Frequently Asked Questions

Prep, Wash & Care Guide

How do I prep / prepare my diapers?


All new products must be washed before use. Generally this is to get rid of any dust accumulated in transit and in storage. With the exception of products with hemp fabric, all of Bebeboo products are ready to use after one wash.




How to regularly wash cloth diapers


The key is to KEEP IT SIMPLE. Keep your wash routine simple: 1. Prewash - run a quick prewash with or with out detergent, in warm or cold water. Prewash gets rid or rinses out remaining poo residue and the urine. 2. Main wash - run a Long Heavy Duty warm wash with detergent -

For the main wash choose the longest wash setting on your machine. This is to ensure diapers agitate long enough to get thoroughly clean.

For the detergent please use the manufacturer recommended amount per load. Too little or too much detergent can affect your diapers. 3. Rinse - After rinsing check if diapers feel clean; if they still feel soapy and slippery run another rinse. Sniff / smell if they smell clean. If you think they still stink run another wash. 4. Additional rinse - depending on your washing outcome an additional rinse may be necessary. 5. Dry - Diapers are safe to go into the drier (tumble dry low); you may also line dry if preferred.




What detergent should I use?


Use mainstream detergents free of additives and fabric softener.

Fabric softener sticks to the fabric and can cause repelling.

There is no need for bleach unless when sanitizing. Do not soak diapers. Soaking can weaken elastics.

We personally recommend mainstream detergents such as - Tide, Purex, Arm & Hammer, Foca and the like. **Do NOT use Tide Pods** If you prefer-plant based detergents we can recommend - Biokleen and Seventh Generation. Note that when using plant-based detergents you may need to use more detergent than the recommended amount to ensure that diapers gets really cleaned. **Above mentioned detergents are just suggestions. **After the mainwash smell your diapers. If there is a faint smell, your diapers are probably not being cleaned well enough. Try adding a little more detergent, and or tweaking your wash setting. Longest wash setting is best for the mainwash to ensure all diapers agitate well enough to get cleaned.




What to do with poop?


As a parent there really is no way that you can avoid dealing with poop regardless if you use cloth diapers or disposable diapers.

The easiest are those with EBF (exclusively breastfeed) babies -- EBF poop are water soluble and can go straight in to the wash. No need to rinse / spray off poop.

Formula fed babies and babies that has started on solids -- their poop must be removed first prior to loading into the washing machine.

To remove as much solid and or sticky poop - you can either spray into the toilet; spray or rinse in a bucket then dump water in the toilet; or if you are brave enough you can do the "dunk n swish" method (dunk the diaper into the toilet and rinse it using toilet water). If you seek Youtube there are a couple of videos that shows how to do the spraying vs dunk n swish.




Do I have to rinse pee?


This is a matter of preference.

Some parents prefer to rinses pee diapers prior to washing. This is not a necessary step because you will be doing a pre-wash cycle anyway before the main long wash.

Depending on where you live and on the season you may have to rinse the pee from overnight diapers. For example, Vegas summers can be very hot and the temperature can magnify the stink produced by urine. In the summer we rinse our baby's overnight diaper before putting it in the pail to minimize stink build-up until wash day. We only do this in the summer.




What to do with stains?


Diapers will get stain in its lifetime. They are poop catchers afterall. Stains do not affect function. Stains do not necessarily mean diapers are still dirty. Some stains go away on its own overtime. If stain bothers you then you can try these: - Put freshly washed still damp diapers under the sun for about 10-15 minutes. - Putting lemon juice on the stain prior to sunning may also help with stubborn stains.





FAQ

My baby has rashes


Since there is no chemical in cloth diapers, a rash in the diaper area may be due to different factors. But first, isolate if the rash is a yeast infection and treat it.

If it is not an infection then you’ll need to identify what triggered the rash – it could be something new in baby’s diet. Antibiotics in poop can sometimes irritate baby’s behind.

Other causes of rash could be detergent sensitivity, this is very rare but it could still happen.

Some babies are also very sensitive to wetness, if this is the case then try lining your diapers with fleece.

Or it could be other dermatological conditions, please consult your doctor.

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If using diaper creams make sure there are no petroleum based ingredients. Petroleum can cause repelling and are not recommended to use without a liner. You may use disposable liner, or other thin fabric such as fleece, flannel, cotton and the like.

Zinc is cloth diaper safe but may cause staining.




How many diapers do we need?


The quantity of diapers you need depends on how often you want to wash. We recommend washing at least every 3-4 days. Of course you can go longer days between wash. As a rough guide most infants (0-3 months) go through atleast 10+ diaper changes a day, older babies (4 -12 months) goes through about 8-10 changes a day, and toddlers goes through about 6-8 changes a day. Real Life example: Our toddler at 18 months uses the following 3 diapers at daycare, 1 diaper by the time we get home, 1 more change for bedtime, 1 diaper in the morning upon waking up (morning diaper), and 1 diaper change right before leaving for daycare That's a total of 7 diapers. Some days only 6 diapers, that is if she doesn't poop in her morning diaper.