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Caring for Your Diapers

Cloth diapering is easy!

Cloth diapers are more natural and you're likely to change them more often; if not, leakage and diaper rash will occur.  Unlike disposables contain toxic chemical beads to absorb moisture, parents who start off by using disposable might think cloth diaper can be left on for many hours, it is a big mistake.

Cloth diaper will have the feeling of wetness. It is normal and benefit baby for early potty training. Some babies in their 2 to 3 years old are still using diapers because disposable can keep baby bottom dry, you cannot feel the wetness even if the diaper is wet.

Cloth diapers are less expensive and fewer chemicals are touching your baby's skin.  Plus, environmentally friendly.

Ready to go with cloth diapers, how many you need?

Your cloth diapering system can be all one type of diaper or a combination of pockets, fitted, prefolds or inserts.  You need to start with at least 2-3 dozen diapers, you won't be able to change baby after each wetting. You need at least 20 dry diapers while the others are going through laundering. If you get less than 30, they will wear out before baby is potty trained, because with fewer diapers, they will be laundered more frequently. The diapers will wear out quicker.

Sealing Myth

KaWaii Baby diaper and cover are made of TPU fabric, which is a heat laminated process to make the diaper waterproof. The TPU is not a chemical solvent process, it is biodegradable, eco friendly is our goal. It can not withstand the heat or hot water. The colder the water the softer your diapers will be.

It is a myth that high heat helps seal the TPU. It doesn't work and it will void your warranty.  DO NOT dry your outer shell or diaper cover in high heat, when the fabric is stretched you can see little cracks in the laminate.

How do I wash and dry the diapers?

Cloth diapers are the only items that need to be separated from your regular laundry because harsch detergents can cause diaper rash.  Any type of baby detergent that doesn't contain brightener or fragrances is safe to use on our diapers. Avoid antistatic products or fabric softeners, which often have fragrances that can irritate your baby's delicate skin. 

When washing diapers, you will reply mostly on the water and the agitation to clean them.  This means that for water, more is better especially for poopy diapers.  You may also wash your diapers on a larger load capacity or choose an extra rinses.

  • Pre-Use: Wash the outer shells and the inserts at the same time. Make sure that you wash 3-4 times before using. No drying is needed between washes  Brand new diaper repel moisture rather than absorb it.  There can be the protective coating on the new fabric block the absorption ability.  Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/4 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
  • Color Bleeding:  If the outer cover is dark color, wash with like colors in cold for 2-3 times before use.  This helps to retain the color from bleeding.  When storing wet diapers, do not leave wet colored diapers mixed with whites because dye transfer can occur
  • Basic Washing: Simply remove the inserts from the pocket and flush away the soil. Rinse thoroughly to avoid stains and odor develop. Put the cover and the inserts together in the washer.  You do not need to wash your covers after every use if they are not too soiled. Simply rinse it thoroughly with warm water, line dry and reuse it for a few more times before putting in the washer. Inserts can be pre-soak in cold for half an hour, then a hot wash.
  • Washing Routine: Don't wait more than 3 days to wash your diapers. Washing every 1-2 days to help prevent bacteria.  Bacteria will cause your diapers smell.  Use diaper liners or rinsing off poopy diaper before they go into the diaper pail.
  • Rinse diapers immediately and soaked in a solution of lukewarm water and a gentle detergent until washing. Run diapers through a spin cycle to release excess contaminated water before washing. This helps prevent stain and odor buildup.
  • Selecting a Washing Temperature: Water temperature is an important factor in getting your diapers clean. The maximum washing temperature for the outer shells/Diaper Covers is 95 degree F or 35 degree C.
  • Microfiber Inserts can be sanitize in any water temperature.
  • Bamboo Inserts please refer to Caring for your Bamboo diapers
  • Selecting a Detergent: Many detergents nowadays include enzymes, bleach, fragrance, optic brightener and other chemicals that actually damage the TPU (waterproof lining material) of your diaper, it will remain in the fabric, causing the diaper to leak.  Fragrance will irritate your baby's delicate skin and cause diaper rash.
  • Drying: Line dry (lay flat to dry) the outer shell is the best, or dry on medium for 10 mins, pull out the shells and then continue drying the inserts
  • Avoiding Hung Dry: The diaper has elastic band at the leg opening, if it is hung dry, the weight of the diaper may stretch and pull it down. You’ll eventually lose the elasticity and cause leaking.
  • Amount of Detergent: Reduce the amount of detergent to 1/2 of your normal amount. Detergent must be completely dissolved for optimum washing results.
  • Velcro Type Outer Shells/Covers: Make sure to fasten the velcro fastener before washing. DON'T open the velcro fastener when the diaper is wet. It will reduce the stickiness ability.
  • Turning your diaper inside out before putting in the wash: It refers to turn the inner lining inside out , it will stop the color fading . help keep the diapers looking better and last longer. Same with the dryer , the more heat you add to your diapers , the more worn out they become and the heat fades the color.
  • Elastic: The elastic cannot withstand high heat or sanitizing. The sanitize mode on your washer should be adjusted to below 95 degree F or 35 degree C  before you wash items with elastic.  The outer shells should be removed from the dryer before totally dry.

