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Thank you so much for taking the time to click over here to the About Us page and learn more about the team at All About Cloth Diapers!

All About Cloth Diapers began in March 2008, and has chronicled the cloth diaper journey of 4 children so far!

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Autumn Beck (me) is the owner and has 6 children. In 1998, at the ripe age of 20 I married my college sweetheart. We both became Christians in 2000 and were baptized together on July 5th. Michael graduated from chiropractic school in 2002 and immediately opened a practice in my hometown. After 3 children and 4 years of traffic we decided city life was not what we wanted for our family. We sold the practice and moved to a small town just north of San Antonio. Two children later life was feeling very cozy. And then the Lord called Michael into full time ministry. In August 2012, we moved to California and Michael began attending The Master’s Seminary. Our 6th child was born in January 2013, in the most perfect way! Well, having Michael there would have made it more perfect but I’m not complaining! (read Finley’s birth story)

For more information on Autumn check out her post I”ll Tell You My Dirty Little Secret

Having two homes, 6 children, homeschooling and supporting my husband as he endures the pressures of seminary and running a business has left me little time to devote to All About Cloth Diapers! God was so gracious to bring just the perfect person to help me run things.

Meet Jennifer Reinhardt!

Hi everyone! I have been truly blessed to be able to become part of the All About Cloth Diapers family. Just like Autumn has said; I am not a professional writer …I am just a mom that wants to share what I know and love about cloth diapers. But I want you to know that I am here to learn from you as well. I always like to say you never know where the next great piece of advice will come from.

I went to college for business management. But unlike Autumn I did not meet my sweetheart there. It would be many more years before that would happen! In 2008 my dream of owning my own business came true. When I was 27 years old (after a year of blood, sweat and tears) I purchased my very own business; Curves. I truly loved being able to go in every day and help people feel better about themselves. I loved to teach and share my knowledge. It made me feel good to know that I was making a difference in people’s lives.

At the encouragement (or should I say unrelenting insistence) of one of my sweet Curves members I joined eHarmony. That is how my husband Mike and I met. I suppose it was meant to be. We were married two years later, and a year after that had our beautiful little girl, Sophia.

While I was pregnant with Sophia, an acquaintance of mine mentioned that I should try cloth diapers. At first I was totally overwhelmed. I was so confused by all the information I had found that I almost gave up before I even started! But once I was able to see a cloth diaper in person, I knew that I could do it. I have been in love with fluff ever since!

It hasn’t always been easy. We have had our share of  laundry problems and skin sensitivity issues. But I sincerely believe that cloth diapers are the best thing for my baby and I want to help spread my love of cloth one fluffy tush at a time!

(To learn more about me check out Hello, I’m a Cloth Diaper Addict!)

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208 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Nicole Brungs Says:

    I’m new to the CD world and have purchased many different kinds of CDs. I was reading about using the Purex to clean/wash them. However, I’m curious to know what would you recommend to use to prep them? Some of the inserts are seconds, but everything else was purchased either from facebook or ebay. So can you give me some advice on what to use to prpe them?
    I read your recommendations but did not see anything on there in regards to the prepping and what to use. and I know this might be a dumb question, but I’m going to ask it anyway. You’re referring to the Purex you can purchase from any grocery store that would carry it…correct?

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    • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

      Hi Nicole, There is no such thing as a stupid question! First, yes it is the purex you buy in any grocery store. Yes, you can use it to prep your diapers. Any hemp or bamboo inserts or diapers should be washed separately at least once as to not get any of their natural oils on other diapers. But after that you can just throw in with the rest of diapers. Some brands are ready to use after only one wash (like Ragababe) and other may take up to 8 washes and dries to reach full absorbency. You can use them before that, but they will get more absorbent with more washes. If EVERYTHING is brand new you might want to wash and dry maybe 4 times before first use. Check out our new to cloth link, it might help you get started! Good Luck! http://allaboutclothdiapers.com/new-to-cloth-diapers/

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      • Nicole Brungs Says:

        Thank you for your advice, I will have to try this. Also, I did email you about the book price, I know you responded back that this price was for last month for an adoption fundraiser. However, I was wondering if you might make an exception; there is no expiration date on the advertisement for the 14.00 price of the book and it reads as “today only” and it’s still up making it seem like everyone who goes to the webstie and reads it for that day, it’s that price, making it more enticing to want to purchase it. I would love to buy and read this book to gain more knowledge to my cloth diapering research, but not sure about the price. Is this something you might consider?
        Again, thank you for your help and I really do love your blog, have not read through everything yet, but currently working on it!

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        • Jennifer Reinhardt Says:

          Hi, Can you please link me to the page that says today only. I am not aware of anything that says that as that fundraiser ran for two weeks. And then we published a post that said last day. This is a blog, so each link is a post with a date at the top of when it was published. Every single blog post that was published since the site was created is still up. Thanks!

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  2. sixgunsue Says:

    Hi Autumn, I wasn’t sure where to look on your site but wondered if there is such a thing as hybrid style pull up trainers. I love the hybrid dipes but in spring it’s training time and I want to be able to us a similar system but be able to just pulp up and down. Any ideas?
    Thanks, Sue

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  3. Juica Says:

    I was wondering if you have had time to review AMP diapers, (Annie Marie Padorie)? I have some friends who think they are the best thing Ever!

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  4. Martinez Says:

    Thank you so much for your blog….it is a wonderful resource for me as I cloth diaper my first baby. It has helped me so much. You are such an inspiration to me. I love reading all your post. I recently purchased your book which is wonderful and i learned so much from it. Thanks.

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  5. Garcia Valeria Says:

    Hi Autumn. I have been a regular reader of your blog and love the articles posted. They are very informative and helpful for mothers who really don’t have any guidance. I have 3 kids and have used only cloth diapers for them. Looking forward for more articles. Please keep posting.

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  6. Heidi M Says:

    Hi Autumn, I’ve been subscribed to your blog around a year now and you made it so easy to cloth diaper and nurture my baby. My first child I used disposables, formula, jarred baby food and had an epidural and all that hospital jazz because I didn’t know any better. Your blog has helped me learn differently and now I educate others every chance I get. I’ve developed a small network and rely on that network especially since mow I am quite poor. A new issue has arrived recently and in order for our family to have work we must move from orange county California to Dallas fort worth and I figured since you did the opposite you might have some advice for me and know of small stores I should keep handy for my diaper supply, natural child rearing and support network. Also any advice in anything else for the change is much appreciated! I’ve never been anywhere but here! Your blog has been a blessing to me and I knew you’d be the person to come to!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Hi, Heidi! Thank you for your kind words. What an exciting time in your family’s life! For us getting used to the traffic/city life again was a huge adjustment. You won’t have to go through that going from city to city. Do you know where in DFW you will be moving? The suburbs are great, much better than in CA. Suburbs of DFW are more self contained cities so you have a more community feel in each one. Here I feel like I’m just a huge extension of L.A. and we are 40 minutes north! There are several cloth diaper stores in the DFW area. Depending on where you live there may be one close to you. Do you attend church? I can offer some church suggestions if you know where you will be living.

      http://www.nappyshoppe.com/store/nappy-shoppe-m-10.html
      http://babiesbottomsandmore.com/

      those are 2 stores off the top of my head. I know there is a DFW cloth diaper group on Facebook as well.

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      • Heidi M Says:

        Thank you so much for the help and sites. We pretty much have the choice where we want to move to, I have a few months. I was looking into North Arlington or anywhere closer to the Fort Worth side. We have family in Grandbury but that is a little too on the outskirts for us. What areas would you suggest are the best for raising my young family in? I’ve heard to stay closer to FTW and away from Dallas but there are so many little areas like Arlington, Grand Prarie and Irving. What little areas would you suggest we stick closer too and which should we stay away from?

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  7. Susanne Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    Our son is nearly 6 months old, tall and skinny. He barely is big enough around his waist to fit in size 2 diapers and his legs are so skinny that he sometimes leaks out the sides.
    Do you have any recommendations in regards to hybrid diapers that might fit him?

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  8. Kimberli Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I recently came across Ziggy Baby cloth diapers and was thinking of ordering one. I was wondering if you have ever tried them. If you haven’t, can you consider doing a review?
    Thanks!
    Kimberli

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  9. Gabrielle Bertrand Says:

    Would you be willing to do a Review for my diapers? Krocket Pockets?

    I have another review you can check out from another mom.
    http://dirtdinosaursanddaffodils.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/krocket-pockets-diaper-review/

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  10. Ashlee Says:

    Hi,

    Right now I am using Kawaii diapers for my baby and have been since he was first born; however now that he is 8 months and ready to begin walking and all that wonderful stuff they seem too bulky for him. Do you have any suggestions an what diapers to use that are both affordable but still very comfortable and that will move with the baby.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      There shouldn’t be any problem at all using Kawaiis all the way through each developmental stage ;) There are trimmer options out there though…Look into Nana’s Bottoms, Bum-Ware or try stuffing the pocket with a trimmer insert.

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  11. Noelle Says:

    I have been cloth diapering my 14 month old for about 6 months, we use all pocket diapers, bumgenius and kawaii. We are having lots of leaking issues. I only use Charlie’s Soap or Crunchy Clean detergents when washing, along with bacout, and only ever used Grandma El’s and CJ’s Butter for diaper rashes. I feel like I’ve been so careful to use cloth diaper products but I’m still experiencing so much leaking it’s frustrating. I just recently purchased some RLR to use to strip the diapers, still waiting for it to arrive, hoping it solves my problem. But sometimes it seems like the wetness comes through the edge of the diaper where the insert isn’t, like the insert bunches or shifts some… that still should not leak through even if it bunches right? That would still be a repellency issue that the wetness isn’t absorbed immediately? I only use the inserts the diapers came with, should I try something with better absorbancy? Basically super frustrated with all the leaking, embarrased and scared to take her in public sometimes in fear that someone will carry her and get wet from her butt! Thanks so much for any help in advance!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Add more absorbency and you’ll probably be leak free. 2 microfiber inserts should be the minimum. I’d add a hemp doubler under a microfiber for trim absorbency. Rumparooz 6r soakers are my favorite.

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  12. April Scott Says:

    Hello! Please help me… I’ve been exclusively cloth diapering my little girl her whole life. She is 9 months old and i’ve had no real problem but in the last 2 months the diapers have started to really smell. I have tried every sort of way washing them and they smell stale even freshly laundered. Once they are wet they smell worse. I have done a cold water rinse/20 minute soak that is preprogramed into my top loading washer.Then I wash them in hot water with a little ALL free and clear powder (because someone told me the liquid ALL would leave build up) and a little white vinegar and sometiems a little baking soda. I’ve even tried the extra rinse but I have a well so I try not to use more water than absolutely necessary but nothing seems to work. Someone reocmmend I try adding some OXYBRITE (Basically an oxyclean but made with all natural ingredients). That sometimes helps but lately nothing seems to help. Somewhere i read to wash the diapers like normal add a packet of RLR on a second wash so I did that last night and , while they smell better, she has wet through every diaper she has worn today so for some reaason that has made them repel water? So I guess now i need to strip them but I don’t know how. Please help me!! My husband pasters a very small church and I’m a stay at home mom so money is so tight. Please help me…

    Thank you and God bless you.
    April

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      April, you mentioned a well so I am assuming you have hard water. Do you have a water softener? If not, I recommend stopping the vinegar right away. By “a little” do you mean less than the recommended amount? I would first take all your diapers add a generous amount of detergent, then do a full cycle for a rinse. During the rinse cycle (the last one with no detergent) check and see if there are any bubbles. Does your machine allow for a hot rinse? Mine doesn’t so if I want to do a hot rinse I would have to change my hoses.

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    • Jenny Folsom Says:

      Hi April. I’m a stay at home mom too and I understand your dilemma. Have you tried sun bleaching your diapers yet? I wash mine with vinegar too and that helps but when the ammonia smell really lingers I hang them on a makeshift line in the back yard. Even if they are not completely dried by the evening they smell a lot better. Miracles of nature I guess. Good Luck.

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  13. jodi Says:

    Hi there,
    Wish I would have read through your blog prior to starting cd! My little guy is 3 and 1/2 mos old and we are using bumgenius one size 4.0. To my horror I have found mold between the pastic cover behind where the snaps are. I have bleached them several times and it doesn’t seem to be getting better. Have I ruined them?? Is it possible the area is just stained at this point and the bacteria killed? Really appreciateyour help!

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  14. Rebekah Craycraft Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    Thank you so much for your blog….it is a wonderful resource for me as I cloth diaper my first baby. I have a couple questions for you.

    1. I am using a variety of diapers with most of them being homemade fitted diapers. I started out using fleece washable liners and my little girl got such a bad rash that my husband almost banned cloth diapers completely. We have been using maxi pads as liners because they absorb most of the moisture and pull it away from her skin. I’m not too keen on the expense and wastefulness even though it is better than buying disposables. Can you make any recommendations for liners that would help pull the moisture away? Or should I being trying a different diaper?
    2. I wash all our clothes in homemade detergent, which we love because it is gentle enough for my husband’s sensitive skin. Unfortunately, it is not a stain fighter which is what we really need for all the baby things. Do you have any natural suggestions for removing stains?
    God bless as you move this week!! And drive safely :-)
    Thank you for your help!
    Rebekah

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    • Rebekah Craycraft Says:

      One more question…..her diapers are leaking out the top every night while she sleeps. She sleeps 5-6 hours at a time and every time she wakes up her clothes are soaked all the way up to her neckline. She wears a “waterproof” cover at all times and I make sure the waistband is always completely covering the diaper. How do I prevent the leaking?
      Thanks again!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      1) I do not recommend using maxi pads as they are more toxic than buying a disposable insert like Flip. Fleece liners should provide a stay dry barrier but she could be sensitive to fleece. Other stay dry fabrics include suede cloth, athletic wicking material and microchamois.
      2) The sun is the best stain fighter.

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  15. Amanda Dobelmann Says:

    Hi Autumn! Thank you so much for your blog. It has helped me so much. You are such an inspiration to me. I love reading all your post. I recently purchased your book which is wonderful and i learned so much from it. I have a question though. Do you know anything about using homemade detergent for cloth diapers?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      if you do a search (box in the header or bar at bottom of page) for “homemade detergent” you will get a post or two. Make sure and read the highly helpful comments from all the readers! Sometimes I think their help is more valuable.

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  16. Michelle A Says:

    Hey! I am starting cloth diapering and wondering what is the best detergent to use. I do not have a sensitive baby and don’t really get into the all organic thing (nothing against anyone – I’m just not crazy about it yet)… I have a friend who washes with charlies soap and her diapers are stinky even when they’re clean! It bothers me, big time. Anyway, I know that buildup can occur in diapers, but I am wondering – does anything HAPPEN to the diapers when washing them with regular detergents – such as like arm and hammer HE for a front loader? Or All HE? Does that detergent change the life span of the diapers? What is the best budget friendly way to keep my cloth diapers going the longest? I have all types – AIOs, a few covers, and several fuzzibunz pockets.

    Thanks so much!

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  17. Courtney Says:

    Hey Autumn!

    I love your blog! I’m new to cloth diapering and am already starting to go crazy and considering going to disposable. Ugh!! I bought the Flip cloth diapers and have been using them since my son was about a month old. Unfortunately, it seems like he ALWAYS leaks through them. Every poop and about 90% of his pee diapers. Am I just not doing it correctly? I read the reviews for the Flip diapers and it seemed the best choice. Does it get better once he starts eating solids (he’s 4 months now)? Is there a trick to getting a more secure fit or something so the pee doesn’t leak out? Or the poop onto the outer cover? Haha, sorry do many questions. I don’t want to go to disposable but it seems like heroes way better in those (as far as leaking) so I’m getting tempted. ;)

    Courtney

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Flip is a great system but not the best at containment. I would recommend getting a cover that has inner gussets to hold in the runny poo: Sweet Pea diaper covers, Thirsties, Rumparooz, Blueberry Coverall. When you look at those covers you will be able to see that extra line of protection. Flip inserts may fit inside them so you wouldn’t have to buy more inserts. However, you may grab some Hemp Babies for extra absorbency without bulk.

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  18. Mahina Says:

    This is by far one of the best cloth diaper blogs out there! Thank you so much for all your help and knowledge! I wanted to know what you thought about Best Bottoms diapers. Right now we use Fuzzibunz Elite One Size and I like them but we are getting compression leaks since she is almost a year, 23 pounds and always on the move. I was considering switching to a hybrid system like Best Bottoms or Grovia and heard great things about both but still don’t know if I want to pull the trigger on either. I’d love any of your insight please!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Best Bottoms are great! They do have a shorter rise, similar to Rumparooz. I’m not a huge fan of GroVia because all my children (who have used them) have had irritation from the tight elastic on the legs.

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      • Mahina Says:

        For sending our daughter to daycare and ease of use at home, do you think a pocket diaper or a hybrid diaper is better? If you say hybrid, is grovia or best bottoms better for bigger babies? I heard that best bottoms don’t have a lot of “give” in the cover.

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  19. Kelli Tinahui Says:

    Hi Autumn, my husband and I just found out that we are pregnant. We are so excited! I have known for a while that I want to cloth diaper….but now that the time has come, choosing a diaper seems pretty daunting. Bum Genius is what I’m leaning toward (honestly because that’s the first CD I read about). I know I want to go with an AIO…but that’s about all I know. Any suggestions for first time parents? Also, I’ve noticed that you don’t have much about fuzzybuns on your site. is there a reason for that?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Congratulations!!! You have plenty of time to read up on different brands so don’t get overwhelmed. I love AIOs! This year several great options have releasesd: Thirsties Duo AIO, Ones&Twos, Bummis/Tots Bots, Swaddlebees Simplex, BumGenius Freetime… As you read you will discover that the newborn stage generally requires a non-one sized AIO. Fitteds are my preference for newborns because of the containment and absorbency factor. Take your time and learn more before you buy your first diapers.

      I don’t have a lot on FB because they pretty much speak for themselves. Good, solid, well known brand. The posts I do have explain well the different aspects of the diaper. I really like FB perfect fit. Besides Rumparooz at night, FB perfect fit is the only pocket I reach for.

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  20. Becca Says:

    I have been reading your blog for a while and just have a few quick questions. I am expecting our first this summer and plan to buy bum genius organic aios. Can I add an insert or doubler to these diapers for night time use or do I have to purchase a specific night time diaper? Also, are essential oils safe to use in washing diapers, in wipes solutions, and on baby for cloth diapers?

    Thanks!

    Becca

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  21. Jessie S. Says:

    Hi Autumn! Thanks for your blog. I’ve looked all over your site and haven’t found anything too recent on the most absorbent types of inserts/doublers. My son is 1 1/2 and has been drinking a lot lately. He uses pocket diapers with two microfiber inserts (so I think 6 layers of microfiber) and soaks through these in an hour! He’s got rashes on his thighs and stomach where the wetness is constantly rubbing him. So, needless to say, I’m desperate for some new inserts that are thinner so I can add more layers and/or are more absorbent. Any advice would be very helpful! Thanks.

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  22. Melissa van der Steeg Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I heard a while back that a cloth diaper have a tenability.

    That the fibers function bad after a time .

    Have you hear about that? and what is your opinion?

    Greetings melissa

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I guess you would have to define “after a time” and even then it would depend on the overall composition of the diaper. Some wear out faster than others and in different ways. Regardless, you still save money using cloth diapers even if you have to replace them after 18m.

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  23. Jessie Rajski Says:

    I’m looking at registering for either the bumgenius 4.0 or the flip diapers. I don’t understand why bumgenius suggests getting 24 diapers while flip suggests only 6 covers with the 24 prefolds. It seems to me that they are similar in design and use, so why the difference in how many they each suggest? Thanks for your wisdom!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Flip is a cover and the prefolds are the diaper that goes inside. They recommend 6 because as some get dirty or smelly you’ll always have a couple on hand.

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  24. Kathleen Ramirez Says:

    So I purchased your Ultimate Guide to Diapers. But I don’t know how to download the guide. There’s supposed to be a link? I’m really confused…

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  25. Sharalee Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    I just read your post on rinsing after finding it through googling “cloth diapers and dead animal smell.” Oh my word, the smell is so bad! They come out smelling perfectly fine, but after pee they stink, and after 2-3 days in the pail the dead animal smell about knocked me off my feet when I walked in my son’s room! I am weary of using bleach as both diapers I use, Fuzzibunz & Best Bottoms, say no bleach. But I’m desperate, so desperate.
    I use Bac-Out in the first rinse, and switched from Charlie’s to Country Save not too long ago. I feel like the smells have been worse since switching, but all about the same time we also started solids and I ordered more inserts so I go a little longer between washings (2.5-3 days instead of 2).
    Please help!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I recommend giving Tide a try. Even if you only use it once a month. Tide is able to really dig in there and get out smells.

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  26. Corinna Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    First, thank you for such a great site! My husband and I are expecting our first child (a girl!) in May and I’ve read most of the content on the site to get ready to CD our little girl!

    I recently bought a HUGE package of DSQ prefolds on Craigslist (about 40 infant and 30 regular size). The mom I purchased them from said she just got too lazy to keep up with cloth diapering, and most of them haven’t even been used. However, she did wash all of them…in regular detergent and downy fabric softener! I have bought Rock N’ Green…do you think if I just re-wash them a few times with Rock N’ Green they should be alright? I’m worried that they’ll have a weird buildup now from Tide.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’d just do a long soak in RnG Hard Rock and super hot water in the bath tub. Break it up into 2 groups with that many prefolds.

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  27. Kirstin Says:

    Hi Autumn! I just want to tell you first of all – thank you for your wonderful blog! I would not have known at all where to go if not for your wonderful advice!
    However I am nearing the end of my rope with my cloth diapers. I love everything about them except that for the past 2 months my son has experienced an off and on diaper rash whenever wearing his cloth. We had a successful 5 months before that, but I don’t know what to do next. I originally used Charlie’s soap and have switched from that to Country Save to Tide to Rockin Green, and so far, nothing has worked. I have an old-school top loader, not HE. I have tried repeated stripping, Calgon, vinegar rinses, bac-out, anything I’ve heard of. I don’t smell any ammonia and his rash is not characteristic of yeast. I want to keep cloth diapering, but I can’t stand to see my baby cry and itch his bum every time the diaper’s off. What would you recommend?

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    • Liz Says:

      It’s yeast, I have learned that anytime you’re having issues with a on going on and off diaper rash it’s yeast. I would treat with gse (grapefruit seed extract) you put it in the very last rinse cycle you can also try peroxide. These are the only two things I know that will kill yeast.

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  28. Maria G Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    We are expecting our first baby in May and I’m 90% sure I want to CD. The hinderance is that we share a washer and dryer with two other units. One of our neighbors does no less than 3 loads a day and she doesn’t follow guidelines even for our front loading HE machine. (uses regular detergent, always closes the door and soap drawer, washes 3 dish towels at a time, etc…) After I read your post about fabric softeners I became really unsure because she uses both liquid softeners and dryer sheets from discount stores. That is to say she would only use a CD friendly softener if we bought it for her monthly. I don’t want to make CDing a big deal in the building because our neighbors might think it’s gross but it’s high on my list of things I’d like to do for baby. Do you have any advice?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      you could run an empty bleach load to clean out the softener residue, wipe down the rubber door seal and clean out the detergent compartment. all these things will help reduce “contamination”. can you hang your diapers to dry? the dryer sheet residue will be a pain to try and remove every time.

      congratulations on your first baby!! what a blessing!

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      • Maria G Says:

        Thank you! We are thrilled to be welcoming her.

        As for the bleach wash, many days the laundry is in use from 8am till 5pm due to the laundry-centric neighbor. If I have to rinse the residue everytime I’ll think we’ll have a backup pile of dirties, as often enough happens with our normal laundry. We live in San Francisco, aka Fog City. We’d be able to line dry but not regularly. I’m considering just buying CD friendly fabric softener in bulk and telling her to use as much as she wants as long as she doesn’t use the other stuff. We love our place but sharing laundry is the one caveat that makes moving seem like a good idea. Alas…

        Thank you so much for your blog. It’s so helpful. I’ll be heading to a local shop that teaches CD classes to get the 411 for our area but I needed all the info here to get my main concerns set aside.

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  29. Angelica Says:

    Hi, I’ve tried looking elsewhere on this site to post this, but most comments are closed. I am having serious repelling issues with Fuzzibunz Elite and Oh Katy pockets (but not with my Tots Bots or hemp, which go in the same wash, receive the same treatment, etc.). I’ve manually stripped with Dawn and rinsed like crazy, but they’re back to repelling and beading up like crazy when I put a tiny trickle of water on them, or they leak out the back or legs when I risk putting them on my daughter. I’m trying to eliminate the possible causes, so here’s what I’ve used on them during wear or wash: CJ’s, Earth Mama Angel Baby, coconut oil, TTO, GFSE, All Small & Mighty Free & Clear MILITARY (no optical brighteners), Biokleen Oxygen Bleach Plus with GFSE. I’ve also wiped out my dryer twice in case of fabric softener residue, which I no longer use. I’d love to line-dry, but haven’t yet been able to install the clothesline. Anyway, any thoughts on where I’m going wrong and how to remedy the problem, possibly with what I already have? I also have a sample of Ruby Moon I’ve yet to try, and I’d love to try the Fuzzibunz-recommended Charlie’s Soap, but am worried about spending more money and find sensitivity issues. I’m also planning on selling my Elites (Loathe them! The rise is so low on my long and skinny daughter and they’re such a hassle to fit! But if others love then, it works out in my favor!), so I want to be sue I’m selling someone a working diaper! Thank you so much in advance!

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  30. Amber Says:

    I decided when I was 6 weeks pregnant that we will be using cloth diapers. This is our first child, and I’ve been looking into newborn diaper rental services, but we are going to be having more children in the future so I was hoping to buy my own to keep them aside when the baby grows out of newborns and into the one-size diapers. I really really don’t know what to look for in newborn diapers, though I’m kind of getting more information from this site. I was hoping that you may have some recommendations for newborn diapers that won’t completely die…. really any recommendations will help!

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  31. Heather Says:

    I’m a first time mom and new to cloth diapers. We’ve been using prefolds and a cover for about 2 weeks now and haven’t had any problems. I bought your book and have been researching this site in hopes of preventing problems. Love it! The only person that I know that uses cloth diapers told me that I need to apply cornstarch w/ a cotton ball to my baby’s bottom at every change. She said to stop if I see a rash b/c the sugar in the cornstarch will feed the yeast. She swears that the cornstarch prevents problems from happening. Is this step necessary? I don’t mind doing it, but I’m not sure that day care will do it once he starts there in a few weeks. I haven’t found anyone else on this site that uses cornstarch at every change. Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If you wanted to use a powder I recommend Bee All Natural’s baby powder.

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      • Beth Says:

        I never heard of using cornstarch. I heard a tip one time to use Milk of Magnesa on diaper rash. We tried it and my husband swears it works. I am not sure. I think it helped. It is just really runny and thin.

        Autum, I dont know if this is on your blog or not but do you have any interesting at-home remedies for stuff?

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      • Heather Says:

        So do you use powder at every change? I’m wondering if it helps prevent problems. Thanks!

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      • Heather Says:

        So do you use powder at every change? I’m wondering if using powder helps prevent problems. Thanks!

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  32. Mindy Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    Thanks for all the info on your blog–I’ve been reading since we decided to cloth diaper our (then) expected baby several months ago. Well, now she’s here and we’re in the thick of things and I’m learning about what my real preferences are for types of diapers. We started out using BumGenius all in one newborn size (plus some other types) and these were my husband’s absolute favorite because of how easy and trim they were. Now she’s outgrown them and we’re mostly using pocket one-size diapers of various brands. But, they are pretty bulky and more complicated to put on. My husband wishes we had something similar to the BG AIOs, but sadly they only come in newborn size now.

    So, to get to the point, we are looking for some “daddy diapers”–an all-in-one diaper that is sized (NOT one-size), with Aplix (NOT snaps). Is there such a diaper still being made? It seems like everyone’s switching to one-size these days.

    Thanks for your help!

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  33. Lauriel Bybee Says:

    Autumn,
    Your blog has been very, very help. We are having a cloth diaper problem and several people have recommended that we ask you if you have any tips.

    We have a 5 month old that we have been cloth diapering for 4 months. We use the Bumgenius one size all in ones and we love them. We have a HE washer and dryer. We were using All Free and Clear HE 3x. We wash a cold cycle, hot cycle, then a rinse. In the past month we’ve started to have a problem. Every time our daughter wear the cloth diapers she gets a burn type sore on her bum. Also the diapers stink as soon as she pees in them, really strong like ammonia…but they smell fine until she pees.

    We did a little bit of research and decided to strip the diapers. We used some blue dawn and a 1/4 cup of bleach. Didn’t help. More research and we discovered that the ALL we are using has a brightening agent that could be leaving residue. And that our HE machine probably isn’t using enough water to rinse the diapers well.

    So we have stripped the diapers using just dawn, ran two extra hot rinses, and left the diapers out in the “sun” to try and get them back to base zero. Is that possible or did we ruin them?

    Do you have suggestions on where to go from here? What detergent to use and hot to get our diapers thoroughly rinsed with a HE machine? We are debating trying to sell our HE machines and get an old top loader so we can soak and rinse and get hotter water.

    Thanks for any help!
    Lauriel

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  34. Jennifer Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I have been looking over your blog (great blog!!) and I’m getting some wonderful information. I hope you can give me some specific info for my poor DD. I have several problems going on, and I don’t know which to tackle first, or the order, etc.

    DD has a yeast rash. She’s had it forever (over 2 months). I had tried about 4892749587 different creams. Talked to her Pedi, and she suggested Lotramin until it goes away. Weeks later, it’s still there. Unfortunately, I wasn’t always using liners with the previous creams or the Lotramin. So, I’m guessing we have some decent build-up going. I didn’t realize the yeast could live in the diapers after the washes, so I’ve probably been reinfecting her over, and over, and over…

    I want the yeast rash gone. I want the yeast out of the diapers. I want the build-up gone. (we were having stink issues, but that *might* be getting better? I started using more soap).

    HOW should I go about tackling all of this? Should I strip the diapers then start getting the yeast out? Will getting the yeast out help also strip them? do I need to strip? I think I want to change my soap to RnG – when should I do that?

    My current routine-
    1. wash/rinse on cold, no soap, highest water level
    2. wash hot/rinse cold, All Free & Clear liquid – just a tiny bit,( but started using more due to stink issues)
    3. either wash/rinse or rinse only on cold
    4. diapers into dryer, covers to air dry (my dryer usually takes 2 cycles)

    The vast bulk of my diapers are prefolds, but I use BG 4.0, Blueberry, and the occasional FB for nighttime. I also have Grovia. I use Thirsties Duo wraps, Bummis, and a few other covers. I also now have a bunch of fleece liners.

    Please, Cloth Diaper Yoda – you’re my only hope. How do I go about fixing my wonderful baby girl and her diapers?

    Thank you!
    Jennifer

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Are you opposed to straight bleach? That would be my first choice. Then I’d purchase Grapefruit seed extract, make a solution in a spray bottle and apply it to her several times a day–going nakie as much as possible.

      On the buildup,do you have hard or soft water? Top loader or front loader?

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      • Jennifer Says:

        Thanks for your quick reply! I knew I was going to the right place with these questions!

        I’m fine with bleach. I haven’t used it before, but I’m not opposed to it.

        I do have some TTO. I am not sure of the quality/strength. (Bought it at GNC). I was trying a Coconut oil/TTO mix, but that didn’t seem to work. But that was a while ago, and I was probably reinfecting her. do you still suggest the GFSE, or can I try the TTO again? (and how?)

        Build-up – water – according to our Public Utilities website, it’s moderately hard (7 grains per gallon). I use a top loader washer.

        Unfortnately, I won’t be able to let her go nakie very much. She’s at the sitter during the week and we are only home for about 1-2 hours before bedtime. but we will do what we can!

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      • Jessie S. Says:

        Just a follow up to the bleach thing…I use pocket diapers and have been having trouble with yeast also. I FINALLY resorted to bleaching my diapers after months of struggling with the yeast and it literally ruined half of my diapers. I had bought most of them used to save money and all of the older ones wound up with cracked and peeling PUL. No fun.

        Plus, figuring I had finally beat the yeast, I used the diapers on him again after he was completely healed and it came back. We eventually found out he keeps getting the rashes due to a food intolerance, but that’s another topic altogether. The point is, be careful when using bleach on your diapers!!!

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  35. Ratih Says:

    Hi,autumn
    I made a purchase of your “ultimate guide..” the dumb question is,how would you send me the digital book?by sending me the link? (it’s my first time buying digital book) :D

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  36. Mls Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    Thanks for you site. It has helped me immensely.
    I am happy cloth diapering for 95% of the time.
    I believe that envibum is a scam as I am one of the people that have not got my money back due to not receiving my diapers. I ordered October 2010 so it has been over a year. Rachel sibel should not be in business.
    Thanks for your informative site.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Unfortunately, I am discovering this to be true. I have updated my blog post about Envibum with this information.

      Reply

    • Christina Storey Says:

      I also ordered diapers in October 2010 but I did finally recieve them. I emailed her and finally called and left a message. Rachel and her husband moved at that time and shortly after he left her and the kids and there were a lot of financial issues. Considering what she was going through I forgive her. I have since ordered and received my order very promptly two times and she even replaced a diaper for free that the was defective. I heartily reccomend envibum and advise you continue to contact her.

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      • Autumn Beck Says:

        Christina, I would *love* it if she would get back to me!! I want nothing more than to support her business. Rachel is a very kind, giving Christian woman and I knew that there had to be some explanation. I look forward to being able to fully endorse them again.

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        • Mls Says:

          I intially waited 4 months for my diapers. I waited bc I ordered 2 months b4 baby was due and wasn’t going to use them just yet. I have sent numerous emails. I always got ‘ they are being sent soon’ , they will be sent next week. They are due in 4 weeks and so on…I trusted her and wanted to have sympathy for her situation. My baby is now 11 months old so I would have had to use disposables all this time if I hadnt bought other cloth diaper brands. I have noticed that envibums Facebook and website is down and my recent email has gone unanswered. She has my $390. :(

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  37. Angelica Says:

    Hi Autumn! I stumbled across your site when looking for info on how to wash cloth diapers using an HE FL washer. In your post, I noticed we have the same (or similar) machines by Samsung. Do you mind sharing the specifics for when you prep and wash your CDs? I am starting CDing soon, but nervous about getting the wash right! Thank you!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Prewash is a normal cycle with 3 squirts of Bac out
      Then I add detergent (currently Dropps) and run a Heavy Duty cycle cold water low spin heavy soil.
      After that I run another Heavy Duty no detergent, cold water, high spin, normal soil.

      To prep you can wash the diapers with your towels. No need to dry between washings.

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  38. Lana Coleman Becker Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    I just wanted to say HI!!! I found your site while looking for info on CD!
    I was a student at one of your births a few years ago… now I’m a practicing midwife x5 years and having my own baby in April… will be cloth diapering – what a great site!
    Lana

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Oh my! I am so excited to hear from you. I tried looking you up a couple of years ago without success. Congratulations on the pregnancy! I can’t imagine how exciting that would be to help thousands of mothers birth babies and then to finally do it yourself. Let me know if you have any questions about choosing a cloth diaper style/brand.

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  39. cecelia Says:

    I love your website. It’s helped me so much with my dd. But I have a question that no one has been able to answer. My dd is 2 and a half, She is refusing to potty train and I don’t want to force her. I make her pocket diapers but have been unable to find an insert that isnt too bulky and still absorbs. Right now I’m using flip disposable inserts and they are working well, but I really want to be able to use a reusable insert especially since were having another baby. I’ve tried prefolds, microfiber towels, and hemp/cotton with a microfiber towel. The hemp/cotton works the best but its just so bulky. She has trouble walking in them. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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  40. Lisa Says:

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your website! I have it bookmared & saved on my phone’s home screen for easy access =) Best cd website I’ve been able to find BY FAR!!! Can’t wait til my little one arrives so we can try cd’ing!

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  41. Laura Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I love your site, it has been extremely informative and has helped me to stay motivated to keep on going. But…I have just started the transition over to cloth. My Cassidy is 7 months old and I have three Grovia shells and two Happy Heiney’s AIO (because they are local). I keep hearing and reading about how poop is not an issue anymore because of the “bio-liners” and so simple “you just toss it into the toilet”. NO, it isn’t so simple. I would like to know what the trick is. I started changing the messy one’s in nursery but quickly realized that won’t work with baby trying to roll over and me trying to keep the nasties away from her while putting on a new cloth diaper. So I got smart and thought the bathroom floor… better but not great. I go to take the bio-liner off and GROSS, how do you remove the thing without touching poop, and still poop seems to get through and around sides. So what’s the trick. I don’t have room for another changing station in the bathroom but there has to be a better way. Please help.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      When changing your baby completely remove the diaper, put on a new one, then take the dirty diaper to the toilet and Dump the bio-liner out by shaking the diaper. The purpose is to lessen the amount of cleaning you will have to do to the diaper. No need to touch poop.

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  42. Jane Says:

    Hi,
    just have a quick question. Wondered if you’d tried GoGreens, their Champ 2.0′s or their regulars, and what do you think?
    Jane

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  43. Beth Says:

    HI ! This site has helped me immensly and is my come to place for CD help. LOVE your site and all the information providerd. THANK YOU !!

    My qustion today is :
    My mother while she has good intentions is not one for details. She bought me some used BumGenius 4.0 pocket diapers, H&L, one size with the inserts at yard sale. I would have never done this without a thoroughly interviewing the persona I was buying them from. I can tell the diapers were used at least a several times by the look of the Velcro. They otherwise appear to be in good condition; no stains or smells and not a lot of pilling on the inside portion of the diaper that would be against the skin. Do you think these are salvageable? I was thinking if I treating them like brand new diapers and washing them 5-7 times and it would disinfect them enough for me to feel comfortable to use them. I would probably use Bac-Out as well. I do have soft water and use Crunchy Clean Diaper Detergent. Please offer your thoughts and advise.

    Thank you very much
    Beth

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  44. Kim Says:

    I am struggling with finding a night time solution that works for my twins. I have been CDing since birth and abhor having to use disposables at night. I purchased your favorite nighttime solution of the Sloomb bamboo multi snaps with the wool covers and leaked right through (both twins). My little girl is not a heavy wetter so I am wondering what I did wrong? I washed my bamboo six times before using them and I lanolized my woolies. HELP!@!

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  45. Ashley Says:

    I’m trying to get the yeast out of my diapers. You list tea tree oil (or GFSE), oxygen based cleaner, and bleach. Do I need to do all of those, or is just one supposed to work? And can I bleach the shells of the diapers, also? I usually only bleach inserts and prefolds. Thanks! :o)

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  46. Brandy Says:

    Hi there Autumn! I am cd’ing my 9 month old. He is my fourth born and second in cloth. :) I have a question. I used a teaspoon of bleach on my last load of prefolds when I washed. I also ran out of the Sun detergent I normally use and washed with the Tide free and clear that I had on hand. I only used a tiny amount, and there were suds into the second and third rinse, ugh. Despite rinsing an extra 3 times, my baby got a burn like rash. Destin cleared it up with some air time and I put him in a sposie. I have rinsed the diapers 2 more times, hopefully they are ok now. I have only bleached once before because the diapers started the stink as soon as they were peed in. Bleach stopped the stink, but it gives him a rash. Does bac out work in place of the bleach? Is it as irritating to the skin?

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    • Kim Says:

      Rockin Green has a product called Funk Out. It works get to add to your normal detergent to avoid the ammonia smell. Good luck!

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  47. Staci Says:

    I just wanted to tell you I’ve been an email newsletter reader for a long time, and love your site. I just posted a giveaway on my blog for a CD pattern and linked to your website here for people who want to know more about cloth. Thanks for what you do.

    Here’s the link http://aquiverfulofblessings.blogspot.com/2011/08/its-great-time-to-try-cloth-diapers.html

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  48. Amanda Andrews Says:

    Autumn,
    I LOVE your website and all of your information! I am new to cloth diapering, as in we received our cloth diapers in the mail yesterday, new :) I was making our cloth wipes last night and I went on the internet to research cloth diaper solutions, I am hoping that I am able to just make my own solution. I had picked up some tea tree oil at the local health food store earlier in the day and I found a lot of information that pregnant and nursing women shouldn’t use tea tree oil, I am pregnant with our 3rd child and we are switching our youngest, almost 2 and will begin potty training next month, to cloth diapers and wipes. I was hoping to be able to use the tea tree oil for the anti-fungal boost. Do you have any experience with this? A lot of solutions that I find have tea tree oil as part of the ingredients. Any information or help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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  49. Brandi Says:

    Hi!! So I am on a mission and I thought “Who better than the Queen of Cloth Diapers to help me!!” My husband and I are adopting two amazing little buddles of AMAZINGNESS!! from Ethiopia… we are traveling to Ethiopia in the late fall and are on a mission to bring some much needed supplies from the US to the orphanage. We hope to bring Croc’s (which has been going great!) and 200 cloth diapers and covers! Currently those little booties are being covered by old t-shirts and plastic bags…
    We would love all the help we can get with our mission to bring cloth to those booties in Ethiopia! Do you have an email where we can talk more? Here is my blog… for more about our family and our adoption!
    http://huff-search4grace.blogspot.com/

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  50. JoAnn Pereira Says:

    Hi! I have been cloth diapering our first boy since he came home from the hospital in May. I am having some trouble with leaks this last week and was wondering if you have any ideas. Here is some of our story…He was born in April with a congenital heart defect and had open heart surgery. He was only 1 ounce heavier when we left the hospital than when he was born, even though he was a month and a half old. So since we came home all the doctors have been saying is he needs to gain weight. Well, my husband and I were both small, long, and thin babies and our little man has inherited this. He is finally 11 lbs 8 oz, but he has the smallest legs and hips. All of his weight is in his belly: ie around his belly button. So his diapers keep sliding down and then he leaks around his little bottom or the back of his thigh. We use Flips and Grovia; we even spent the weekend in disposables and they leaked in the same spot. I prefer prefolds with these covers because he gets better coverage since the covers aren’t fitting great right now. Before he started to get bigger around his belly they fit great! Any ideas on what I can do with these or recommendations on another brand to try? I would like to start building up our stash of AIOs, but can’t afford to make one big purchase. Thanks for your help!

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  51. Summer Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    I just found your site as I look for options for baby #2. It’s been 7 years since our first son was born and we used a diaper service for the entirety of his diaper years due to well water. Now that we live “in town” we are planning on buying cloth and so much has changed in 7 years! Thanks for helping to make the commitment to cloth so much easier.
    By the way, my maiden name is Summer Beck! How funny is that?!?

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  52. T Says:

    Have you ever used Fuzzi Bunz? If so, what do you think of them.

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  53. maya Says:

    Hi Autumn

    thank you for this web site and all the info you share with us.
    I’m living in France, a new mum to a sweet chubby 8mo baby girl.

    I know it is not the most eco thing to order from the Us to France, but we don’t have this great choice you have, and I’m a daiper addict..

    I have some wuestion for you…
    1. where can I get grasshoper diapers, beside on theire web site
    2. we are using different cloth diapers since she was born, but in the past month she have a red rush coming and going (with 2 first teeth). I think it might be the fabric the diapers are made from, but I’m not sure. when I put eco normal diapers it is going away, but coming back with the cloth ones.
    If you have any suggestion what can be the cause of it…
    if not I was thinking to buy all natural fibers, what will be the best for a chubby one (almost 10kilo)

    thank you
    maya

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      1. I think at this time Grasshopper diapers can only be bought from Lisa’s site. She makes them all herself.
      2. I would definitely switch to a different fabric. What is the fabric she is showing sensitivity to?
      3. Recommendations for a chubby baby: Rumparooz, Happy Heiny’s, Fuzzi Bunz…just to name a few.

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      • maya Says:

        thank you for your replay…
        since we have many kinds of…then I’m not sure, I think it might be the “flip stay dry” or another one we use for nigth time (sweet nature, French company, it’s a pocket diaper with inner like blubarry).
        if I use the disposble diapers for the night she have less rush…

        the fuzzi bunz we have in france are micro… (something) we don’t have any organics one, but I’m planing to order from all this beautiful choice you have in the states, so I will look for.

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  54. Cherish Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I love this website- but am still feeling totally overwhelmed with picking cloth diapers! I am 24- and I know that when I was a baby my mother used cloth on me- but lets just say that cloth diapers aren’t what they used to be! I really don’t know anyone who is using cloth…so your website is a real lifesaver! I want to use cloth on my first child- due March 9th. My husband is supportive. We are fairly financially strapped right now and so REALLY want to create a registry so that our friends and family can help us with the costs of cloth! I would be lying if I didn’t say that the array of choices is GREAT- but at the same time- DAUNTING!!! I won’t just be able to buy new ones if the ones we get do not work very well…. so what I am asking is – what would you recommend for a somewhat reasonably priced, fairly easy to use cloth diaper Registry that would work great for our boy coming in March??? I have never used them before but from the sounds of it- to me- all in ones that are one size seem to be the most easy to deal with??? ( or am I mistaken?)
    ANY advice is greatly appreciated & welcomed!!! I have even started to contemplate disposables lately- because I am TERRIBLE at making decisions!!!

    Thank You,
    ~Cherish
    p.s.- how do i get family members to stop rolling their eyes when we tell them that we want to use cloth??

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Congratulations!!

      First of all, your family won’t stop rolling their eyes until they see you using them successfully and once they see just how easy they are these days!

      Next, I currently have tons of cloth diapers on my Amazon Baby Registry. I think Amazon is the easiest place for family to buy what you want. One size diapers are great but can’t really be used until the umbilical cord comes off. Fuzzi Bunz, Bum Genius, Bummis Tot Bots and Thirsties Duo Diapers are all sold on Amazon and are one-sized. For the newborn stage I would register for some xs Proraps and Kissaluvs size 0 (also on Amazon).

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  55. Amanda Hendrix Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    First, let me just say that your website was (and is) a lifesaver to me when I started cloth diapering. There is so much information out on the web, and much of it is confusing. Your site, however, is clear, concise, easy-to-read, and provides EXCELLENT information! Thank you so much!
    I am designing a webpage for a local resale shop, and this business is expanding its kids’ and maternity clothing/accessories to cloth diapers! Yay! I was wondering if I may post some of your information (why choose cloth, definitions) on the website, giving you full credit and linking back to your site of course!

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  56. Mattie Says:

    Hello! I am working at an orphanage in the Philippines (up North, in a very hot tropical climate). We are looking to buy cloth diapers from the US for all ages to save (long-term) on disposables. We have tried some fitted ones, but we did not have covers (thus, lots of wet volunteers…). I was wondering if you can recommend what to buy for a low budget (since we have so many kids) but that will hold up and be good in our orphanage context? Thanks!

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  57. Boleyn Says:

    HI Autumn.

    Q for you…do you think that new CDs are better than used ones?

    I bought used HHs and have been using them for about 9 mos. No problems with leaking, etc but I’m thinking of buying new ones because the fabric inside is getting a bit worn. Or is that an excuse for me to buy more CDs? Haha.

    Another q – what do you think of Babyland cloth diapers? Ever used it? Resale value on those would be less than the HH, FB, BG?

    Thanks.
    BR

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Just read up on Babyland diapers and I would NOT buy them :) Horrible feedback from mamas. On the other hand, I’ve read pretty decent reviews for Coolababy (also made in China and sold on Ebay).

      New doesn’t mean better necessarily. It does mean you have a warranty and they will have a longer life. An excuse to buy more cloth diapers isn’t hard to come up with ;)

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  58. Heather Smith Says:

    Hey Autumn,
    Stumbled across your blog, and love it! What great info. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the following…My son has been in BG 3.0 OneSize from 4 weeks until now (10 mo). He is starting to get chunkier through the thighs and I’ve noticed that he is starting to chafe where the diapers leg openings are rubbing him near the crotch area. Is there a different diaper that you would recommend to avoid this, or perhaps a different setting? He is currently on the Medium setting. Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      First, I’d extend it all the way and see if that helps. If not then trying something with a gentler leg casing would be the next step. Diapers like Grasshoppers, Happy Heinys, BG Organics… (and so many others) don’t have an encased elastic which can lead to chafing. When looking for a diaper look for one that doesn’t have a tight seam along the leg.

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  59. Jennifer Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    I have been cloth diapering for about 2 mths. I have 2 kids in diapers and only have 15 diaps … so I wash every night… I am still building my stash…. I am having a problem with a VERY STRONG ammonia smell… I use BumGenius all-in-ones and they work well all day and night with no leaks…. In the begining I was using vinegar with every wash and then read that is bad, so I have stopped and then I ran them thru 3 hot washes (1 soap and 2 not) and several rinses… they were better for a day or so… I use Charlies soap….

    Am I doing something wrong to get this strong ammonia smell? and to have it so early on in cloth diapering? I want to put them out in the sun, but we have lots of cloudy days lately, so I didn’t know if it would help to put the diaps out when there is no sun….
    Please help! thanks,
    /jennifer

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      You can still “sun” without direct sun. It’s the UV rays that kill the buggies. However, I have heard so many mixed reviews on Charlies that I don’t recommend it. I know there are many who would disagree with me b/c they love it. I would grab some Tide (regular or F&C) next time you are at the store and see if that helps. If you aren’t comfortable with Tide go with Country Save, I’ve heard nothing but good about it.

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      • Heide Says:

        Jennifer,
        I had the exact same problem and after much trouble shooting, I came to the conclusion that the Charlie’s Soap was the problem. I now use Rockin Green and Tide with an extra rinse and no stink or rashes. I also have good results with County Save (and its the most affordable!).
        Heide

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        • Anonymous Says:

          Thanks for turning me on to Rockin Green! Absolutely love it! have not had stink issues since! Thanks so much for the help!
          /jennifer

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  60. Neva Says:

    Autumn- Love your blog, good for you! Maybe you have some insight for me. We have been CD-ing for 18 months now with good success until recently. Within the last 2 months my son has been getting huge painful looking blisters on the tip of his penis, ouch! He does not have a rash, it is just localized to right “there”. Anyway, we switched to disposables to see if it would go away, and it did, totally. So now my husband is done with cloth, since he stays home I don’t have much say in what diaper he puts on. Anyway, in this time period we have moved from an area with soft water to hard water and our son is MUCH more active. I was thinking that maybe the diapers need to be stripped because they also stink and are leaking a lot more. Do you have any experience stripping with a HE washer?? Help!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I have recently written many posts on my journey to figuring out the HE washer and hard water. In the end I had soaked in Rockin Green Hard Rock, soaked in RLR, rinsed rinsed rinsed…and still had stink. Bought some Tide and things were better. What type of diaper are you using?

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  61. Kerry Says:

    Have you every tried the gdiapers? Are grasshoppers good for night?

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  62. Barb Says:

    Hello Autumn! I have been reading your blog for quite some time and I love reading your reviews and information about parenting. I am very interested in learning more about your experience with Tide for your diapers. I have been having the same problem with my diapers and ammonia build-up. About a month ago you wrote that the Tide worked and I was wondering if it was still working out for you. Also what type of Tide are you using?

    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I’m still using Tide and all seems to be going well. I use the regular HE version. I also use Bac-out in the pre-rinse.

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  63. Heide Fraley Says:

    At some point I realized my son’s awful diaper rash was not diaper rash, but ammonia burns. Once I figured that out, I thoroughly stripped all my cloth dipes (all pockets, mostly Bum Genius 3.0) using RLR, four consecutive washes and rinses, and sun bleached them for three hot, sunny days.

    They looked and smelled great! Problem is he still gets the raised, splotchy, and raw rash after only two cloth diaper changes. I can tell his urine is very acidic, as there is an ammonia odor when we take off his diaper.

    Please help! I hate the fact that my only solution right now are disposables with Balmex cream. And to top it all off, I teach a cloth diapering workshop and have to make the decision whether to explain the “cloth diaper cons” I’m experiencing. Id love to have an happy ending. Suggestions?

    BTW, we have hard water.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Have you tried Tide? Has he always had this rash? My 3rd child couldn’t wear suede cloth without breaking out in splotchy rashes.

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  64. Amy Says:

    Autumn, I just across your site. I am a young, soon-to-be, first- time mom at 25 with a husband who is also 25. We are trying to find ways to cut costs and cloth diapering seems like one of those ways since disposable diapers are getting so expensive. I am completely unaware of this practice and was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me:
    1. Is it most cost-effective to use cloth vs. disposable?
    2. How in the world do you clean them? I mean, do you just put the poopy cloth diaper as it comes out into the washer?
    3. Do you have an easy guide to getting started? I read some of your helpful posts on getting started, but it was too complicated for me to grasp considering I know absolutely nothing about this practice!
    4. Any general info/help you can provide would be GREATLY appreciated.

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  65. Lara Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I’m new to cloth diapering and am slightly overwhelmed and confused by all of the choices. My two main concerns are 1) do I need to purchase extra inserts or do the ones that come with the diapers (bumGenius 4.0 pocket and Happy Heiny’s pocket) end up being enough. I’m confused about the extra stuffing and doubling up. If I have to buy extra ones which ones should I buy? 2) I would like to use cloth at night time too but I am worried that being wet will wake my son. He is a wonderful sleeper at the moment and I would hate to disrupt that but I really don’t want to have to use disposables at all any more. He is a heavy wetter and sometimes his disposable will leak if I don’t put a new diaper on right before I put him is his crib. (He is 14 months and 27lbs.) I don’t mind spending a bit more money per diaper if it’s going to give him a dry night’s sleep.

    I’m also wondering which is better, snaps or velcro. I’ve purchased a few of each to try. I’m hoping that these diapers will last through our next child too.

    So far I have purchased bumGenius 4.0 and Happy Heiny’s as they seemed to be the easiest. (I haven’t received them yet.) I am going to have some resistance with the change to cd so I’m looking for easy options for my husband, daycare and the grandparents.

    I have read through quite a bit on your blog and have learned a ton! I think you are doing such a good job at providing resources and education on this topic. Thank you!

    Any advice you can give me would be so appreciated.

    Thanks in advance,

    Lara

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      At 14m you’ll probably want snaps. He’ll undo the velcro easily. You double up inserts for the nighttime. However, if you know he’s a heavy wetter I’d buy a fitted diaper for nighttime. You can create a stay-dry feeling by cutting simple fleece liners and laying them inside a fitted diaper (which is not stay-dry…which means they feel the wetness). Check out the My Recommendations tab for nighttime fitteds. I used Happy Heinys with my first son and they worked great (he was 15 months when we started in 2005) so you didn’t necessarily waste any money ;)

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  66. Megan Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    We are about to retire our diapers for a year or two. Our son is almost potty trained, and we don’t think we will adopt again for a few years.
    How do you go about storing diapers?
    Would you bleach them to make sure there is no crud that could grow?
    What type of container would you store them in? We live in NC so I worry about the humidity getting to them.
    We have mostly BG AIO Organics, and few 3.0′s and Rumparooz.
    THANKS!!!!
    Megan

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      A deep clean is a good idea. If I was going to store them for a long time I’d look into those space saver bags. I’ve heard moms have good success with them.

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  67. Ashley Says:

    I think I need to bleach my prefolds and maybe my microfiber inserts. How much bleach should I use? And would it be safe to bleach my knickernappies superdo interts?
    Thanks!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      if you have a TL about a 1/4 in a large load setting. in a FL i add to the container until it’s about to the line. you can bleach all inserts.

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  68. Trelanie Welker Says:

    Autumn,

    I get emails about your blog and would like to know if I could add a link to your blog on my personal blog?

    Thanks and I hope to hear from you soon!

    Trelanie Welker

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  69. Amanda Says:

    I have a question that i’m sure has never been truly asked before-but…i figured you might know what to do. I think i ruined my cloth diapers! Not in the way you did by dying them pink…but long story short…they were put in the diaper pail dirty…then not washed for about a year (yikes! i know) I washed them all several times in hot water, but what can i do? Are they salvageable? I own all OS, some really pricey blueberry minky ones, BG 3.0, swaddlebees, HH, Wahmies (my fav, by far)
    And i really, really don’t want to have to replace all 30 or so of my diapers plus all my inserts (most are microfiber, many are hemp babies or the swaddlebees OS ones that are hemp and OC.
    Please help!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      How did I miss this question?! I’d bleach them then sun them.

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      • Amanda Says:

        Autumn,

        Should I just toss the microfiber inserts though, or try and bleach and sun them too? I’m going to bleach them today and I’ll let you know how it goes!

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        • Autumn Beck Says:

          it wouldn’t hurt to see if they are salvageable before you toss them. depending on how much they were used they may have been near the end of their lifetime anyway. I’ve heard great things about soaking inserts in Rockin Green Hard Rock.

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  70. Laine Says:

    Hi! I subscribe to your blog and thought your readers might be interested in a review of the new BumGenius 4.0 CDs. I live near the only Cotton Babies retail store, so I was able to get them on the ship date (today) and wrote an extremely thorough review. Just thought you might be interested in it!

    http://crispymom.blogspot.com/2010/07/bumgenius-40-review-first-impression.html

    Laine

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  71. Heather Vitteri Says:

    Hi Autumn!

    Been a fan and reader of your blog for a long time! We also do homebirth, looking forward to homeschooling (once we get there!) and have really enjoyed our cloth diaper experience once we made the switch.

    I have one question though, do you know of any covers that are girly?? I have looked at whats out there for “standard” covers (bummies, etc) but since we will most likely do prefolds for our next baby due in Oct, I would love to splurge a bit and find some BEAUTIFUL or at least pretty covers. Didn’t think this way with our 17 month old son, but having a girl is just so different.
    It seems like all the pretty patterned diapers out there are fitteds or contours and would get covered up in the end… which is what happens to diapers anyways but at least she should look cute for us around the house!

    Thanks!

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  72. Johanna Says:

    Hello!

    I bought Happy Heinys 18 months ago from a local gal who sold bunches of kinds of diapers from her home via website. She sounded very educated and spent a good amount of time with me trying to figure out which would be best for us.

    She sent me home with a sheet of paper with only washing instructions. Nothing that said “do not use most butt creams specifically bag balm”. So naturally I trusted bag balm and use it off and on for a few months. Then my daughter ALWAYS had a diaper rash! I consulted a few fell cloth diapering friends, read blogs, HH reviews and even called the company a few times.

    My conclusion is that HH customer service sucks and they do not know how to problem solve with their customers and they will sell to any wholesaler without any rules of educating clients of diapers do’s and dont’s!

    I’m super sad and very frustrated. I want my HH to work like they did in the beginning! They never leaked and fit my daughter great.

    I’ve stripped my HH with over a dozen HOT washes, vinegar, hand scrubbed each piece with dove, and even have resorted to bleach (the recommendation from HH customer service!). I was not keen on the bleach idea but did it anyway. My daughter still gets a ‘burn rash’ (no bumps, bright red bum from what they said was ammonia) from the diapers.

    ANY suggestions?? I’m desperate!

    I’m also going to confront HH witha big demand that they problem solve this and fix it. I sent over $500 in their product from one of their irresponsible dealers and now i have a defective product. Anyone else experience bad service?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      First, drop water on an unstuffed HH and see if it beads up and rolls off. If it does then there is a repelling issue. Second, if you are having an ammonia problem you will smell it. It will be in the inserts though. Third, if she has had this rash since you began using HH then she is most likely allergic to the microfleece. Our 3rd child was allergic to suedecloth and would get an all over red, burn “rash”.

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  73. Peter Horowitz Says:

    We are going to France for a month!
    But, we are debating using our cloth diapers or just using disposables for the trip.
    We currently use a combo of prefolds with Bummis covers and also a good quantity of AIOs from Omaiki and Bumgenius.

    Any thoughts?
    We’ll be staying 2 weeks each in different apartments that have washers, but I do not know if they have dryers or clotheslines or both.

    Thanks,

    Peter

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Having traveled with both, I’d say take your cloth diapers. If I use a disposable it’s Flip disposable inserts. However, I only use them when we camp and there is no washer. With a washer it should be very feasible to use cloth. You might take a couple of packs of the inserts just in case something goes wrong with the washer.

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  74. Catt Says:

    We use, not the Charlie Soap, but the other one Vsomething that Fuzzi Bunz recommends. We originally were using baking soda with Oxy free then Tide free. We never had a problem with my first one and the regimem but with dd #2 we scaled back on everything. . stripped the diapers and went to just bac out and the detergent.

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  75. julie b Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    i am new to cd. just trying to decide on a system for our 17th foster child. i’m a little slow on the uptake. in addition to all of the price and environmental reasons for wanting to use cd, we also want our baby to feel the wetness and be uncomfortable so that she might cry and we can meet her need. this is a very important part of the attachment process, especially for someone who was abused when she cried, like this little one. I was thinking of using FLIP based on price, good reviews, etc. I just saw your post about FB, saying they are ‘stay dry’ so she won’t be feeling the moisture.” Are Flips the same? what might you recommend?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      the organic Flip inserts are not stay dry. Prefolds, Sposoeasys and Bum Genius Organic AIO are 3 examples of cloth diapers that have cotton inners.

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  76. Catt Says:

    I am a the proud mama of two girls. My newest one is 4 months and we are trying to cloth diaper her (like we did with our first). Our dd seems to be red everywhere the diaper touches. We used prefolds then switched to Fuzzi bunz but I can not get rid of the redness. I know that it is from the moisture. What do you suggest so I don’t have to switch to disposables (the only thing that has cleared up the redness so far.

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      What detergent are you using? That could be the common factor. FB are stay dry so she wouldn’t be feeling the moisture. Poor baby! Hang in there, mama.

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  77. Jennifer Hebb Says:

    Autumn, thanks for your blog. It has been VERY VERY useful to me over the past 2 1/2 years I’ve been cloth diapering. When I started cloth diapering my first child, I had little to no info and didn’t know ANYONE who did cloth diapers. Now that I’ve been doing them, I have atleast 5 friends who converted when they realized how EASY it is!
    I am getting ready to have baby #3 in the fall and am looking to purchase some new diaps (plus I need the extra b/c I will have 2 in diaps at the same time this go around). I currently use fuzzi bunz on my son (love/hate relationship-the fit isn’t as good as I would like ;). I just ordered 2 Rumparooz & 2 BG Organic AIO’s in the last few weeks, thanks to your Top 10 List!!! My kids are all super small and skinny…I’m in love with these and how well theyfit my kids! I am thinking of getting a combination of the 2 when I make the big purcahse. I do know want to go with Rumparooz at night. I’m contemplating mostly BGAIO for day time use…b/c of thinking I might have less buildup/stinky issues with them. I have hard water and use RG-its better than anything else I’ve tried, but I still have some buildup issues if I don’t Soak every wash.
    So my question is-
    Do you find that cotton (BG AIO’s) are less likely to have the buildup issues you often get with microfiber (rumparooz/fuzzibunz)??? Also, how long have you had your stash of BG AIO’s and how are they holding up?
    One thing I have been impressed with as far as my Fuzzi Bunz go, is that I have used them with 2 kids and have no reason to think I can’t use them on #3 and probably beyond. I line dry min cd’s 95% of the time.

    Any advice is GREATLY appreciated!!!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Jennifer, microfiber does get buildup worse than other fibers. I can’t recall my BG organics getting buildup. I have had my BG organics for over a year and use them heavily. They are showing wear (holes at attachment points) but they are still fully functional. I have 1 zinnia from when Paisley was in diapers (it’s about 2 years old) and it’s still working great as well. Organic fibers will break down faster than synthetic.

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  78. Sonya Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I just realized you answered my question from months ago! I didn’t realize how this worked and never checked back. Sorry!

    Anyhow, we actually did have to give up on that set of Fuzzi Bunz. I think we ruined them with diaper cream (combined with bad detergent and never stripping them). My son got a really bad rash so we were using the heavy duty Butt Paste with disposables at night, then putting him back in cloth diapers in the morning. This went on for awhile and I don’t think we were getting all the diaper cream wiped off in the morning. I actually did a water test on the Fuzzi Bunz and it would just pill up and roll off.

    Anyhow, we bought a new set and have been treating them much better. (I also finally learned the trick of using a doubler when I need to use non-cloth diaper friendly diaper cream). So far, so good. :)

    Anyhow, thanks (belatedly) for the feedback and keep up the good work!

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  79. Kate Says:

    Hi there,

    My daughter is 8 1/2 months old and I’ve JUST decided to bite the bullet and try my Kushies AIO cloth diapers out.

    My question for you is how should I store/treat my dirty diapers before they go in the wash? I have a diaper pail with a lid and I’ve read several different things: to soak them in water with baking soda/vinegar, do leave them in the pail dry, to put the lid on, to keep the lid off, etc.

    What’s your recommendation?

    Also, which detergent do you recommend?

    Thanks so much,
    Kate

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      I shake solids off in the toilet then toss in a wetbag or pail. I then do a prewash with bac-out then wash with rockin green. The pail outside has the lid partially on. Inside I zip the bags.

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  80. Lacey Says:

    HELP!! I’ve asked before which brand to use on diapering more than one. you suggested Softbums & Flips. Both look awesome, Softbums are really pricey though but seem so easy. I’m new to cd & honestly it’s over whelming. So I have a few questions for you. 1. What are the best covers & prefolds (would like to use these at home bc they are way more economical) 2. Which works better Softbums , Fuzzibunz or BumGenius (i would like a few of this type for busy days out, church nursery or at night) 3. What do you think of the Bumkins vented cover? (we live in Louisiana where it’s hot & humid 6months out of the year) i like the price but dont know if they are a good product. 4. What night time diaper do you suggest for heavy bed wetters (my oldest son is 3.5 & potty trained but only for day time. His measurements: 40lbs, 41 in height, 12 in thigh, 16 -17 rise (didnt quite know how to measure this for a boy) & his waist is 19 in. I dont mind buying several different types of cd’s & actually would like different ones. Here are my daughters measurements: she is 27 months old, weight 27 lbs, height 36.5, thigh 11 in, rise 15 in, waist 18 in. Our 4 month old baby boy: weight 13.6 lbs, height 26 in, thigh 9 in, rise 12 in, waist 15 in. Also, what do you think of these brands: Kushies, gDiapers, Otterblotters & Booroi side snaps. I know it’s alot of questions but any you could answer would be awesome. THANK YOU!!

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  81. Hallie Mitchell Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    Love you blog! Super helpful. I was just curious on your thoughts and sugesstions for sim diapers.
    Thanks!

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  82. Britt Hailstone Says:

    Hi Autumn
    I have enjoyed reading your blog for quite some time now. My very big 18 month old (32lbs, 341/2″ with a 24″ waist and a 20″ rise) has outgrown all of her so called “one size diapers” and large fuzzi bunz are no where near long enough in the rise for her. My once huge stash (of mostly AIOS & pockets) has been diminished to GMD prefolds with large Bummis wraps. Can you recommend any brands that might get my big girl through to potty training? Also, do you have any recommendations when it comes to cloth training pants? I’m looking into Antsy Pants out of Oregon … they look very promising for our near future.
    Thanks :-)
    Britt

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Britt, take a look at Huggabuns. We received one to try and it is HUGE. Granted, Sterling is skinny so that is a factor but it may be just a big one-size.

      I was looking at trainers the other day on Banana Peels Diapers. I have never used trainers. If I was buying some today I’d start with the Snap-EZ trainers. I would want the ability to unsnap the sides in the event of a messy accident. I *hate* pulling down undies with poop in them.

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  83. Kat Says:

    I’m so glad to have found your site! With 3 babies 3 and under, all in diapers, we decided to switch to cloth. My children are hyper-sensitive and allergic to a lot (my oldest is autistic) Do you have suggestions on detergets? I need something that is likely to not cause a reaction on my babies and eco-friendly would be nice. I’m currently washing in babyganics but noticed that I really didn’t feel like the diapers smelled “clean” like I think they should smell…maybe I’m crazy?! Any thoughts?!

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  84. Melanie Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    Any secrets to drying the BG Organic AIOs? They seem to take way too long to dry in the dryer. Thanks for the excellent blog!

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      If I have 2 dryer balls in and the lint filter is cleaned then the BG Organic will dry in one cycle. My cycle is 70 minutes.

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  85. Autumn Beck Says:

    Rockin Green is awesome at really cleaning diapers after a good soak. Are you only using prefolds? Perhaps she is reacting to the moisture. You might try laying in some fleece strips to provide a stay dry barrier. Also, Charlies Soap has been known to cause rashes. Body chemistry changes, especially when introducing new solids, so while she has been fine with Charlies in the past it may not work now.

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  86. Melissa Echterling Says:

    Autumn-
    Hi, I need help! I have loved cding for the almost five months I’ve been doing it but suddenly am having problems.
    My daughter is suddenly getting bad diaper rashes. They started when she started eating solids so we thought it maybe was the introduction of solids. We put her in disposables for a week and the rash cleared up while still eating a reduced amount of solids. I “stripped” her cloth prefolds, covers and inserts using very hot water and lots of rinses. I finally put the cloth back on her last night and she already has a rash again! I’ve been using Charlies Soap. Never had a problem until recently. Do you think using Rockin Green would strip my diapers and get them back to normal? Or could there be a different problem?

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  87. Asashia Says:

    Hi Autumn!
    I don’t know if this is the appropriate place to reach you. I’m thinking of switching to cloth. My DS is 15 months today but I’m a little overwhelmed! I’m leaning toward BumGenius but then I also am attracted to Flip because we’ve got major budget issues to deal with in my household. Then there’s GAD. Those are my top 3 choices. DS has eczema, which is exacerbated by disposables—I honestly did not know of the chemicals in them or I would have started with cloth. He is 31 inches, 22 lbs—the doctor says he’s on the slim side. I know it’s not much info but which do you think would be best for his size and budget?
    Thanks for your time—I really appreciate it!

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  88. Ashley Says:

    Ok, I just stripped all my pocket diapers with Dawn in my washing machine. They were dirty when I put them in there. So are they now considered “clean” or do I need to do another wash with Charlie’s Soap before putting them one my babies?

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  89. Carisa Thomas Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I have been reading your blog since the begining of my pregnancy, and now can’t wait for baby to get here to try out my new cloth diapers! Thanks for all your great advice.

    I have a question, though. I have come across several mentions of “you can’t put microfiber up against babies skin”. Why is that? Are these comments from folks who practice “organic only”, or have particularly sensitive skin? Or is something really awful going to happen if I accidentally put my Flip Staydry diaper insert in upside down? Please help! I need to know, and I prefer not to find out the hard way! Thanks.

    -Carisa

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Microfiber is so absorbent it will strip your baby’s skin of it’s moisture. One slip up isn’t going to cause a major problem (unless your baby is very sensitive) but doing it often or leaving it on your baby this way for a long time will cause a skin problem.

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  90. Liz Says:

    Hi Autumn,
    What do you recommend using with newborns until they reach the “one-size” fit?
    Thanks!

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  91. Autumn Beck Says:

    Have you looked into bamboo prefolds. They are pricey but are much softer than cotton. What type of fold are you using? Maybe a different fold would work. Have you checked out the sustainable babyish snapless multi fitteds? They are a great diaper! Until January 16, 2010 use the coupon code “SNAPLESS” and get a FREE snapless multi when you buy a 6pack! That is an awesome offer.

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  92. Elizabeth Says:

    Hello,
    I stumbled upon your website several months ago, and I absolutely love it! Thank you so much for posting so many great reviews. I have cloth diapered my 16 month old daughter since birth. We started with BG 3.0, but at around 9 mo. her generous :) thighs outgrew the diapers. I turned to indian prefolds and sbish covers (LOVE them), unfortunately after months of successful use she is starting get red chaffing marks when her dipe gets damp. It is related to movement and only happens when she is awake. Even with hourly changes! Is there a different type of flat/prefold that may prevent this that you are aware of? Any advice would be wonderful! Thanks!!

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  93. Little For Now Says:

    My 1 year old pees through any micro insert. I have learned to double stuff all of her diapers. I just add a thin hemp insert (we like Thirsties) and a micro insert to every diaper. At night, we add two hemp!

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  94. Sharon Says:

    How many diapes do your babies go through? I put a cloth diaper on my 7 week old and in 10 minutes he’s all wet. I go through 20 disposables or with cloth, many more. Are their cloth diapers that don’t get the entire diaper wet with one pee?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      @Sharon, can you tell me what cloth diaper brand you are using? There are many different absorbency levels in cloth diapers. Something that works for one baby won’t hold half a pee on another.

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  95. jess Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I feel so lucky that I stumbled across your website today! I have been cloth diapering close to a year, my daughter will be one on the 18th of this month. We have used bum genius since she was about 10 weeks old (kissaluvs after birth) and love them! However, in the past two weeks she has been leaking out of the bg. I mean SEVERE leaks – we are going through a least 3 outfits a day and too many diapers to count. I was changing her every 2 hours but now she needs change every 30 mins – hour. I was just using the bg insert but have added the bg diaper doubler and she is still leaking through. Do you have any suggestions? Is this a common problem when kids turn one?

    Oh, nighttime is still going well – we use the insert, doubler, and hemp babies insert – she goes about 10 hours without a leak.

    THANKS so much! I would love any insight you can give me.

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  96. Theresa A. Says:

    Hi Autumn! I had a huge (HUGE) mess this morning with a disposable diaper. I’ve been CDing for almost a year now and have learned lots from your site (I even won a giveaway!). About a week ago my ds started waking up every morning completely soaked on his entire front because his diaper overflowed. So I researched hemp and bamboo inserts (I would love to have your opinion on those, btw) and while we waited for those to arrive my husband and I decided to put him in nighttime disposables when he slept (I can just picture the look you’re giving me right now :-). This morning my hubby opened our son’s sleepsack and found that the diaper had exploded–there were clumps of gel crystals everywhere!! It was so disgusting and reaffirmed a million times over our decision to CD. I have pictures if you’d like to see them! Or to use on your blog, if you like. We are fb friends, so shoot me a message with your email :-) Thanks for all you do on your site!!

    Theresa Anderson

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  97. Kristy Says:

    Autumn,
    Have you tried the cutie poops diapers? I was wondering how they were I need to order some new diapers and am frustrated with all of mine and want to try something new. I have a chubby 5 month old and a 2 yr old who has decided that she’s unwilling to go in the potty anymore so I’ve been trying to get by with 6 med Fuzzi Bunz for 2 kids. It’s very amusing. They are the only ones that still fit her (23 lbs) and the only ones that don’t make him red since they keep the moisture away! So I’d really like to stay with a pocket diaper. Tried the thirsties and didn’t like them they leaked every time we used them. Also wondered about the Happy Heinies. I’d love some help!!

    Thanks,
    Kristy

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Kristy, I’d go with a one-sized diaper. Some great choices: softbums, bum genius, fuzzi bunz…so many! I liked Happy Heinys when my oldest son was in diapers. Never heard of cutie poops.

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  98. Resa Says:

    It’s been with the prefolds. The BG were leaking so I used her smaller size prefolds as inserts. I’ll try again and change her more often and see what happens. Thanks!

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  99. Resa Says:

    I had to give up cloth diapering because at 9 months, my daughter suddenly started breaking out in terrible rashes with just one or two wearings of her cloth diaper. She had worn them since birth and had been fine. I didn’t change detergents. I tried stripping them, using different detergents, but nothing has changed. I prefer prefolds with a wrap cover but also have BG all-in-ones. With disposables, she does fine. I don’t like to use them but I can’t let her have terrible rashes. Any advice?

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Resa, did you notice if she reacted to the prefolds or the bg? If prefolds, it could be due to the wetness. If BG, it is the suedecloth (a common allergen).

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  100. Sonya Says:

    Hi Autumn,

    I have been reading (and enjoying!) your blog for awhile now. We are currently trying to get rid of some MAJOR buildup. I have been using the same set of Fuzzi Bunz for about 10 months. We use Bac-Out regularly and ocassionally do an extra-long, super-hot wash with extra rinse. However, we have been having a lot of problems with leaks and now realize I should have been more regularly stripping my diapers. I have two questions I was hoping you might help me with.

    1. I tried hand washing with Dawn (I have a front-loader) and then a hot wash with no detergent and extra rinses. The diapers are better, but still not great. Any suggestion which method I might try next? [Also, it is possible for diapers to get too old or too much build-up? I'm worried we waited too long and I won't be able to fix them.]

    2. I have been using Crunchy Clean for awhile now and really like it. One of the reasons I switched is because it is supposed to be cleaner rinsing (thus less chance of buildup). But…I see now on one of your posts that Crunchy Clean can actually be worse for build-up?!?! Should I switch back to the Kirkland eco-brand?

    Thanks so much for any help you can give me! (and for the blog…I have learned so much!)

    Best wishes,
    Sonya

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    • Autumn Beck Says:

      Sonya, a couple of questions: why do you think it is from build-up? where is the leaking occuring? what type of inserts are you using? microfiber inserts can wear out and need to be replaced. Crunchy Clean is a great detergent for many families. I don’t think it worked for our water. For hard water I suggest Rockin Green detergent. I use Kirkland’s eco brand with huge success. love it. Your FB aren’t “broke”. Pockets are great like that, they last for years. It’s the inserts that stop working.

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      • Julie Kieras Says:

        Hi Autumn, I just read your reponse and wanted to add that I have had similar problems with my pocket diapers leaking! They ALWAYS leak and they are brand new (washed 1/2 doz times before using) – so I don’t think it could be buildup yet. And my Flips NEVER leak. I am thinking that perhaps b/c the pocket diapers’ microfleece comes right to the edge where it meets the PUL outside, that perhaps a bit of the fleece touches my baby’s PJs and then the moisture “wicks” out onto the PJs? They never leak poop, just pee, that’s why. Thoughts? I have been using the Bum Genius detergent. But I have tried Rockin’ Green as well.

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