Cloth Diapers for Sensitive Baby

Updated on March 21, 2008
S.C. asks from Castle Rock, CO
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A friend of mine was recently told by her doctor to try using cloth diapers with her baby who is suffering from a really bad diaper rash. Her little one has been prescribed a steriod cream for the rash and she is currently using Pampers Swaddlers. I am looking to you moms for advice for her on which kinds of cloth diapers are the best and if there is a recommendable/afforadable diaper service in or near Highlands Ranch, Colorado?? All advice will be greatly appreciated.

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With some prescription diaper cream and the use of chlorine free diapers my friend's baby's little hiney is all cleared up. Thank you all for the wonderful advise and knowledge.

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L.W.

answers from Tulsa on

I used Kushies all in ones. My son never had a diaper rash while I used cloth diapers. I also am using Melaleuca's laundry detergent, and since it doesn't have any caustic chemicals in it, it keeps from causing more problems w/baby's skin and clothes lasting longer. The great thing is it's less expensive than Tide or any other detergents out there. We also use the Renew lotion from Melaleuca as it works for serious skin problems like excema and severely dry skin--and can get rid of diaper rash.

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G.A.

answers from Billings on

Arbonne has a wonderful baby diaper cream that works fantastic. I was babysitting my granddaughter who had a nasty diaper rash. I put arbonne on it and by the time she went home, it was almost gone. My daughter only uses arbonne now.
Cloth diapers are hard to find so sorry I can't help with that. Penneys or a store like that may have them.

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H.W.

answers from Billings on

I have always used disposalable diapers, but I do make my own baby wipes and my two childeren have never had diaper rash. Its just a thought, if you are looking into different diapers, even the sensitive wipes have a little alchol or some type of drying agent in them.
Just a thought!

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M.C.

answers from Albany on

We use cloth with all natural materials, ie cotton, wool, silk

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K.B.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Hi S.,

When my daughter had a very bad rash, I used corn starch that you buy in the bakery section of the local grocery store and sprinkled it on. The rash was gone the next day. It is more kinder to our babies, because with the cream you have to rub it in and it hurts because you are chaffing the sores. I don't know of where to get the diapers cleaned in this area, but it she were to put them in a big bucket with hot water and oxy clean it can get most of the gunk out and then she can place the cloth diapers in the washer under gentle cycle using dreft baby detergent, other detergents will cause a rash.

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A.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

We purchased a case of the Medline diaper wipes they use in hospitals, and neither of our newborns ever got a diaper rash.

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S.A.

answers from Boise on

Hello,

I use cloth diapers and love them very much. I use Bum Genius 3.0 and think they are the greatest things. They are a one size diaper, meaning that you use them from birth until potty training. We are diapering our son for under $400 for his entire diapering life. Quite a bargain if you ask me. If you are interested in cloth diapering go to celestesnestlings.com or call her at ###-###-#### or email her [email protected]____.com to wash them I recommend Shaklee's Laundry detergent, and if you are interested in ordering some you can call me at ###-###-####.

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J.P.

answers from Casper on

Hi. We got cloth diapers anticipating a baby with a sensitive bottom, and because they seem more cost-effective, at least for us. I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Bummis Whispersoft Wraps. I get them off Amazon.com and I just use a wet pail with a lid to store the diapers until I have a load for the washer, then I wash them in clear detergent on hot and then I dry them. The wraps are designed for you to insert the pre-fold diapers (you know, the ones you get at baby showers that are square that your mother used and you only use for burp rags) and the thicker the better.

Let me know if you want more info Im happy to share!

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D.F.

answers from Pueblo on

Hi S.!
If your friend doesn't mind blue diapers, my son has grown out of some of his and I was already planning on selling them. They're the Bum Genius 2.0....in other words, they work like disposables, but you throw them in the washer. VERY simple, no pins, no overpants (also known as rubber pants), no need for doublers...just put them on like a disposable, take them off and throw them in the washer. They're good up to 30 pounds.
Let me know, drop me an email. I'm not a big help on diaper services because I've done my boy's diapers myself. Take care!
([email protected]____.com)

P.S. I'm in the Pueblo area, so Highlands Ranch is't that far away.

