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Care Instructions

How to Care for your EBB Diapers

 

Ella Bella Bum Cloth Diapers, arrive to you prepped and ready to use! If you notice any discolorations (especially around the snaps), this is just the washable marker that didnít completely wash out after I washed the diaper. It will wash out completely within the next wash.

 

*Please note that Luxury Fitted Inserts, Ellaphant Utility Prefitteds, and general Inserts/Boosters arrive to you having been washed 4 times. While usable upon receiving, please note that they will increase in absorbency and reach their maximum absorbency over the next 5-6 washes.

 

Upon receiving your Ella Bella Bum Cloth Diapers, please ensure that the sizing is correct for your child (prior to use) by quickly trying it on stuffed with the purchased insert, or with an insert of your choosing (ensuring that the insert is not too thick/wide for the diaper). Once you confirm the sizing is correct, the following washing instructions should be followed.

Ella Bella Bum Pocket Diapers, Covers, Trainers, Play Ruffles Covers, Ellaphant Utility Prefitteds, and Luxury Fitteds should be washed following the following guidelines;

Front Loading Washer

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

∑ Cold rinse with no detergent.

∑ Hot wash with the highest water setting on the longest cycle with 1/2 the amount of detergent you would normally use. You may need to experiment with using more or less detergent depending on your washer, how many diapers you are washing and your local water conditions.

∑ Cold rinse with no detergent to rinse out any residual detergent (during rinse agitation, quickly check to ensure no suds are present, if so, re-rinse and adjust amount of detergent for subsequent washes).

 

Front Loader or HE Washer

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

Since front loading or HE machines use much less water, wash no more than 12-15 diapers per wash.

∑ Cold wash with no detergent.

∑ Hot wash with the highest water setting on the longest cycle with 1/4 the amount of detergent you would normally use. You may need to experiment with using more or less detergent depending on your washer, how many diapers you are washing and your local water conditions.

∑ Cold wash with no detergent to rinse out any residual detergent.

 

Detergents

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

The detergents used for cloth diapers should have no fragrances, phosphates, enzymes, bleaches or softeners. These items can irritate babies' delicate skin and affect the performance of the diapers. For detailed info on which detergents and additives are safe or harmful for cloth diapers, please visit: www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com.

Do not use liquid fabric softener

It will cause buildup on your diapers,

which will result in retained odors and/or poor performance of diapers.

 

 

Drying

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

For the first few washes, dry diapers on hot. After subsequent washes, dry on low heat or line dry. Line drying will be helpful in cleaning as the sun is a natural sanitizer and will also bleach out stains.

Do not use fabric softener sheets

They will cause buildup on your diapers,

which will result in retained odors and/or poor performance of diapers.

 

How Often

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

It is best to wash every 2-3 days. Allowing the diapers to sit longer may allow ammonia to develop and will actually damage the fabric.

 

Dirty Diaper Storage

(from La Di Da Cloth Diapers, Diaper Use and Care Brochure)

For wet diapers, simply place them in the pail until washday. For poopy diapers, use the front of the diaper to wipe as much poo off the baby as you can. Discard the majority of poo in the toilet and place the diaper into the pail until washday. There are several methods for poo removal:

∑ A diaper sprayer. These are great for keeping your distance and really getting the diaper clean.

∑ Poo-spatula. Some like to keep a designated spoon or spatula in the bathroom to scrape the majority of the poo off and toss what's left into the wash.

∑ Shake and go. Shake whatever you can into the toilet and the rest goes into the wash.

∑ Dunk and swish. Shake what you can off, flush, then dunk the diaper into the toilet and swish around to get the rest off.

*Poopy diapers from exclusively breast-fed babies do not need to be rinsed prior to being placed in the diaper pail. The poo will rinse away in the first rinse cycle.

 

Why is my new Pocket Diaper Wicking/Leaking?

It is completely normal for pocket diapers to experience some slight wicking upon the first few uses. This wicking has always, in my experience, been rectified by laying the insert on top of the inner material, as apposed to stuffing the pocket, until the diaper has been washed a few more times (3-4X). If you continue to experience wicking after the first few washes (4 hot wash and dry cycles), please contact me at sam@ellabellabum.comso that we can troubleshoot the cause and find a solution.

 

Stripping Diapers

Diapers periodically need to be stripped to remove chemical/detergent residues. If you are experience more leaks than usual, stripping your diapers will often rectify the situation.

