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5 Reasons to Invest in Covers

Covers are one of my favorite additions to my cloth diaper arsenal! Versatile and cost effective, covers can be used in a variety of ways to meet the needs of you and your baby. Covers are swiftly becoming my go to diaper because: 1) If it’s absorbent, it can go in a cover. When I first started cloth diapering, I (wrongly) assumed that covers were meant to go over prefolds and only prefolds. (Full disclosure: I also had to have all of my inserts match the diapers they went in. Yeah, I was *that* cloth diaper mom.) Once I loosened up a bit and felt comfortable experimenting with my diapers, I realized that pretty much anything can go in a cover! Sure, flats and prefolds work, but so do fitteds. And inserts*. And folded up T-shirts, should the need arise (power outage plus snow storm, anyone?) If it’s absorbent, it can go in a cover! *Remember, microfiber cannot go directly against baby’s skin! But adding a fleece or reusable liner as a buffer can work in a pinch! 2) One cover can be used over and over… and over… One of the best, and most frugal, reasons to invest in covers is that they can be used multiple times! As long as the cover isn’t soiled, most covers – such as Rumparooz, Best Bottom, Thirsties Duo Wraps, and Blueberry Coveralls …

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Back to the Basics

There are dozens of different brands and types of cloth diapers on the market, from the relatively cheap (though often more complicated) to the much more expensive (but easier). Often, it’s the expensive all-in-ones that are a gateway into cloth diapering. Parents feel like they can “handle” all-in-ones…and then they feel like they can handle pockets…and then they decide to check out prefolds and covers. It is a rare parent who feels up to the challenge of prefolds and covers as their first cloth diapering experience—but the truth is, in many ways, prefolds and covers are the easiest method of cloth diapering. This week, I’ve gone back to the basics myself. Following a root canal, I’m on penicillin; and after a nasty experience with thrush when my third child was born, I’m well aware that if I’m on antibiotics, the odds that either the baby or I (or both) will end up with some yeast issues are fairly high. As a precautionary measure, I’ve been taking probiotics daily, bleaching every load of diaper laundry just to be safe…and using cotton prefolds and covers, which, according to a study I read back when I first started cloth diapering, won’t hold yeast through a wash cycle. I had forgotten how much I like this very basic approach to cloth diapering. I like that one cover can last me for the better portion …

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How to Lanolize Wool Covers

Lanolizing wool covers can seem like a daunting task if you’ve never done it before, but it’s really quite simple! You will need: Wool Covers Sink / Basin Warm & Hot Water Lanolin Gentle Baby Soap Basically, you are going to be washing your wool covers, making a lanolin infused bath, giving them a soak, and then letting them dry. Watch my video tutorial for an in-depth demo! For more information on wool; check out the Wool 101 series Would you like to be a contributor on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer? We’re always looking for creative writers who would like to share their cloth diapering tips. To find out more Contact Us

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Prefolds and Covers at Daycare, OH MY!

When we first set out on our cloth diapering journey, my husband and I tried quite a few systems before we decided on prefolds. We knew our daycare was open to prefolds since another mother introduced us to them, but there were a few things we learned over time that have made things easier for both the daycare providers and us. #1) PREFOLD your prefolds Our providers occasionally have difficulty folding the correct way. For those of you who use prefolds, you know it’s not that difficult, but when you have four other toddlers screaming in the room it is SO much easier to simply throw it in the cover and go! #2) Stuffing prefolds? If you can provide extra covers each day, it works even better if you can prestuff your covers. It’s a little thing, but it helps the provider and ensures a better fit which helps prevent those little prefold corners from peeking out. #3) Covers, covers and more covers Part of the reason we chose prefolds was to save money on covers. We have learned over time that most of our daycare providers prefer a new cover each time. We started with sending three covers, now we use five, and it has made our provider much happier. #4) CD safe cream We orignally used a non-safe cream with liners but we found that often the provider …

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Wool 101 – How to Care For and Lanolize Wool Diaper Covers

Caring for wool doesn’t have to be scary. When you first receive your wool covers you’ll need to wash them and lanolize them. This is a two step process. Once you begin using your wool you should only need to wash and lanolize them every 3-4 weeks. You will need a gentle wool wash or baby soap and some lanolin. Some of our favorite wool washes include the Eucalan wool wash or the GroVia Wool Wash Bar. For lanolin we prefer the Sheepish Grins solid lanolin or the GroVia spray lanolin. How To Wash Your Wool Covers: Fill a small sink, bucket, tub or basin with lukewarm water and about a tablespoon of wool wash. Be sure to mix the wool wash in with the water to evenly distribute the wash. Add your wool to the water being sure that the water covers your wool. The water should appear to be a little cloudy at this point. Gently saturate the wool and move it around in the water. You may want to turn your wool inside out at some point. Gently hand wash your wool until you feel like the dirt and grime is gone. It may be necessary to do this process 1-2 times with fresh water if your covers are really soiled. Gently squeeze the excess water from the wool and set it aside for the next step; …

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