I’m going to be completely transparent with you.
I am so frustrated with my cloth diapers!! If you connect with me on anything know that I am in the trenches with you. Just because I have this cloth diaper information site, wrote a super detailed cloth diaper book and now have a cloth diaper forum where I answer your questions DOES NOT mean that I have a “get-out-of-jail-free” card for cloth diaper problems.
Oh, how I wish it did though. What it does mean, however, is that I have become an expert through numerous trials. Each of my cloth diapered children (4 so far) have experienced some issue that at the time seemed overwhelming and unsolvable.
What problem am I having this time?
A pea sized sore on Camden’s bottom is the problem. It won’t heal. It appears to be healing after I apply Burt’s Bees diaper rash cream but then returns when I don’t apply it. So it never really heals.
When we went camping and I used GroVia Biosoaker inserts it cleared up. After coming home and spending a few hours back in cloth the spot began to open up again. It is a very odd occurrence too. The skin almost begins to separate then forms a small hole. Same place every time.
I’m thinking the reason I see positive results when I use Burt’s Bees is due to the barrier it creates. All moisture is kept out.
Another big problem is at night. His nighttime diapers burn his bottom. I realize that ammonia is a byproduct formed from the breakdown of urea. I know it isn’t something you can “fix”. But, there has to be a solution that will prevent it from coming on so strong.
I have many factors working against me but they can be worked around.
First, I have hard water. We do have a water softener but it is possible that it isn’t operating properly. So, we are going to have someone come out and check it. In addition to that I am going to order some Calgon and begin incorporating it into my laundry routine.
Second, I have an HE front-loading washing machine. I need to get more water in the machine!
Starting tomorrow I’ll be adding a big bucket of water to the pre-wash. I’ve been too easy on the water issue. I thought I had solved the problem by turning down the spin cycle therefore making the load heavier therefore tricking the machine into adding more water. But, I think that is causing a problem of not properly spinning out the dirty water from the machine.
Third, I have got to stop using Tide. I liked the old formula but Tide Ultra is not performing the same. I still have Country Save so if I use that in conjunction with the Calgon I may be okay.
Poor Camden. I just feel so crummy that I am causing all of this. He doesn’t deserve to be in pain at night because the diaper is hurting him.
I want so so so bad to just use disposable inserts or even worse buy some “healthy” disposable diapers. But, I know me. If I say I’ll use them just for a couple of days while I solve the problem, that 2 days will turn into a week.
I lack in the self-control department. Or shall I say I seek the easy way out more often than I like.
You are my accountability partner. We are in this together right? I troubleshoot and one day you can glean from my experiences.
I feel better already. I’ve got a plan and it starts right now by ordering Calgon. (already done!)