Check here for answers and guidance on some of my most asked questions. Sometimes, there's no clear cut answer. All babies are different and washing routines will vary!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many diapers do I need to start?
A: Newborns tend to wet more often - about every 1-3 hours. That's about 12+ diapers per day. As they grow, they tend to wet more in volume and less in frequency. A good stash of one size diapers is about 2 dozen (24). That will allow you to wash at the recommended 2-3 days. If you are using diaper covers, I recommend 8-10 covers and paired with 24-36 inserts and/or prefolds. You can rotate through the covers, and only wash the ones that get soiled.
Q: What style of diaper is best?
A: It's all about personal preference and what fits baby the best.
My go to answer is One size Covers and inserts or prefolds. These are probably the least expensive with the most options for materials.
Next step would be an all in one or pocket diaper (you need to change the whole diaper every time, so you will need a larger stash).
Then fitteds and hybrids, they contain the most yuck, are the most absorbent and have the most customized fit options. You can use sized diapers, one size and also control the amount of absorbency in the diaper. If you wear these diapers you will need a cover for extended wear. you must change the whole diaper every time so you need a larger stash, and they tend to be the most expensive - but honestly the cutest!
Wool is the one option that strikes fear in most for no good reason. Use wool covers over flats, prefolds or fitteds and you won't have pesky leaks, even overnight! They must be hand washed, but you only need a few covers in each size to rotate. If you like ALL NATURAL diapering this is your best bet!
More questions, please don't hesitate to send an Email.
Q: How do I use the diaper covers?
A: Patsycakebaby diaper covers are specially designed with two snaps in the back of the diaper. All you need to do is snap in one of our Organic Hemp inserts and add baby. But that's not all, you can also use a variety of Lay-in inserts, prefolds, flats and soakers depending on your absorbency needs.
These diapers have trim, but generous sizing designed by a mom for her own cloth diapered babies. Just use the rise snaps (the two columns of snaps on the front) to adjust the length of the diaper, add the snap in liner and fold down the front to the desired length, add baby, and use the snaps across the belly to adjust to the correct size. They can be used on most babies 8-35 pounds or more. There are two types of Covers sold at Patsycakebaby. My best seller is the cotton over PUL style. You can customize these to match lots of different themes. The second style is a lined cover, printed PUL with a polyfleece lining. This adds a dab of absorbency and lots of softness.
Q:Yikes, my diapers are leaking. What do I do?
A: here are the issues we trouble shoot. Fit, Absorbency, wash routine.
First, make sure that the diaper fits correctly. They should be snug but not too tight at the waist and at the legs. Sometimes leaks occur when a newborn has gaps in the leg elastic, growing babies my have a waist to leg proportion that is causing bad fit. a little adjustment with the rise and belly snaps can help get a better fit. Make sure that all absorbent layers are tucked inside the diaper and none are peeking through.
Second, Absorbency (and this includes changing frequency). newborns poop almost every diaper change, if this newborn runny poop is covering the diaper and then they wet after, the wetness may not absorb and leak out of the legs. Try to change them frequently. Sometimes one size diapers look ridiculously huge on newborns so you may want to consider a newborn stash of diapers in order to get a good fit. If you need more absorbency a good option is to use Hemp fabrics which are featured in all of Patsycakebaby's diapers. tested, and approved! Also consider adding doublers (another set of inserts), prefolds wrapped over the inserts, or the best option is getting some super absorbent fitted diapers. Change diapers more frequently, sitting babies put pressure on the inserts and may cause them to squeeze out wetness which may come through seams, or out of the legs and wick onto clothing.
Lastly (at least with the most common leak problems) is wash routine. there are a variety of factors that go into having the right wash routine and lots of it happens to be trial and error. Diapers that are not clean may not be at their maximum absorbency. Also, make sure that the diaper inserts have been fully prepped. It often takes 3-4 complete wash cycles to reach maximum absorbency.
Make sure that you are using a diaper detergent that is strong enough to get your diapers clean, does not contain additives, bleach, or fabric softeners. Make sure that you are using enough detergent to get them clean, when you open the lid of the machine you should see a thin layer of soap bubbles, and then they should be completely gone and rinsed out by the last spin. Add an additional rinse if necessary.
Hard water tends to clog up the fibers in cloth diapers and your best bet to get them unclogged is to do a soak in a tub of baking soda, two cups to a bath, soak, swish and rinse. I had very hard well water and the only detergent that worked for me was original powdered tide...
Join a local cloth diapering group online, so much of your wash routine will depend on using the right soap for the water you have. Don't be afraid to ask! Check out the real diaper association for lots of great info!
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Cloth Diaper Manual
FAQ and Troubleshooting
Washing and Care instructions!
Cloth Diapering Instructions for diaper Covers and All-In-Two's:
1. To adjust rise: Using the snaps in the two columns down the middle, fold up to the proper rise and snap together.
2. Snap-in your insert to the snaps inside the back of the cover and fold to proper length. *Other options include Prefolds, flats, fitteds.
3. Add baby. Fasten diaper with adjustable snaps across the waist. There's one crossover snap for NB size.
The diaper should fit snug with inserts tucked into the cover completely.
All-in-One and Fitted Diapers:
Some all in ones and fitted diapers do not have a snap down rise, snap-in insert or separate cover. But the basics are the same, find the diaper that fits your baby snap it on and go! Reminder: All-in-One diapers have a built in cover,fitted diapers will need an additional cover. If you have questions you can always Email for more info!
For information on how to clean and care for your wool diapers, check this blog post.
Dirty Diaper Storage:
Unsnap insert, Dump solids (some solids may need to be sprayed or "swished" off) and store in a dry pail or wet bag until wash day.
A 2 -3 day wash cycle is recommended.
Clean Covers can be used through multiple changes! Simply snap in a new Insert (sold separately).
Store inserts separately from covers if possible, to avoid staining on the covers.
2. Wash warm, rinse cold in Cloth diaper safe detergent. Prewash and soak cycles are optional.
3. Hang to dry and finish on low dryer cycle to soften.
The sun is the best stain remover, lay your insert flat in the sunshine and the stains will fade.
There are many methods to cloth diaper washing. Start simple, use a powder detergent with no additives (like softener, bleaches or fragrances). If you notice the diapers are not getting clean or have excessive staining or strong odors (ie: Barnyard smell, or ammonia) you may need to switch detergents to a stronger formula. You can always send an email and request advice.