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Using Cloth Diapers in Day Care

Being a cloth diapering mother myself, I have always been particular to use cloth diapers during my vacations and even at Day Care. This is simply because I like to know what touches my precious little one. When you use disposables, you do not know what chemicals are there in them which always makes me a pro-cloth diaper user!

You must have seen our blogs on cloth diapering in a vacation (Link). This blog covers how to cloth diaper a baby when he/she is at daycare. Here are some tips to take you through –

1)      Choose the right daycare: When you are searching for daycare, you can select one that cloth diapers. Many day cares these days consider cloth for the love of the environment.

 

2)    Convince them for Cloth diapers, in case you don’t find any that allows cloth diapers – When BabyG started his daycare, I told the folks there, that he is allergic to disposable diapers. So either cloth diapers or regular under wears are the only options because the doctor has told us to not use disposables. Regular under wears are so inconvenient to them. The agreed to use cloth!

 

3)      Show them your stash: Explain to them how cloth diapers work and show how easy it is. It’s not rocket science really! Tell them the benefits of cloth over disposables.

 

4)      Consider one single type of diaper for them: Try giving just one type of diaper to them so that they do not get confused. Most daycares prefer pocket diaper or all in one diaper because they find it very convenient and easy to use.

 

5)      Explain to them how to use cloth diapers: Give them a poster of a neat fit or a nice printout of the instructions. Demonstrate to them how to put it on the baby. Let them put it a few times on the baby in front of you. Ask for a trial run for a few days and make sure that they are clear with the instructions.

 

6) Fleece comes to the rescue: Most day cares fret with cloth diapers only because they are worried about cleaning the poop. Give a disposable or a fleece liner and explain them its use and they would surely agree.

 

7) Wet bags are ideal: Give them 2 wet bags to store soiled diapers. If they are still not happy of the poop, you can ask them to put the pooped liners in a separate wet bag and clean them once come back home.

 

These are just a few tips that can help you convince the daycare in using Cloth diapers. Do comment as to what worked for you!

 

All you need to know about Bleaching Cloth Diapers!

BLEACHING CLOTH DIAPERS

Bleaching cloth diapers are generally considered to be a big no-no.  However Bleaching cloth diapers at the right time, for a right cause and in a right way will do no harm to your cloth diapers. This blog covers everything you need to know about Bleaching.

What is Bleaching?

 

Bleaching is a process of disinfecting cloth diapers when all the other methods fail (Hot water rinses, Sun-drying etc)

 

When do I Bleach my Cloth Diapers?

 

You can bleach your cloth diapers once a year or so if it gives the following issues –

  1. Ammonia Build Up – If you have been facing strong ammonia smell on your soakers, you can first try hot water rinses. If that doesn’t work, you may bleach them.
  2. Yeast Infection – If your baby has recently had a yeast infection or a UTI, it is ideal to disinfect cloth diapers before using them again.
  3. Molds – A lot of times you may experience black spots on your diapers and soakers. These are called as molds. They occur if the diaper is left damp/wet or unwashed for longer hours. In such cases, you may want to bleach cloth diapers.

 

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Which Bleach can I use?

It is vital to choose the right bleach for bleaching cloth diapers. You may choose Clorox

Liquid (buy link) (Non-scented ones) to bleach. If it is difficult to source Clorox, you may use Rin Ala.

 

 

 

HOW TO BLEACH CLOTH DIAPERS?

how to bleach cloth diapers

Step 1 :

Wash your Diapers using the normal wash routine. Do note- you should only bleach after the diapers are washed thoroughly. NEVER

put dirty diapers directly for bleach

Step 2 :

Take cold water in a bucket. Add 5 Ml of Clorox bleach for EACH Litre of water. (If you are using Rin Ala, follow the quantity mentioned in the bottle).

Dilute the bleach in the water well by stirring using a spatula or a mug.

Please be careful using hands since bleach will irritate the skin.

Step 3 :

Add diapers one by one.

Separate the diapers and snappable insert to be sunk completely in the water.

Keep it for a minimum of 30 minutes and not more than 45 minutes. No need to add the diaper shells unless the baby has had yeast or if the shells have molds

Step 4 :

Take out the Diapers and rinse in hot water once before putting them in the machine.

Step 5 :

Add the Diapers in the machine, run a 30 minutes hot wash (40-degree minimum and not beyond 60 degrees) once without detergent and again once with detergent.

Step 5 :

Make sure the bleach is completely washed out. Smell the diapers- If you feel it has bleach smell -do a hot wash once more with/ without little detergent till the smell is gone.

Step 6:

Line dry for drying, ideally in sun

 

NOTE:

If you have hard water please add a water softener in all the washes

Please, PM us or Whatsapp us to know the amount of  water softener to be used.

 

Additional Tip : Do not bleach the diapers in hard water. Chlorine can react with the iron that has dissolved in your hard water and cause stains (source).

How to wash cloth diapers?

Washing cloth diapers might seem challenging at first but is the same as washing regular clothes. Watch the video above for 4 easy steps to wash your Superbottoms cloth diapers.

Every individual is different and may follow various steps to wash cloth diapers.

Here is a simple guide to wash them:

Storage – The first step to washing cloth diapers is how does one store them before wash? Do we soak them till washing? Do we wash every day? – Well, the answers are very simple. If the diaper is pooped on, you can knock off the poop using a health faucet or under a running tap. You may store it in a dry bucket (Pail) or in a wet bag before you wash them. Washing them every day or at least every alternate day is ideal. Do not keep them soaked in water until the time of washing.

1)      Pre-wash – A pre-wash is nothing but rinsing a diaper off all the pee to make it ready for the main wash. If you are washing them in the machine, you may run a quick 30 or rinse+Spin cycle with one teaspoon of detergent. The duration of this cycle should be 20-30 minutes.