How to loosen or undoing a snap:

To unsnap the diaper, do not attempt to tear the fabric until the snap pop off, use your fingers to easily unsnap each snap. 

Unbuttoning Holding each button in the right hand and the fabric next to the button hole with the left hand. Tilt the button vertically so that it slips through easily.
Buttoning Hold the left edge of the button with left thumb and index finger and push into buttonhole. With right thumb and index finger, grasp button; left fingers hold right cloth.

Things that you cannot do:

Do not use fabric softener or dry sheet, the fibers become clogged and reduce the absorbency.

Do not use detergent contains fragrance, optical brighteners or fluorescent whitening agents. Harsh chemical will irritate your baby's delicate skin and cause diaper rash

Do not use bleach, it can ruin the elastic and damage the water-proofing of your outer shells or covers. Also avoid borax, whitening additives, detergents with chlorine bleach and stain removers.

Avoid rubbing detergent directly on the outer shell or cover. It will damage the water-proofness of your diapers and void your warranty.

If you choose to use a diaper cream, put a liner between your baby's bottom and the diaper, it will prevent the diaper cream to transfer to the fabric and reduce its absorbency.

How to disinfecting your diapers?

Recommend to do once a month. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

Method 1: Baking Soda can kill bacteria and odor

Hand Washing: Use a basin of hot water (95 degree F, 35 degree C), add a little bit of baking soda, add diapers in the hot baking soda water, allow to soak until the water has cooled, line dry under sunlight.

Machine Washing: Put the diapers in a full load of water, add 20g baking soda, rinse and line dry under sunlight.

Method 2: Lemon Juice can soften your diapers

Use 20g of lemon juice add to hot water, soak the inserts for a hour before your normal washing cycle.

Method 3: Vinegar

Vinegar helps neutralize the urine in diapers, equalizes PH balance. Vinegar helps break down soap residue or film build up. It is also a natural fabric softener, we recommend to use not more than 1/4 cup of White Vinegar in the rinse cycle.

Why do diapers leak and how do I prevent it?

Cloth diapers will always be more prone to leaks than disposables as they do not contain dangerous liquid-solidifying chemicals. There are lots of reasons for leaking and many solutions to help.