 

Please ensure that you do not pull snaps apart roughly, as this may damage the fabric. Snaps are reinforced to prevent this from happening when care is taken to ensure they are not forcefully and roughly handled.

 

Additional Pocket Diaper Specific Laundering Information

(from www.pinstripesandpolkadots.com)

Pocket diapers are some of the most innovative diapers of today. These diapers generally have a stay dry polyester interior lining that keeps baby's skin dry. This interior lining is like a microscopic colander. Moisture passes between the fibers of the polyester into the absorbent insert. Moisture is not absorbed by the polyester--this is why the fabric can "stay dry".

When washing these modern stay-dry diapers, care needs to be taken to avoid anything that could clog the microscopic holes in the fabric. Detergent build-up, diaper rash remedies, fabric softeners, and mineral build-up are common culprits.

Detergent build-up will easily clog the pores/holes between the polyester fibers. Even the thinnest layer of build-up will cover these holes and will result in moisture beading up and rolling right off the microfleece rather than move through the fabric into the absorbent insert.

To test pocket diapers that you are currently using to determine if you have detergent build-up, grab the nasal aspirator fill it with warm water and squeeze a stream of water mimicking pee onto the interior fleece or suede cloth of your stuffed pocket diaper. Does the water bead up into little droplets that sit on the top of the fabric, or run right off the diaper? Or does it immediately go through the fabric? If the water remains as little droplets or runs off, then you may need to consider stripping your diapers for better performance.

 

If you have any questions, please donít hesitate to email me at Sam@EllaBellaBum.com

 

 

 

 

How to Care for your EBB Wool

 

Gather your supplies:

       Wool wash or baby shampoo

       If your wool wash does not contain lanolin or if using baby shampoo, you will need lanolin. There are many times available, click ::HERE:: for more information regarding lanolin types and some recommended WAHM wool care products

       Wash basin or clean sink

       If you do not have a washer to spin the wool, you will need a bath towel

       Drier (not necessary, as all items may be air dried)

 

Washing Process:

 

       Without filling sink or plugging it, rinse the wool item under cool water, especially so in the wetzone. This will help remove any built up urine salts.

       Gently sqeeze the water out of the wool

       If using solid lanolin, prepare your wool wash/lanolin mixture  

       Fill sink with room temperature-luke warm - warm water
        If using solid lanolin, prepare your solution

a.     In a small jar (I use a large, glass baby food container), heat up water till it is very hot but not boiling (shaking boiling water can cause the lid to pop off and spray your hand/arm with boiling hot water, trust me, I speak from experience)!

b.    Add a pea sized amount of solid lanolin to hot water (use more if doing multiple items at once)

c.     Add a drop or two of baby shampoo/wash

d.    Either stir well or apply lid and shake

e.    The lanolin should break down and you should be left with a milky/opaque/whiteíish solution. If so, youíre good to go.

       Fill basin or clean sink with luke warm water

       Add wool wash or your home made lanolin/baby wash solution to the water

       Stir the the water in the basin/sink to distribute the wash throughout the water

       Turn your wool inside out and place in the water, completely submerging it. I find it helps to gently squeeze the wool to allow the water to really penetrate into the wool

       Allow the item to soak for approximately 10 minutes

       After 10 mins, gently agitate the wool ensuring not to be too rough. I stick my hand it and kinda just move my hand around in the water at a semi fast speed. You donít have to do it for long, I do it for about 2 mins or so.

       Remove item from the water and gently squeeze out the water. Place item aside on a clean surface

       Refill sink, ensuring all the wool wash/lanolin/grime has been cleaned out, with cool water

       Resubmerge the wool in the clean water, this is to rinse out any excess soap from the wool

       Gently agitate as before for a min or two

       Remove the item, drain sink
 
Drying Process:
 

       You can at this point either put your item in the washing machine on the spin cycle or place the item (after gently squeezing out as much water as your can) onto a clean, dry, bath towel. Gently roll the towel up with the wool inside. I like to then step on the towel, shuffling my feet across the length of the towel roll. I do this for a few mins. Once you have removed as much excess water as possible, either with the spin cycle or your towel roll, you may either dry the wool in the dyer on a medium heat setting (donít worry, the type of wool I use can handle it), or you may lay it flat to dry on a clean surface, ensuring to not let the wool hang at all, as it may then dry stretched out and hold that shape until you rewash.

 

If you have any questions, please donít hesitate to email me at Sam@EllaBellaBum.com

 

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