Prepping Cloth Diapers Before First Use
Prepping diapers before their first use is crucial. Proper prepping ensures maximum absorbency and fit.
Drying between each wash is not necessary, but will assist in reducing lint. Prefolds will shrink and “quilt up” to become softer. Natural fibers will become more absorbent with each wash.
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. This is simply to ensure the cleanliness before use.
- 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.