A mother is judged for every single choice that she makes for her baby. People will judge you, whether you breastfeed or formula feed the baby, whether the baby is chubby or lean, fair or dark, whether you use coconut oil or olive oil, whether you start solids early or late, and similarly, whether you choose to use Cloth diapers or Disposable diapers. This list is never ending. I am sure most of the mothers will agree with me here.
Superbottoms Cover Diapers come really handy for exclusive Cloth Diapering parents. Lets know a bit more about them.
What are Cover Diapers:
Cover Diapers are diapers with a water-resistant outer shell and removable pads. Superbottoms Cloth Diapers provide cover diapers with Microfiber soakers. These soakers come with a dry feel micro-suede layer on top which makes it very safe for baby’s skin. This layers keeps the baby feel dry inspite of urinating on the soaker. Once the pad (also known as soaker or insert) is full, you can change just the pad and reuse the same cover. Most parents prefer rotating between 2 covers. So if cover#1 is used, it is kept to air dry and meanwhile Cover#2 is used with a fresh soaker. In the next change, the first cover can be used with another fresh soaker. However do note to use a washed soaker after every change. The Cover can be reused without washing but the soaker shouldn’t.
What makes Cover Diapers ideal for Day time?
- They are very versatile: They can be put on any other diapers too such as nappy pads, homemade flats, prefolds (diapers that are made by tying around a super absorbent cloth around the baby. For eg: Hemp Prefolds
- They are more economical: For parents who cloth diaper their babies round the clock, Superbottoms Cover diapers are the most economical option. Just get a pair of covers and a bunch of soakers and you are good to go for the entire day for the entire diapering stage of baby. Pretty economical; isn’t it?
- Dry Feel Layer: As mentioned earlier, the Superbottoms Cover diaper comes with Microfiber soakers with a dry feel layer on top, thus keeping the baby’s bum dry and rash free
- Adjustable size: The new born size diaper fits babies from new born till they are 7kgs or so (so till about 5-6 months atleast). The one size diapers fit babies from 5kgs till 17kgs (so till the baby is 2-2.5 years old). The diapers have snaps to adjust and resize.
- Ideal for new born stage as well: New born babies need to be changed frequently. They also poop and pee a lot. Thus, new born size cover diapers are ideal for them too.
This is why Superbottoms Cover diapers make a great day time solution.
You can check our video on Superbottoms Cover Diapers here
Wet Bags were traditionally designed to store used and soiled diapers on the go. But over a period of time, they have become much more feasible and can be put to use for various purposes. Superbottoms Wet Bags (a.k.a Superbags) are made of high quality materials. They are super soft and huge and come with 2 zipper compartments. The bigger compartment has double TPU lining to make them truly waterproof! They also have loops at both ends which helps hanging onto rods. They are 40×30 cms in size. They can hold upto 12-15 diapers easily.
The Superslings are a mini version of wet bags. The size of Supersling is 10X15 cms in size and can hold 1-2 cloth diapers.
Some uses of Wet bags and Superslings:
1. Store Soiled Diapers: While you are away from home and you have had a poopy baby, the pooped cloth diapers can simply be folded and stored in the wetbag. The poop smell or the diaper wetness won’t even be felt outside. All you need to do is zip up the wet bag and keep it safe
2. Can be used as a travel kit: Whenever you are traveling, these bags can be used to store Shampoo, conditioner, and other such toiletries. Having one wetbag or even supersling bag to store them is sufficient.
3. Can be used as a travel laundry bag: Storing the clothes for Laundry in a plastic bag is boring and out of style now. Besides, plastic is such a no-no for the environment. The Superbottoms Superbags can be used to store the spoiled or used clothes that needs to go for a wash. The wet bag is very much capable of keeping the smell and wetness within itself. You won’t smell a thing outside
4. Grocery Bag: Imagine walking in the market with a stylish Superbottoms Superbag to carry groceries instead of a boring plastic bag. Sounds great and makes you more of a eco-friendly and supercool mom.
