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How To Avoid Stains December 18, 2008

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Imagine this: you get your beautiful new fluffies in the mail, all soft and smelling fresh. They are so nice you want to hug them or pet them or just put them on display. Of course you don’t, because you are so excited to use them. So you prep them right away and wrap that sucker on your baby’s bum. Then five minutes later, it happens. You feared it, but hoped it wouldn’t happen. Your baby poops in his brand new diaper! Oh, the horror …

This has happened to me many a time. I think babies must love new diapers as much as us mamas do, because they certainly seem to love to poop in them. It’s OK though. You don’t have to worry about that lovely new diaper staining. You can keep it pretty and new looking with a few tricks.

The first trick is to rinse or spray your diaper off soon after your baby poops. You can either just dunk it in the toilet or spray it with a diaper sprayer until most of the poop comes off. You can also use a wet pail method where you keep dirty diapers in a bucket of water with a bit of vinegar or baking soda in it. I have also used my washer as a sort of wet pail, putting dirty diapers in to soak and doing small loads of diapers daily.

Another trick is, if you can’t or don’t want to rinse or spray your diapers, or use some sort of wet pail, you can use Bac-Out to help combate stains. Bac-Out is a wonderful product that is made with natural live enzymes that is great for getting stains and odors out of your diapers. You can either squirt some in your pre-rinse during your wash routine or you can squirt some in and soak your diapers in it before wasing. Just remember that Bac-Out is concentrated, so a little goes a long way!

My last trick is one that I don’t really use, but it works well. Try using either a disposable or reusable liner. There are many disposable liners out and you can find them at most cloth diaper stores. Fleece liners are also great and can help keep your baby’s skin dry. You can also make your own fleece liners and save money. Just buy a 1/2 yard of fleece and cut them into diaper size strips. Then when your baby poops your diaper is saved from it and you can either throw away your liner or rinse it (or not) and it’s a super easy, no-mess solution.

If you use these tricks, you should have no problems with those nasty stains. You can keep your diapers lovely and clean looking for a long time!

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Dunking and Spraying December 17, 2008

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One question I hear often from those new to cloth diapering is, do I need to dunk my dirty diapers in the toilet? Thankfully, the answer is ‘no’! Then the question that usually follows is, ‘if I don’t dunk, then what do I do?’ When I first started looking into cloth diapering, that was one of the questions foremost in my mind.

Honestly, the thought of dunking poo into the toilet was a total turn off; especially coming from using disposables with my first two sons. That’s why when I heard the answer I got really excited. If your baby is exclusively breast/bottle fed, you can just throw your poopy diapers into your diaper pail until wash day with the rest of your diapers. It’s really that easy! Newborn poo is so watery that it just dissolves into the wash, and it doesn’t change that much as they get older.

So what happens when your baby starts solid foods? Luckily your baby won’t be eating enough solids to change the consistency of their poo for quite awhile. That means that you can go most of the first year without worry of doing anything special during your diaper changes. Gotta love that!

When your baby finally does start eating enough solids to change poo from goo to solid poo, then you will need to make some changes in your diaper change routine. Once you find (and excuse me if this is too much information) bits and chunks of food in your baby’s poo, you won’t want to put that into your washer. Those bits will not rinse out of your washer and you will have to clean them out of the machine yourself.

That is when your friend the diaper sprayer comes in. A diaper sprayer is a very convenient tool that you hook up to the tank of your toilet. You can adjust the water pressure so that the spray can either be light or heavy. The neat thing about a diaper sprayer is that it can also double as a bidet. Kinda nifty I think. Diaper sprayers can cost anywhere from $30 – $40 and you can find them at most any cloth diaper store. I recommend looking for a good sale when purchasing one though.

Diaper sprayers are very easy to use. You can use them on a fresh dirty diaper or one that has had to sit for awhile. Simply hold your diaper near the inside of the toilet bowl, and carefully spray the affected area until it’s free of anything to thick or chunky. If it doesn’t come off very easily, adjust the water pressure to get things loose. Just watch for splashing – it can get very messy if you have the water too high. You will also want to keep a wet bag or something of that nature in the bathroom to keep your wet diapers in at least temporarily.

Of course you don’t have to use a diaper sprayer if you don’t want to. You can easily dunk diapers or soak them in a wet pail even. I highly recommend trying a diaper sprayer though. They can save you time and make your diaper cleaning routine much easier.

For more information on cloth diapering, please go to www.ecobabybuzz.com for tons of articles, how to’s and more!