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- Why Use Cloth Diapers?
- Is it a Lot of Work?
- How many diapers and covers do I need?
- Why Wool?
- Ok, but how does it really work – I mean wool’s just a fabric, right?
- Wool flannel, jersey, double knit, cashmere!? And sooooo many color
choices? How do I choose?
- Ack, my baby’s soaking right through my new wool cover!
- Do I need a doubler with my diapers (and what is a doubler)?
- How do I wash my new diapers and wool covers?
- Snaps or Velcro?
- What size do I need to order?
- Have you ever made adult diapers?
- I’m really looking for an XYZ – I don’t see them in your store, but do you
think you could make one?
- Do you wholesale CYA products?
- I love your products – where can I tell other people about them?
Why Use Cloth Diapers?
There are many reasons to cloth diaper your baby, the two main ones being: that it’s a lot
less expensive to use cloth (especially since you can reuse the diapers on later babies),
and that it makes a whole lot less trash and uses a whole lot fewer polluting chemicals. It’s
also better for your baby: cotton is much easier on the skin and many babies who have skin
allergies or are prone to rashes can wear cloth without any problems. You’ll also find that
your baby gets a lot fewer diaper rashes. This is because air can actually get in to your baby’
s bottom with cloth diapers instead of having everything sealed inside with a disposable.
And, you’ll never have to run to the store at 2 am because you just used your last diaper.
Plus, with so many choices and cute prints and colors out there, it’s a ton of fun!
Is it a Lot of Work?
Yes, it’s more work than disposables, but not as much as you might think. Changes are
quick, adding maybe 30 seconds to put a cover on over a fitted diaper - or adding no time at
all with a pocket diaper. Then, there’s the infamous poop issue: how do you get rid of it?
You can swoosh the diaper in the toilet by hand (which can be messy) or get a bidet or
diaper sprayer to attach to your toilet and have it do the work (and never have to touch the
poop). Either way, it helps to have a diaper pail in the bathroom, too. You don’t need any
special diaper pails – a simple trash can with lid is what I use by the changing table and in
the bathroom. You’ll be washing often enough that it won’t start to stink up your house. Oh,
and cloth diapers don’t stink the way disposables do. As for washing, how often you have to
do it depends on how many diapers you have. I have about 24 that we use and I wash every
three days or so. I run a cold rinse to get rid of any lingering ickies and then a hot wash to
kill any germs. Machine dry on high and you’re done. If you still have any poop stains, just
lay your diaper out in the sun and it’ll bleach right out.
How many diapers and covers do I need?
That really depends on how often you want to wash and how old your baby is. Newborns
need to be changed more often than older babies, thus going through diapers faster. I’d
say you’ll want a minimum of 12 diapers and 3 covers to start. That’ll probably have you
washing every day with a little baby. If you want to go more like 2-3 days before washing,
you’ll want more like 18-24 diapers.
That all said, before you start buying a whole bunch of any type of diaper, I do recommend
that you try out several different styles (fitteds with wool or PUL covers, All-In-Ones, pocket
diapers) to see what works best for you before you invest in a ton of any one thing. You may
find that you like best what you initially thought you’d like best, or something may surprise
Wool is a great alternative to PUL (polyurethane laminate) covers because it’s much softer
and allows more airflow because it’s a natural fiber. If your baby has those aforemetioned
skin troubles, then wool may be the way to go. My son’s bottom stays cool, even on the
hottest summer days.
Ok, but how does it really work – I mean wool’s just a fabric, right?
Well, it’s actually the lanolin that makes wool waterproof. Lanolin is the natural oil that
sheep produce to keep themselves warm and dry (it’s also a great moisturizer and you’ll
see it in lotions and breastfeeding creams). After you get your wool wraps, you'll need to
treat them with lanolin before you use them (just follow the directions provided). You should
wash your wool covers with a wool wash with lanolin in it to keep up the waterproofing.
Even if your baby’s gone a long time without a change, or has been in the same position for
a long time (naps or long car rides), wool can hold up to 30% of its weight in water without
feeling wet on the outside. Wool covers will get damp from compression wicking eventually,
so do make sure that you stop to change your baby often during long road trips.
Wool flannel, jersey, double knit, cashmere!? And sooooo many color
choices? How do I choose?