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J.S.

answers from Casper on

I have been using cloth diapers since november because my baby is allergic to sposies (disposible diapers)so I am in love with cloth diapers. I personally use Bum Genius One-Size pocket diapers. They are really easy for me to use. I wash my own. It seems like a huge undertaking until you do it a few times then it becomes no big deal! The cheapest way to go is PreFolds with covers. Prefolds are the old style burp cloth ones. A really awesome resource that that someone told me about is diaperswappers.com is a huge group of cloth diapering Mama's and they have so much knowledge on the subject. Also you can buy sell or trade diapers there and that way she can try out lots of different kinds of diapers for a lot cheaper than just buying them new. It can be daunting at times to use cloth diapers. But if she will just stick with it it gets easier. And if she doesn't want to dry to get the poo off of the diapers they have biodegrable flushable liners now that you just lay into the diaper and when there is poo you just pick up the liner and flush saving you much time and agravation. If you have anymore questions feel free to aks me!

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K.J.

answers from Colorado Springs on

I have been cloth diapering for a while now and I absolutely LOVE it! We use FuzziBunz with hemp inserts exclusively. My daughter is very sensitive and had a head to toe eczema outbreak when she was 2 months old. Shes also a VERY heavy pee-er and at night I would have to get up and change her often or she would wake up in a puddle of pee. I have never had that problem since I switched to cloth.

I would defiantely recommend contacting Dani at Baby Cotton Bottoms (www.babycottonbottoms.com). Shes who I go through for all of my cloth diapering needs. Shes very knowledgeable and carrys many different brands of cloth diapers. She also carrys everything your friend would need inorder to get started. If your friend wants to make the trip to colorado springs, Dani does cloth diaper classes by appointment as well.

I would definately recommend staying away from the ones you find in the commercial stores (ie the Gerber brand). They arent very good and dont do a good job of keeping baby dry.

There are so many cloth diapering options, I'm sure that your friend will find something that works for her and her budget.

Also, as for washing, it doesnt take much time. I live in Fountain and we have hard water, which can be a challenge when you are doing cloth diapering but I just throw a little baking soda in the water and that takes care of that. I have 15 diapers and I wash about every 3 days. Soak, hot water wash, and double rinse and your done. Throw everything into the dryer and you're good to go.

HTH

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K.C.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Hi S.--- my son also has had a history of bad diaper rashes. In my opinion cloth diapers really arent good-- they dont pull the moisture away from the skin....my best advice, use Aveno baby bath oatmeal soak in the tub, backing soda tubs also work....and to be honest---let that baby run naked! Just have a towel close by for accidents....also slap on some burdeux's butt paste (funny name)---but it works!!!!
Hope that helps---

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A.B.

answers from Salt Lake City on

The only thing that ever works on my daughter for a diaper rash is vaseline. If I use anything else the rash just gets worse and worse.

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D.W.

answers from Denver on

I am a mother of four & would venture to disagree w/ your friends doctor (unless baby is allergic to disposables) because cloth diapers don't pull away the wetness as disposables do. As far as cloth diapers go, however, there are no really no better brands than another.
Good luck to your friend

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L.B.

answers from Washington DC on

Pampers and target brand diapers are made by the same people and caused terrible diaper rash for my children, Mylanta (generic brand worked also) was a life saver it took care of their bottoms quickly.
There are some pretty good cloth diapers out there-

http://www.softclothbunz.com/

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S.P.

answers from Denver on

Hi there. As far as I know there are two cloth diaper companies in the area. The Changing Table in Boulder and Earth Smart Diapers in Longmont. They both use cotton prefold diapers (the same kind our mothers used) and pick up and drop off weekly. I know Earth Smart services Denver area as well as Boulder County. We use them and have been quite satisfied. You have to purchase diaper covers on your own, which they sell. Otherwise, there are many differnt types of cloth/nondisposible diapers, most are online. Childish Things in Boulder sells 5-6 types of cloth diapers including BumGenius and FuzzyBunz. It's worth it to check with various consignment stores. Popular diapers are FuzzyBunz or BumGenius. Both retail about $17-20/diaper. Google cloth diapers and you'll get enough links to make your head hurt. There are often used diapers on Craig's list too.

