Frequently Asked Questions
- How many cloth diapers do I need to get started?
- How do I wash my cloth diapers?
- Which laundry detergent should I use?
- There are so many different diapering styles, which one is right for me?
- How long does the cloth diaper last?
- How do I remove stains?
- My baby has a rash, what should I do?
- Why does Mother-ease not sell wool covers?
- What is the difference between all of your fabric options?
- Why do Mother-ease diapers contain polyester?
- Why do so many parents start with cloth diapers but revert to disposables?
Do you have a question that is not listed? Please contact us and we will be happy to answer it!
How many cloth diapers do I need to get started?
You need to consider the age of your baby. Newborns and infants will require changing more frequently than toddlers. A newborn baby will go through about 8-10 diapers per day, while a toddler may need about 5-7.
Our diaper packages are available in a part-time and a full-time option. Part-time diaper packages include 10 absorbent diapers/inserts and 5 waterproof covers. Full-time diaper packages include 20 absorbent diapers/inserts and 10 waterproof covers.
How do I wash my cloth diapers?
Washing cloth diapers is really no more difficult than washing regular laundry!
If the cloth diaper is wet, toss it into your diaper pail. If the cloth diaper is soiled, rinse it in the toilet then put it into the diaper pail.
Once your pail is full (or at least every other evening, if you aren't using enough diapers to "fill" your pail), empty your diapers into your washing machine. Do a warm rinse cycle to dilute the urine and then a HOT wash cycle with the FULL detergent dosage that is stated on your detergent container. Be sure to set your washer to the appropriate load size as you want proper agitation.
Note: Most eco-friendly and cloth diaper specific detergents do not have enough cleaning power required to properly clean soiled cloth diapers, often leaving them still smelly even after they have been washed. Please read our Wash and Care Instructions paying special attention to our Detergent Disclaimer.
There are so many different kinds of cloth diapers, which one is right for me?
We have made a Guide to Cloth Diapering to explain each cloth diaper style and list each of their pros and cons. Take the time to check it out and see which diapering style will suit your lifestyle best.
How long does the cloth diaper last?
You can expect to put one child through a set of fitted cloth diapers or fitted inserts. And, if cared for properly, many parents are able to use them for multiple children.
The product longevity will be affected by the following variables:
- How many fitted diapers / inserts you have (which determines how often they will be washed).
- Laundry additives (seen in detergents or used as stain removers to whiten and brighten) - very destructive on diapers and not recommended to be used.
- Drying method. While all Mother-ease products are able to be machine dried, a tumble dryer is hard on clothes as it knocks the cotton fibers out of the cloth diapers and is what you find in the lint filter.
Waterproof diaper covers do have a life expectancy (which would also affect the longevity of an all-in-one diaper as the diaper and cover are sewn together). You can read about waterproof cover life in our blog post here.
How do I remove stains?
To minimize stains, rinse soiled diapers promptly in the toilet (using a diaper sprayer) or lay a liner inside the diaper to protect from poop.
To remove stains, you can lay your diapers outside in the sunshine as the sun will naturally bleach stains for you. Otherwise, you can use Laundry Magic stain remover which is eco-friendly and does not contain any harsh chemicals that would harm your diapers.
My baby has a rash, what should I do?
If your baby has a rash, there are a lot of methods you can use to treat the rash naturally before reaching for rash cream:
- Let your baby's skin get some air by either having naked time on a towel or blanket or by using a fitted diaper with no cover. Note, using a fitted diaper without a waterproof cover will allow for leaks, make sure your baby is on a floor that you can wipe up.
- Change your baby's diapers more frequently. If your baby spends a long time in a wet diaper this could irritate the skin - especially when starting new foods or teething.
- Your baby may be having a reaction to your detergent. If you think this might be the case, be sure to completely rinse the old detergent out of your diapers before switching to a new detergent.
- Your detergent may not have enough cleaning strength to get bacteria-laden cloth diapers clean. This is commonly seen with eco-friendly or cloth diaper specific detergents. If your diapers smell clean out of the laundry but stink terribly after they have been soiled, try switching detergents and washing your diapers a few times to see if this helps clear the rash.
- Avoid unnecessary chemicals on your baby's skin by cleaning with just water and cloth wipes.
For more information, check out our blog post on Diaper Rash.
Why does Mother-ease not make or sell wool covers?
A wool cover is only somewhat water resistant and requires frequent cloth diaper changes in order to keep the clothing from becoming wet. It is also quite bulky and requires special hand washing instructions. Wool covers are expensive and with today's high-tech materials, the same or better breathability can be achieved without all the drawbacks of wool.
What is the difference between your fabric options?
At Mother-ease we pride ourselves on our high quality, custom knit diaper fabrics that offer the most absorbency and easiest cleaning!
Our custom fabrics are available in Natural Cotton, Organic Cotton and Stay Dry Polyester. These fabrics are only available at Mother-ease.
For more detailed information, check out our Fabrics page.
Why do Mother-ease diapers contain polyester?
Cotton is a very absorbent fiber but not very durable. Because a cloth diaper is laundered extensively, durability is essential. Our fabrics are custom knit for us. We choose to include a very small amount of polyester in the fabric's core to provide shrinkage control and ensure product longevity wash after wash. The fabric is knit in a special way to ensure only cotton (natural or organic) touches your baby's delicate skin.
Why do so many parents start with cloth diapers but revert to disposable diapers?
Many parents start out with good intentions. They understand the environmental and health issues associated with disposable diaper use and they are willing to give cloth diapers a try, only to become very discouraged. Not knowing much about cloth diapers, they were sold a cloth diapering system only to find out that their cloth diapers did not withstand daily wear and tear very well, and the breathable cloth diaper covers were not at all waterproof. Moisture wicked onto the baby's clothes creating every more laundry.
As a result, many parents who began cloth diapering with good intentions spent a lot of money and then stopped using them because they leaked. Not only are they now using disposables, they also own a pile of cloth diapers (which had to be manufactured; the cotton grown, sprayed and harvested). Environmentally their good intentions have become a disaster, and we have lost the people who were willing to give cloth diapering an honest try. I believe the cloth diaper industry should take more responsibility for the products they manufacture and promote.
We at Mother-ease Cloth Diapers are dedicated to providing a real, natural choice to all those who with us seek to keep our planet healthy and our body's whole. It is good to work together with people like you, each doing our part to ensure a happy future for our babies who will inherit this planet.