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Cloth diaper materials explained

December 29, 2014

These days, cloth diapers aren’t just made of cotton anymore. Some come in materials like bamboo that are more environmentally friendly and have antimicrobial benefits for baby. The chart below will show you the most common material types and their benefits.

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8 tips to keep your cloth diapers from leaking

8 tips to keep your cloth diapers from leaking

December 29, 2014

Are your diapers leaking? Check out the list below of the most common causes of diaper leaks and how to make it stop. 

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Types of Cloth Diapers - descriptions, costs, pros and cons, and a tutorial video

December 14, 2014

With the exception of prefold diapers, all of the other diapers listed below are available in 'One-Size'. This means the diaper can be adjusted to fit your baby from 10 to 40 lbs. The benefit of one-size diapers is that they save you in the long run because you won't have to purchase multiple diapers for the various sizes of your baby. The downside to one-size diapers is that they are very bulky on newborns and don't truly provide a good fit until baby is about 10 to 12 lbs.

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The best cloth diaper brands

December 14, 2014

Listed below are the top recommended brands by fit on baby. Categories include diapers that fit best for babies with the following:

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Cloth Diapers vs Disposable Diapers - why you should cloth diaper your baby

September 24, 2014

Now before you read any further, I want you to throw away your notions of what cloth diapers are and how they work. They've come a long way in the past decade. They come in cute colors and prints now, and can be put on just as easily as a disposable diaper. In addition to them being much easier to use, cloth diapers are a great for 3 reasons:

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Fleece Cloth Diaper Covers - washing, care and use instructions

October 29, 2012

While fleece is very easy to care for, there are a few watch-outs and tips to keep in mind.

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Cloth Diaper Washing Tips to stop leaks and stink

January 24, 2012

Below are a few tips that can help save you time, hassle, leaks and stinks.

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    Cloth Diaper Leaks at Night - How to Stop Your Cloth Diapers from Leaking at Nighttime

    Cloth Diaper Leaks at Night - How to Stop Your Cloth Diapers from Leaking at Nighttime

    March 01, 2011

    Whether your child is a light-wetter or super-soaker it doesn’t matter; 12 hours or more in one cloth diaper is a long time. Below is a list of successful nighttime cloth diaper combinations and mom recommended brands.

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    2 tried and true methods for getting stains out of your woolie

    2 tried and true methods for getting stains out of your woolie

    February 16, 2011

    It happens. Baby poops, leaks through the diaper and sets into your precious wool cover. Follow these steps to remove those stains from your wool cover.

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    Wool 102 - how to wash and lanolize wool cloth diaper covers

    Wool 102 - how to wash and lanolize wool cloth diaper covers

    February 16, 2011

    Learn how to care for and lanolize your wool in just 8 simple steps.  Plus, learn how to restore shrunken wool and how to remove stains from your wool.

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    Wool 103 - How to store wool for extended periods of time

    Wool 103 - How to store wool for extended periods of time

    February 16, 2011

    Prevent damage to your wool items by following these 6 simple steps for storing your wool over an extended period of time.

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    Vinegar - how to use vinegar safely with your cloth diapers

    February 16, 2011

    Vinegar is a wonderful all-natural solution for your wash. It can be used to kill odor-causing bacteria, remove buildup from your diapers, soften your diapers and eliminate static. However, if used too often (i.e. more than once a month), it can break down the PUL in your diapers causing them to leak. Additionally, when used in hard water areas, it can react with the minerals in your water and cause your diapers to retain odors and bacteria.

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    Cloth Diapering a Newborn - where to start and how to cloth diaper

    February 16, 2011

    There are about 7 different types of cloth diapers out there. All of them except for prefold diapers are available in something called "one size". Cloth diaper manufacturers will say that their one-size diaper can fit your baby from 8 lbs to 35 or 40 lbs. In reality though, most one-size diapers don't really fit newborns well until about 10 to 12 lbs.