Specs of both companies:

Earth Smart---$16/week for 70 diapers (quantity decreases as babies get older), diaper pail and deoderizing ring. pick up/drop off. all diaper covers are $10 new, they have some smalls used for $4. They have a simple website. They also have bio liners for about $5 for a roll of 100 (some people use them to capture the poopies)

The Changing Table---$20/week for 70 or 80 diapers and then pick up/drop off. No pails included. They have an extensive website that has other diapers and such for sale.

Our pediatrician told us that sometimes the chemicals in the baby wipes can irritate and facilitate diaper rashes. We rinse the wipes in water before using or just use water.

Best of Luck!!!

Sara

I'm a mom of an 11 month old daughter and work part time.

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J.R.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Hi, there just to answer your question, my best friend used cloth diapers for her daughter that is now 6years old, and she use to get the worst diaper rashes, because cloth diapers are not designed to keep the wetness away like the disposable diapers, she switched to organic disposables, that can be bought at any natural food store, and her daughter never had a rash again.I myself have a 6 and 3 year old and found that the perfume used in pampers are very strong and maybe you daughter is just very sensitive to the gel used inthe diaper therefore the rash, I would definitly try the organic disposables first before I go to cloth, because they are a hassle and does not work very well, keeping wetness away, so you would have to change diapers allot more often
Good luck, with everthing
J.

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A.M.

answers from Denver on

Hi S.!

Our daughter is almost 6 months old and has never had diaper rash. We started with cloth in the hospital and have never looked back.

We have a diaper service (Earth Smart out of Longmont), not sure if they cover your area but Boulder based Changing Table might. We were gifted with several months at our baby shower and have just started picking up the $64 month cost on our own. So far so good. :-)

We use Thirsties diaper covers and LOVE them. We tried a little of every thing and found this cover to be the best, few leaks and great colors!

Also cloth can be a bit of a pain when you're out and about. We use G Diapers as our disposables -- they are flushable and compostable so you're not contributing to a land fill. These too are amazing and affordable. You can find them online or at Vitamin Cottage. They were just named the greenest diapers on the planet by (I think) Time magazine.

Give em a try and here's to happy dry bottoms!

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A.M.

answers from Denver on

I have on and off used traditional folding diapers and the ones with the thicker middles. Then recently was given MotherEase diapers with their own wraps and liners. With my first two boys I had no problems with rashes and washed in a sideloader. But with my last son, he would get a rash right away in response to his own urine. Now it could have been the detergent I was using in combo with the urine that caused this. So if I were you I'd make sure you have enough diapers to change right after each pee as possible.
The services do a thorough job with their cleaning of diapers, though I'd do some reading up if bleach is used.
I wish there was just one ideal for all kids but no two kids are the same. Good luck

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C.K.

answers from Denver on

I was so excited to use cloth diapers with my baby boy and bought a bunch of fuzzi bunz. They seemed to be the best from what I heard and read. Unfortunately, despite washing the liners many times to strip them (per the instructions)and even doubling up on the liners, they were still not absorbent enough and my son wet through all his clothes several times a day. I was disappointed to notice that he only got redness on his bottom with the cloth diapers, too. And, you can't really use cream on them because the cream ruins the fabric and interferes with the wicking and absorbtion of the diaper. I even tried hemp liners which were more absorbent, but took forever to dry after washing and were more expensive. So, my advice is to definitely give them a try, but do not buy a whole bunch until you know you like them. They are expensive and I feel like I wasted a lot of money on them. I have some your friend could buy that I never even used...

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H.G.

answers from Denver on

Hi there!
I also use the bumGenius onesize diapers, and I LOVE them. With my business, I offer cloth diaper classes, and a cloth diaper sampler kit to help educate those interested about cloth diapers. To find out more, go to www.naturalchoices4baby.com and click on the cloth diaper tab
Cloth diapers are so easy to launder yourself, it adds a load every 1-3 days, I haven't found a diaper service to be necessary.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
H. Gaitten
www.naturalchoices4baby.com
[email protected]____.com - email

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M.S.

answers from Colorado Springs on

We switched to cloth diapers when my boys were 8 mos and 2 yrs old. Our favorite diapers were FuzziBunz at night and Swaddlebees by day.

