of the biggest concerns I hear from those who are considering cloth
diapering is "It is so much work!" Truly, it is not much work.
Butts Diapers are as convenient to use as disposables. Fitted with
touch tape for closure, any dad, grandparent or caregiver can easily
use a BB Butts Diaper. Medium and Large diapers can also be fitted with snaps to provide further versatility and keep quick change artists in their diapers!
As a new parent, you are doing
several loads of laundry no doubt. What is one extra load every two to
three days? There are two different methods to store soiled diapers,
dry pail and wet pail. Honestly I have only ever used a wet pail and
have had great success so have never experimented further. I will
describe my laundry routine but please note this will be a starting
point for you. Different water qualities affect laundering of your
dipes. Never use fabric softeners or dryer sheets on your diapers as
this will obstruct the absorbancy of them. Diapers do tend to become
MORE absorbant after several washings.
use a regular kitchen pail for my diaper pail. I put 1/4 cup of super
washing soda (dissolve it in HOT water) in a half pail of cold water.
- Put the diapers (laundry tabs folded in) directly into your
pail. Breast fed babies who have loose bowel movements are not a
concern, put the whole mess into the pail. If your baby is older and
eating and having more solid waste you can flick the mess into the
toilet then toss the diper into your pail.
- When ready to launder, I dump the complete contents of the pail into the washer and spin the water out then do a COLD prewash cycle.
then do a HOT wash COLD DOUBLE rinse cycle withBB Butts Diapers Laundry Detergent. If using a store bought brand use half the reccommended
amount of something like liquid Ivory Snow or a FREE detergent. DO NOT use fabric softeners.
- Dry outside, or in dryer on HOT. To decrease the amount of
time in your dryer, ensure laundry tabs are folded, give your diapers a
good shake to unbunch elastic and set your dry to an auto sensor cycle,
usually just past the normal dry setting. DO NOT use dryer sheets. BB
Butts Diapers now also has dryer balls to decrease drying time and soften fabrics naturally.