Cloth Diapers - The Style
Why cloth?? Here's why:
In 1955, nearly all American babies wore cloth diapers and only
7% of them experienced diaper rash. In 1998, with 90% of
American babies in disposable diapers, diaper rash increased to
As Babies grow
older, they are more aware of the difference between wet and
dry. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal,
babies diapered with disposables wear diapers an average of
36-42 months, as opposed to 24-30 months for cloth-diapered
babies. On average, babies diapered in cloth diapers
potty train a year earlier than those using disposables.
It takes one cup of
crude oil to make just one disposable diaper.
The skin temperature
of a baby in a disposable diaper can heat up to 104 degrees in
less than an hour.
contain a chemical gel that will adhere to your baby, even if
you change diapers the recommended once an hour. This
chemical gel crystallizes and it is possible to remove without
thoroughly bathing your baby.
Did you know?
You don't have to shake, dunk or soak cloth diapers.
You toss them in the pail and wash them in the washer.
Modern washers are efficient enough to thoroughly remove
everything. Follow the wash instructions included here and
you will be fine!
What you need?
1. You will need 20-25 diapers in order to wash
every other day. You may want a few more if you start with
your own right from the get-go.
2. We find that a combination of Chinese prefolds (diaper
service diapers) and "All In Ones" (AIOs) works really well.
The prefolds are great backup diapers in case you run out of the
AIOs, and they make excellent burp clothes, changing pads, and
everything else you can think of.
3. Use a washable diaper pail liner. This way you
can just pull the pail liner out, dump it upside down into the
washer, and toss the bag in too! You never even tough the
4. Not sure about washing you own? Start out with a
Diaper Service! Dy-Dee Diapers are great, and you can slowly
build your own AIO collection while you learn to cloth diaper
1. Empty your diaper pail into the machine.
2. Do one cold soak cycle (no soap).
3. Do a cold rinse and spin cycle (no soap).
4. Add one tablespoon of Bi-O-Kleen, and a Downey Ball
filled with vinegar. This will be released during the
rinse cycle and helps eliminate odor, as well as restoring the
Ph level of the diaper.
5. Wash on Hot.
6. Dry on Hot or in the sun.
Wipes and Wipe
Here's how you make your own wipes solution. It
smells good, works well, and is inexpensive.
1 cup distilled water, 3 drops lavender oil, and 2 drops tea
Use distilled water so your solution never goes bad.
Lavender is naturally soothing, calming and relaxing. Tea
Tree Oil is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.
This Belly Scoop
sponsored by the Dy-Dee Diaper Service.