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I am due any day now and we are excited to try cloth diapering for environmental reasons and for the baby's health. To ease our transition, we've signed up for a DyDee diaper service the first few weeks. I've done a lot of research on CD-ing, but have never seen a description of the process used by diaper services. Are they chemically-intensive and would there be chemicals in the diapers which might undermine our efforts to raise our child as chem-free as possible??
 

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Congratulations on your <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="baby"> ! We used a service for the first 6 weeks because we recieved it as a gift. Each diaper service has their own "recipe" for cleaning diapers, I would contact them to find out what they use to clean the diapers.<br><br>
We stopped using them for a few reasons. We also wanted to raise our child as chemical free as possible and the diaper service was not chemical free. And believe it or not but I felt the diaper service was more work/hassle than washing them myself. The pail they supplied was always overflowing a day before my scheduled pick-up/drop-off, I didn't want to use to many as burp cloths because while we had the same amount every week some weeks she would use way more than normal and we would run out and you have to have room to store a weeks worth of prefolds. I'm much happier owning my diapers and choosing how they are cared for.
 

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We used a diaper service from the time my son was a newborn until he was 4 months old, because I basically didn't know any better. I agree totally with Emily about needing room to store all the prefolds and the chemical process the company used to get the diapers clean. I also found it a hassle to have to wash my own covers all the time, and it's no more of a problem to wash my own diapers along with it.<br><br>
I think that most if not all diaper services engage in heavy duty cleaning of dirty diapers, including lots of bleach. They also use fabric softener, which decreases the absorbency of the dipes. I was shocked at how absorbent my own diapers were after the sopping wetness of diaper service prefolds, and I'm sure that was partially a function of the fabric softener the company used.<br><br>
Karla
 
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