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I just got my shipment of BellaBottom bamboo fitteds in the mail (OMG are they ever LUSCIOUS!!!!) and I'm wondering how I have to wash them the first time? Can I wash them with my regular load of diapers or do I have to run a special load with just them? Or do I need to wash them a few times like my prefolds? Does bamboo have oils that need to be washed away?<br><br>
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I have one bamboo fitted from BumGenius... I just wash it with my regular diapers, but I just got it, so I really can't tell you if it will wear out faster that way or anything.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have one bamboo fitted from BumGenius... I just wash it with my regular diapers, but I just got it, so I really can't tell you if it will wear out faster that way or anything.</div>
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Did you do anything special the first time you washed it or did you just toss it in with your other diapers to be washed?<br><br>
Thanks! Katherine
 

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I have a bunch of the bamboo Bella Bottoms and I just threw them in with the regular diaper laundry. I used them after the first wash (I couldn't wait <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), but they do get more absorbant after they have been washed a few times.<br><br>
You also might consider line drying them most of the time. I have been throwing them in the dryer and they have lost that really yummy softness. They are still really soft, but not as fuzzy as before.
 

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Thanks!! That's the info I was looking for. Unfortunately, we live in suburban **** and we aren't allowed to line dry anything outside (even if we dry it below the sightline of our fence... stupid blankety-blank HOA), so they have to go in the dryer... oh well, at least DH is getting transferred this year! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Did you do anything special the first time you washed it or did you just toss it in with your other diapers to be washed?<br><br>
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No, but it seems to be getting more absorbant as time goes on, so maybe washing it a couple times before the first use would be a good idea.
 

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I posted this same question when we got out VBBN bamboos and the unanimous advice was that since bamboo doesn't have the natural oils (like cotton or hemp) that need to be washed out of the diapers before they're really absorbent, you can just through them in everything else. I have always done it this way with no problems. And I found that they need to be washed and dired like maybe four times before they hit their peak absorbency and softness. One tip: I have noticed that that bamboo doublers take much longer to dry than anything else I have ever used, since they are so amazingly absorbent. I usually dry them with the regular load, then put them back in by themselves for an hour or so. HTH!
 
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