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    Cloth Diaper shopping tips to help you save money while cloth diapering

    February 16, 2011

    When you consider the fact that the average person will spend anywhere from $1800 to $2100 to diaper a baby with disposables from birth to potty training – it’s not far fetched that budget restraints are a common reason why many mamas turn towards cloth diapers. But while you really can save money by using cloth diapers, it’s hard figuring out where to begin. Here are a few tips to help you make the best cloth diapering choices:

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    Cloth Diaper Closures - The Pros and Cons of Snaps, Velcro and Snappis

    February 16, 2011

    Who doesn’t know how to use Velcro. It’s very easy to use even for cloth diapers novices. It also requires no brain-power when you're changing baby during that 3 AM diaper change. Even daddies can figure these out.

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    4 steps to curing yeast diaper rash

    4 steps to curing yeast diaper rash

    February 15, 2011 2 Comments

    Yeast diaper rash occurs most commonly with the use of oral antibiotics, sugar, non-organic dairy, gluten, or breast milk from a mother with a yeast infection. Here's how you can clear it up.

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    Wool 101 - the quickest guide to understanding wool

    Wool 101 - the quickest guide to understanding wool

    February 15, 2011

    Everything you ever needed to know about using wool with your cloth diapers summed up in a quick 5 minute read.

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    Washing Cloth Diapers in Hard Water - a list of do's and don'ts

    February 15, 2011

    If you are washing in hard water, minerals from the water can over time get left behind and lodged in the fibers of your diapers. This mineral build-up can lead to repellency and stink issues – and if left untreated can also lead to diaper rash and open sores. Below are some do’s and don’ts of washing in hard water:

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    Vinyl vs PUL cloth diaper covers - which is better?

    February 15, 2011

    Vinyl is the material that went into the original diaper covers your grandma used to use. They were made popular by the Gerber brand. These covers are designed to fit over Fitted, Prefold and Contour diapers. While vinyl doesn’t breathe as well as other materials it is very inexpensive – making it a good choice for moms on a tight budget.

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    Using Laundry Pure to Clean Cloth Diapers

    February 15, 2011

    Did you know there is a way to clean your diapers better with cold water and no detergent? Well there is – and it's available through a new device called Laundry Pure. I heard about Laundry Pure from a Vollara rep (Joe Morris) at my local Earth Day fair this past April. I listened as he told me all the great benefits of this unit – particularly how it eliminates the use of harmful chemicals and hot water to clean clothes – but I was very skeptical. “Sure it works on ‘regular’ clothes”, I told him “but what about cloth diapers?” He didn’t know the answer, but both he and I were curious.

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    Using bleach on your cloth diapers

    February 15, 2011

    Bleach is a wonderful whitening agent for other items in your laundry - but isn't recommended for your cloth diapers. Mainly because bleach can break down the elastic in your cloth diapers - causing them to lose their shape and fit. If your goal is to kill bacteria in your diapers - your hot wash cycle should do the trick. If you want to add something extra to your wash routine, consider using one of the following natural additives in your final rinse cycle. If you absolutely must use bleach, limit your use to 2 tbsps and use it sparingly. Also, consult with the manufacturer of your cloth diapers as bleach can void some manufacturer warranties.

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    Tea Tree Oil and Cloth Diapers - background on tea tree oil and safety concerns

    February 15, 2011

    Tea tree oil is an essential oil obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Melaleuca alternifolia, a plant native to Australia. Historically, the leaves were used as a substitute for tea, which is how tea tree oil got its name. The part used medicinally is the oil from the leaves.

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    Stained Cloth Diapers - tips for how to remove tough stains from your cloth diapers

    February 15, 2011

    Listed below (in order of preference) are 3 tried and true methods for getting those hard-to-remove stains out of your diapers.

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    Shrunken Wool - how to fix a shrunken wool cloth diaper cover

    Shrunken Wool - how to fix a shrunken wool cloth diaper cover

    February 15, 2011

    Did you accidentally shrink your wool?  Follow these 6 steps to make it useable again.  It won't be like new, but it will definitely be better!

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