Immediate Leak/Repelling- this could be a result of the build up from detergent, ointments, soap, hard water minerals, or the residue of manufacturing process. We recommend you to do the stripping of diapers.  First run a cold rinse with no detergent, run a warm/hot cycle (little detergent if necessary but no bleach).  Run another cold rinse cycle. Continue washing on warm/hot and rinsing on cold until all the suds run clear

Leaking after a short while- when you change the diaper, the diaper or the insert is completely saturated with liquid, you need to change the diaper more often or need more absorbency, the diaper has exceed the absorbency capacity

  • Too Wet - Diaper will leak when FULL AND SATURATED,  dampness spreading across the outer cover, usually from the legs, this is normal, even the famous brand will be the same. Change the diaper often and don't wait until they are too wet.                               
  • Incorrect Use of Insert - Even a tiny bit of diaper fabric sticking outside of the cover can cause a surprising amount of urine to wick out quite quickly. Make sure the inserts are probably stuff in place when you put it on your baby.
  • New diaper repels moisture - If the water droplets bead up on the surface then your diapers need a few more washings in warm water using mild detergent.
  • Inserts not effective - detergents gradually build up on the fibers over repeated washing causing the insert to become less absorbent and repel liquids rather than absorbing them.  You may soak the inserts in 1 teaspoon of baking soda and warm water for half and hour before washing.
  • Newborns wet their diapers often because they have very tiny bladders, so you will require diaper change in every 1-2 hour to prevent leaking.
  • Difference between boys and girls - Perhaps your child has a very strong urine stream and literally leak through the diaper, here is the tips.  For baby boy will need to be thicker in the front, fluid tend to flow upward but make sure not over the tummy button (umbilicus). For baby girl will need extra padding at the back.  This can slow down the urine stream so that the diaper has a chance to absorb.

Is the washing and drying of diapers difficult and time consuming?

It is neither difficult nor time consuming.  Washing and drying will give you your first cloth diapering experience hassle free, just remove the inserts from the outer shell to rinse off the soil before washing. We recommend using natural cleaning agent such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar to eliminate odor or stains. Washing and drying time is quicker than normal diapers. Please read our FAQ for more washing instructions.

Method of storing your used diapers prior to washing

Wet pail - store the soiled diapers in a solution of water, odor and stain eliminators, such as baking soda, it can reduce smells and staining in a wet pailThrow the soil and waste in a toilet or rinse them in a utility sink to loosen or remove waste before putting them in a wet pail.

The wet pail method acts like a pre-soak, and is best for controlling stains. Wet pails are heavy since you must lug the water around to fill or change, and the standing water creates a drowning hazard if a baby should get into the diaper pail. If you choose a wet pail for cloth diapers, you should be sure children can't reach it, or choose a locking top

Dry pail - dry diaper pail is one where used diapers are stored with no rinsing or standing water. Diapers are simply tossed in the pail and stay there until wash day. Shake the diapers over the toilet to get rid of any loose waste before putting them in the dry pail. A sprinkle of baking soda or a small towel sprinkled with lavender or tea tree oil is sometimes used in a dry pail to control odors. A medium-sized trash can with a flip-top lid works well as a dry pail, as will any other larger plastic container with a lid.

Do not leave wet colored diapers mixed with whites because dye transfer can occur. Do not store wet diapers in plastic bags which will encourage mildew growth and stains.

Linting - Velcro wear out over time.  Some lint will always be created by wear and laundering.  If the velcro fastener gets used on a regular basis the loop tabs start to flatten and the hook tab collects dust and small particles, and the stickiness is not quite as strong.  It can be revived by taking very sharp scissors and sheering of some of the fuzziness.  

To prevent washing-related linting:

  • Fasten the velcro before washing and drying to prevent lint buildup
  • Do not open the velcro when the diaper is wet

Pilling

Pilling occurs when groups of short or broken fibers on the surface of the fabric become tangled together in a tiny ball - a pill. Pilling results from rubbing or abrasion of the fabric during normal wear and use. Pilling is particularly prevalent with polyester and polyester blends.

To prevent pilling:

  • Use a slower agitation and a shorter wash cycle.
  • Use a mild detergent or allow powdered detergent to dissolve completely before adding diapers.
  • Remove from the dryer as soon as it is dry.

To remove pills, use a battery operated pill remover, which shaves the pills from the surface of the diaper.