7 Solutions for Common Cloth Diaper Dilemmas

For the most part cloth diapering is easy and straight-forward, however you might occasionally encounter one or more of the following diaper dilemmas. Here are Solutions for Common Cloth Diaper Dilemmas

1. Diapers are Super Stinky– If baby’s diapers are super stinky even when they are “clean”, it’s time to strip them. I usually need to strip mine every three to four months. I love freshly stripped diapers.

2. Diapers are Leaking – There are several things that can cause cloth diapers to leak. I have found that ensuring a proper fit is usually your best protection against diaper leaks. This might mean going up a size if using sized diapers or adjusting the waist and rise if using one size diapers.

3. Diapers are Stained – The easy-peasy, all natural solution to stained cloth diapers is to sun them for a few hours! The sun acts as a natural bleaching agent to kill bacteria as well remove stains and funky odors. It’s actually kind of magical how renewed diapers look after a few hours in the sun.

4. Hook and Loop Doesn’t Stay Together – A common complaint of hook and loop closures is that lint gets stuck in them which can eventually make the closures lose their “grip”. If your hook and loop closures aren’t staying put, try gently cleaning them off with a toothbrush to remove any tangled up lint or hair.

5. Baby’s Room Smells like Dirty Diapers – Wherever you store your dirty diapers, be sure they are stored in a high quality, anti-bacterial pail liner until wash day. This will help eliminate/reduce odors. Dunking or spraying messy diapers before placing them in your diaper pail helps cut down on odor too. Another idea is to use a few drops of an essential oils or Rockin’ Green Pail Freshener to keep baby’s room smelling fresh and inviting.

6. Baby Takes Dirty Diaper Off– It seems like this is the one area we don’t encourage independence with our little ones because it can get really messy, really fast! Using snap closures usually reduces this problem or at least prolongs it for a while. However the most determine Houdinis will still work their magic to strip off their soiled diaper. Sometimes reverting back to using onsies on a daily basis can help prevent baby from being able to take their own diaper off. Even if it doesn’t fully prevent it, it adds an extra barricade which lengthens the time it takes baby to get all layers off, giving you more time to intervene.

7. You Can’t Stop Buying Cloth Diapers  – It’s a known fact that cloth diapering is addicting. Just be sure to take full advantage of great sales and discounts when purchasing cloth diapers to be able to buy more diapers, er I mean to maximize your budget. Also if you have not already, sign up for Mom’s Milk Boutique rewards program. You get 50 Milk Miles just for creating an account. Also by participating in Fan Photo Friday you have the opportunity to win 25 Milk Miles each Friday.

-Sarah

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5 Responses to “7 Solutions for Common Cloth Diaper Dilemmas”

  1. Stephanie G says:

    It’s not free, but my sister-in-law found that using gDiapers helps with issue #6. Her son is constantly taking his diapers off but once she started using those, he hadn’t tried because they close in the back. Not sure if he’s tried to take those off yet, but while I was babysitting him daily, just before he turned a year, he didn’t even try.

  2. Stephanie says:

    I think whether or not you ever have to strip depends on what you’re willing to put your diapers through on a “typical” wash. I’m diapering my third baby, have an HE washer, and I haven’t stripped in years. Occasionally, I’ll run an extra rinse if they were particularly dirty, but that’s about it. What I started a few years ago? A little bleach (few tablespoons) in every load. I can skip it for a few washes, but then things get stinky again. In my case, it seems the odors were caused by bacteria, and so the bleach solves the problem. It may void my warranties, but it make my life so much simpler, I don’t care! Before that, I would strip and strip, and the stink would be back within a week or two. I tried different detergents, different routines, but it was the bleach that really made the difference.

  3. Chris Engels says:

    Thanks for this article. On a local diaper page, I keep reading that you should never have to strip your diapers and if you have to strip them, you’re using the wrong detergent, or it’s your machine. They especially like to blame HE washers. It’s so frustrating since not only do I have an HE washer, I really only have to strip in the summer because my son is a super soaker so ammonia is a battle in the heat. Do you find there to be any truth in the attitude that you should never need to strip?

  4. Emily says:

    #7 is SO true!