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Why Changing Boys And Girls Can Be Scary



A number of people are of the opinion that changing the diaper of boys and girls are either the same, very different, or scary. I would like to explain the process of both.

Let me first explain, I had a girl and then had a boy. Personally I thought they would be the same but quickly, though trial and error, found out that they we’re not. I never thought they were scary though. I will not go into depth about my boo boos but I will explain how they are the same but at the same time difference.

But Elaine, how can they be two things at once? Well simply, they are babies! But if you keep reading, I will do my best to explain what I mean!

So let’s jump right in to our first topic of how to properly change a girl’s diaper!


Changing A Girl 


If you have a girl then they are pretty easy to change, but they still have things you watch for. For instance, with a girl you will always wipe from FRONT TO BACK. But Elaine, why is that so important? Well, I’m glad you asked me so I can tell you.

When you wipe a girl from BACK TO FRONT then you are bringing the germs that are secreted from her anus into her vagina. This can then ultimately lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI), which isn’t pleasant.

Another interesting fact I have found is that you should use baby powder and diaper powder as little as possible so that the moisture levels will remain in balance. You see if you use too much powder it can irritate the baby girl soft skin and cause an infection.

As most people are aware boys and girls are different so now I will tell you about how to change a boy.


Changing A Boy 


Changing a boy is similar to a girl except you do have some extra external parts to deal with. I will be discussing this in detail here.

First thing you will need to do when you remove the front of the diaper is cover the penis with a wash cloth so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine.

Next you will need to wipe down the areas around the penis and scrotum carefully.

If he has just wet then you will need to wipe all the areas off, but if he has pooped you will have to clean the mess plus possible put on diaper safe cream (if you use it). Clean all around the bottom by lifting his little legs in the air very gently.

Now lift the baby’s legs a little higher so you can pull out the old diaper and insert a clean one. Make sure the clean one is at his waist and the penis is pointing downward before you fasten the diaper. By pointing the penis in a downward fashion this will help keep the urine from leaking at the waist.

Now you simply will redress your baby, place the diaper in the bag or can, and wash your hands. Wa-la you are done!!!

So in what ways are boys and girls similar?


How Are They Similar         


Whenever any baby is changed you will want to keep a close eye on them especially if you are changing them on a surface of the ground.

Be sure to have all supplies you will need on hand and ready to go, because once you get started you can’t leave the baby unattended.

Remove their outer clothing so you can get to the diaper easier. If they are squirmy or wiggly then give them a toy to occupy them while you are changing them.

All babies should be checked for changing every few hours during the day and at least once during the night. Why should you check them so often? Because the pee and poop can very easily irritate their sensitive skin.

When you are changing any baby you will need to use fragrance-free, alcohol free products on their skin so they won’t break out in a rash.

You could just simply wash them with water and then pat the bottom dry. Just be sure not to scrub the baby too hard because this can lead to skin breaking down. This is why I am stressing to PAT the baby’s bottom. Better yet, you could simply let them air dry.


Now we will talk about how the two can be so different.



How Are They Different


This is a way they are all similar but different at the same time. You are probably saying she has me so confused by that statement. So let me try to explain.

All babies, well at least most babies, will pee as soon as air hits their privates. That is just a natural reaction so be prepared for it. The reason I say most babies is because if I say all babies then I’m sure that there will be that one who will not. So let’s just go with most.

Anyway, back to what I was saying, most babies will pee when air hits their privates, the difference will be with boys it will tend to go straight up and girls will dribble down. This has been my experience and yours may have be a little different. Just be prepared for the shooting or dribbling urine!! and have the towels or wash cloths ready!!

And water, it may have a similar effect as air just to let you know so you can be prepared.



In Summary



Changing A Girl

  • Pretty easy to change
  • Front to back

Changing A Boy

  • Exposed external parts
  • Cover the penis

How Are They Similar

  • Never leave them unattended
  • Check them every few hours

How Are They Different

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The Best Of The Bum Diapers


Today in this article we are going to discuss the different types of diapers that are available today. First I will give you some basic terminology that will be used by people so you will need to be familiar with these terms.
Next I will give you a description of the ready-made diaper that you can purchase at this time. We will discuss what you will need and what is provided.

In the third category, I will talk about the old fashion diapers that mama used and how they have advanced in modern days. We will discuss what you will need when you decide to use these.

In the last group I will tell you my personal recommendation of the best diaper for which situation. Because as you will see, there isn’t always just one diaper that is the best in all situation. I will go in to detail as to why in this group.
I have also written some other articles that I think would relate directly to this article and will list them as well.

This is going to be fun so come on with me as we begin to start this wonderful adventure. Now to jump into basic terminology!

Basic Terminology

When you decide or are even thinking about cloth diapering, you will hear lots of terms that are very confusing to you. My hope is to ease some of that confusion by explaining what the terms mean.
AO1 and AO2– Let me try to explain what those are. The only difference between the two is that AO2 the inserts will snap into place. They are all one piece, hence their name, with adjustable closures.
AP- stands for attachment parenting, which is a very common term used in the cloth diapering community.
BG- is an abbreviation for bumGenius which is a popular brand of diapers.

BF- is an abbreviation for breastfeeding.

Boingo– a type of fastener that holds pre-fold and flat diapers together without the use of diaper pins.
CD- an abbreviation you will hear used a lot for cloth diapering.

Doubler- when a liner is added to the diaper that can then double the absorbency.

EBF- abbreviation used when poop is able to be simply wash away. This is mostly only produced from babies that are exclusively breastfed.

Fitted Diapers- These diapers are usually fit a baby well and form to the baby’s bottom.

Flat– What mama used, one large piece of cloth.
Hybrid- part cloth and part disposable, or all cloth.

Insert- a long strip of material that is inserted into the pocket or laid into the diaper for more absorbency.

One size- a term used to refer to a diaper that can grow with a child from birth into toddler size.

Pocket– a diaper that has a pocket that is “stuffed” with a liner for extra absorbency.

Pre-folds– These are rectangular pieces of cloth that seem to be more absorbent in the middle.

PUL- abbreviation for polyurethane laminate which is a waterproof material that is used to make the outer exterior of many diaper covers.