5. Swimsuits: You can very well carry your swimsuits in the Superbottoms wet bag and it will take care of the wetness and keep it inside.
6. Food and Lunch boxes: Wet bags keep the moisture inside. Hence, storing food or lunch box is a great option. Moreover, if ever your tiffin leaks, your bag won’t be spoilt. The wet bag will be, however its washable. Many moms prefer taking lunch boxes in the wet bags or Supersling bags.
7. Ice-pack: There are times when babies hurt themselves in the task of exploring the world. In times like these, just put in some ice in the supersling bag and use them as an ice-pack to soothe the baby. This can be used even for the swellings that we as adults get.
8. Cloth Pads: If you are one of those eco-friendly moms who use cloth pads instead of disposable sanitary napkins. These Superbags are ideal for you. Just dump in the used cloth pads inside the Superbag or wet bags and you are good to go.
9. Mobile Phones: During Rainy season, wet bags turns out to be a great idea in storing mobile phones and other such electronic stuffs.
10. Carrying stuffs for strolls: it is very handy to store basic stuffs like keys, mobile phones, etc. when you are going for short walks.
When we went for our first vacation with baby Glen, I took it as an adventure to exclusively cloth diaper during our vacation. We went on ten days holidays to Goa which happens to be our natives. I was not confident to be honest to cloth diaper during all these days. I was sceptical and I didn’t wanted this holiday to be hectic for me especially because Glen was pooping frequently during his teething phase. But this didn’t stop us from being exclusively cloth diapering parents. Here is what we did and how we did.
We took a stash of :
- 4 Superbottoms cover diapers
- 5 Superbottoms Plus
- lots of extra dry feel soakers (around 7)
- 1 Superbottoms wetbag
What did we use:
Major part of our days went with Superbottoms cover diapers (we barely used 2 covers and 5 soakers a day). Superbottoms Plus worked great for the night. The best part was that we were in a village for 4 days and we got great sunlight. It was too hot during the day and the diapers dried in less than four hours and I realized, I carried way too much. We didn’t need too many diapers because I wasn’t sure of the climate and the place we will be staying, so didn’t wanted to risk it. It was totally worth it because the next four days, we stayed beach side and that’s when we needed so much stash. The diapers took more than half a day to dry here. Moreover, Glen had loose motion throughout our journey from day 1. We used reusable liners most of the times. When we were visiting places, disposable liners were of great help.
How we did this:
We rinsed the diapers as soon as they were off the bum. Whenever we were out, travelling or sightseeing, we stuffed the used diapers in a wetbag. They took care of the smell and wetness and we didn’t have to worry one bit about it. The diapers were washed the next morning and line dried. I would hand rinse them under a wash basin and soak them in detergent and water in a bucket. Read – Common Mistakes in Washing Cloth Diapers.
Never thought I could do it. But once I did,
We have always exclusively cloth diapered in all our vacations.
Cloth Diapering is a fairly vast concept. As new parents, we are bound to get lost in our set of confusions about cloth diapering. Here are few cloth diaper myths that we have busted.
Myth#1 : “Its Gross”
No. It isn’t!
Cloth diapering is pretty easy. All you need is a decent stash and a good wash routine. You need not wash the diapers separately. You can wash them with other clothes in a washing machine. Our parents have successfully cloth diapered even in vacations. Read on further here to get some tips.
Once the baby poops, you can scoop off the poop using a jet spray and rinse in a wash basin. Store them on a dry bucket or wetbag till the laundry time. See, didn’t we tell you its easy.
Myth#2: It affects the milestones of babies’
This is another biggest myth.
Cloth diapers, in no way affect the growth and milestones of babies. Every baby is different and they take their own time in turning, crawling, sitting or walking.
Myth#3: Isn’t it old fashioned?
Yes, our grandmas did use cloth on us because those days disposables diapers weren’t really an option. But the concept of cloth diapers have now been revamped and they are this generation’s modern cloth diapers ☺ want to know how? Read how get your babies the leak proof cloth diapers.