Swaddlebees have an organic velour option which is just super soft.

Colorado Springs has a great diaper shop, Baby Cotton Bottoms (www.babycottonbottoms.com) where you can see everything before you buy it, and the owner and her staff are super knowledgeable.

www.diaperswappers.com is a great online community for diaper information.

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J.S.

answers from Salt Lake City on

I dont use cloth but my advice to you is to tell her to STOP using pampers swaddlers! that is what is likely causing the diaper rash. they put perfumes in them and that new weaved lining thingie makes things so much worse. I work with babies and the majority of the babies get diaper rash from pampers. Tell her to try a differnt brand and see what happens.

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K.D.

answers from Denver on

Our son had the same problem, and since we live on the road, cloth diapers weren't an option. We used chlorine-free diapers (SIL advice) and that fixed it for him, and we only had to use them then once the rash started to appear. You can get them on sale often at some King Soopers, otherwise at health food stores. I'm sorry I don't remember the brand name. Some health food stores have two brands, but there seems to be one main one. I found we didn't even have to use rash cream for him, just put him in one of those diapers. I will warn you, they are expensive, which is why we switched back and forth as needed. He's still in the expensive Pampers to this day. I don't know how the cost would compare to a service. Since it seemed to be a sensitivity, we used Gentle Naturals Eczema Cream as a barrier instead of rash cream. It was great as long as we stayed ahead of the rash and used it at the first sign. Now that's all we need instead of the very expensive diapers. I think in his first year of problems, I think we only used 3 bags of the diapers, which does make it less expensive, since we could mostly do regular and switch when needed. The first time did take longer to clear up. It might be worth checking into if you find cloth don't work.

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L.D.

answers from Boise on

Mother-Ease diapers are the best. They're kind of expensive, but you can find them on Ebay used for good prices. There are others that are good too, but I never had any leaks with these with my daughter. I never used disposables. They have three kinds, Sandies, Pops, (one size), and all-in-ones which have the cover sewn on the diaper. Those are most expensive. Their covers are the best as well. But you have to be careful getting those used as they do lose their effectiveness eventually. And the diapers can eventually wear as well. But most people describe them well. From what I bought and sold, it cost me a total of $500 to diaper my daughter from birth through potty training.

Good luck.
L.

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A.J.

answers from Tucson on

Hi S.!
My husband already gave you the low down on what we use. I will second that our sone has NEVER gotten diaper rash when in the cloth but gets it often if we go for the ease of the disposables. One thing your friend might want to try is a new diaper called the G diaper. They are a cross between the cloth and the disposable. the site is www.gdiaper.com and you can buy them at whole foods. Great luck to your friend!

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R.G.

answers from Grand Junction on

There is a company called the natural baby company. You might find them online. They have great diapers and covers. She could also try a natural food store. They have "natural" diapers. My friend has a baby that got bad rashes from regular diapers, and she uses the natural diapers.

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M.A.

answers from Grand Junction on

We use Fuzzi Bunz cloth diapers for our little guy and really like them. I ordered them through a business in Parker, CO, called Lavender Hill Baby (www.lavenderhillbaby.com). For more information, the site is www.fuzzibunz.com but you have to buy them through a distributor/business. I just follow the wash and care directions as we don't have a service in our area. I hope cloth diapers help! You may also want to check out the most recent issue of Mothering magazine (March/April 2008) as they have a feature article on cloth diapers in addition to many advertisements for them. Our little guy has never had a rash and when he's had a little irritation, we just use vaseline. Another suggestion is to mix up a diaper spray (from a friend of mine) in a small spray bottle -- a few drops of almond oil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, baby soap with aloe vera and then fill with distilled water. You can adjust amounts as needed and even make a larger bottle. We spray it on and dab off with a cotton cloth or just let it air dry on as it seems to be so soothing. Good luck.

