- Fold the diaper according to the baby’s gender, with more material in the back for girls and more in the front for boys.
- Fold the front edge of the diaper down below the umbilical cord while it is healing.
- Protect your baby’s skin: Use Velcro diaper covers with Velcro fasteners because they do not need pins. If using pins, place your hand between the diaper and your baby’s skin when pinning the diaper.
- If you do not use diaper covers, plastic pants are needed.
Laundering Cloth Diapers
STEP 1: Soak — Fill a diaper pail with water and one-half to one cup of chlorine bleach or diaper sterilizer. When you remove a soiled diaper from your baby:
- If the diaper is simply wet, first rinse it, wring it out, then drop it in the diaper pail.
- If the diaper is soiled with stool, shake the stool into the toilet, flush, then rinse the diaper in the toilet until the stain is well faded. Then drop it into the pail.
STEP 2: Wash — Put the diapers in the sink and let the soaking solution drain from them before washing. Use a mild soap, the hottest water possible and at least two rinses. Use one cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle to soften the diapers and neutralize the pH.
STEP 3: Dry — Either tumble dry or line dry your diapers. Be aware that the scented paper squares used in dryers to eliminate static or soften fabrics contain chemicals that might irritate your baby’s skin. A fabric softener may be used, but be sure to rinse it out completely to avoid irritation. If you line dry the diapers, they may become stiff.