Preventing Stiffness, Leaks, and Odors with Your Pooters Hemp Fitted

Congratulations! You are the proud of an amazing Pooters Overnight Hemp Fitted diaper.

I designed this diaper after getting sick and tired of waking up in the middle of my night because my son had once again soaked through his nighttime cloth diaper.  Before making this diaper, I did a ton of research to understand what would be the best way to make it. I wanted something that would be absorbent, durable, easy to use, and of course, safe for the environment. I eventually landed on a hemp / cotton blend that is soft, durable, and can hold up to a whopping 31 ounces.

And just so you'll love hemp as much as I do, here are a few fun facts I think you should know.

If cared for, your overnight diaper will last you a lifetime. At the bottom of this post are some simple care instructions.

 

Benefits of Hemp

1. Sustainable

Hemp can produce 250% more fiber than cotton and 600% more fiber than flax using the same amount of land. It only takes hemp about 3-4 months to grow to full, harvestable size vs. cotton (5 – 6 months) and bamboo (3 – 5 years). Hemp uses only 1/20th the amount of water as regular cotton to grow and process, requires very few pesticides, and no herbicides. Additionally, hemp absorbs more cotton than it produces, making it carbon negative.

 

2. Strong

In addition to being one of the most sustainable crops on the planet, it is also among the strongest. Hemp is 3 times stronger than cotton and 62% more resistant to tears.

 

3. Comfortable

Because hemp fibers are derived from a plant, they are hollow which means when they’re woven into fabric they provide warmth in the winter and help you to keep you cool in the summer.

 

4. Durable

Hemp’s natural strength also makes it extremely durable. Diapers made with hemp fabric will last 2 to 3 times longer than diapers made from cotton or bamboo.

 

5. Rare

It wasn’t until the 2018 United States Farm Bill, that it became legal to grow and produce hemp in the United States. As a result, there are very few U.S. based hemp farmers (2 when I last checked), so China remains the world-leader, producing more than 70% of the world's hemp output. Followed distantly by France producing about a quarter of the world’s hemp production.

 

So as you can see, hemp is an amazing fiber – which is why I chose it for my Overnight Fitted diaper. Here are a few tips on how to care for what will soon be your go-to nighttime diaper for your little one!

 

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • After nighttime wearing, remove the diaper from your baby, rinse it in tap water, and toss in your diaper pail. This will avoid the urine sitting in the diaper too long and potentially causing damage and smell.

  • Before tossing in the wash, snap the diaper closed on the loosest settings to avoid it getting snagged on other diapers in the wash.

  • Wash hot with detergent (preferably liquid)

Note: Avoid using too much detergent when washing. Hemp is very absorbent and will hold that extra detergent in it's fibers, resulting in detergent build-up which will later cause it to stink.

 

  • Wash cold with no detergent. This will help to soften the diaper fibers.

  • Dry thoroughly either on the line or in the dryer.
Note: Hemp diapers hold on to moisture so it's important to get them thoroughly dry. Any moisture trapped in the fibers will cause your diaper to give off a strong smell of ammonia. If you put them in the dryer, you will likely have to run them through 2 cycles to get them thoroughly dry. If you dry them on the line, they will turn a bit crunchy so you’ll need to toss them in the dryer for a few minutes to soften them up.
  • If you’ve done all of these things but still notice a smell, add a dose of oxygen bleach to your next wash cycle to get rid of it.

 

Reviews (4 comments)

  • jerin jahan On

    Do cloth diapers leak a lot?
    With cloth diapers, you might find yourself changing your baby every 2-3 hours or as needed. If the diaper is fully saturated and soaked, it will likely leak. Tips for dealing with absorbency related leaks: New cotton, bamboo, and hemp inserts may need to be washed 3-6 times before they become fully absorbent.

  • jerin jahan On

    The average newborn may need to be changed every 1-3 hours, so you may want to have 12+ diapers for a day. A nice stash of cloth diapers consists of about 15-24 diapers. Many families find that cloth diapers are too cute and may have much larger stashes.

  • Pooters On

    To strip in a front loader you’ll follow the same steps. Load your washer, turn it on and it run for a few minutes. Then turn it off, letting the diapers soak for 4 to 8 hours. You can use Tide (I highly recommend it). I’ve never used Purex but the word on the street is that it’s safe for cloth diapers. Borax is similar to Calgon but in my experience, Calgon works better for hard water. For general washing in a front loader, you’ll want to do a prewash in hot water with 1/2 cup of detergent and then a full, power wash in hot water with a full cup of detergent. For specifics on how to do that with your machine – check out this list by Fluff Love University – http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/how-to-wash-cloth-diapers/hey-thats-my-washing-machine-starter-wash-routines-by-brand/

  • Lauren Dean On

    How do I strip if I have a front loader? Also can I use Tide or Purex to wash and is Borax the same as Calgon? Lastly how should I wash with front loader?

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