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K.B.

answers from Denver on

I don't know of a diaper service in Highlands Ranch, but I did use Fuzzi Bunz diapers on my daugher, and loved them. You launder them yourself, which was really easy. They're easy to use, and easy to adjust both in size and absorbency.

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S.S.

answers from Great Falls on

I just bought a birth to potty training package from Diaperaps.com A little heavy on the pocket book to begin with 248.00 but it comes with lots of diaper and covers. And they are so cute.

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Y.R.

answers from Colorado Springs on

it doesn't matter what kind of cloth diaper you use. What matters is that you wash them first with either Dreft or All Baby detergent. Don't add anything to soften them, the chemicals in the fabric softener may agravate the diaper rash. With a diaper rash this bad I might even run them through a second rinse to make sure all the detergent is out. Dry them in the Dryer & they should be plenty soft, without adding dryer sheets (& chemicals).
~"Abuelita" Ramos

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L.R.

answers from Missoula on

Curity diapers with the extra lining through the middle. I would double them up so I wouldn't have to use plastic pants. Plastic pants cause them to sweat and you need area kept dry. Change them the moment they get wet to keep urine off the skin. Use a safe gental detergent. My favorite is Mrs. Myers Clean Day laundry detergent and faberic softener. Oxegen bleach or viniger(1 cup) per load to disenfect. Eco oxegen bleach is 100% verses oxiclean (60% oxegen bleach/40% fillers) Double rinse to make sure all the detergent is out. I would not trust laundry services to use good detergent, safe bleach and rinse well enough. Lucky for me, I had a washing machine and was a stay at home mom.

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A.S.

answers from Denver on

Stacy -

I have been using Fuzzi Bunz since my son was born, and I LOVE them. They are easy to wash yourself, and I find they are very affordable. I bought a package from http://www.fuzzibunzstore.com for my son's size smalls (I bought 21) and his size larges (I bought 18). I bought 18 mediums used on ebay for $180. Then when he grew out of them, I sold his mediums on craigslist for the same price I paid for them!!

He wore the smalls from birth until 4 months, the mediums from 4 months to a year, and the larges are still on the smallest snaps at 16 months... they will last for a long time still.

Since I resold the mediums, my son basically wore diapers from 4 months to a year for free. I think that's worth the investment!

They work like a disposable, but better, and no rashes whatsoever. Washing them is very easy, and I have not needed or even wanted a diaper service. Your friend can check them out here: www.fuzzibunz.com (though the cheapest place I've seen them new is fuzzibunzstore.com)

If she does want a service though, I know of one diaper service that will let you use Fuzzi Bunz, Bummis, Bumkins and traditional cloth diapers. They service Denver and Boulder and the prices are fairly good. It's called The Changing Table: ###-###-####
[email protected]____.com
www.thechangingtable.net

40 diapers a week is only $16, 80 diapers a week (enough for a newborn) is only $20. Baby obviously needs fewer diapers per week as they get older.

As for her baby's awful rash, Bubble Goddess Bath Co. makes an awesome product called Oh Baby! Butter. It's all natural and can help with diaper rash.

Oh! One more thing. I use cloth wipes too (hey if you're already washing the diapers, the wipes are no big deal to throw in!). But we use disposable wipes in the diaper bag. Everytime we use them, my son starts to get red & irritated, and if we don't switch back to the cloth wipes with just plain water right away, he gets a rash. It is definitly the wipes causing it. We have even tried using different brands & the "sensitive" ones. They all irritate him.

Just something to keep in mind.

Good luck! Cloth Rocks!

A. Schell
Team Leader
Bubble Goddess Bath Co.
"Natural Bath Products for Your Inner Goddess"
###-###-####
[email protected]____.com

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A.T.

answers from Provo on

I use cloth diapers.

If she wants to switch to cloth, she should find one with either suede cloth or microfleece on the inside. These materials wick moisture away from baby's skin. And, while they will be quite an investment up front, they will be much more cost effective than organic disposables or even Huggies.

One diaper she might like is the Motherease Stay Dry One-Size

http://www.motherease.com/database/scripts/store_products...

