I have some cloth diapering confessions to make:
1)You should always prewash your new diapers before using them in order to get maximum absorbency. I confess that I usually donít before putting them on my daughter.† I know, I know this can lead to leakage, but theyíre just so amazingly soft before their first trip to the washer that I canít help myself.† Itís like when you buy a brand new sweater or fleece pajamasótheyíre never quite as luxuriously soft as they are the first time you use them.† I recently bought a One Size Babykicks 3G diaper for the first time and both the amazing softness of the inner layer of fleece and the bamboo insert were so delectably soft I just had to put the diaper on my baby right away.† Besides, Iím impatient and I just couldnít wait to try it out!
2) New diapers made of natural fibers not only need to be washed a couple of times before being used, but theyíre supposed to be washed alone. In addition to using these diapers right away without prepping them at all I donít wash my un-prepped hemp, cotton, and bamboo diapers separately from my other diapers when washing them for the first time.† I know that this can lead to build up on my other diapers but Iím busy and as of yet, it hasnít seemed to cause a problem.† I donít have time for a bunch of special washes in my hectic schedule as a part time teacher, part time stay at home mom.† My other diapers never seem to be affected† long term.
3) Many cloth diapering parents refuse to allow their beloved diapers into the dryer. I admit that sometimes, if Iím in a rush, I machine dry my PUL covers and pocket diapersóand I always machine dry my fitteds, prefolds, and inserts, and the occasional AIO diaper that comes my way.† Granted, if I had a clothesline, this wouldnít happen in warmer months, but since I donít, and since I donít have space on my drying rack or the time to wait for the absorbent layers of my diapers to air dry, I use the machine.
4) You should always use a liner when using rash creams with cloth diapers. I acknowledge that usually, I use cloth diaper ďsafeĒ rash cream without a liner.† They say even rash cream created for use with cloth diapers shouldnít come in contact with the inner layers of your diapers, just to be safe, because they may cause buildup, but as long as I keep rinsing my diapers before and after a regular wash, they seem to do fine.
5) You should use small amounts of additive free detergent when washing cloth diapers as well as putting them through extra rinses. When I first started cloth diapering, I didnít know about the extra rinses and the minimal amounts of detergent youíre supposed to use.† I didnít know that you should use all natural detergent with your diapers so I washed them as I would wash any other load of dirty laundry, and they survived.
Sometimes, the list of dos and doníts that youíre given when you begin your cloth journey can seem daunting, but donít fret.† If you forget something from that list, or donít follow the rules all the time, your cloth diapers and your baby will still be fine.† I donít always treat my cloth diapers the way youíre supposed to treat them.† I donít follow all the rules 100% of the time.† But you know, Iím still using cloth diapers full time successfully despite my shortcomings laziness.†† Of course, knowing what you should and shouldnít do with your diapers is important and if you can follow those rules, then do so.† But if you forget, or get lazy, it isnít the end of the world if you donít.