Reusable wipes- pieces cloth used to clean the baby’s bottom then the Mom will wash them along with the diapers.

Snappi– a type of fastener that is used on pre-folds and flat diapers in place of diaper pins.

Stash- having a group of cloth diapers.

Wet tote– a small waterproof bag that has a zippered top.

Wicking- when moisture is pulled away from baby’s skin and remains in the diaper that good.

This is only a few of the many terms you may hear, but this will get you started. For our next journey, we will be discussing the ready-made diapers. Elaine, what do you mean by ready-made? Well read below and I will try to explain that to you.

Ready Made

Here we will talk about the AO1, AO2, Pocket diapers, and the Hybrid Fitted diapers.

AO1– these diapers are great for use in day care because they seem to be the closest to a disposable. As the name states, they are all-in-one.

The only thing that you must do when changing baby with this diaper is wash off the poop if the baby is eating solid food! It can’t get any easier than!

So what is the cost? Most will run you about $20 since the insert is already there.

AO2– these are similar to the ones above except they have an extra layer added for more absorbency. This means you can get more uses out of the cover by simply changing the liner instead of the entire diaper.

So what is the cost? All you have to do is buy 1 outer shell and extra inserts, so $20 plus extra inserts.

Pockets– these are a two part system with a shell and an insert to tucked in the “pocket”. The benefits of the pocket diapers is a fast drying time that and you can “customize” the absorbency factor by the type of liner you add. Also, their clean-up time is easy and fast.

Once Mom has prepared the diaper then they are easy for day cares and Dads to use!
How much do they cost? They can range in price from $10-$20 which includes inserts, word of warning, some include these but some don’t.

Hybrid fitted diapers– These diapers are similar to the AO1 but they are made of polyester fleece to make them water resistant and helpful to baby’s sensitive skin.

These diapers can go for 3-6 hours before they will need to be changed.
How much do they cost? These are the most expensive diaper $25-$35 which does include the inserts.

Now we will travel further down the road to discuss the Old Fashioned Diapers.

Old Fashioned

So let’s talk about the pre-folds, flats, covers, and the different fasteners you would use to hold the diaper in place.


Pre-fold– these are reasonably priced, all natural, and very absorbent diapers. These are 3 layers of absorbent material sewn together in a rectangle shape. You will need a waterproof cover to complete this set.

These don’t come in one size fits all or adjustable size, you must buy a different size each time. But that is okay because they only cost between $2.50-$5.00. The sizes are newborn, infant, and toddler.

The benefits for using pre-fold is their price, how absorbent they are, their long life, the fact that they can be used as inserts for pocket diapers, and folding can be customized for your baby’s size and fit. But the cons are that they need folding, require some kind of fasteners, and Dad’s and others maybe uncomfortable using them.

Flats– a single sheet of 100% cotton or natural fiber, but some diaper stores are coming out with a new blend of 55% hemp and 45% organic cotton.

The benefits to flats is that they only cost $2, dry quickly, can be used from birth to toddler stage, can be customized, and are super easy. Their drawbacks are that they require folding, require fasteners and waterproof covers, and they make others uncomfortable using them.

Covers– These are waterproof shells that go over the cloth diaper which will give you a barrier against leaks. Some are available with snaps or Velcro closure. They are one size fit all or they can come in specific sizes, it just depends on the manufacturer. You can get them in solid colors or bright patterns!

What’s Important

We looked at 5 different diapers and compared them at cost, durability, what was needed and how they made others feel.

These are important factors to look at because when you are looking are what you are going to spend, I like to know if I have any hidden costs.

Also, if you are going to be cloth diapering you will need to take into consideration how others will feel. I know, you are probably saying that doesn’t matter because it is my baby. But I’m talking about your own immediate family, your husband, other children, grandparents, and future day care/child care. These are things you need to think about. I’m not trying to talk you out of cloth diapering in any means. I’m just saying you all need to be on the same page with this.

My Recommendation

As promised, I will give you my recommendations and state why. The AO1 diaper has some nice features but if you have a heavy wetter then this diaper may not be a great choice.

The Hybrid fitter diaper is pricey but is a good diaper. I would consider getting a few to have in your stash.

AO2 are good diaper but not really adaptable for all stages.

Flats are not easy for all to use.

So my #1 pick would be the pocket diapers because they can be customized to anyone. Their absorbency is customizable with inserts. Plus they wick moisture away from baby’s skin which is very important.


Here are some other articles I have published that might be of interest.

4 Reason To Get Rid Of Poop

4 Ways To Store Diapers

How To Clean Cloth Diapers

5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures

Styles Of Diapers

Comparing Cloth vs. Disposable
If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith





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Best Of 4 Diaper Rash Creams


In this article we are going to compare 4 different diaper creams that can be used to treat diaper rash. All these have been approved for use with cloth diaper. This is something that is very important. The reason it’s so important to use a cloth diaper approved cream is because the other creams may create a blockage on the inside of the diaper. When this happens, the diaper doesn’t absorb the wetness but rather will repel it.
What you really want to avoid in a diaper cream is the use of petroleum-based creamed. Most cloth diapers are made of synthetic fiber and then some liners are as well.
A solution for this would be to always use some kind of liner if you are going to use a petroleum-based cream such as a disposable or one that is listed below.
I did find one tip I would like to share with you. If you ever find yourself needing to use a diaper cream that contains petroleum in it, all you need to do is use a liner. A liner can be a disposable, micro fleece, flannel, cotton, t-shirt material, or any other fabric. Many of the disposable liners today state they, but you should NEVER flush anything other than toilet paper. Simply clean the liner off as much as possible in the toilet then throw the liner in the trash.


I found 4 creams I would like us to compare in this article and they are

  • Aveeno Baby
  • Aquaphor
  • Multipurpose Ointment Burt Bee
  • California Baby Diaper Rash Cream

I will compare them more in detail below on the following points. Active Ingredients, Uses, Direction, Other Information, Purpose, and Questions. This information was all found on their websites.

Let’s get started with our first cream.