It is designed to fold down for smaller babies and unfold for larger babies so you don't have to buy as many diapers.

HTH

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B.S.

answers from Denver on

My grandkids and my nieces baby both suffered from horrible diaper rash. One thing to tell her is to stop using the pampers. That is what we used and after switching to huggies we didnt have as much of a problem with the rash. Also, try giving the baby an aveno bath and then apply desitin after. The aveno bath really also helped us. Finally, if she is using baby powder for relief tell her to stop using it. They told my step daughter that her child may be allergic to the powder and that could be causing the rash. She stopped and the rash cleared up. Just some things to try before going to cloth diapers. If you have a diaper service thats great. But cloth diapers need to be changed more frequently and cleaned really well or you will end up with a much worse rash than there is now. Hope this helps.

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J.F.

answers from Denver on

S.,

It might not be a true diaper rash. My youngest was always having a diaper rash and come to find out she had a yeast infection. I started to put just a LITTLE bit of baking soda in her bath water and let her sit in it. Then rinse it off really well. It cleared up so fast.

Cloth diapers are a better way to go any way. I truly beleive it helps with making potty training better.

Good luck.

J.

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N.H.

answers from Great Falls on

My daughter gets severe diaper rash alot and I was advised to take cloth diapers cut them into peices and put them into the disposable diapers and just throw them away. I just use the one ply gerber diapers from Wal-mart. Also I make my own diaper rash cream with 3 parts: 1 part 1% hydrocortizone cream 1 part zinc oxide (you can find it by the pharmacy at Wal-mart) and 1 part Nystatin or Lotramin( Yes it's for athelets foot but it really works). Mix them together cover the affected area liberally.

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R.M.

answers from Denver on

Hi S.,
There are so many benefits to using cloth diapers! Not just environmentally, but also for baby. Fewer rashes is definately one of them. We've exclusively cloth diapered our son for nine months, and he's only had a couple of diaper rashes. I was on bedrest for seventeen weeks, so I had lots of time to research cloth diapers online before he was born, so I've got lots of information I'd be happy to share.

Diaper services are expensive and unnecessary. Your friend can buy diapers and the right kind of soap and literally wash them in her home washing machine. It is a simple cold prewash, hot wash, extra rinse. Toss them in the dryer and that's it.

There are basically three kinds of diapers. The old fashioned square cloths that you so how fold into a diaper, pin them and put a waterproof cover ('rubber pants') on. Or the modern diapers have velcro or snap closures with elastic legs. They are soo easy. WIth the modern cloth diapers, you can either buy the absorbant diaper that is not water proof (called a Fitted Diaper) and use a waterproof cover or you can buy a complete diaper that is both the absorbant diaper with an attached waterproof outer (called an all in one or a pocket diaper). They are so easy to use and come in a variety of colors and patterns. We tried about 10 brands at first, and so we have personal favorites.

My webstore is opening March 15th. Initially, I will carry a couple different brands of diapers. I'd love to offer your friend (any anyone else who's interested) a 10% off coupon to use in the store, if she'd like to order some diapers to try. Use "MamaSrc10" on www.modernmommygear.com starting Saturday.

Also, Burts Bees diaper rash cream is phenomenal. Le Leche meeting recommended breast milk (if she is still nursing). Also homemade diaper wipes ensure there is no alcohol in the wipes (you can google and find many recipes).

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S.G.

answers from Salt Lake City on

Hi, I dont do cloth diapers but my cousin.... loves them.. I know that she made most of her cloth diapers and they were really cute.. camo and flowers.. She found a pattern on line.. Hope this helps...

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T.B.

answers from Pocatello on

I use g-diapers for my little one. I found out he had sensive skin (after ruling out food allergies which also causes really bad diaper rash)and started doing some research on my options. I don't have a cloth diaper service where I live, so g diapers were my only option. They are easy to use once you get the hang of it!

