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How much is too much, Cloth Diaper Edition!

Posted by Bert on 8/15/2013 to Cloth Diaper How-To
If you can’t tell by the Family Fitness series, I’m a girl who promotes the thinking, “everything in moderation.” I think that the saying is applicable to anything in life from eating to yes, even cloth diapers.cloth diapers,cloth diaper tips

Here are my how much is too much for cloth diapers:

1. How much sun is too much sun on my cloth diapers? The sun; that fireball in outer space that keeps us warm, gives us the happy feeling vitamin, vitamin D, and also gives us skin cancer. It’s a great natural way to extinguish pesky stains, however, remember that those same powerful rays that cause skin cancer can also do a number on your diapers. When possible use indirect sunlight and when sunning in the summertime or in year round hot weather climate only set outside in direct sun for one to two hours maximum. I do think that you could sun your diapers after every wash as long as you adhere to the suggestions above.

2. How often should I strip my cloth diapers? The short answer on this one is it depends. On what does it depend? Simple – water type and any issues you may be having with your diapers. I have soft water and only need to strip when the diapers my daughter wears are having repelling or stink issues. You can tell that it’s a repelling issue because the diapers just won’t be as absorbent as they once were or they’ll stink even after being washed. There are a few resources that suggest stripping monthly if you have hard water.

For more information on stripping diapers click here.

3. How often should I wash my cloth diapers? Think about it: your diapers handle some pretty tough crap from ammonia soaked overnight diapers to well, crap. That being said, rule of thumb is to make sure that you’re washing your diapers every two days. That should be the longest amount of time you let your diapers sit.

4. How many diapers should I have in my “stash?” Ah, another depends on who you ask answer! You can never have too many cute, little fluffy diapers for that precious tushie your baby has. Okay my accountant husband would beg to differ with that statement. If you’re cloth diapering a newborn they say that you should have 36 diapers (whether they’re specific newborn size diapers or prefolds with covers the number is the same). For any baby that is out of that newborn size they suggest 24 diapers. You don’t want to skimp on the number of diapers that you have because the fewer diapers that you own the more washing you’ll have to do and the more wear and tear you’ll see on your cloth diapers.

Do you have any “how much is too much” for cloth diapers tips? Tell us!



Caroline D
Date: 8/16/2013
This is very helpful. I always wondered how much sun would be enough.
Rachael Morgan
Date: 8/16/2013
Very helpful information. I had no idea there was a "time limit" on the amount of sun diapers should get. Drastically reducing the sunning time! Thank you!
Christina Lazer
Date: 8/16/2013
Great info. Still trying to figure out the best wash routine for my diapers!
Christina L
Date: 8/16/2013
Great info. Still trying to figure out the best wash routine for my diapers!
Kim H
Date: 8/16/2013
I knew my PUL covers weren't supposed to be in the sun all day, but didn't know there was a time limit on my prefolds! Oops! There have been many days they have been out all afternoon. Thanks for the information!
Melissa S
Date: 8/17/2013
Great post! I've wondered how much to sun, so this was helpful.
Angela G
Date: 8/17/2013
Thank you, thorough info for necessities in CD care!
Jamie Hoggard
Date: 8/23/2013
very helpful and educational blog! thanks for posting!!
Date: 8/26/2013
I didn't know I shouldn't sun as much! I thought it was fine. Now I know to limit sun exposure to diapers like I do my baby!
Mary S
Date: 9/25/2013
Thanks for this. I have hard water, though we do have a softener. I use Tide, but I'm constantly fearful of repelling or stink issues. We haven't had any issues yet, but I'm fearful of the day that will happen!
Alison P
Date: 10/4/2013
This is some of the best info. I've read on Cloth Diapering! Thanks for posting!!
Vicki Hall
Date: 11/1/2013
I also rinse overnight and soiled diapers real well before putting them in the pail. This cuts down on the diaper pail odor.I don't think there's such a thing as too many diapers lol.
Samantha Yoder
Date: 12/17/2013
Oh wow I never thought about the sun damaging diapers but that makes total sense. Thanks!
Peta-Gaye Daniel
Date: 1/7/2015
I love this! Everything in moderation.

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