#1 Aveeno


Active Ingredient– Zinc Oxide 13%

Uses– Helps treat and prevent diaper rash, protect chafed skin due to diaper rash, helps seal out wetness

Directions– change a wet/soiled diapers as soon as you can. Then clean the diaper area and allow it to air dry. You should apply the diaper cream as much as needed and as often as you change the baby. Especially use it at bedtime when the baby has a good chance to be in contact with a wet diaper for an extended period of time.


Other Information– This is a Pediatrician recommended zinc oxide diaper rash cream. It’s fragrance free but has a soothing oat essence and natural willow herb to help heal and protect. It comes in a 3.7 oz tube!

Purpose– Skin protectant

Questions– Call 1-866-428-3366 or visit

And next

#2 Aquaphor


Active Ingredient– Petrolatum 41%


Uses– temporarily protects minor cut, scrapes, burns.

-temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked skin and lips.

-helps protect from the drying effect of the wind and cold weather.

Direction– Apply as needed
Other Information– Ointment Dermatologist recommend because it is clinically proven to restore smooth, healthy skin.
Available in 14 oz containers.

Purpose– Skin protectant ointment
Question– Questions or comments? 1-800-227-4703

And next.


#3 Burt Bees


Active Ingredient– Zinc Oxide 40%
Uses– Helps treat and prevent diaper rash. Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash and helps seal out wetness.
Direction– Change a wet or dirty diaper as soon as possible then clean the area and allow it to air dry. You should apply the diaper cream as much-needed and as often as you change the baby. Especially use it at bedtime when the baby has a good chance to be in contact with a wet diaper for a lengthy period of time.
Other Information– Burt’s Bees is maximum strength diaper rash ointment that treats and prevents diaper rash. It’s 100% natural and available in 3oz. Size.

Purpose– Skin protectant

Questions– (855) 540-2229.

And last

#4 California Baby Diaper Rash Cream


Active Ingredient– Zinc Oxide 12%
Uses– Help treat and prevent diaper rash

Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash

Helps seal out wetness
Direction– Apply an even layer for everyday protection and when a rash is present.
Other Information– California Baby Diaper Rash Cream is an Allergy tested diaper cream that is super-concentrated. It soothes and prevents diaper rash with a lovely, light scent of lavender and clary sage essential oils.

Purpose– Skin protectant

Questions– (310) 815-8201


Now I would like to share two more tips I have found.

First, a diaper cream that contains zinc oxide will not cause repelling but it may leave a small stain. But not to worry, because this stain should come out in time.

Another tip, if you accidentally use a petroleum-based diaper cream on a cloth diaper they aren’t ruined. You will just need to wash them in hot water with a really good laundry soap, then spot treat any left behind ointment with BLUE DAWN DISH soap. If you use a toothbrush and scrub the area with a small amount of Dawn, then be sure to rinse completely before you wash again in the machine, you should be fine. WORD OF CAUTION, NEVER ADD BLUE DAWN DIRECTLY TO YOUR MACHINE!!! Be sure the diaper is completely rinsed of the soap before adding your other diaper laundry. Dawn is to be used only for removing petroleum-based diaper cream because it’s a great degreaser but NOT a substitute detergent for cloth diapers.
Now for the summary of what was talked about in this article


In this article we talked about 4 different cloth safe diaper creams Aveeno Baby, Aquaphor Multipurpose ointment Burt’s Bee, and California Baby Diaper Rash Cream. We compared 6 points in which I will include in a comparison chart.

Active ingredients Zinc Oxide 13% Petrolatum 41% Zinc Oxide 40% Zinc Oxide 12%
Uses Treats & Protects Treats & Protects Treats & Protects
Seals Out Seals Out Seals Out
Directions Change ASAP Apply As Needed Change ASAP Even Layer
Other Information Pedi Recommend Derm Recommend Max. Strength Allergy Tested
Fragrance Free Natural Lightly Scented
Purpose Skin Protection Skin Protection Skin Protection Skin Protection
Question 1-866-428-3366 1-800-227-4703 855-540-2229 310-815-8201






If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All The Best,


Elaine Smith



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Pin It To Win It!!


Today in this article we will be discussing and comparing three different types of cloth diaper fasteners. We will be defining each, telling why they are use, and what they look like. The three fasteners are

I will go into detail on each below. Also in the last group I will talk about using no fasteners at all. I have seen people have success with this and wanted to include this.

I will include a picture of each fastener so you will know what I’m talking about. At the end I will include a graph comparing each on the major points I have discussed.





First thing we need to do is define what Snappis are. The snappi is a modern day diaper fastener used primarily for cloth diapers. They come in many different color choices and sizes. What do they look like? A giant “T” that will be placed on the baby’s lower abdomen to hold the diaper closed. But Elaine, how does this hold the diaper closed? It has “teeth” to “grab” the ends of the diaper to keep it closed to help prevent leaks and blowouts. Oh Elaine, you said the word teeth, won’t that hurt my baby? No, because like I stated before these are made of a stretchy material that will move when the baby moves so there is no danger of that. Plus the “teeth” are covered by more soft plastic to keep them from coming into contact with the baby.

Another important point is you should’t’ use them for longer than 6 months because they may tend to lose some of there durability. When you do use them for the first time you will want to pre stretch them. This help starts the elasticity process.

These can be used with or without a pretty diaper cover and they are used mostly on flats and prefold diapers.

You will only need one at a time and they can be purchased at Amazon $10.00 for Toddler size-3 pack. They come in a few colors and 2 different sizes.
Now we will compare the use of Snappi to the use of Boingo.





First thing again we need to do is to define what are Boingo? These are fasteners that are used with cloth diapers that will help prevent the tummy compression. These are similar to the old-fashioned diaper pins that Mom used but they are soft and stretchy. They are similar to the Snappi in the fact that they are stretchy but they are only on the side of the diaper NOT all the way across the tummy.
Boingo are a fun way to fasten a diaper since they have a curve design which has patent pending grips. Those curved grips will help to prevent accidental pokes of the wiggly baby and helpful moms.

These, like the above are cute but most importantly can be used with or without a cover.

You will need two at a time and they are $10.99 at Amazon. They come in many fun colors and one size fits all!
Now we will talk about the old-fashioned diaper pins and what they are doing today.





