Today’s cute fluffy bum is a throwback of Eudora. She was just figuring out how to roll over! In this pic, my princess is modeling a Rumparooz in Lux.
There are a few definite signs that spring is here. One, of course, is that there’s finally no snow left in my yard and that most of the local trails are clear. The other is that companies are announcing their new cloth diaper prints.
It seems like every time I think that it’s time to downsize and I manage to get rid of a few less used items in my cloth diaper stash, the new cloth diaper lines come out and I see things that I just have to have. If it’s a release that have matching boy/girl diapers for Eudora and Huan, then Huan’s mom and I are all over that.
Fuzzi Bunz New Cloth Diaper Prints
FuzziBunz new prints are limited edition. The left one, called Swirl, reminds me of roses. I’m completely loving it. The right new cloth diaper print is called Puzzle, and is to represent the living puzzle of Autism. Autism is a cause that is very near and dear to Tereson Dupuy’s heart, so it’s extremely appropriate. That being said, I’m looking forward to adding Swirl to my stash. Because, you know, I just don’t have enough diapers. And I think Huan will look very handsome in the Puzzle.
GroVia New Cloth Diaper Colors
So, ignoring the typo, I’m loving the vibrant colors! The citrus is a really nice, acidic yellow. The persimmon will add a nice pop of color. Nice job, GroVia!
Rumparooz New Cloth Diaper Prints
Rumparooz has presented us with a super trendy stripy pair called Dexter (left) and Quinn (right.) Huan’s mom suggested that these might be the new matching pair that we’ll have to get for Huan and Eudora… But I’m really just loving the Dexter. Okay, so the name makes me think of serial killers with a code rather than diapers, but it’s just a killer cute print.
Hmm. The more I look at the Quinn, though, the more it grows on me.
Okay, the new cloth diaper from Thirsties (called Polka Dance) is seriously cute. I love the white piping that’s always present on the Thirsties Duo Pocket, and this print is no exception.
Which new cloth diaper prints are you most excited about?
Poop happens. It’s a fact of life. Or Everyone Poops. However you look at it, it’s something that definitely has to be handled when using cloth diapers. That being said, no all cloth diapers are the same and not all of them handle poop equally well. Some handle poop just fine, but are absolutely horrendous to clean. Sometimes, though, the best diaper for poo is also the worst to clean.
Here’s my poop preference, in order from “please poop in this” to “no pooping ever, please.” [Read more…]
What’s cuter than adorable children in Rumparooz?
Whenever you do cloth diaper laundry, the goal is to get your diapers clean. Your cloth diaper stash takes a lot of abuse. I mean, our kids pee and poop on those things… over and over again! So with that in mind, you’d think that you want to get your cloth diaper laundry as clean as humanly possible, right? And what can be better than sanitized or sterilized?
It turns out that when it comes to your cloth diaper laundry, just plain clean is generally good enough. But then there are these beautiful, amazingly energy efficient front load washers. And there’s that lovely “sanitize” button… It seems like it should be the perfect solution, right?
It’s not. While “sanitize” means to “render sanitary, free from elements such as filth or pathogens,” it’s not super kind to your diapers. It can actually get far hotter than manufacturer specifications for some varieties of diapers.
I was curious about the temperatures, so I decided to start calling washing machine manufacturers after finding no hard and fast temperature information on sites with washing machine specs. According to Maytag, their sanitize cycle renders clothes NSF safe. NSF certified minimums for washing is 131F/55C. But that’s just the minimum. I couldn’t find any information regarding the actual temperature that the washing machine uses on sanitize. The nice gentleman on the other end of the Maytag customer support line couldn’t, either.
Some sanitize through steaming. The temperature that water turns to steam is 212F/100C. That’s also the boiling point of water.
Here’s the thing: while boiling will most certainly kill most things, it may also kill your diapers. Rockin’ Green says to wash your diapers at a maximum of 150F/65C, but to stick with 130F/54C for every day cloth diaper laundry… with deference to the manufacturer instructions, of course. The instructions on BumGenius diapers says to wash at 100F/40C. AppleCheeks diapers say to wash at 140F/60C. Rumparooz website says explicitly (and this is a quote from their website) “Washing your pockets on the sanitize cycle will void the warranty.”
If you really do need to hard core sanitize, you most likely will only need to sanitize your inserts. That’s where the issues are more than likely to reside with your diapers in the first place. The only time I would ever make an exception to this rule is under the same conditions that I would actually use bleach: if dealing with MRSA, a really bad nasty fungal infection, or something else that requires a “kill or cure” approach to getting your cloth diapers back.
Have you ever used the sanitize cycle on your cloth diapers? How did it work out for you?