If you are Handwashing – Simply rinse the diaper under running water thoroughly and agitate it well till the pee is rinsed off. You may use a plunger too to do this.

2)      Main Wash – The main wash is the cycle where the diapers are actually getting cleaned. You can toss your other laundry load in this so as to save water and electricity. If you are washing them in the machine, you can run any of the daily wash cycles like Cotton/Cotton Eco/Daily Wash/Fuzzy Wash/Mixed etc. The entire duration of this cycle should be 45-60 minutes at least.

If you are hand washing them, you can soak it for 30-40 minutes in detergent water and rub and agitate it well so that the diapers get cleaned well. You can also use a plunger for easy agitation.

3)      Drying – You can spin dry the diapers or tumble dry at the lowest heat and then line dry them. You can also sun dry them. However, do not sun dry the outer covers for more than 1-2 hours as it may damage the elastics.

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WASHING YOUR NEW SUPERBOTTOMS?

Simple guide here:

 

 

Additional Tips –

1)      DO NOT use a brush as it can damage the fabric.

2)     DO NOT  use a fabric softener/Dettol/Ezee/genteel/Patanjali/Rin or any detergents with fragrances and softeners.

3)      DO NOT use liquid detergents because that can affect the absorbency of the diapers.

4)      Give them hot water rinses once or twice a month. It helps in preventing any built up issues. To do so – Rinse washed soakers in hot water (60 degrees) till there are no soap suds seen in the water.

Ideal to do this in a washing machine since it gives the necessary agitation.

If handwashing, then take the hot water such that the temperature is bearable for you. After regular wash, soak the diapers in hot water for not more than 5 mins, agitate them and rinse thoroughly. Repeat a couple of times. Spin dry if possible. Using a plunger for handwash is recommended.

5)      Use 5ml of water softener for prewash and 10ml in the main wash in addition to the detergent if you have hard water. Hard water affects the absorbency of the diapers due to the mineral content in them.

6)      You may bleach the diapers once a year if it gives stink/Absorbency issues. You can check the steps here- (Link to bleach)

7)      Use fleece liner to make cleaning easier!

Isn’t cloth diapering with Superbottoms simple?

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You always choose the best for your baby!

When baby is born, the first nappy used is always a cloth nappy or langot. So, you love langots/nappies as are made of cloth hence breathable and skin friendly.

BUT they only last one pee, are messy to clean and are not stay dry and baby feels wet in them.

And then there are disposables which last long, are waterproof and are stay dry too but are not skin friendly as they contain several harmful chemicals. And they are a menace to the environment.

Did you know? A disposable diaper lasts on earth for 500 years?

Is there a something with the benefits of both cloth langot and a disposable diaper without any harmful chemicals?

 YES!  Superbottoms diapers! 

Superbottoms are diapers made of cloth but are waterproof, stay dry and last all night!

They which come with a waterproof outer shell and organic cotton inserts with a unique SuperDryFeel fabric so that the baby doesn’t feel wetness even after peeing!

YES! All the goodness of cloth with the convenience of disposable = SUPERBOTTOMS.

Moreover Superbottoms are reusable 300+ times and the same diaper can be used from 5 kg – 17 kg (3 months- 3 years) as the diaper comes with different size adjustments.

Isn’t this awesome?

Diapers that are waterproof, stay dry, reusable, washable, lasts all night, come with organic cotton, are skin friendly and are CPSIA (USA) certified.

No wonder our diapers have been voted best twice in a row in last 2 years by KSP awards.

 

Don’t believe us, Are you wondering if Superbottoms is awesome for real?

Can you truly get the convenience of disposable diapers in the goodness of a cloth diaper?

There’s only one way to find out – Try it, Love it

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GCDC Registrations Now Open

Register here and mark yourself as going by clicking on the event link below in your respective city

ABOUT THE EVENT

Great Cloth Diaper Change (GCDC) is a Global event.
It is coming to India for the second time.

There are going to be 200 registered GCDC events in 50 different countries on 6 continents!
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Panama, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, South Africa, and of course INDIA ❤

Last year the event hosted by Superbottoms in Mumbai registered the highest number of participants across India!
This year, we are taking it to another level, we will be hosting this event across 12 locations PAN India.

A few queries we have been getting about this are addressed below –

What do we exactly do in this event?

At 11 am on 27th April, we all gather and in a symbolic gesture, in one go, change into a 100% cloth reusable diaper or trainer. That means worldwide in these 200 countries babies will change into a cloth diaper at the very same time. Isnt it GREAT?

It does not matter what type of diaper a child arrives in.

The goal of this event to generate awareness of eco-friendly, earth-loving, and sustainable diapers for babies.

How long will the event be?

1 – 1.5 hours.

Can I bring my spouse / parents/ friends for the event?

Yes surely. You can bring them along. However, during the actual change it will be 1 parent and 1 child only.

What’s in it for you?? Lots n lots of surprises, yes believe us there’s gonna be really amazing surprises along your way which you wouldn’t want to miss.

We will be revealing it bit by bit so stay tuned for all the updates, turn on the event notifications on Facebook and join our group

A-Z Myths on Cloth Diapering – Busted

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.

Why Superbottoms cover diapers make a great day time solution

 

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?

  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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 
  4. 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.
  5. 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 & Superslings – Uses and More

 

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.

All the Moms out there, its time to become Supercool Moms with these cool ‘Wet bags aka Superbags’ & Slingbags.
Check them out here.

Cloth Diapering on a Vacation

 

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.

Our Stash:

We took a stash of :

  • 4 Superbottoms cover diapers
  • 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.