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CDs are not working! Ugh!

post #1 of 9
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A couple of months ago I bought some gdiapers cloth insert diapers. I am getting so frustrated with these. They leak pee all the time. Today, they leaked 4 times between 8 and noon and I had to use my back up disposables because all my covers were dirty. They also give my LO a rash that looks like tiny red bumps all around and above his "junk", though not on his butt or the junk itself. He has worn lots of clothes that are fleece, the same material as the part of the diaper that touches his skin, and has never had a rash or reaction so I do not think it is a fleece sensitivity. Please help me fix this before I go back to disposables! I cannot afford to buy different cloth diapers for at least a couple of months. Help me make these work til then, please
post #2 of 9
I've never used gdiapers, but some cloth diapers just don't fit certain kid's bodies well, and that can cause leaking. What about switching to just regular prefolds with a simple PUL cover? That is a cheap option that shouldn't leak.
Or could you pad the gdiaper with more absorbancy (ie, put another insert in, or a prefold folded up?)
post #3 of 9
I agree with the pp - how is the fit? If the fit is not correct, you will get leaks. I have many dipes in my stash that do not work for us because of fit. Or it could be repelling because of build-up.

The rash could be build-up in the fleece, or it could be bacteria trapped in the fleece or it could be a sensitivity. This is one of the reasons we only have natural fiber dipes - they're easier to get/keep clean and they're less likely to cause those kinds of problems.

What's your wash routine?
post #4 of 9
I don't use gdiapers but I have seen them and the fleece insert is quite small. Maybe you could try doubling them up or buy cheap cotton prefolds would fit in the gdiaper cover?

If the diaper is causing a rash maybe you have a build-up in the diaper or the urine is not getting completely washed out? I find fleece is harder to clean and maintain than natural fibers.

I hope everything works out!
post #5 of 9
we use cheap prefolds in the G diapers sometimes.

it sounds to me like your inserts need to be stripped - do they smell like ammonia when you change the diaper? have you been using diaper cream that has built up in the fibers of the inserts?
post #6 of 9
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we used diaper cream a few times until my friend told me not to. They don't usually smell unless they get really saturated and leak out. How much does a dozen or maybe 2 dozen prefolds cost? Also how can I get out some build up if that is the case?
My wash routine is machine wash hot with ecos free and clear detergent +1 tbls of non chlorine bleach. They are in a dry pail til then.
post #7 of 9
Hey mama,

The other suggestions you got were good. Babes can also get rashes if the detergent isn't rinsed out well enough. I think the bleach, too, especially once they are mixed with the urine, kwim? I find that cold rinses aren't very effective, so I like to do an extra HOT rinse to make sure there isn't detergent residue. Check during that hot rinse if there are still bubbles while agitating. If yes, then keep doing hot rinses until you don't see bubbles anymore. This is easier in some machines than others! That's how I strip my diapers as needed, I even turn my hot water heater up (just be careful!).

Now that I'm typing this I realize I haven't had to strip my diapers since I got my new washing machine. So that can make a difference, too.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by mommy212 View Post
we used diaper cream a few times until my friend told me not to. They don't usually smell unless they get really saturated and leak out. How much does a dozen or maybe 2 dozen prefolds cost? Also how can I get out some build up if that is the case?
My wash routine is machine wash hot with ecos free and clear detergent +1 tbls of non chlorine bleach. They are in a dry pail til then.
Maybe try stripping them with some Dawn dishsoap in case some diaper cream residue is still there? Probably the cheapest prefolds are at Little Lions. You could certainly use the seconds, I hear they tend to have pretty small imperfections, very functional. I'd give a price but I'm not sure what size you'll need.
post #9 of 9
Ditto - multiple rinses

Prefolds: The online stores have the best quality and many different sizes $18-$30/doz depending on size. BabiesRus and Target may have the Gerber brand, usually in a package of 6 (Diaper Service quality). Personally, I would stay far away from the "Birdseye" type (also Gerber), but they may work ok as an extra insert, especially if baby is small.

Having a small stash of pre-folds and 2-3 cheap covers is never a bad idea.

A cotton wash cloth or dish towel will also work as an insert. You may want to try this first before spending more money only to find out the problem is with the covers.
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