Myth#4: Cloth diapers are expensive
When you compare the cost of 1 cloth diaper to that of 1 disposable diaper, cloth diapers do cost more. However, that cloth diaper can be used over and over again, unlike the disposable, which you have to continue purchasing. Here is a handy guide to show you the cost of cloth vs. disposable over time.
You need 4000+ diapers on an average from birth till potty training. The price per diaper on an average is Rs10. Thus, the total money spent on disposables is not less than Rs40000. Never thought this far right?
Now let’s compare this with the price of cloth diapers. 12-15 diapers are needed from birth till potty training. Price per diaper on an average is Rs 750/-. Thus you spend not more than Rs 12000/- on cloth diapers.
Myth#5: They leak
A big no to this myth as well. In fact, its disposable diapers that leak and most of our customers have faced poop blow outs in disposables. If you are using cloth diapers properly, they wont leak at all. Read how to get a perfect cloth diapering experience.
There you have it, 5 myths about cloth diapers busted!
We hope that helps you either decide to use cloth diapers or help you convince your loved ones that cloth isn’t as crazy as they think!
Happy cloth diapering!
Using a cloth diaper is a lovely gesture and the best feeling, not only for the environment but also for your baby and your wallet 😉
This blog is to make your cloth diapering journey an easier one. Cloth diapering is pretty easy to be honest, just have your basics in place and thou shall fall in love with it. Read our cloth diapering guide for beginners.
So how can we really get the best cloth diapering experience? Here are some tips:
- Be patient: This is the first and foremost point. Do not expect to master the art overnight. Go slow, take it easy on yourself and enjoy these cloth diapering days. You will miss these days once your baby gets potty trained. The mesmerising beautiful prints are a part of your life only till the baby is diapered. Enjoy this phase.
- Buy the right type of cloth diaper: Keep in mind the needs of the baby. For a new born baby who weighs below 4.5 kgs, make sure to invest in new born size diapers. Investing in one size diapers too soon may not give you a good first impression about cloth diapering.
- Be kind to your cloth diapers: Follow the right wash routine. Wash the diapers regularly. Do not keep them unwashed for more than 2 days. Washing them everyday is highly recommended. For more details on the best wash routine, read this.
- Treat the leaks like a pro: If you are new to cloth diapering, and your diapers leak within a short period of time, treat them by getting the right fit.
Follow these tips and we are sure you and your baby will enjoy a perfect cloth diapering experience.
Getting the right cloth diaper fit for your baby is very crucial in itself because no mother would want the cloth diapers to leak! For that you need to ensure that you have put on the cloth diaper properly. You just have to follow these important 3 steps to have the right cloth diaper fit for you baby.
Step 1 – Resize the diaper:
A one size cloth diaper typically fits babies from 5kgs to 17kgs. Resizing the diaper is a one time thing and you need not do it again and again unless your baby falls out of the weight category. For a baby weighing 4-5kgs, using the lowest rise setting is apt. Use the medium rise for babies weighing 5-8kgs, large rise for 8-11kgs and the extra large for 12kgs to 17kgs. This also depends on how chubby or lean your baby is. Read more about cloth diapering here.
Step 2 – Place the soaker:
Stuff the soaker inside the pocket diaper ensuring that the soaker lays flat inside the pocket and is not folded anyhow. Incase of a cover diaper, place the soaker on top of the cover. The Superbottoms Plus already has a stitched soaker. You may fold the excess part of soaker while using the diaper on smaller size. An additional snap is provided to attach the booster.
Step 3 – Put the diaper on the baby.
Make sure there are no gaps around the thighs. The diaper should be snug enough. Look up for some videos here to get a right fit. Watch now!
If you are using a Superbottoms pocket diaper or cover diaper with a microfiber soaker, change it every 2-4 hours depending on how much your baby pees. A Superbottoms Plus usually lasts for 4-5 hours during the day time and about 8+ hours during the night.
