(done)COPY - Prepping Your Diapers
Prepping diapers before their first use is crucial. Proper prepping ensures maximum absorbency and fit.
All natural fibers have natural oils within the fabric that must be removed before use. Many diapers will shrink a bit with the prepping thus allowing for a better fit.
- Many other similar mama and baby items are manufactured using natural fibers. The same prepping routine is recommended for absorbent inserts, breast pads and cloth wipes.
- Use minimal amounts of soap during prepping.
- Contrary to popular internet mythology DO NOT USE bleach, baking soda, vinegar, or dish washing soap.
Prepping different fabrics:
Natural Fiber Products: Cotton and hemp products contain natural oils that need to be removed to maximize absorbency prior to use. Simply wash these items in hot water up to five times using a minimal amount of detergent and a water softener if needed.
Synthetic Fiber Products: Fleece, Microfiber, Bamboo, Polyester, etc, only need to be washed and dried one time prior to use.
Wool products: We recommend washing and lanolizing all wool diaper covers before use. Generally wool is not put in the dryer.
During prepping, prefolds will shrink and “quilt up” to become softer and more absorbent with each wash. Drying between each wash is not necessary, but will assist in reducing lint.