December 6, 2011

Benefits of prepping your new prefold cloth diapers, with pictures!

Why on earth do you need to wash your new prefold diaper?  Will it really make a difference in the diaper’s performance?  I tested this out Sid the Science Kid style in my Super Fab Lab (okay my son’s completely enthralled with Sid)!  Aside from washing anything that may be touched with chemicals (prefold diapers do have sizing in them as a way of finishing the fabric) away from your sweet baby’s skin, the benefit of pre-washing a prefold diaper is that the fabric will fluff up making it more absorbent and effective for your diapering needs.

Let’s look at the experiment!

This is how the diaper looked when it first arrived at my house.  Flat and stiff.

This is the diaper after the first wash and dry cycle.
Second wash and dry.
Third wash and dry.
Finally, the fourth wash and dry.
See the difference as I washed and dried it from the first picture to the fourth?  Bet you won’t think twice next time about taking the prepping step with your prefolds, huh?

Elizabeth (aka Bert) Anderson married her college sweetheart in 2005, and started her journey into motherhood in 2008 with the birth of her son.  She started blogging in 2009 as a way to keep track of her thoughts on being a first time mom, especially her struggle with postpartum depression, and as a way of reaching out to other moms who are struggling with the same things.  This June, Bert had another first in her motherhood travels - a little girl!  Even though she's newly a mother of two, Bert maintains that no matter how many children you have you will always be a "first time mom" because there's a first time for everything!  Visit her blog, at FTM. Bert is a contributor for She Thinks Media.