Okay, can you guess what is the first thing we will need to do? You are right! We need to define what we are going to be talking about. Elaine, why do we always define things? That’s a good question and I would love to tell you why, so that way we will all start on the same page.

So let’s jump right into talking about diaper pins, the updated old-fashioned ones!

They are sorta like a spring-loaded safety pin with a colorful top. Some have colorful plastic tops and then others have colorful metal tops.

I have seen some with diaper pins with “square” color heads and then some with cute plastic animal shapes on the heads. That was just a bonus!!

An extra tip: some parents are afraid to use diaper pins for fear of poking the baby with the pin. Well if you store the pins, only the tips, pressed into a bar of soap this will keep the pins “greased” up so they will slide through the diaper cloth much easier. Another free tip!

You will need two per diaper and they come in many different colors. They are the least expensive route at $6.99 for 100. Of course there are a number of different brands which gives you a number of different prices.
You can use this with or without a cover.
Now we will talk about the benefits of using nothing at all, no fasteners what so ever!


This section really needs no defining because the title tells you what we are talking about. But just in case you didn’t get it I will tell you NO FASTENERS WHATSO EVER. Now do you understand?
Some people will choose to use no fasteners at all. Either pins are too scary, and they don’t have any of the other fasteners or for whatever personal reason. They simply choose not to use any fasteners.
If, you choose this you definitely will need additional waterproof covers. You simply cover the child with the flat or prefold just like you do when you use any other fasteners. Just omit the fasteners step. Cover the child with a waterproof cover then hope and pray that when the child moves the diaper will stay in place enough to catch everything.

My personal recommendation would be to not rely on this but, I have seen people that do this and have had great success.



In this article we talked about many things about when we compared fasteners. For one, we talked about where you have to have a waterproof cover, the flexibility factor, choice of colors and price.

Here is a summary of what was included in the article


  • Giant “T”
  • Have “teeth”


  • Patent Pending Grips
  • Only used on sides of the diaper


  • Spring loaded safety pins
  • Included tips


  • Must use waterproof cover
  • I don’t recommend




If, you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith

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Let’s Chart It!


In this article we will be discussing the use of a diaper changing chart. We will be talking about what this is, why it is important, what is recorded on it, and some misc. tips.
Many pediatricians want a new parent to track a newborns diaper output for about 6 weeks. A parent will go to see the doctor a few days after being released from the hospital and then again 6 weeks after the baby is born. You can expect them to ask about peeing, pooping, and feeding of their child. The newborn should be having about 6 wet diapers a day and 1-3 poop diapers per day. This will all depend on whether they are bottle fed or breast fed. They also should be eating 24 oz of formula or 8-10 times per day for breast fed newborns.

Now let’s get into the first category of What is it.

What Is It


First thing we need to do is define what a diaper changing chart is? A diaper changing chart is a chart where you keep track of the diaper changes, and what is in the diaper. In other word, whether the diaper is just wet, filled with poop, or has diarrhea.

But Elaine, why would you need to know this? This is important for many reasons that I will go into in further detail in the next category but this information is needed mainly for health reasons. Parents need to be keeping track of this information for their pediatrician.

There are also charts that will keep track of both feeding and diaper changes. They will be discussed in detailed later in this article. But for now I will give you a brief overview. For instance, how much formula or breast milk they had, whether the baby ate solid food or not. These will or can affect the diaper output.
Now we will discuss why this is important.


Why Use It  

It is important to change your baby often to prevent health problems. You need to monitor your baby’s output because these help to indicate this. The pediatrician may ask you these questions at your appointment so this way you will be ready.

One of the changes worth noting is that if your baby is peeing less than usual or their having hard poops then this could be a sign of dehydration.

You should change your child regularly because the ammonia from the urine will mix with the bacteria from the poop and cause a rash. Therefore, you will need to change the baby before or after each feeding.

Also since most babies do not show discomfort when they are wet, this is why a diaper changing chart comes in so handy. This is a schedule to help you to get into the habit of changing your baby every few hours.


Now we will talk about what will be recorded on the chart.


What Do You Record    

On these charts are listed whether the child is dry, wet, pooped, diarrhea as stated previously. This information is useful to the parents for the reasons I have previously stated, mostly health issues. Also, on the charts are listed the times and then room for the caregiver to write comments.

Some charts list diaper changing and feeding while some only track the diaper changes. The feedings would be helpful because there are times when that will affect the diaper output.


When you introduce a new food to your child this can sometimes affect their output. To check for any allergic reaction or any changes for that matter, you simply follow the unspoken rule of waiting 4 days before introducing a new food. For example, if you introduced carrots on Monday you would wait until Friday to introduce another food. This way you could see if the carrots cause any changes in poop habits, gas pains, or any allergic reactions.
Babies will pee about every 1-3 hrs. and will poop at least 3 times per day. I wish I was still this regular!
What or how do I know if my baby is constipated?

That is a very good question!


Now we will discuss some helpful tip that are listed below.



Constipation– this happens more with formula fed babies than breast fed. Why? The consistency of the milk, breast milk is easier to digest. But back to your question, their poops are firm and hard to pass. The solution- give them plenty of water, high-fiber cereal to their regular food, or pureed veggie or fruit.


Diarrhea– very watery stools which can occur from milk allergies, parasites, viral infections, and reaction to antibiotics. We have dealt with the milk allergy issue ourselves, the parasites is from the child in day-care centers who are exposed to “giardia” which is fecal contaminated objects that a child will put in their mouths’. Rotavirus was common until 2006 when a vaccine came out to greatly reduce the symptoms. And last we have the reaction to antibiotics. Some children who take antibiotics also develop diarrhea as a side effect. But, if the antibiotic is stopped early then the bacterial infection that it was given for will return. The solution for diarrhea- to drink lots of water to prevent dehydration. Don’t give juice because that can just cause the symptoms to get worse. You will also need more frequent diaper changes because the acid from the poops can really irritate the sensitive skin. Also, needed, are air drying or soft warm water washing but NOT using wipes. The wipes can be irritating to the baby’s sensitive as well.

Now we will sum up what we talked about in this article.



