Category Archives: Cloth Diapering

Cloth Diapering: Homemade Cloth Wipes Solution

When Ivalee was a baby, we battled a lot of diaper rash issues that required me to use a gentle spray solution and and a warm cloth wipe (wet only with warm water) at diaper changes. Naomi doesn’t appear to have the same skin sensitivity. So I did a little research about a homemade wipe solution so I could save some money on wipes. I found a few recipes and tried a few with too much soap or too much other stuff I didn’t have on hand.

I sort of improvised one combining major elements from a few different recipes. I’ve been using it for a couple of weeks and I really like it! And it’s made of stuff I had at home anyway!

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I use 1TBSP coconut oil, 1 TBSP baby wash, and 2 c. boiling water
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Stir it all up. (This is a double recipe.)
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I use a wipe warmer to keep the wipes handy on the changing table. I saturate the wipes and close it up – easy peasy. I use a salad dressing dispenser to keep another batch handy for middle of the week laundry day when I need more wipes.

So … on another note: Naomi put herself to sleep last night in the cosleeper. And she’s still asleep 11.5 hours later. What in the world with this baby’s ability to sleep and sleep and sleep?! I’m not complaining at all, but it’s just crazy. She’s a champ!!

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The Diaper Stash

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I finally got down to business and cleaned/prepped all the diapers and got them sized-down to the smallest settings and stuffed and folded and … here’s what we have.

Newborn Stash (courtesy of Cassie and Mendy, who loaned me their stash of small-sized diapers):

  • 20 GMD prefolds
  • 3 Snappis
  • 10 Kissaluvs fitteds
  • 6 small and x-small Thirsties AIOs
  • 7 small and x-small Thirsties covers
  • 4 Imse Vimse covers
  • 2 Weehuggers covers
  • 1 handmade cotton fitted with a handmade cover

And My Stash:

  • 15 Bum Genius OS (3.0s and 4.0s)
  • 8 FuzziBunz OS
  • 5 Rumparooz OS (2 snaps and 3 velcro)
  • 1 Kawaii OS
  • 2 Smartipants OS
  • 1 Thirsties OS cover
  • 5 prefolds
  • one Medium-sized FuzziBunz
  • a lot of microfiber (and one hemp) inserts
  • 8 fleece liners
  • 1 PlanetWise diaper pail liner
  • and 1 Bummis wetbag

 

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:

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… 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!!

The Stash

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Nevertheless, this is my stash. With two BG 3.0s missing (one in the pail and one on the bum).

For her birthday, we received several new diapers and some diaper money, so this is it. And I feel like my stash is complete. I am doing diaper laundry every 4 days, which is just long enough for the load to be full without being overloaded and the pail hasn’t started to smell up the house at that point, so … bonus!

I have two diaper baskets under the changing table: The Day Care / Grandma basket and The At-Home basket.

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The Day Care / Grandma Basket contains 13 Bum Genius 3.0s and one Bum Genius 4.0 (velcro). I’ve already explained how we feel about these — and we still love them. Both grandmas learned how to use them and they’re easy enough for the day care people to handle, so we save these for those occasions. (As an aside, I’d like to mention, the BG 4.0 velcro is much softer than the velcro on the 3.0. I’ve only used this diaper a couple of times so I can’t vouch for its staying power, but it’s definitely different.)

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The At-Home Basket holds all of our snap diapers, All In Ones and our one All In Two. The snap ones that we have are five FuzzyBunz OS diapers (there’s an orange one there behind that berry-colored one), a FuzziBunz PerfectSize , two Flips, and two BG 4.0 snaps. We were given two Cuteybaby diapers — those are the polka-dot ones. I LOVE that pattern (and I’m not much of a patterned-diaper girl)! The colors are awesome, but the diapers are size Large and are still a little big yet.

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And we have (from left to right) one Katydid diaper, a Softbums, and a GroVia. These were all free (the Katydid and the GroVia were part of the KellysCloset Spend $25, get a free One Size Diaper promotion).

I like the Katydid. It has fleece lining like a FuzziBunz, but is very similar to a Bum Genius in other ways (the flap to fold over the opening and the basic shape of the diaper). The only thing I’m slightly confused about how it sizes. Their size-adjustments are a little different than the other OS diapers we have, and Iva seems to be right in between their Medium and Large. So we’ve double-stuffed this one to use as an overnight, leaving the rise unsnapped (on the large setting) and had no overnight leaks. It’s a good diaper and, as Iva grows a little, I’ll probably like it more!

We’ve had a leaking problem with the Softbums overnight. I’ve taken it out of night-time rotation until I have time to research and figure out what I’m doing wrong. It still works great as a daytime diaper though! Love how trim it is – and so soft!

I haven’t used the GroVia yet. It has to be washed 6-7 times in order to be prepped and … I’ve washed it twice. I just haven’t had time to finish prepping it in order to be able to use it. We’ll use it one day!

Chicken no more!!

prefolds!! I’m getting over my issues and giving them a go. so far, so good. Except that the Thirsties cover is apparently very easy to remove. bloomers are a necessity.