Originally Posted by Italiamom
Rochelle -- your problems sound much more complex, and not like a washing issue. On the materials front, I've made a few covers now from felted recycled wool sweaters. I felted them well, sewed them up to my liking, and then lanolinizied them. I'm not a huge fan of wool like some people, but with your amazing craftiness, I bet you could make some seriously sweet covers on the CHEAP. I collect wool sweaters for felting, and usually only pay 2 or 3 dollars for them at the thrift. A men's large, felted, gets me two covers right now. Maybe that would help, I don't know. It's HARD to find time to sew anything these days.
It stinks to have done this CD thing once with no issues, and then have all the *weird* issues this round! I do have a stack of no-longer-in-fashion turtleneck wool sweaters that I haven't been able to wear since my first pregnancy -- they are not nursing friendly! I need to move them to the sewing room & get to work now that I know the wool helps, thank you for the reminder!
Originally Posted by SynEpona
A friend sent me some raw silk liners, which are supposed to help with rashes, so we will start using those today. I'll let you know if they help (I'm not sure I'm convinced about the 'healing' properties of something that gets peed on, washed, and is meant to still be 'healing' after that ...)
So far, Silk liners are excellent. Using them and no other change (they just arrived and I put them in the rotation immediately, I know my friend pre-washed them), the redness is lessening. Not gone, but after even the first diaper, it was improving, and 5 diapers later a significant change to more normal skin tone. Hoping this keeps up! I'll keep you all posted :)
Originally Posted by elove
we had a yeastie rash at the very beginning. it cleared w a little bit of nystatin, but looked like it may came back so i cut out all use of store bought wipes. we started using boiled (than cooled) water with cloth wipes and that was the last bit that helped get rid of it. not sure if this helps you guys but i wanted to put it out there.
I only use distilled water for wipes, I'm sure it's the same effect as boiled/cooled water, but my brain cannot remember to boil water in time for it to cool, so I keep a 4L jug of distilled water in the nursery :) (I use it in my wipe solution, and it lasts a long time).
Originally Posted by Beckily
I do the longest wash with a little soap on cold/cold and then a "normal" wash, just water one hot/cold.
Should I do my longest with hot? Do the cold/cold short? I get so confused with diapers! :P I want my baby to not have a baboon butt and disposables aren't an option!
I don't use soap in the first wash/rinse. I put the soap with the HOT cycle, and make the hot one the long one. It always worked for Finn's dipes, and I think the wash routine works for Cate, and it's something *else* that I just can't figure out that is causing her redness. (fill washer on cold, toss in dipes, run cycle - either short wash or full rinse - this is just to get the "organic matter" off them and down the drain, and reduces stains. Then run hot wash, I set my washer to 'very dirty' to get the heavy duty cycle, with an extra rinse, and use 1/4-1/3 the suggested detergent UNLESS you are using a diaper specific detergent like Rockin'Green, then use the full suggested amount. Either way, it's 1.5-2 TBSP in my top loader.
Of course, I do not think there is only one right way to wash diapers...everyone has to do what works for them, and it may bear no resemblance at all to what works for the next person! I also have always kept 2 diaper pails, and I wash my covers separately in warm, not hot, and dry them on a lower setting. I find it easier to sort them at the changetable/diaperpail, than down in the laundry room. This way, I do covers 1x a week or so, and diapers every 3rd day, roughly.
Originally Posted by Italiamom
On the last ditch front, I am going to throw something out there that isn't so popular on MDC.... I am not above bleaching my diapers. In fact, I do it about once every couple of months, or after illness, or if I suspect yeast. I know some people don't like to, but if you suspect yeast at all (google image "yeast rash"), I honestly think bleach is the best best best way to nip that squarely in the bud. I know people say that it breaks down diapers, but that hasn't been my experience. I washed our bum geniuses in bleach dozens and dozens of times, and they were still functional after 2 years of heavy use when I sold them on Craigslist. My prefolds have been through just as many bleachings and honestly are barely showing signs of wear hundreds of washes later. I won't hesitate to bleach new diapers if I feel it's necessary. BUT, I always make sure to do TWO wash/rinse cycles of just water after a bleaching.
One last ditch suggestion on rashes is if you use different soap on your clothes, it can leave residue in the machine, which can leave residue on your diapers. Some babies are just that sensitive.
I am having my own diaper issues right now, with repelling pockets. THAT I"VE NEVER USED. Bought them, threw them in to prewash, and they're repelling. I hate pockets. HATE HATE HATE. If DH would just use the damn prefolds, I would be so happy. But he won't, so I bought some pockets for him, and even before they've been on my baby's bottom, they are already causing me grief. Gah.
I am somewhat convinced that at some point, someone bleached my diapers. I never needed to with Finn, and while I'm not complete against it, I'm not for it w/o cause (yeast = cause, imo). However, after we had Finn & he outgrew the infant PF, we didn't at that point plan to have other children, and I lent my stash out. 3 of my 24 infant prefolds are ruined, threadbare, trash. The others all occasionally smell like chlorine, even now, after I got them back, washed them 3x myself to try & get rid of the smell, and they have been in rotation with Cate for nearly 3mths. I cannot figure it out. I've stripped them, I've washed them my regular way, I've run them through on hot cycles with no detergent (when they were clean), to get them fully fully rinsed... Everyone is certain they weren't bleached, but maybe it was a detergent with bleach or something, they've got that smell! They were lent to 4 or 5 different people over 3 years, so it's hard to know for sure.
For the pockets, can you use them like covers over tri-folded PFs? If you got them 'set' with a folded PF in them, they'd still be DH friendly, and it'd get them in the rotation, then you can wash them with your regular diaper laundry a few times and see if that helps. I do like pocket dipes at all, but couldn't resist some 3$ co-op ones, and that's how I use them, just as covers. I'd think the repelling wouldn't matter then, as you'd have the PF next-to-skin, and then you'd be using them at least, and hopefully the regular washing would get them past the repelling phase?
To the bolded:
We did this when Finn was little, switch over ALL our laundry to the same detergent. DH eventually asked that his stuff be washed in Tide, as he felt that his stuff wasn't getting suitably clean with the natural detergent, but I do everything else with the natural stuff. I'm not sure how critical it was for Finn, but it made life easier for me. Now, we have a dedicated diaper laundry washer (the used top-loader we bought), it's nice to know that at least Cate's irritation is *not* from residue of other detergents in the machine -- we washed it when we got it, and it's only had the good detergent in it since then.