Rains are beautiful. We Indians wait eagerly for the rainy season to arrive. That beautiful fragrance of the mud, the lovely view of greenery everywhere is truly a delightful sight. We can never get enough of it. But with great rains, comes great responsibility. With dampness everywhere, drying cloth diapers and other clothes may seem to be an endless task. We fear the rains and cloth diapering in rainy season. But it’s not as difficult as it looks like.
Here are some great tips to use cloth diapers successfully during the rains:
Tip 1: Use the right cloth diapers: Cover Diapers come with regular microfiber soakers. They dry pretty soon . Using them for day time and using all in ones for night time helps. Read on why it is a great day time diaper especially for new born babies here
Tip 2: Have a decent stash: Have enough number of diapers according to your needs and keeping in mind the wash routine. Consider having a bigger stash of cover and with some extra diaper inserts/soakers. If you are more fond of all in ones, consider having them in good numbers.
Tip 3: Change frequently: During winter and rainy season, babies tend to pee more than usual. Changing frequently is an excellent idea as well as more hygienic. This is why we recommend having a decent stash.
Tip 4: Skin care: Skin care is not really a tedious task when you are using cloth diapers. Wipe the baby’s bottoms with a moist cloth/Superbottoms muslin wipe and pat dry. Apply coconut oil before putting on a fresh diaper. There is absolutely no need to use rash creams or talcum powder. Coconut oil is the best moisturizer for babies.
Tip 5: Wash the diapers everyday: Try not to wait for alternate days to wash cloth diapers if you do not have a sufficient stash. Washing them every day is better for the durability of diapers, especially during the rains. Its best not to leave them damp for longer hours and also so that you have enough for the next day. Washing cloth diapers in a washing machine is also better than hand washing them because machine wash gives a good agitation to cloth diaper and the diaper inserts
Tip 6: Drying tips: Spin dry the diaper inserts as well as the diapers. Line dry them once done. Keep it under the fan overnight and tadaa…see the magic next day .
Tip 7: Use homemade flats and fleece liners : The most economical way to use cloth diapers with a limited stash is to use homemade flats. You can make them by cutting cotton saree or old cotton t-shirts into huge squares, pad fold them . Use this with cover diapers and see how easy it is. Home made flats, covers and Fleece liners also dry fastest as compared to any other diaper or diaper inserts.Fleece liners are a thin sheet of fleece that provides dry feel to the baby.
The diapers are also easy to clean if the baby poops because most of the poop is caught on the liner and your job of cleaning the poop becomes much more easier.
So that’s all, isn’t cloth diapering in rainy season easier than what we promised before we began this blog?
How to wash cloth diapers
Here are the 5 most common mistakes moms make while washing cloth diapers –
Washing cloth diapers in less water or less detergent or more detergent:
Using the right amount of detergent is extremely vital. Using less detergent or less water will not make the cloth diapers clean enough for the next use. Using more detergent will lead to detergent built up leading to problems in absorbency. The durability of soakers also depends on your wash routine
Not washing the cloth diapers regularly:
Not washing the used cloth diapers for more than 2 days affects its performance in the long run. While washing everyday is highly recommended, washing once in every two days is also fine.
Washing the cloth diapers gently:
Washing cloth diapers in the washing machine makes them cleaner with less effort. They can be even spin dried. However, if you are washing them by hand, it is important to wash them with good agitation so that the pee is removed completely and the diapers are fresh enough for the next use. They don’t need a gentle wash. Do not use brush on them. You may use a tooth brush once in a while to scoop out the poop properly (do that gently though).
Using disinfectants like Dettol:
Dettol is not recommended on cloth diapers. The additives on dettol can cling to the fabric and cause irritation. In order to sanitise cloth diapers, sun drying them is the best option. Also read – Stink in your cloth diapers?
Choosing the wrong detergents:
To wash diapers it is important to avoid the use of liquid detergents and soap bars. Liquids contain softeners and additives which are not recommended. While soaps leave residue which leads to detergent built up. You can use any main stream detergents which doesn’t have fragrances, softeners and additives. For that matter, surf excel regular detergent is recommended.
