I was so afraid this would happen, my 6 month old daughter has been in disposables since birth, never any irritation or diaper rash. She is not a sensitive baby to perfumes or fabrics.
Disposables have been great! But I thought I would try cloth diapering to save money and know what is going on her bottom.
I took all the precautions to make sure she didn't get a rash, the best cloth diaper detergent, using as lil' detergent as possible and triple rinses to make sure there is no residue left.
I am changing the diapers every hour on the hour or if they get wet or poopy sooner I change them right away. Two days in cloth diapers and my daughter has the first diaper rash she has ever had. She is wearing prefolds with hemp insert and bummis covers, at night I put her in the happy heinys with two inserts to make sure she doesn't have wetness sitting on her skin all night. She didn't have the rash in the morning from her happy heinys, it showed up after the second day in the prefolds before bedtime.
So I aired her out, let her butt hang out all day with diaper ointment she had a blast being free from her diaper, rash cleared up. I put the cloth diaper on and two hours later, two diaper changes and a rash. It's not the detergent, I'm positive even did an experiment of laying a prefold on her to see if it was the detergent aggrivating her skin, it didn't cause a rash until it became wet and she was laying on it and bumps appeared on her bottom where it was touching the prefold,so the problem is the moisture on her skin.
Any suggestions to keep her dry? I can't change her anymore than I am and I am using hemp. Should I switch to pocket diapers with the fleece like the happy heinys have? I live in the south so it gets toasty around here, I don't want to cook my lil' sqwirt or anything.
I would hate to have to go back to disposables I have $300 in my covers and prefolds, not to mention my pails and pail liners. Happy heinys ouch those were $19 a piece. I thought I was on top of things and had picked the best items to prevent rash, but that red spot on my daughters tush is telling another story.
I just need to keep her dryer without something that is thick and will get her too hot, it gets around 100 here in the middle of summer. But obviously the prefolds just aren't keeping the moisture off her skin.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! My daughter will be displaying her birthday suit proudly until I find a solution, "butt" she doesn't seem to mind