Here is what we talked about in this article


What Is It

  • Definition
  • Information needed for pediatricians

Why Use It

  • Prevents health problems
  • Help create new habit

What Do You Record

  • Wet, dry, poop, diarrhea
  • Diaper change and feeding


  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea




If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith

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My Solution To The Issue!


In today’s article we will be discussing the different types of changing table stations that are available today. Well not just ones that are available but also that you can create yourself. How can I (you are probably thinking), I don’t know how to build anything? Sometimes it doesn’t take you actually building from scratch to get a changing table that will work for your living situation or environment.

I will give you ideas and you can run with them from there. In this article I will be showing you pre made changing tables, giving you custom table ideas, how the two can be two can be used together, and finally more DIY stations. Personally I love creating a DIY station because it can be designed to fit my own person needs.

Now there is nothing wrong with a premade or ready-made station because you can always add something to make it personal. With these you already have the basic building blocks to work with.

So let’s jump into our first station- the ready-made.


Ready Made    

As I stated earlier with these you already have your basic building blocks. Most have a changing pad on top with low rails all around. They usually will have 2 open shelves below.

Here is where you can get creative! You can add small labeled baskets to hold your cloth diapers and then another for all your accessories. Of course, you will need wipes, home made wipe solution in a spray bottle, and fasteners. You will be able to keep a diaper wet bag and diaper pail by the station if that is your choice.

Some people choose to keep one by the station and one in the bathroom so when they have to rinse the poop diapers they will have something to transport them to the container in the nursery.

I have provided a picture of a ready-made changing table.

Now we will discuss your custom table ideas.


Custom Creations          

I have already given you one idea but here is another.

Now let’s talk about a dresser. This is a piece of furniture that can be painted or stained to match the nursery theme. But of course if you would rather, you could just leave it the natural wood color. For example, I have seen some that have the theme for their nursery “Toy Story”. They will remove the knobs and replace them so they match them. That is a very cute idea!! Another idea is listed below.

At the baby shower have all the participates write little notes with special permanent markers that wouldn’t wash out. Or draw a picture that has a special meaning. The notes and drawings would become keepsakes for Mom and baby. Of course, these could be sayings of how much the baby is loved before he/she is born. These notes and drawings could then be painted onto a dresser as a permanent memory that Mom and the entire family can treasure forever.

Now for the next idea of how we can combine our ready-made tables and our custom ideas.


Combo Ideas         

One combo idea is to have a changing pad just simply placed on top of the dresser. Then in the drawers you can store cloth diapers. In one of the drawers you can place extra blankets and thin changing pads. On top of the dresser you keep a portable diaper caddy that will have all the small accessories like fasteners, cream, and hand sanitizer. Be sure you have a small toy to occupy the child while you change the cloth diaper. This can all be kept in the nursery while you have you’re main changing area in another part of the house.

Having the supplies in a portable diaper caddy will allow you to take them from room to room. You can even keep a thin changing pad to use in the caddy. This way if the baby is in the living room and needs to be changed out of an only wet diaper you may do so. Of course, if it’s poop you will need to change in or near the bathroom or the water source.
For our final topic today, we will be looking at my personal fav the DIY section.



This is a very interesting and enjoyable section for me personally. Now it’s not that I’m a creative person but it’s that like I stated before you can fix the piece so that it fits you, the nursery, and the baby. I have seen people do amazing things in this group. When you let your imagination run wild, you never know what you will come up with.

People have taken an armoire which is a beautiful piece of furniture. When the doors are closed it is a tall cupboard or wardrobe sitting in the room. But when you open the doors there is a changing that is about at waist height. Then, just below that are two long drawers that hold the diapers and accessories. On the inside of each door are hooks, which can hold outfits if needed to change the child. You could place hooks also inside along the back wall to hold small toys to help entertain the child while you are changing them.

You can have a dresser with a changing pad placed on top. Then the drawers can be used to store the prepared cloth diapers. In another drawer you can store the accessories in small boxes or dividers that are within the drawers to help organize everything so it is easy to find. This will look very neat and orderly in the nursery.


I will review the major points we talked about today.

Ready Made

  • Basic building blocks
  • 2 open shelves

Custom Creations

  • Toy story theme
  • Memory notes

Combo Ideas

  • Thin changing pads
  • Diaper caddy


  • Armoire
  • Re purpose furniture




If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith


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4 Ways To Store Cloth Diapers


There are many unique ways to store cloth diapers. In this article we will be discussing in detail 4 different ways I have found. They are:

  • Open Shelving
  • Wire Baskets/Shelf
  • Drawers/baskets
  • Shoe Organizer

I will be going into more detail on each below. With all these options you will also need fasteners, a spray bottle with pre made wipe solution, and a container for cloth wipes.
Some people have used just one of these storage ideas and then I have seen others that have gotten very creative and have combined two or maybe even all of these ideas into one masterpiece.

Remember you are the creator of your baby’s nursery and the sky is the limit. You are the one that will be changing your child so you design what will work best for your space, your style, and your needs.
So let’s get started without first topic- Open shelving.


Open Shelving               

Now I have seen so many uses with this.

To begin with, you can simple use a bookcase and use the open shelves to store your diaper in. This can be an effective way but there are other people that prefer to have things more organized. Here you would simple stack your pre-stuffed and ready for use diapers. You will also want a container to keep your fasteners in. Then another container to keep the clean cloths in. You will need a spray bottle to keep pre made wipe solution in.

Let me give you more ideas that fall under Open shelving.


I have seen people either line or stack wooden crates along a wall. This will give you a smaller area so that if you want to order your diapers by color, design, use, time of day, etc. you may do so. If that doesn’t appeal to you, doesn’t appeal to you then I have one more I idea in this category. You can then place the accessories above the crates.

Lightweight and ecofriendly storage cubes that can be hung on the wall. These come in many different colors so you can find one that will blend or match with the theme of the nursery. For example, you can put one long block in the middle and short blocks above and below. That way you will have you small “shelves” on either side to place your accessories.

Open shelving is very convenient and easy because then you can see in just a glance what you need and when it is located.


Now for our next group, Wire baskets/Shelf.

