on your infants bum, and not made of a synthetic material. I have started replacing the majority of my inserts now with flats. Try the pad fold and I guarantee you will also make the switch.
All In One diapers are a recent development in the long history of cloth diaper usage. We have records dating back all the way to ancient Egypt that cloth was used in diapering the majority of infants. An AIO or All In One Diaper has really only been around for the last couple of decades. The diaper itself is pretty self-explanatory. It’s a one piece cloth diapering system where the waterproof cover is attached to the actual cloth itself. This means no pinning or fasteners and that there isn’t a need to buy a separate cloth diaper cover.
If you’re looking for economical this isn’t the cloth diapering system for you. Flats, prefolds, or flour sack towels can make cloth diapering cheap and easy without breaking the bank. An AIO will cost you a little more and a well-made One Size AIO can cost upwards of $18 a diaper. This may seem like a lot of upfront cost, but most all in ones with snap closures can easily last for +2 children. Even if they only make it through one child you will still be saving hundreds of dollars when compared to disposables.
We’ve been bragging a bunch about how simple the Thirsties AIO diapers are. There are a few reasons for this. AIO’s are usually the trimmest of all cloth diapering systems. There isn’t all that extra butt fluff when compared to a fitted or prefold. Though I must say I think the fluffy butt look is cute on a little baby 😉 Then again you have to buy a size up in pants because the diaper needs the room. Don’t forget laundry either. Since the diaper has to dry with a waterproof cover attached, drying times can be exceedingly longer then prefolds or flats.
AlO’s do offer convenience. They are simple to change when you’re in a rush. You don’t have to worry about carrying around pins or fasteners. I sometimes hate stuffing pockets when I’m in a hurry to get the laundry folded and with all in ones you don’t have to spend the extra time finding the inserts. It’s really easy to get the right fit on an AIO. You don’t have fold them or carry around extra absorbent layers. Did I mention you can find just about any color or print you could ever want in an AIO style?
You have to decide as a parent if you prefer the convenience over the higher cost when compared to other cloth diapers on the market. With so many cloth diapering choices out there it can be overwhelming. It’s always going to be a good idea to get a few of each kind before committing an entire cloth diaper stash to just one type of cloth diaper.
Ever look at a One Size diaper and think that the manufacturer couldn’t possibly fit any more snaps on this diaper? Sometimes I just don’t have time to go through and navigate all of these snap settings on a diaper while corralling my 4 month old who is attempting to kick me in the face because she’s hungry. This is why we’ve become a Velcro family in the past few months.
Velcro provides you a much more customizable fit. Since snaps are spaced every half inch or so, you sometimes can’t get that perfect fit you are looking for. When your baby is squirming all over the place it can be much quicker to just adjust the diaper with Velcro then trying to click in 4 of the correct snaps with a moving target. If you don’t align those snaps just right it is going to cause a leak.
Have you ever tried to use a snap diaper cover in the middle of the night? The lights are off and you are doing your best to keep baby calm so he/she doesn’t wake up to play at 2am. The last thing I wanted to do was try to match up snaps in the middle of the night. In the morning you see that you have one of the tabs on the rise setting instead on the waist and she’s peed through everything. Then again this could just be from lack of sleep.
This is not to say that we will be a Velcro family for long. Velcro doesn’t last nearly as long. I know most of my Velcro covers won’t make it to a second child since they are already starting to lose their stickiness. Even with laundry tabs, diaper covers come out of the wash attached to everything! At night that loud Velcro sound is enough to wake the baby when taking the diaper off. Did I mention I’m not looking forward to when she can take her diaper off? We will definitely be in snaps as soon as that starts to happen.
This is why it’s nice to have options. I’m glad cloth diaper manufacturers know our diapering dilemmas and bless us with snaps or Velcro closures. I think there’s a time and a place for both and you shouldn’t exclude one or the other from your stash until you give them both a try.
If someone would have told me months ago that I was going to have a 5lb full term baby, I seriously would have laughed in their face. After all I felt huge! I had all of these great all in ones, pockets, and prefolds prepped and ready to use for when my daughter arrived. None of them would fit.
I went in to my normal doctor’s appointment at 39 weeks pregnant only to be rushed down to ultrasound because I was suddenly measuring too small. Up until then Ham was healthy and measuring normal. Instead I ended up delivering a 5 pound baby. I was expecting at least a 6 pound infant, but instead had to send out my mother in law to buy preemie clothing just so I could take her home in something she wasn’t swimming in.
After all the merconium was out of her system I was ready to use my cloth diapers. I had no idea which ones would actually fit. Not a single “One Size” would fit my 5 pound baby. All of my One Size diapers were completely useless until Ham reached almost 10lbs. There went all my cute pockets and all in ones that I had been waiting anxiously to use. Even my infant sized prefolds weren’t meant to fit a baby that small.
I ended up finding a few different newborn diapers that did fit, but they were few in far between. I started with OsoCozy Newborn Prefolds. I was able to tri-fold these and place them in the Thirsties Duo Covers. I was so excited that the Thirsties covers would fit my tiny baby. We never had a single leak using this system and she still fits in the Thirsties Covers even now at almost 12lbs. I’m now using the Infant Size OsoCozy prefolds, but this system truly fits a newborn. This was also the most economically priced cloth diaper system we used.
As for all in ones and pockets we had two that really fit her from 5-8lbs. The Blueberry Newborn Simplex diapers are adorable as you can see below. They were also the trimmest of the diapers we found that fit. The Newborn Simplex use birdseye material which is the same material flat diapers are made of. They were a cinch to put on and dry extremely quick. I believe these would even fit a 2-3lb preemie and they come in the cutest prints and colors.
The other all in one that fit super well was the Rumparooz Lil Joeys. These are absolutely perfect for a newborn or preemie. They even had the umbilical snap which is super rare in an all in one diaper. They have inner gussets so we also never had a leak or blowout. So many of the diapers were just too large at birth, but I feel this is a diaper that will truly fit a newborn and you don’t need to add any extra inserts for absorption.
You can’t lose with newborn prefolds or flats. These cloth diapering systems are economical and will most definitely fit your newborn even if they look a little bulky at first. However, if you are going to go the One Size diaper route please make sure you are aware that those may not fit for quite some time. Newborn sized pockets and all in ones will work, but then you are stuck with having to buy a size that may only last 2 months. Ham is 2.5 months now and is just now comfortably fitting into many of the One size diapers at 11 pounds. It sounds silly but One Size isn’t really one sized.
Meet Ham. Okay, really her name is Abby, but I’ve been saying since she was born that she looked like a Christmas Ham. Please don’t think less of me just because I’ve nicknamed my daughter after a delicious piece of meat.
I’ve been working for Clothdiaper.com for over 8 years now and it’s wonderful to finally use cloth diapers on my own child. Sure I could sprout out facts and answers to almost any washing, folding, or cloth diaper related dilemma but it’s refreshing to put all that knowledge to use on my own child.
After advising people for close to a decade on cloth diapers I finally have my own personal experience with them and can inform customers and readers of the issues I encounter almost daily. Expect to hear a lot from me and Ham in the future.