Cloth Diapers, a small bump in the road

It stands to reason that since the entire purpose for a diaper’s existence is to absorb wetness and hold-in … other things … when a diaper stops doing part of its job, it can be a bit frustrating.

So when this was happening:


… I knew it was time for some serious diaper-stripping. I’ve had to hot-soak my diapers before whenever we were dealing with ammonia smells and diaper rashes. So if you’d asked me before this week, I’d have said, “Yes, I’ve stripped my diapers before.” But I had experienced nothing like this!

For some background, Ivalee has — again — been fighting an awful diaper rash lately. So we’ve been treating it with pretty heavy (CD safe) diaper cream use, instead of the usual hit-or-miss, preventative application.

Last week, I started noticing that Ivalee was leaking out almost every night. We’re getting close to potty-training and this was so discouraging to me that she was peeing THAT MUCH at night — enough that it was leaking out. My cloth diapers “just don’t leak”, so that had to be a LOT of pee!

Over the weekend, we traveled to Greenville and were staying with some friends. These friends were very gracious, but they don’t have children and so … you know how it is. In your head, every little thing your child does you think, “Oh my gosh! They’re going to be so annoyed!” So when your child, standing on their couch — having just been changed into a clean diaper — pees out ALL OVER THEIR NEW COUCH … :sigh:. Let’s just say it was a good thing it was nearing time for departure. I was mortified! And ready to sell the stash!

I put the trip’s last clean diaper on her and we were packing up the car to leave about an hour later. When I picked her up to get her ready for her carseat, she had wet out again. What in the world?!

We went to Target to pick up a pack of diapers and some clean pajamas. I picked up a pack of Luvs  — I had a really hard time buying them because their commercials bother me SO MUCH!! But they were $7 and the rest were more than that. Yes, I know. I’m a real woman of my principles. I’d have gladly paid $11 for a pack of Seventh Generation, but … they weren’t there. Why is that?)

So no catastrophe on the way home, but it was quite clear to me that all was not well on the CD front. When we got home that night, I dumped all her dirty diapers in the wash for cleaning. The next morning, I added in all the “clean” diapers in her stash with some Dawn dish detergent and sent them for a super hot spin. Before I left for work, I turned the machine’s hot wash cycle on again with no additional soap to fully-agitate the diapers and get them rinsed well. When I got home, I rinsed another couple of times and put the inserts in the dryer and the diapers on the drying rack.

On Tuesday night, I took the above picture. Clearly, they were still not fully stripped. So I put everything BACK in the wash again. More Dawn, another hot wash, two or three hot wash cycles to get them rinsed. And then yesterday, two more hot washes — just for good measure.

I knew I wanted my diapers to dry in the sun today, so I left them in the wash and put the inserts in the dryer last night. I tested the inserts this morning and they absorbed like they were brand new. No beading at all! So I’m hopeful that once I pull my diapers off the drying rack at lunch today, they’ll be as good as new.

All that said, I am resolved to use my liners while using diaper cream. And I will also post a “how to wash my diapers” chart above the washing machine for the willing folk who help me with that task on the rarest occasion. I don’t wanna have to deal with this again for a WHILE!!


4 responses to “Cloth Diapers, a small bump in the road

  1. Oh no, what a mess!! Makes me want to be even more careful with any creams or ‘CD’ safe ointments in the future!! I hope the diapers are working well for you now!!

  2. I had leaking issues for a LONG time. My problem – I wasn’t putting enough diaper up in the front. Although, I did just switch detergents and I LOVE what I’m using. Jack Be Natural sent a sample of Crunchy Clean and it’s a good price AND I don’t have to run an extra hot wash to get the stinkies out. One cold rinse and hot wash does the trick! Plus everything comes out looking much whiter! Maybe check it out? They have free shipping I believe and their customer service is awesome! Hope you got the problem taken care of!! I’m sad because since our washer flooded our house, I’m using disposables and Ri actually GOT a rash (not a big one, but still) since she’s been back in disposables. I can’t wait to get her back in cloth!!

    • Sue, I know!! Iva was in disposables for four days while this whole ordeal was going on. It’s been a busy week, so all the soaking washing and rinsing took way longer than it should’ve. Worth it though. Stuffing my diapers and getting them put away tonight made me realize how much I do like them. Weird, I know.

  3. Sorry you had to go through that! I hope they are good as new now:)

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