Wire Baskets/Shelf


This is something that is somewhat convenient. Personally when we used these I found them to be useful to a point. I agree that if anything were to spill then it could be wiped up easily. The only problem we found was that many of baby items were small and would tend to fall though the slots between the wires. For the diapers and wipes then they would work great. For personal items and fasteners I would use something else, but that is just my personally opinion.


Of course, on these like I said in the beginning I would use a combination of wire baskets and regular baskets. I would keep the diapers in the wire baskets and then use the regular baskets for holding smaller items like the fasteners. Just like with the open shelves you will need a spray bottle with your pre made wipe solution and also a container for the wipes.
Now Ikea does have a solution to this problem with the Raskog rolling cart. It holds a bunch of cloth diapers plus accessories that I have listed above. It has 3 levels which you can customize to fit your needs. It can even be rolled where ever you need inside the house, say the bedroom if baby is still co-sleeping.


Next topic please Drawers/Baskets



Now this is an interesting group, let me tell you all about them. You can get very creative in this group.

I have seen people take pieces of furniture and re purpose it to so they can use they drawers for a cloth diaper stash. For example, you can take a student desk and use the existing drawers to hold your diapers and accessories.

Another idea, would be the open bookcase to add labeled baskets to hold different items. This would help divide and organize the shelves if they are long.

Within a drawer, I would add small baskets to assist to keep the fastener organized by color, and type so that you can just reach in and grab one quickly.

All these ideas are to help you make the changing process as quick as possible. You need to have everything within reach for safety sake of you child.


Last topic, Shoe organizer.


Shoe Organizer          

This is a really neat and nifty idea. It is also a space-saving way to store cloth diapers. You simply use a sturdy over the door shoe organizer to store your cloth diapers in.

You can fit 48 pre-stuffed pocket in each pocket.

This will save space in the nursery or if you live in an apartment and have the baby in the same room as you, the diaper storage is now creatively out of site.

Now for the summary of what we have talked about.



I will summarize major points of the ideas for you below.


Open Shelving

  • convenient
  • Can see what’s needed at a glance

Wire Baskets/Shelf

  • Need something else
  • Rolling cart by Ikea is good solution


  • Help with organization
  • Use existing furniture

Shoe Organizer

  • Saves space
  • Over the door


I hope you have found some valuable information in this article. I enjoyed writing this plus learned some new things myself.

Remember, when you are designing your baby’s nursery to keep in mind the future function that will YOUR needs!



If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All my Best,


Elaine Smith

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The Suds Talk


This is going to be a review of 17 different laundry detergents you can find in the just about any grocery store. I will be looking at the price, durability, any special needs, safety factors, and their contents. This isn’t a complete list of detergent but are ones that are safe for cloth diapers and can be easily found at any grocery store. I have included the price and where I found them at.

The list of detergents we will be looking at:

  1. Persil Proclean- liquid
  2. Purex-liquid
  3. Seventh Generation Baby 4x Free & Clear-liquid
  4. Tide Purclean-liquid
  5. Oxiclean-liquid
  6. Gain w/Febreeze-liquid
  7. Fab-powder                                                                                        
  8. Dreft-liquid & powder
  9. Cheer-liquid & powder
  10. Arm & Hammer Ultra Power-liquid
  11. Gain-liquid
  12. Great Value High Efficiency-liquid
  13. Up & Up Baby-liquid
  14. Wisk-liquid
  15. Woolite Baby-liquid
  16. All-powder
  17. All Free Clear-powder


Cost and Where They Can Be Found


  1. Persil Proclean- 40oz. $5.24 (walmart)                     
  2. Purex- 75oz.$3.97 (walmart)
  3. Seventh Generation- 95oz. $11.54 (walmart)
  4. Tide Purclean- 50oz. $8.97 (walmart)
  5. Oxiclean- 100.5oz $9.97 (walmart)
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- 100 oz. $9.94 (walmart)
  7. Fab- 50oz. $7.97 (walmart)
  8. Dreft- 40oz. $9.43 (walmart)
  9. Cheer- 100oz. $7.48 (walmart)
  10. Arm & Hammer- 94.5oz. $5.96 (walmart)
  11. Gain- 50oz $6.85 (walmart)
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- 100oz.$6.28 (walmart)
  13. Up & Up Baby- 100oz. $13.19 (target)
  14. Wisk- 50oz. $5.13 (walmart)
  15. Woolite Baby- 75oz. $3.97 (walmart)
  16. All powder- 32.5lb $6.00 (walmart)
  17. All Free Clear- 3.25lb $9.40 (walmart)


Do They Hold Up


  1. Persil Proclean- stands up to life’s messes moments with its Pro 10 technology.
  2. Purex- no enzymes which make it ideal for everyday use.
  3. Seventh Generation- has enzymes that are specially formulated to target tough baby stains.
  4. Tide Purclean- gentle cleaning power even in cold water.
  5. Oxiclean- very versatile because it’s tough on stains yet gentle on clothes.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- a synthetic detergent with enzymes to produce great smelling clothes.
  7. Fab- a synthetic detergent with enzymes but is a little weak.
  8. Dreft- dreft is gentle on babies sensitive skin but tough on stains.
  9. Cheer- fight fading and pilling with a fresh clean scent.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- helps get tough stains out.
  11. Gain- a synthetic detergent that does contain enzymes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- whiten, brighten, and freshens.
  13. Up & Up Baby- tough on stains yet gentle on baby’s skin.
  14. Wisk- attacks body oils and sweats with microfibers.
  15. Woolite Baby- hypoallergenic for baby’s sensitive skin.
  16. All- attack tough stains and leaves your clothes clean and fresh.
  17. All Free Clear- strong, yet sensitive and recommend #1 by pediatricians, dermatologist, and allergists.

