- 3 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
Hard water does make a difference. You can test your water at the pet store or buy those $10 strips. If it is over a certain amount fluff love will tell you to use a water softener (calgon or borax). Powdered tide has the most water softeners already included I think. If you don’t use a water softener with hard water those minerals will become trapped (esp in microfiber) and then they will trap ammonia and can cause rashes. I line dry my diapers (not the inserts) but they’ve gone through the dryer and you will be fine. Just don’t use dryer sheets at all.
I have 30 diapers which means I do laundry 2x a week at the most. I put mine in wet bags and that pretty much holds everything in (no smell). Wash the wet bag with the diapers. It does seem overwhelming at the beginning but it’s really not complicated at all once you understand everything. I would recommend the fluff love facebook group, you can learn a lot.
Diaper sprayer would work. I use disposable biodegradable liners a lot (go in the trash, don’t flush even though they say they are flushable). Or if it’s bad I just swish them in the toilet. If you breastfeed the first 6mo that EBF poop can just go straight into the wash since it’s water soluble.
My diapers are on baby #2 (10 mo old) and in great condition. They did stretch out a bit (5.0s are supposed to be better on the relaxed elastic) but that hasn’t really caused any problems (no leaks) so I didn’t even bother replacing most of the elastics between babies (well I did maybe 8-9 of them to see how they did but i can’t any difference in practical usage between the 2).
I will also add, with my second baby I used newborn covers and flats (GMD) but I really did not like them on my baby because he stayed pretty wet. IMO you would need to use a fleece liner to keep baby dry (people just cut up cheap fleece walmart blankets). So I ended up using disposables instead. So I very much prefer the stay dry lining of the bumgenius diapers, it works very well!
flour sack towels you buy at walmart for $10 in the kitchen area
http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/cloth-eez-prefold-diapers.html I have the novice (light green stitching) and they fit tri-folded into the pockets. Intermediate or medium might fit but you’d have to measure!
These are kinda useful-