Cloth Diapering

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Comment by Meredith Paige Browning Lovell on August 16, 2010 at 8:24pm
Question for you ladies. We are expecting our first and just thought of this. What did you diaper your baby with while they still had their umbilical cord? My response to the DH was to use our prefolds not our bumGenius. Any other alternatives or suggestions?
Comment by Sara on July 7, 2010 at 12:53pm
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Comment by Cherylyn on June 21, 2010 at 1:05pm
I think I figured out the problem! I found out today that both vinegar and baking soda react with hard water, and leave a residue in the diaper that can burn the baby's bottom! I had recently added baking soda to my homemade laundry detergent recipe, AND the last time I stripped the diapers last month I used vinegar! Double whammy. My poor, poor baby! I'm stripping my prefolds again, this time with washing soda to get rid of all the vinegar and baking soda residue. Hopefully this will solve the diaper rash dilemma!

Here's a link about vinegar and baking soda being bad with hard water:
Comment by Cherylyn on June 19, 2010 at 11:28am
That's a good point. Thank you Sonja :)
Comment by sonja lange on June 19, 2010 at 11:13am
depending on the weather and your covers, heat rash is super common right now...
Comment by Cherylyn on June 19, 2010 at 10:55am
It could be dietary, but I'm actually thinking his infection may not have gone away completely. Thanks for the advice. I'm going to try the baking soda strip and treat it as a staph infection again and see what happens.
Comment by Kasie on June 19, 2010 at 10:37am
Okay, it's not enzymes then. But the ammonia is build-up, which a cup of baking soda every few washes should take care of. Could the redness be something that he (or you, and it's passing into your milk) is eating?
Comment by Cherylyn on June 19, 2010 at 10:15am
Oh, and the vinegar strip did get rid of the ammonia smell, but it's back now.
Comment by Cherylyn on June 19, 2010 at 10:14am
I'm using my homemade detergent that has washing soda, borax, bar soap and baking soda. I've been using the same detergent for a year, and the only change I've made to it recently was to add baking soda, and I don't think that would irritate his skin. I'm going to try stripping all the prefolds with just baking soda and hot water.
Comment by Kasie on June 19, 2010 at 9:51am

What type of detergent are you using? It could be that he is having a reaction if it contains enzymes. I wouldn't think it's the vinegar, but I could be wrong. Are you smelling ammonia at all? I would try the baking soda to start.

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