Do They Have Any Special Needs    

  1. Persil Proclean- for colored clothes check to make sure they are color fast.
  2. Purex- great laundry detergent at an affordable price.
  3. Seventh Generation- is plant based and made for cloth diapers.
  4. Tide Purclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  5. Oxiclean- good for both HE and regular washers
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- good for both HE and regular washers but may cause extra bubbles in washing.
  7. Fab- compatible with HE machines
  8. Dreft- compatible with HE machines and regular machines.
  9. Cheer- does well in HE machines.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- do well in HE machines and regular machines.
  11. Gain- Good for both HE and regular washers
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- can use on all machines.
  13. Up & Up Baby- safe for both HE and regular machines.
  14. Wisk- safe for all types of machines
  15. Woolite Baby- suitable for all machines
  16. All- safe for all machines and at all temperatures.
  17. All Free Clear- suitable for all machines.

What Are Their Safety Features


  1. Persil Proclean- follow label instructions when washing.                              
  2. Purex- HE safe and synthetic made.
  3. Seventh Generation- sort clothes before washing and follow instructions
  4. Tide Purclean- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  5. Oxiclean- always refer to packing directions, safe for color fast fabrics only.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  7. Fab- unique combination of essential oils that will stimulate your body and mind.
  8. Dreft- add the detergent then sorted clothes.
  9. Cheer- add detergent, sorted clothes, then start washer.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- follow washing directions on the label.
  11. Gain- add detergent then sorted clothes.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- first pre-treat anything that needs it, add soap then sorted clothes
  13. Up & up Baby- follow label directions for washing.
  14. Wisk- add detergent then clothes.
  15. Woolite Baby- follow directions on label for washing instructions.
  16. All- add detergent then clothes.
  17. All Free Clear- add detergent straight onto washable clothes, let soak, add detergent the sorted clothes.


What’s In Them


  1. Persil Proclean- 10 dimensions of clean which contains enzymes.
  2. Purex- stain fighting properties to help lift out ground in stains.
  3. Seventh Generation- natural baby detergent with no phosphates
  4. Tide Purclean- plant based product with honey lavender scent.
  5. Oxiclean- serious stain fighting enzymes to tackle even dried on stains.
  6. Gain w/Febreeze- detergent has a smell that will linger for at least a month.
  7. Fab- clean smell will last for 21 days.
  8. Dreft- good for newborn thru toddler stage. They even have a stain boosters for after that.
  9. Cheer- contains enzymes to help colors stay bright and colorful.
  10. Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin- free and clear with no enzymes.
  11. Gain- detergent that will get rid of dirt but lock in this amazing great smell that will last for weeks.
  12. Great Value High Efficiency- synthetic detergent with no enzymes.
  13. Up & Up Baby- biodegradable clean agents but still have a clean smell.
  14. Wisk- enzymes, brighteners, and colorants.
  15. Woolite Baby- free of bleach, phosphates, enzymes, and dyes.
  16. All- has in-wash pre-treaters with active stain lifters for great stain removal.
  17. All Free Clear- dermatologist recommended, dye free, and fragrance free.



That isn’t all the laundry detergents, of course. But those are the major ones and the most popular that can be found in your local grocery store. All those that are listed are cloth diaper safe and approved.

According to everything I read here are the brands that are rated as the best and why:

  1. Tide- because of the variety of choices. Just make sure you don’t use one with a fabric softener in it.
  2. All Free Clear- powder is recommended but not the liquid because it has an ingredient not good for cloth diapers.
  3. Woolite Baby- most versatile for an infant. Many great rating.

I hope you find some helpful information in this. Check out my other articles such as:

  • Styles of Diapers
  • 5 Proper Diaper Changing Procedures
  • How To Clean Cloth Diapers
  • 4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop
  • What’ Inside
  • Comparing Cloth vs Disposable Diaper



If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith




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What’s Inside?


In this article we are going to talk about what will go in a diaper bag when you plan to be cloth diapering. Now some of this isn’t much different from someone who is using disposable diapers with the exception on the kind of diaper included, the wet bag, and possibly the groceries bags.

I did research a lot and there wasn’t too much out there but I found a few articles that listed the content you will need. I will give you a brief list here and go into detail below. You will need:

  • Diapers- change out
  • Wipes- always kept in there
  • Wet Bag- always kept in there
  • Grocery Bags- added when needed
  • 1-2 change of clothes- change out
  • BabyCarrier- always kept in there
  • Changing Pad- always kept in there
  • Nursing Cover- always kept in there
  • Sippy Cup/Snacks- added when needed
  • Hand Sanitizer- always kept in there

Let’s talk about the thing that are always kept in the bag for one reason or another.


Always Keep In                                             


Some items you will always keep in the diaper bag. For Example:

  1. Wipes
  2. Wet Bag
  3. Changing Pad
  4. Hand Sanitizer

Why would you need these things? Well let me tell you about each one.

#1 The Wipes- when you are at home you are probably using cloth wipes so you can buy a small package or disposable wipes you can just carry or keep in your diaper bag. They will only be used for this purpose. Something to think about when you purchase the wipes, is whether you are changing a boy or a girl. Because if it is a little boy, you will want something to lay over his privates while your changing him so you don’t get sprayed by flying urine. In other words, if it’s a boy, get some thick wipes!


#2 The Wet Bag- you will need this to have something to keep the wet diapers in. It has a zippered closure and a waterproof inside. This also helps to keep the ammonia smell from getting on everything.


#3The Changing Pad- many times this will come with the diaper bag but if it doesn’t then you need to be sure to get one. It is a thin changing pad that you can place anywhere. This way you don’t have to be dependent on other people or worried about your baby getting germs from someone else. No risk of cross-contamination because only your child will be using it plus it can be wiped down with a wipe or wet cloth and soap.


#4 The Hand Sanitizer- this is very important!!! You will want to sanitize your hands BEFORE you change your baby and then again AFTER they are changed. You don’t want to go spreading any germs to anyone.


Next we will discuss what we will change out frequently.


Change Out                                               


There are some items that need to be changed out regularly. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Diapers
  2. 1-2 changes of clothes

#1 The Diapers- Well this makes sense that you would change these out. You will be adding them as you need them because when you get home you will take the dirty ones out to clean. When you are getting ready to leave, you will simply pack in some fresh clean diapers.


#2 The 1-2 changes of clothes- now this makes sense as well. You wouldn’t pack in clothes and just leave them in there because if you have to change your baby and the only clothes in the bag are winter clothes but it is summer you now have a problem. This is almost as bad as having no clothes at all. So you can see why changing out the clothes is important. You need to have 2 changes of clothes in the diaper bag, or more if they are younger.


