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Monday, May 9, 2016

Baby Care Series: Cloth Diapering

Since my youngest child is 10, diaper days are well behind me (*sniffle*). I didn't give cloth diapering a thought until my first child was nearly out of diapers, but I loved using them once I started! Especially now that I'm more health conscious and know more about the toxicity of the chemicals used in making disposable diapers (and pads by the way), I really recommend them! I used several different varieties of clothies over the years my children used them, my favourites were 100% cotton prefolds and waterproof covers (though I recommend leaving the cover off as much as possible!). Here are some tips and links for more information...

-Dry pail vs wet pail system

-Snappi Pinless Diaper Fastener

-If you use pins, stick them in a bar of soap between uses to help them slide easily through the fabric

- Make homemade diaper wipes, free from harmful chemicals and better for the environment: Cut up some soft flannel into your preferred size, you can hem the edged but I didn't bother. You can use baby washclothes if you want, but I found them too small for my preference. Just toss them in the diaper pail to be washed with the diapers.You can use plain water to wet them or use this homemade wipe formula...

1/4 c jojoba oil
1/4 c mild liquid castile soap (like this one!)
1 1/4 c distilled water
8 drops Lavender EO
5 drops Tea tree oil
You can use this 2 ways, you can either mix and put in a spray bottle to shake and spray on dry wipes before use, or you and mix is up, soak your wipes, wring a bit and fold and place in an empty wipes container.

-To wash,  I put set the machine to do a hot wash/ cold rinse cycle, with an extra rinse cycle. I used about 1/4 cup of my homemade laundry detergent (do not use too much detergent, it will cause problems! If you are using a detergent, use about 1/4 of what you would normally use, I wouldn't use more than a tablespoon. If you can smell soap on them once they are washed you used too much!) and about 1/2 cup peroxide (here in Canada you can buy President's Choice GREEN bleach, which is peroxide). I also add about 1/2 cup white vinegar to the fabric softener dispenser. When possible I recommend line drying them in the sunshine (sunshine is a fantastic germ killer and will naturally bleach your diapers snowy white) otherwise dry them on a hot setting with NO fabric softener sheet!

-If your little one ends up getting a yeast rash, you are going to have to make sure you get rid of the yeast in the diapers or you will just end up reinfecting them! Common advice is to wash diapers with bleach. I don't recommend this as not only is bleach not the safest chemical to be using, but it won't kill the yeast spores! I resorted to using bleach a couple times and could never figure out why it never seemed to work! I had no idea it didn't kill the spores, so of course the infections would come right back! To kill the yeast AND the spores, wash your diapers as usual on the hottest setting possible and add 1 tsp grapefruit seed extract to the wash and an extra 1/2 cup of peroxide. Add an extra rinse cycle or two (you really want these rinsed well!) and you should be good to go. Do this all twice or even three times if the yeast has been entrenched for a while! Make sure ALL the diapers, wipes, and anything else that came in contact with baby's bottom gets the same treatment. If you have a pressure cooker you could also steam them under high pressure. 15 minutes for a stovetop PC or 30 minutes in an electric one (since they don't get quite as pressurized as a stove top you'll want to make up for the lightly lower temperatures with more time). 

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