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A.B.

answers from Denver on

I use diapers from www.diaperaps.com It consists of a breathable waterproof cover with velcro closures, a cloth diaper (double fold I think) and a 100% biodegradable flushable liner. For solids, just pull the liner out and flush. I wash the diapers in cold for a prerinse (sometimes with some bleach), hot wash and then throw them in the dryer on high heat. The covers I throw in with whatever currently needs washed. For detergent I use Cheer's free and clear. As for wipes, I had to stop using any wipe that had aloe in it because my son would break out in a rash. I now use a store brand wipe that doesn't have alcohol in it. I can't even remember the last time he had a rash.

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B.V.

answers from Billings on

cloth diapers are being used more and more these days, they even make them in the shap of a diaper with velcro, kind of like really thick training pants. my son startded t get ar really bad diaper rash and my sister, who ran a daycare at the time said to use pure cornstarch. i used it every time i changed him, he never had another diaper rash. i never used any creams, or oinments on his as his skin was very sensitive, most people have it in thier pantries but you can buy pure cornstarch baby poweder, i also used pampers swaddlers and really loved them for my son.

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H.C.

answers from Tucson on

There is a thread about cloth over at
http://www.mamasource.com/request/10124373133000441857
but that thread was geared towards the cost/environmental factors.

Here's some of what I wrote:
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The cloth diapers we have used and like best are bumGenius [ http://www.bumgenius.com/one-size.php ] and Fuzzi Bunz [ http://www.fuzzibunz.com/fuzzi_details.php ]. They are both pocket all-in-one styles meaning we place an insert into the pocket and put it on pretty much like a Pampers. The insert works like the absorbing gel in a disposable diaper. The new bumGenius 3.0 diapers are one size meaning the snaps on the front can adjust the rise so the one diaper fits kids from 7 to 35 pounds!

[These are different than the Chinese prefolds (DSQ) that you not only have to fold and pin/velcro/Snappi on baby but then also have to put a cover of some sort on them. http://www.greenmountaindiapers.com/diapers.htm
For us, that would be a royal PIA!]

All that [disposable vs. washing] aside, I have one bit of anecdotal evidence: when DS was in cloth diapers, he NEVER had a diaper rash! In fact, we never had any diaper rash medication until the time we put him in disposables. He got a pretty bad rash that had to be treated with a prescription diaper rash ointment!

There are many places to get the cloth diapers but the place we use for ours is called Cotton Babies (they have a web site) because they have a program that lets you send in your old (clean of course) diapers and they'll give you a store credit of about 50% towards other stuff from them. That was good when we mainly used the Fuzzi Bunz and would have to move to the next size up.

Regardless of the type of diaper, a few things...NEVER EVER use fabric softener! Downy, Bounce etc will make the cloth waterproof and is exactly NOT what you want for the diaper because it will cause them to leak. ONLY use detergents like Allens Naturally or BioKleen the others with their additives will cause the diapers to fail and will also leave residue causing the diapers to get stinky even after washing.

[Note too that using diaper rash creams and ointments can cause problems with the cloth diapers. Some people lay and insert on top (between baby & diaper) so that the creams don't get on the diaper itself. There are also some biodegradable rice paper liners that can be used if she needs to use the creams.

And if she's going the cloth diaper route, why not cloth baby wipes as well? Using cloth wipes with proven gentle (or homemade) wipes solution works great on very sensitive skin.]

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Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics severe diaper rash treatment
http://www.mustelausa.com/stelactiv.html

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Some cloth diaper resources:
http://www.diaperpin.com/diapers/diaperpages.asp
(reviews and comments on all things cloth)

http://www.cottonbabies.com
Flushable liners http://www.cottonbabies.com/product_info.php?cPath=37&amp...

http://www.bumgenius.com/one-size.php

http://www.fuzzibunz.com

http://www.punkinbutt.com/

http://babysbottomline.com/index.php

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Colorado cloth diaper services/stores
http://www.diaperpin.com/directory/directory.asp?search=L...=
(with reviews)

Westminster
http://denverdiaperco.irismarketbuilder.com/

Monument
http://ecobabydiaperservice.com/

Longmont
http://www.earthsmartdiaperservice.com/

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WIPES STUFF
Kissaluvs diaper lotion potion (spray or concentrate)
http://www.kissaluvs.com/diaper-lotion-potion.html

Mustela PhysiObébé No-rinse cleansing fluid
http://www.mustelausa.com/phisiobebe.html
(we got a travel size of this and use it at dirty diaper changes)

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Diaper Wipes Recipes
http://www.diaperjungle.com/diaper-wipes-recipes.html

http://store.motherearthnurserydesigns.com/blog/?cat=7&am...