Now we will talk about what you need to replace when it runs out.

Replace When Out                 


There a few item in the diaper bag that will run out from time to time and need to be replaced. You will just need to keep an eye on these and replace them on an as needed basis. They are listed in detail below:

  1. Groceries Bags
  2. Sippy Cup/Snacks


#1 The Groceries bags- now these are simply the plastic bags you get from the grocery store. These are used to hold the poop diapers. You wrap them up real good, to seal the poop away from everything else and then put them in the zipper wet bag.


#2 The Sippy Cup/Snacks- a child will need to have something to drink and something to eat. Now you can’t put this in the diaper bag once and expect it to still be good forever, or last forever. So it makes sense that you are going to have to replace it when it runs out. Duh!!


Now we will discuss our last topic for this article which is the little extras. There a few little extras you might want to carry in your diaper bag.


Little Extras


For our last topic, we will be discussing two extras that are nice to have in your diaper bag. I will list and describe in detail below:

  1. Baby Carrier
  2. Nursing Cover


#1 The Baby Carrier- sometimes called a baby sling is a nice thing to have in the diaper bag. This way if your baby falls asleep you can continue shopping hand-free since you have somewhere to put the baby.


#2 The Nursing Cover- this is considered an extra. This is used as a swaddling blanket so you can breastfeed out in public. This will help shield the child so they have fewer distractions. At the same time, the woman is offered discreet privacy.





To sum everything up, the BIGGEST different between a cloth diaper bag and a diaper bag for disposable diapers is your choice of diapers. As I have stated in my of my articles the choice of diapers is YOUR choice.


The second difference would be the addition of a wet bag and grocery bags.


Of course the little extra items are also optional for the diaper bag.




If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All the Best,


Elaine Smith


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4 Reasons To Get Rid Of Poop


In this article we will be discussing why it is important to clean your poop diapers immediately. Some people will leave them dirty and think “Oh, I will just get them clean when I laundry them.”


Folks, This is not a good idea for many reasons and we will be discussing four of those reasons here. Those four are:

  1. The smell it will leave in the room
  2. The stain it will leave
  3. The irritation it can cause your baby
  4. The early breakdown of the diapers

I will be going into more detail in each group below but I wanted to tell you what we would be talking about. I have included a video explaining the different stages of poop and how they are handled.
So now let’s start by talking about the smell in the room.



The Smell In The Room

Let me begin by asking you a question. Have you ever gone into someones house who has lots of cats and they haven’t cleaned their litter box recently? You know how there is just the smell of poop in their house? Well I have been to houses like this and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. I wanted to run for the hills.


If you don’t clean the diaper of the poop and just put it in the pail, it will smell up the room like this. But unfortunately, not just the room, but the smell will get on the walls, in the babies clothes in that room and everything in that room. The smell will spread to your entire house. This can be stopped with one simple solution.

When you have a dirty diaper all you need to do is immediately clean it, deal with the poop, and then you can put the wet diaper in the pail until laundry day.


Now we will discuss what will happen if you don’t clean the poop up immediately.




The Stain It Can Leave

If you don’t clean poop immediately you can have some issues. As was pointed out in the video when a baby is breastfed or formula fed ONLY they will have very loose runny poops that will be water-soluble. At this stage you don’t have to worry about cleaning the diapers mainly because they don’t smell. If they do have any stains after they are washed just simply dry them in the sun and the stain will be gone.


The sun is a natural bleaching process so this will even work when the child gets older and begin to eat solid foods that tend to leave stains. (A note here:You never want to use bleach or harsh chemicals when you are washing the diapers. See my Blog on How to Clean Cloth Diapers for further discussion on washing procedures)



The Irritation It Can Cause Baby

Now we will discuss what the consequences are for your baby.


When poop isn’t fully cleared up, it can lead to diaper rash isn’t fully cleared up it can lead to diaper rash. What I mean by this is that if you leave the poop on the diaper it will likely stain. The stain when wet will get an ammonia smell which in turn will cause the baby’s skin to be red, scaly, sore, and tender. This will probably turn into a diaper rash or worse.

The simplest way to prevent this from even occurring in the first place would be to change the baby as soon as they poop. Not only clean the baby properly but also dispose of the poop immediately.


Also, at bed time you might want to consider using an approved cloth diaper cream or ointment just as a protective layer.


For our last topic, we will discuss how this affect the early breakdown of diapers.



Early Breakdown of The Diapers


Now we will discuss the early breakdown of the diapers. By leaving the poop on for a long period of time does a few things to the diapers themselves.


First, the smell, I’m not real sure how to describe it. Is it poop, ammonia, or what? I’m not really sure. It will take extra detergent/laundry booster to get the smell out. Plus extra clean, fresh water just to make sure all the residue is out of the diapers.


All this extra washing does lead to the diapers needing to be replaced sooner. Diapers when properly cared for may need to be replaced in 9-12. Since they are being washed more they may wear out and fade sooner.
I’m speaking from experience here, that if your diapers have any Velcro tabs on them, you will want to tuck them under before washing. If not they will come out all twisted up and joined all sorts of ways. Trust me, that if you make this mistake, you will only do it only once.


Some of the diapers have elastics in the legs. These can only withstand so many washing also before they begin to show signs of wear.


Now we will review everything we have talked about in this article.





Today we have learned many facts about poop! and what we should and should not do with it.


This is a summary of what we talk about *The Smell in the Room- smells similar to lots to cats which makes the room smell like poop. Actually not just the room but the entire house.


*The Stain It Can Leave-always clean immediately. We learned that the sun is a natural bleaching process.


*The Irritation It Can Cause Baby- when poop is left diaper rash can develop, or maybe something worse. Another suggestion was to use an approved diaper cream at bedtime as a protective layer.


And finally *The Early Breakdown Of The Diapers-due to the fact that you wash them so much more and use more laundry soap just to get them clean.


In summary, all these can be prevented by simply cleaning the poop immediately or as soon as you can.


If you have any questions or need a hand, feel free to leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.



All The Best,


Elaine Smith