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How to use washable Diapers
A new Cloth Diapering mom is bound to get lost in the dos and don’ts that cloth diapering needs. They are not really as complicated as people tend to make it. We as new mothers tend to go with the flow and give up soon considering that it is too tough to handle. But before you start with cloth diapering make sure you have chosen the right cloth diaper for your baby.
It always better to consult the support team of the cloth diaper brands before choosing a cloth diaper. Buying a diaper blindfolded just because every second person has been telling or appreciating its type doesn’t make it full proof. Every baby is different. So are their needs. A baby who poops once in two days can happily use an all in one diaper or a pocket diaper. But for a baby who poops 3+ times a day will need cover diapers for its own economical benefits.
Cloth Diapering Mistake #1:
Not understanding the basic concept:
Cloth Diapering has some really basic concepts that one needs to understand before getting into its depths. They are much different than cloth nappies. Cloth nappies need to be changed after every pee. Cloth diapers on the other hand are eligible enough to soak pee for 2-12 hours depending on the type of cloth diaper it is. Modern Cloth diapers and cloth nappies are thus not the same. They are completely washable and reusable.
Cloth diapers have soakers (also known as inserts) that need to be inserted or placed on the diaper. They are the ones that do the major job of absorbing pee. The other important part of the modern cloth diaper is the outer shell. This is made of a high quality PUL which allows air to pass but not pee thus making them waterproof, breathable and leak proof diapers. Reading the instructions leaflet before using them helps a ton.
Cloth Diapering Mistake#2:
Expecting cloth diapers to look like disposables:
Disposables are very thin and narrow because the chemical crystals inside swell up when wet. Cloth diapers do not change shape when wet, so are designed to put absorbency where it is needed. This will not cause any discomfort to baby. In fact, for babies who have hips that are “out” from their delivery, doctors recommend double-diapering so that the thickness between the legs will put them in the froggy position in order for the hips to go back into place. You will cause problems for your baby by putting her into tight-fitting diapers, sleepers, or baby carriers that position the legs straight down. Even doctors recommend that babies should have froggy legs (legs spread wide apart) instead of straight legs.
P.S: Cloth diapers look more attractive and cute on babies bum.
Cloth Diapering Mistake #3:
Not prepping the cloth diapers properly and improper wash cycle:
This is the one of the most important part. Some cloth diaper soakers/inserts need some basic prepping. Natural fabrics like organic bamboo cotton needs to be prepped before using them full fledged. Prepping is nothing but the process of washing diapers a few numbers of times in order to prepare the cloth diapers to be fully absorbent. They become fully absorbent after 8-10 washes. But that does not mean you can use it only after washing them so many times. They can be used after the first wash for short naps. Washing cloth diapers also does not mean just rinsing them, it means having a complete wash cycle.
Use appropriate detergent and water to wash your cloth diapers. Use detergents that are free of additives, fragrances and softeners, for e.g. Surf Excel, Tide Plus and Rustic Art little laundry. DO not use soap, liquid detergents, dettol etc on cloth diapers. Take a look at common mistakes in washing cloth diapers here >>
Cloth Diapering Mistake #4:
Using talcum powder or rash creams:
This again is one of the most common mistakes that most parents make when it comes to Cloth Diapering. First of all, cloth diapers do not cause rashes unless the diaper is not been changed timely or not cleaned when pooped. There absolutely is no need to use a rash cream or powder. They affect the absorbency of the cloth diapers and also cause skin irritation. You may use coconut oil generously between every change. Coconut oil is the best thing on their bottoms as they keep their skin moisturised.
Cloth Diapering Mistake# 5:
Not getting the right fit:
A cloth diaper, too loose or too tight will give leak issues. Getting the right fit is very important. There should be no gaps on the crotch area. The elastics should be on the crease of the legs like that of underwear. The rise setting should be done according to the weight of the baby. Do note that slight elastic marks are absolutely normal. They go away in 15-20 minutes.
Cloth diapering is easy–just keep baby in a dry diaper, keep a very simple wash routine every day. Read our Beginner’s Guide To Cloth Diapering.
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