Q: How many diapers do I need?
A:That depends on how often you change your baby and how often you plan to wash diapers. Newborns and very young babies need at least 12 diapers per day on average, the number decreases for older children. By the time a child is 2 years old they may only need 4-6 diapers per day. Generally, it is good to have at least 2 days worth of diapers.
Q: Do I need to use a cover with my Monkey Snuggles Diapers?
A: No, our pocket diapers do not need a cover, they are made with PUL (polyurethane laminate) fabric which is waterproof.
Our organic bamboo fitted diapers are not waterproof, and will require a cover. I reccommend wool.
Q: Do I need to buy inserts or liners to use in my pocket diapers?
A: No, a basic insert is included with each diaper. You may find that you need additional inserts for night time or for heavy wetters. We sell extra inserts, both basic microfiber inserts as well as super absorbent microfiber/bamboo fleece inserts. One of the advantages of pocket diapers is that you can stuff almost anything in the pocket opening. Prefolds work well, among other things. Liners are not necessary.
Q: Do pocket diapers need to be washed each time they are used?
A: Yes, unlike a diaper COVER, pocket diapers have an inner layer that touches baby's bum and therefore the entire diaper and insert must be changed each time.
Q: My diapers are leaking, what can I do?
A: There are a number of reasons cloth diapers will leak. Here are a few things to try:
*Check the insert, is it totally soaked? If so you probably need more absorbency, try a second insert or one that is more absorbent. If the insert is dry or mostly dry and the diaper has leaked, try stripping the diaper to remove any detergent residue. If the diaper is new the fabric may have been treated at the factory with something that is causing the diaper to repel wetness. Stripping, or simply repeated washings should help this too. Occasionally, a diaper will need to be washed 6 or more times to work properly. Most need only one or two washes.
*Check the fit. Is there a gap around the legs? Is the rise high enough (this is particularly important for boys)
*Are you changing often enough? Any diaper with a cotton outer layer is prone to wicking. If the cotton comes in contact with a wet insert, the wetness will wick to the outside of the diaper. With frequent changes, this is less likely. Solid PUL diapers are best for night time or other times when you may not be able to change the diaper in a timely manner. Keep in mind that there is a limit to the amount any diaper can hold!
Q: How should I wash my diapers?
A: I have dedicated several recent blog posts to this subject: http://monkeysnuggles.blogspot.com/
Q: How do I lanolize my wool?
A: A great lanolizing tutorial: http://monkeysnuggles.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-do-i-lanolize-my-wool-soakers.html
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