Wool flannel is a brushed woven fabric that is slightly fuzzy, but not stretchy. It’s a dense,
soft fabric. Wool jersey is a lightweight knit (think t-shirt fabric, but wool) that I pair up inside
my patterned knit wool covers. The patterned knits vary: some are thin and some are
heavier - I describe them each in the product listing. Double knit and wool interlock are
fabrics that have knit stitches on both sides of the fabric and is thicker than jersey. Knit
cashmere is the ultimate in softness, and is stretchy too. However, it is a more delicate
fabric and thinner than my wools, so I wouldn’t recommend my cashmere covers for super
heavy wetters. All the knits are stretchy and have a generous fit (on the occasion that I have
wool flannel listed, they fit a little smaller since they're not stretchy). I’ve used them all on my
babies and have liked them a lot. So, it’s really a matter of personal preference about which
fabric covers you order. As for colors, some people only ever go with white or pastels for
their babies; others like a selection of bright colors. For babies who are crawling or
walking, my patterned knits are great because they don’t show dirt nearly as much.
Ack, my baby’s soaking right through my new wool cover!
There are generally two things that might be happening in this case: diapers that aren’t
absorbent enough, or you need more lanolin on your cover.
Let’s talk about absorbency first. Wool covers are great, even for the heaviest wetter, but if
the diaper underneath isn’t absorbent enough for the amount of pee your baby’s making,
then nothing will stop the leaks. Try adding a doubler for extra absorbency. If you’ve been
using your diapers for a while, but are starting to have leaks, you probably have some
detergent buildup in your diapers that’s preventing them from holding as much pee as
before. To fix this, after running a rinse on your dirty diapers, add a good squirt of dish soap
and wash on hot.
Some people find that they need a lot of lanolin on their wool covers, others don’t need all
that much at all. There’s a chemical reaction between urine and lanolin that happens
inside your covers. The lanolin reacts with the pee and creates urine salts. If you don’t have
enough lanolin for the strength of your baby’s pee, the urine may go through the wool
some. If your wool wrap is starting to smell like pee, that’s the buildup of urine salts you’re
smelling and it’s time to wash and lanolize again. So, if you’re sure that your diapers are
good to go, try washing and lanolizing your cover again. Also, do make sure that you're
rinsing your covers thoroughly before adding a woolwash and more lanolin; otherwise,
you'll just trap those urine salts under layers of lanolin and your covers will start to stink.
Do I need a doubler with my diapers (and what is a doubler)?
A doubler is an extra layer of fabric that you lay inside your diapers for extra absorbency. My
doublers are long rectangles of 4-layer organic cotton french terry – very absorbent without
adding a lot of bulk. This is slightly different from a pocket diaper insert, which is usually
more layers for more absorbency. You can also use a doubler with your pocket diaper
insert, too. Unless you have a record-breaking wetter, you shouldn’t need a doubler with
my newborn or small size fitted diapers. Older babies or very heavy wetters may need a
doubler in my bigger diapers. My oldest son wore my medium size fitteds without a doubler
for almost a year (from 10 months old to almost two) before he started soaking through
diaper, cover, and clothes. I added a doubler and that solved all the problems. Now, I add a
doubler inside our pocket diapers to keep our youngest dry all night long.
How do I wash my new diapers and wool covers?
Please see the About CYA Products page, or see above for any problems you’re having.
Snaps or Velcro?
This is a very good question and the answer really is personal preference. Velcro is quick
and easy - especially good for wiggly babies who never lie still for changes. However, it's
also easier to open and some older babies like to try to remove their own diapers. Snaps
help solve this problem. Snaps are also easier to care for: you don't have to remember to
close your laundry tabs before washing. All of my products with snaps have reinforced
layers to keep the snaps securely placed. Velcro closures are a bit more adjustable than
snaps since the snaps are placed 1" apart and you can't pick a spot in the middle. I hated
snaps with my older two boys since they were super wigglers, but now really like them with
my third since it makes washing a bit easier.
What size do I need to order?
Please see the About CYA Products page. Please note that it's better to choose your size
from your baby's measurements rather than weight. Two babies weighing the same can be
built completely differently and need different sizes. The weight approximations that I list are
just that, approximations.
Have you ever made adult diapers?
Long ago (i.e. before I had a second baby), I was able to do special orders like this. Now, I
just don’t have time.
I’m really looking for an XYZ – I don’t see them in your store, but do
you think you could make one?
If there’s a certain color wool or cashmere cover that you’d love to have, but don’t see listed,
please let me know and I’ll try to find the fabric to make one for you. For my patterned wool
wraps, what's listed is generally all that I have. For popular patterns, I try to keep more in
stock, but I'm not always able to find more.
Do you wholesale CYA products?
Yes, I do sell my wool wraps and diapers wholesale to other cloth diapering shops. For
more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the products you're
interested in selling.
I love your products – where can I tell other people about them?
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