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Old Mar 21st, 2017, 13:30 PM   51
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I have a huge washing machine with all kinds of fancy options so I'll probably have to try a few different things before I figure out what works. Not sure about an extra rinse, maybe if you wash like 2 days worth at once you may want it? Are you planning to line dry or use the dryer?

Tide is pretty expensive where I'm from so for me it's spend the money on tide or spend almost the same amount on cloth diaper detergent, and it gets delivered for free thru Amazon! It is confusing reading so many mixed reviews on what detergents are okay, and I wonder if that has to do with what kind of water you have?
I'm planning to line dry my cloth diapers but I live in an apartment so I will see how it goes. Also I haven't read enough about how to dry natural fabric best.

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I never did prefolds or newborn cloth, I used disposable newborn diapers for the first 6 weeks until DD was big enough for the pocket diapers we have. I just use water with my cloth wipes, just spray her bum with a small spray bottle of water and then wipe with a cloth wipe. Sometimes I add a splash of witch hazel but not very often. You don't need anything fancy. DD gets a bath every night so we soap her bum then. I just use coconut oil if I need diaper cream, but I can probably count on one hand the number of times we have had to use it on her, the vast majority of the time we don't use any diaper cream at all.

We have soft water and I use Gain detergent. You can use the expensive cloth diaper detergents if they work for you, but I had nothing but horrible stink and ammonia and was having to strip my diapers monthly, or sooner if I couldn't stand the stink. Rockin Green was super expensive and I may as well have not used detergent at all. I stopped using it for my diapers and used up the rest of it on our clothes and it couldn't even get lightly soiled clothes clean, and that was using 4x the amount of suggested detergent and using the formula for soft water. Funk Rock was also a waste of money. Diapers are heavily soiled items and need to be washed as such. The only people I know who have had success with the cloth diaper detergents are those who use the disposable liners so the diapers themselves don't actually get too dirty. I haven't had to strip my diapers in over a year since switching to an appropriate detergent, and I have microfibre inserts which are notorious for getting stinky. I used RLR for stripping and never used bleach.

Just also wanted to point out that Fluff Love University doesn't push the use of bleach or harsh chemicals, it actually says all over their website that with an appropriate wash routine you should NEVER have to strip or bleach your diapers. They only recommend bleaching if you have a yeast problem with your diapers, or if your baby has a bacterial infection that is shed in feces. They do like Tide for washing diapers, but they also give more natural detergent options if you look through their detergent list and they give the amount of detergent that you need to use for it to actually be effective. You can use free and clear type detergents, you just need to use a lot more of it for it to actually get your diapers clean. But all means use whatever works for you. If you try the cloth diaper detergent and your diapers get clean and aren't smelly then go for it!
DH want to use disposable for the newborn stage and I have mix feeling. I remember that newborn clothes didn't last much and I switch diapers size very quickly even when she was born weighing only 6 pounds.


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Jess appreciate the comments that these are heavily soiled items that should be treated as such. I think a lot of people are more focused on the chemical free aspect that they forget that you need to remove the bacteria from bodily fluids! That's not going to go away with water lol
I'm not overly concerned about chemicals in detergent, but I don't like bleach, so plan to avoid that.

I love the smell of gain so I may try that, plus I always see coupons for it! It's hard when there are so many mixed opinions about different detergents! I have medium hard water that is not filtered, so tide always left a film on our clothes. We currently use arm&hammer for our clothes, and I've read mixed reviews on using it for cloth diapers.

I haven't decided what to do for the newborn stage. The idea of buying diapers that may only fit for a month tops doesn't sit well with me, and I'm not sure about prefolds yet, still researching. I may do disposables for the 1st month when they have that tar like poo lol
I hate bleach! I don't how I even convinced myself that I could try it. I always messed up my clothes with bleach even unintentional as a teenager.



 
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I saw a great hack where they used one of those hangers with clips from Ikea to hang the diapers to dry. I thought that was a great Idea.



 
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I saw a great hack where they used one of those hangers with clips from Ikea to hang the diapers to dry. I thought that was a great Idea.
I bought it! Also bought the sprayer and is already installed! Can you tell that I'm so excited to start cloth diapering? Haha



 
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Haha! I cant wait to start buying stuff. DH said no buying anything until after 15 weeks but I want to try some on my dd since we just started potty training lol



 
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The cloth diapers just started to arrived. Now I'm so scared of washing them for the first time.
Now I have another question the CD are more bulky than disposable. Is this a problem for her to walk? I can't give a good judgment since I just experimenting on her with a disposable on so I wouldn't see how different they look until I try without the disposable.



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Haha! I cant wait to start buying stuff. DH said no buying anything until after 15 weeks but I want to try some on my dd since we just started potty training lol

DH don't want me to buy more CD until I pass the experimenting period. after sewing 28 cloth wipes I don't think I'm going back



 
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Yes cloth is a lot more bulky. People argue about whether it affects mobility/milestones and I think (as a huge fan of cloth!!!) the obvious answer is yes. That's part of why I splurged on Newborn/Small all in ones. They've got those soaker pads so there's no bulk whatsoever up in the "wings" (at the baby's hips) and they don't have all that bulk from folded/overlapped PUL like one size options.

You can also give baby 1hr a day naked to help achieve mobility milestones on time



 
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Yes cloth is a lot more bulky. People argue about whether it affects mobility/milestones and I think (as a huge fan of cloth!!!) the obvious answer is yes. That's part of why I splurged on Newborn/Small all in ones. They've got those soaker pads so there's no bulk whatsoever up in the "wings" (at the baby's hips) and they don't have all that bulk from folded/overlapped PUL like one size options.

You can also give baby 1hr a day naked to help achieve mobility milestones on time
Oh thank you for letting me know. Some people said that it doesn't affect mobility but I was kind of worry. Anyway, so if I use AIO I don't have to add anything else and my LO is not going to have any leak? My Thirsties pocket came with to insert and my imagine AIO came with just one and I'm not sure if it going to hold well. The tots bots has bamboo but have a pocket to insert a prefold or another insert and I'm afraid to use my cotton prefold since they look so bulky.



 
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I hadn't heard they affected mobility, that is a little concerning.....gonna have to research that now. Well that makes me lean more towards sized diapers rather than one size lol

Poop cuuute diapers!!! Let me know what you try out!



 
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I hadn't heard they affected mobility, that is a little concerning.....gonna have to research that now. Well that makes me lean more towards sized diapers rather than one size lol

Poop cuuute diapers!!! Let me know what you try out!
I think pockets and prefolds are bulky. When I tried the AIO in my little one didn't felt like that. However, I will update when I put the Cloth diaper without the disposable on.



 
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