Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Before You Start Using Your Cloth Diapers

  1. Please prewash your cloth diapers for at least 3 times before use.
  2. Before first use, wash your diaper in hot water to remove the manufacturer oil (especially on the hemp or bamboo). Line dry.
  3. Second wash, wash with cold water using washing machine with half of detergent recommended. (cloth diaper don’t need too much detergent).
  4. Dry your diaper in the dryer or just line dry.
  5. If you are hand wash it, please rinse with more water.
  7. Repeat another wash for more absorbency.

The actual reason behind this is because enzyme attack on dynamic stain & poop stain. If the diapers are not washed thoroughly, some of the enzyme will stay on the diapers and will be reactivated when the diapers get wet. Reactivated enzymes will attack baby’s skin which lead them to rashes.

Disposable Diapers vs Reusable Cloth Diapers

Disposable Diapers
  • No extra laundry to wash.
  • Convenience-Compact for storing and traveling and readily available at even the corner stores.
  • Very absorbent-give baby a dry feeling next to his skin.
  • Variety-if one doesn't meet your needs, another brand or style will.

That sounds pretty what's the downside?

  • Disposable nappies are expensive!
  • Increases the risk of nappy rash-Disposable nappies feel dry even when they have soaked up a lot of urine. This often results in fewer nappy changes and consequently increases the risk of nappy rash.
  • Unable to measure newborn consume milk-Another issue concerning newborns is that it's tough to measure urine output, which is a large indicator of how much milk your baby is consuming. The absorbing materials in a disposable nappy can easily deceive you into thinking your child is not outputting as much as expected in those all important first weeks and months of life.
  • Environmental concerns. According to the Women's Environmental Network in the UK in an article they published in 2003, one-half of the waste produced by a family with a baby who wears disposable nappies is the nappies that are thrown away! If you are looking for an eco-friendly diapering method, cloth could be a better option.
Reusable Cloth Diapers
  • Less nappy rash-Cloth nappies allow air to circulate around baby's bum and therefore, you have less chance of nappy rash. The latest innovations in cloth nappies use materials like fleece that allow baby's urine to pass through to be absorbed by another layer away from direct contact with his skin.
  • -Enviromental friendly
  • -As convenience as dispposableit is easy to wear, just snap the button or fasten the velcro.

  • -Variety-There are many design parents can choose nowadays to fits their baby either fitted, one size, perfect size, pocket style, all in one (AIO) or all in two (AI2).there must be one design that fit for your baby.
  • -There are extremely gorgeous!- with fabulous print and design, your baby will look super duper cute in this cloth diapers.

So which is better?

When it comes to diaper changing, the choice of diapers will depend solely on you and your baby. What was right for other mom might not be right for you. What works for your friends may not work for your baby. It is all a matter of personal choice. Once you make the educated choice, be confident in it and try not to second guess yourself. Other people's opinions are just that. If you haven't asked for their expertise, don't feel like you need to take it into consideration!

Happy cloth diapering!!


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