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J.K.

answers from Denver on

Hi!

We use cloth diapers and our 8-month-old has not had diaper rash - he's had some redness that goes away with a little diaper cream. We are moving and will be switching to Ecobaby - http://www.ecobabydiaperservice.com/. They should deliver to Highlands Ranch.

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B.J.

answers from Pocatello on

That mesh stuff in the Pampers gives my daughter diaper rash...don't use wet wipes, just water and paper towels, and let them be naked whenever possible.

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P.B.

answers from Colorado Springs on

Your friend will like cloth diapers! They're softer and probably less diaper rashes will occur. I used a diaper service for all four of my sons, and two of them had a diaper rash only a single time while friends used paper diapers and experienced rashes constantly. It was convenient to use, I didn't have to worry about washing the diapers, I never had the smells of dirty diapers in our home (they give you heavey duty fresheners for the pails) and they always delivered and picked up very efficiently. I used my diaper service for over eight years and I never regret it. I am in Colorado Springs so I can't help with a service in the Denver area.

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L.A.

answers from Boise on

Hi S.,
Your friend's child is obviously having a reaction to something used to make the diapers. And, with cloth, this can sometimes still happen, depending on what type of products you use to wash the cloth diapers with.
Shaklee offers non-toxic cleaning products for laundry use. Check out the website: www.sowing4health.com
Also, the sun is the most natural and best source of drying and bleaching those cloth diapers !

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K.F.

answers from Denver on

Poor baby! My grandson gets a terrible diaper rash. The doctor said to use Mylanta on the rash and then follow it with A & D ointment. You'll see results immediately.

Also, when it's really bad, give the baby a bath with baking soda in the water.

As far as diapers go, if you go with cloth, there on ones that have a diaper that has double layers down the middle of the diaper. That helps keep the wetness away from the skin.

Good luck. Diamper rash is hard on the parents as is the baby!

K.

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G.A.

answers from Denver on

We were at wit's end with my son and his diaper rash. It turned out to be the carrots we were feeding him! Just wanted to run that by you, just in case--it can be an easy fix if there is something in the diet that is causing a rash. The doctors were no help to us; we discovered it by accident.

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C.W.

answers from Denver on

I tried cloth diapers when my kids were little and I didn't like them at all. Guess it was all the laundry- you might be able to find a diaper service which is a good option. I ended up using Huggies - like cloth diapers think they were in a red wrapper. They were great!

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M.O.

answers from Denver on

G-diapers are kind of expensive but bio-safe and all nat. There is a diaper service out of longmont that is less than $.10 more per diaper than pampers. Plus they deliver all over Co no extra charge. PS corn starch and Mylanta does wonders for a nasty diaper rash!

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C.M.

answers from Boise on

I've recently switched to using the gdiaper. It's a fantastic in between from cloth and disposable. The benefit over cloth is that they actually do pull that moisture away from the baby's skin and really helps with sensitive skin. Plus, they are flushable and enormously environmentally friendly, unlike disposables. My daughter has extremely sensitive skin and this has been wonderful for keeping her little bum in good shape. You can find them at any variety of online stores. I use www.diapers.com because you can order all things in bulk.

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K.D.

answers from Denver on

All I can say is that both of my kids were allergic to Pampers. Any switch she makes should help.

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A.T.

answers from Denver on

www.nurturedfamily.com
I just switched (albeit belated) to cloth and love Fuzzi Bunz. My daughter sometimes got a rash with disposables but hasn't had one at all since we switched!
Good luck!

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S.S.

answers from Denver on

We use Earth Smart Diaper Service and absolutely LOVE them! You can google them online. They are only 64 bucks a month and they do all the washing for you and drop off fresh clean diapers every week to your doorstep!

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