9 Months of Cloth Diapering

>> 9.13.2012

Ada turns 10 months on Sunday. This shot may be my favorite photo yet. Sometimes I capture her in just the right way, and I feel convinced it's what she'll look like as an adult.

What do you think?

What this also means is that 9 months of stink has been collecting in her cloth diapers. We've had so many #2 false alarms in the past month, it was time to do something. So, I decided to bring out the big guns and strip her diapers.

To recap, here are all of our cloth diapering posts for your reading pleasure.

Cloth Diaper Introduction
Diapering Plans, Pre-Baby
One Month In: How It's Going
Phase II: Cloth Wipes
Cloth Diapering On The Go

I researched various natural ways to strip the diapers. Honestly, they had gotten so rotten, I didn't think many of them would work. And after taking advice from some forum threads -- ultimately, we went with the Bum Genius manufacturer's instructions.

To strips diapers, wash in HOT water with 1 teaspoon of classic Dawn (the blue kind) for HE machines (1 tablespoon for regular machines) + 1/2 cup bleach. After that, do two or three additional rinse cycles. Dry as usual, preferably in the sun.

Yeah. I didn't love using bleach. For various reasons, but at least after several rise cycles, I felt pretty confident none of it would linger and have a negative impact on Ada.

Verdict? It worked. The diapers smell . . . well, actually, they don't smell anymore. At all. I guess it's good to do this process every few months to keep them fresh. I am investigating better detergents in the meantime so I may not need to use such intense cleaners.

Have you stripped your diapers? What would you say is the best way?

In other related news, I bought Ada a potty. I know it's really early, but Zulily is having a sale on a BeBeLove potty, so I jumped on it. I'm not sure how much longer their sale goes on, but it was the same as this one except only $11!

And now for the cutest video EVER.

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