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

February 15, 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 15, 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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3 steps to cure yeast diaper rash

3 steps to cure yeast diaper rash

February 15, 2011 4 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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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 2 Comments

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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How to Soften Cloth Diapers - Hint: Dryer Sheets are Bad!

February 15, 2011

Materials like hemp, terry, cotton and velour can harden over time and you’ll want to soften them up. Whatever you do though, don’t use fabric softener. It will reduce your diapers' absorbency and cause your waterproof covers to lose their moisture repellant abilities. A cloth diaper friendly solution is to use vinegar or wool dryer balls. Both will soften your diapers and reduce static.

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Costs To Cloth Diaper - a breakdown of a cloth diaper startup budget

February 14, 2011

To cloth diaper baby you’ll need the following items:

  • 24 diapers ($24 - $600 depending on the type of diaper you choose)
  • 1 box of cloth diaper friendly diaper detergent ($15 each)
  • 1 diaper pail or 13 gallon trash can with lid ($15 each)
  • 1 diaper pail liner ($18 each)
  • 1 small wet bag ($10 each)
  • 1 large wet bag ($20 each)

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Cloth Diapers and Static - how to get rid of static cling with your cloth diapers

February 14, 2011

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Cloth Diaper Detergents - What to Look for in a Cloth Diaper-Friendly Detergent

Cloth Diaper Detergents - What to Look for in a Cloth Diaper-Friendly Detergent

February 14, 2011

Choosing the right detergent for your diapers is important. The right detergent will keep your diapers smelling fresh and retain absorbency. Here are the five things you should watch out for when selecting a detergent.

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Cloth Diaper Accessories - What They Are and Why You’ll Want Them

February 14, 2011

Inserts, woolies and doublers... oh my! With so much information out there, figuring out the world of cloth diapers can be a bit overwhelming. Here we’ll tell you what it all means and what really matters?

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Other Simple How to Videos

November 03, 2010

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