Your little needs a diaper change.
You play with baby happily as you prepare them for a diaper change.
You have everything set up and begin the diaper change process.
As you open the cover, your face drops.
These Darn Red Marks!
You feel horrible thinking that maybe your baby’s diaper was hurting them. Don’t worry!! We are here to help you determine what is normal and what is not when it comes to leg marks. And what to do to ensure your baby’s diaper fit is not too tight.
We are often asked, “how do we wash and dry our Lil Helper cloth diapers and inserts?” It’s not as straightforward as you’d think. A bit of water and too little detergent is what most people new to cloth diapering think is the magic formula. Then they end up with the dreaded Funk.
For those who are goal-oriented and don’t have the time to whip through this blog, we have made you an “infographic” explaining the proper washing and drying routine for your Lil Helper Cloth Diapers. Click here to view it. Otherwise, read on! It’s Hump Day and we feel like having some fun!
What’s The Funk?
a) The whiff of a ripe dipe (aka your cloth diapers smell bad)
b) A 1960s music genre.
c) How you feel on Monday morning.
d) All of the above.
If you chose d), you’d be bang-on, and you’ve probably experienced The Funk.
We feel there are enough sites out there telling you NOT to get The Funk. We’re a lil different here at Lil Helper Cloth Diapers. We think it’s better for you to know how you DO get it (think of this as “positive reinforcement”).
Top Ten List of How to GET The Funk
For those who feel they’re missing out.
10. Wash too many of your insertsat a time. Too many dirty dipes and inserts is like a big fish in a small pond. There’s just not enough water to go around.
9. Do not spray or shake off solids (ew) from the diaper. Who wants to get their hands icky? Not me. Just dump that full diaper into the pot. (Of course this is a prime time for me to plug our Stay Dry Liners but that would be self-serving to post a link here. Or here.)
8. Do not use a lot of water when washing. See notes above. Little water, no shaking, and lots of inserts and covers make for a yummy poo stew.
7. Use non-cloth friendly detergents or softeners. These will coat the fibres, inhibiting absorption. Less absorption means more leaks for you! (And we know what THAT means… your baby goes through more clothes and well, it’s time for some retail therapy and a few episodes of Glee thereafter).
6. Wash your covers in HOT water. This will ruin the waterproof barrier which is heat-bonded to the cover.
5. Wash your inserts in stone cold water. Most of the time, cold water is fine to wash your cloth diapers in. But if you’ve been making errors in your wash routine, you might need to switch to using hot water to get rid of The Funk.
4. Don’t use enough detergent You’ll find lots of cloth diaper washing instructions online that tell you to use less detergent to wash your diapers (we even used to recommend it ourselves 😱). This is not good advice. How much you use is determined by what kind of detergent you are using. We recommend you use Tide Original powder – line 1 in the prewash and a full scoop in your main wash. Read more here.
3. Use soap. Soap is not your friend. Detergent is your bestie. Read more about why soap is not recommended for washing cloth diapers here.
2. Dry your covers in a hot dryer. This is particularly effective because the waterproof barrier is heat-bonded to the shell. Too much heat will cause the PUL to detach and deteriorate.
1. Let ’em stew. Don’t wash your cloth diapers quickly after they are soiled. Let the microbes grow if you want a good Funk. If you let them sit for longer than 3 days the uric acid will cause ammonia build up and they will be much harder to clean properly and they will have long lasting “funk” issues.
For those who are more visual (as opposed to the link at the top for the “goal-oriented”), we have made you an “infographic” explaining the proper washing and drying routine for your Lil Helper Cloth Diapers. Click here to view it.
As many of you know, we have partnered with Pregnant Chicken. As 2013 winds down, Pregnant Chicken is keeping to her promise to sell the items she’s received over the year and donate the proceeds to charity. This year, the chosen charity is:
Young Parents No Fixed Address (YPNFA) is a network of about 30 Toronto agencies and organizations dedicated, for the past 15 years, to building strong community partnerships to address the challenges faced by young homeless/street involved, pregnant and parenting youth & their children.
Our Target Group is focused on pregnant and parenting youth under the age of 25 & their children.
We are very proud to be a part of this. Lilhelper.ca items up for bidding are three bamboo diapers, five designer cotton change mats, and two fleece mattress protectors.
We’ve included the auction links below.
Links for the Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper:
To remedy a diaper rash, pediatricians recommend to air-out your child’s bum and to keep it dry. Lil Helper’s Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper is ideal for use during a diaper rash and preventing further breakouts.
The Mayo Clinic says that: “diaper rash is commonly linked to continuously wet or infrequently changed diapers, diarrhea, and using plastic pants to cover diapers.” All of these issues surrounding irritant diaper dermatitis (IDD) or diaper rash can be prevented by using our Charcoal Bamboo Cloth Diaper. Here’s how:
Cotton Top Layer: The top layer is a super soft, pre-washed cotton fleece (80 cotton/20 polyester). It provides cushioning in addition to great absorption. This fabric is manufactured in Canada. Use the cotton fleece side when you are out of home, so that the waterproof and wipeable layer touches the surface.
Waterproof Bottom Layer:The bottom layer of the diaper change mat is lined with a waterproof cotton. Basically it is cotton which is laminated with a thin layer of plastic making it completely waterproof and wipe-clean. Use this wipeable surface while changing your baby at home.
Super Soft Top Layer: The top layer is a soft fleece (100% Polyester) that provides cushioning to you baby. Also even when wet, the fleece feels relatively dry.
Waterproof Bottom Layer: The bottom layer of the diaper change mat is lined with a medical grade waterproof material. Now you can lay your baby down for a nap on your single girlfriend’s prized mattress without any worries.
Thirsty Middle Layer: There is a hidden layer of 100% cotton jersey in between the top & bottom layer, that provides an amazing amount of absorption even for the growing bladder of a toddler.
I (Mohammed) got a call on my cell at 9.30 pm on Thursday from a mom whose 1 month-old was suffering from a nasty diaper rash that wouldn’t go away.
She had never used cloth diapers before so I explained to her how it would all work. After which she asked us for 4 LilHelper.caCharcoal Bamboo Diapers. We told her it will be hand delivered on the next day.
To which she said something only a parent in distress would say, “What do I do for tonight?”
So her hubby drove to our warehouse, where Nader met him and gave him the diapers at 10.30 pm so that mommy can start healing the baby’s rash immediately.
Next time, you have a favour or special request to ask from us–demand it.
We will–almost–do anything to make sure our customers are well taken care of.
On a side note, mommy called back and reported that the Charcoal Bamboos are healing the rash better than any ointments she has used.