- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
So, DH and I have officially decided that we’ll be giving cloth diapers a go when the baby comes in August.
At first, I figured we’d use disposables for the first bit – while his umbilical cord heals/circumcision heals (though we’ve also recently decided we don’t be circumsizing – yay for decision making, finally!), but it won’t be that long of a use anyway.
So I’ve been reading and reading and reading – there’s a lot of information, some conflicting, and some things I just can’t seem to find :S So I thought I’d ask questions here since I’ve seen a few of you are CDing. 😀
1. So, we live in an apartment and don’t have our own washer/dryer. When we do wash we do a mix of: using our landlady’s washing machine (it’s in a common area and she says we can use it anytime – very cool of her) and line dry on the clothesline in the backyard, use MIL’s washing machine & dryer (she lives just down the street – like within two blocks, very convenient, and we are able to do wash there when she’s at work during the day), or use the laundry mat’s washers/dryers just two streets down. So, whatever way we choose, we’ll be using someone else’s washer/dryer. Which makes me wonder: is there an ick factor in regards to poop in the washer that I should be concerned about. BF baby poop is water soluable and we’ll we washing them off, either way, before throwing them into the machine, but it isn’t strictly unsanitary, right? Will….matter….linger in the wash? Should I run bleach or something through after we finish? Or is this even a concern?
2. Along those same lines, I know you aren’t suppose to use fabric softner or drier sheets with the diapers because of buildup and leak issues. But I’ve also heard that if you use drier sheets in your drier for other clothes, the residue can be in the dryer itself and get on the diapers that way. Is this even true? If so, how would I combat that when I use MIL or the laundry mat’s dryers?
3. Detergent. Holycrap is there a long of conflicting information. Some sites say to only use detergent free of evvvvverything, others say you can use some things but not others, and still others say you can use some name brand detergents. What gives? I don’t want to ruin the diapers, but we use Seventh Generation Free & Clear and boxed Tide. Are either of these safe?
4. I’ve been building my stash and have registered for some on my Amazon registry for my baby shower this weekend. Instead of getting all one diaper, I thought it would be best to get a few, since it seems some diapers work better depending on the baby, which makes sense. So I sort of have this modge podge of all in one one sizes, all in one two sizes, prefolds and covers, two-in-ones and hybrids, etc. Which is fine – I figure, if luck has it, they can all be used 😛 But I’ve also heard that they dry different (prefolds would dry faster than AIO, etc) – so should I not dry them all together?
I’m sure there’s more, but I have to run and (wouldn’tyouknowit) pick up my laundry – I’ll check back later. Thanks for anyone who has any answers for me. 🙂 I’m really excited to learn more and get started!