November 5, 2011

Do your prefolds leak? Read these tips and tricks for using prefolds with success!

Prefold diapers are the same as pocket diapers and AIOs – sometimes they leak. I think I’m stating the obvious with that statement. If you’re on the fence about which diaper to start using and you’re researching your options then it’s best to know that all cloth diapers will leak at some point in your diapering journey.

Prefold diapers are what our mothers and grandmothers used for diapers before disposables were even available or popular. You need to use a waterproof diaper cover for these diapers so when we’re exploring the main causes for prefold leaks we also need to look at the cover that’s being used.

Main Culprits for Prefold Leaks:

Size – Again, I cannot stress enough how important size is in cloth diapering. Rather than going by the weight of your baby to determine the size, the way you would when buying a disposable diaper, you really need to get out that measuring tape for an accurate cloth diaper measurement. Remember – measure around the waist starting at the belly button, then around the largest part of the thigh and finally the rise (belly button, in between the legs and to the same area on the back as the belly button).

As far as the sizing with prefolds goes if you don’t have the right size for your baby then there won’t be enough panels to absorb your baby’s wetting. If you have been using the same size prefold for a while and are experiencing leaking issues consider moving up one size.

You haven’t washed your prefolds enough. – The more you wash a prefold the more absorbent it will become. The standard suggestion for prefolds’ pre-washes is three to five times.

The diaper isn’t fastened tight enough around your baby’s waist. – With a prefold diaper you need a way to keep the prefold and that’s where a fastener comes in. You can use a higher quality diaper pin, Snappi or a diaper wrap (that’s a cover that wraps securely around the prefold and holds it in place.

Your diaper cover is not sized properly. – Yes, size really is everything when using prefold diapers. With the cover you need to assess the kind of cover you are using and go from there to determine if the size is correct. A diaper wrap will have side wings similar to a disposable diaper that attach to the front of the cover with either snaps or Velcro. Diaper wraps are a trimmer fit so it’s absolutely necessary that they are sized properly by using the correct measurements that I described above. Pull-on covers do not work well with prefolds. They are better used with fitted diapers. If you are currently using a pull-on cover and are experiencing leaking I’d eliminate the use of that first.

Breastfed baby poop. – If you breastfeed your baby you know how slippery his or her poop can be. There are a few ways to combat the escape artist that breastfed baby poop is by using a two different folding techniques.
  1. The Jelly Fold – Simply roll the prefold’s sides towards the center panel. This will create two high points that you bring together and fasten.
  2. Angel Wing Fold – Fold the prefold into thirds in the front so that the back is laid flat and looks like “wings.” Then pull the front up between the baby’s legs, fold the excess down and bring each wing forward and fasten.
Detergent build up on the diaper cover. – If you’ve assessed all of the above potential problems and your prefold are still leaking give your covers a good stripping to get rid of any build up from the detergent.

Have you discovered yourself with leaking diapers and been able to identify the problem to correct it?
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.

November 3, 2011

Cloth Diaper Outlet has been nominated for Retailer of the Year!

Did you know that Padded Tush Stats, an online cloth diaper resource, is hosting their annual Diaper Awards?  Well they are!  Cloth Diaper Outlet has been nominated  for Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year and we couldn't be more excited!

Besides Cloth Diaper Retailer of the Year you can also vote for Accessory of the Year, Resource of the Year and Diaper of the Year!  Every little vote helps.

Please stop by Padded Tush Stats and cast your vote today!  Thanks!

November 1, 2011

Booty Love? Only Thirsties could have come up with such a name!

Thirsties newest product, Booty Love, has hit the shelves at Cloth Diaper Outlet!  What kind of product is it?  May not be apparent right away, but Booty Love is an organic diaper rash salve that's cloth diaper friendly of course!

Thirsties new diaper ointment can be used between diaper changes and after baths to soothe and prevent diaper rash. With certified organic oils to moisturize and nourish your baby’s sensitive skin and natural herbs to relieve dry skin and rashes. Can also be used to aid in the healing of minor cuts, burns and skin irritations.

What's in it?

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil*
  • Beeswax*
  • Oregon Grape Root
  • Myrrh Gum
  • Yarrow Herb*
  • Calendula Flower*
Having a cloth diaper safe rash cream and preventative on hand is a must have, a staple, when you're a cloth diapering family.  You never know when a rash could appear and you need to be prepared in the event that you need to slather something on without the fear of it ruining your cloth diapers.

Visit Cloth Diaper Outlet or Natures Nappies today and check out this great new product!  You'll love it!

*Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth