We all chose to cloth diaper because it was better for our children. But, what do you do when the cloth diapers are hurting your baby?
I am so sad to say that I am in this boat. Sterling’s nighttime diapers leave him screaming in the morning. Not good.
I soaked every insert and fitted we have in vinegar all day and overnight. Then I washed them and super rinsed. I really thought they were fixed until this morning.
Sterling sleeps through the night now but by 6:30 he’s crying in pain. When I pick him up he doesn’t want to be held in the diaper area. He’s hurtin’. It’s really not fair.
Sure I can treat the rash by slathering Burt’s Bees diaper rash cream all over him but who wants to treat the symptom?? I want the problem fixed!
I’ve contacted my friend Majiliwa Bass of Pooters diapers because she is a wealth of information. If you’re a Facebook fan of All About Cloth Diapers then you’ve seen her tireless effort to help everyone!
It’s not just fitted diapers that can cause this problem. One of my friends went through this with her Rumparooz. She was very frustrated and at the time all I could offer was advice that I thought would work. Now being where she was I realize that solution (vinegar soak) doesn’t always work.
In the week and a half since I started this post, I’ve learned a lot from my friend Maj. First, vinegar should probably not be used in hard water. It can make problems worse. This would explain why neither I nor my friend saw any relief when soaking in it.
She found this online: “If you have hard water and use vinegar the acid in the vinegar could be reacting with the minerals in the water and causing odor. Adding a water softener like Calgon to the wash cycle and cutting down or eliminating the vinegar may help in this case.”
What she did suggest was to use RLR. I had never used it although I had heard of it for years. Maj kindly sent me a pack (2 packets) of RLR to try out.
I began by adding it to my laundry detergent and running a normal wash. Maj suggested, however, that since I had just done a vinegar soak that I should do an RLR soak. I started out with a regular wash with the RLR in the detergent compartment (with the normal amount of detergent). I hoped this would do the trick but was scared to try it out!
I put Sterling’s nighttime diaper on but added a flushable liner as protection just in case. I’m glad I used a liner! The next morning I about passed out after ignorantly taking a close wiff of the diaper. *sigh* This pregnancy brain is going to harm me.
After I pouted to my mommy (who was visiting and just left today), I got the tub ready for a loooooooong cloth diaper soak in RLR. Alas, pregnancy brain attacked again. (seriously, if I don’t have twins in here this is one needy child!) As I was filling the tub I added the RLR….and filled….and filled….and then realized the stopper was not in all the way.
I am not waving the white flag yet!! Thankfully, just before I received the RLR from Maj I ordered 10 packs from Banana Peels Diapers. They should be here today so my diapers and inserts (no PUL) have been sitting in the tub with a little Clean B patiently waiting.
I am so grateful that I have a stash of Bum Genius Organic AIOs to use during this time. At night I have been using Flip disposable inserts. It seems these last 3 weeks have been quite a trying time for me and my cloth diapers!
Lesson: even when you’ve been cloth diapering for 5 years, write a cloth diaper blog and think you know most of the tips and tricks, you’re still going to have problems!
I will certainly let you know how it goes after my next soak. If you are having ammonia problems try RLR. Also, check out the comments on the last post. Many of you offered your solutions. Thank you!