Do I need to pre-wash any of the items?
Because there are several people touching our products before they reach you, we do suggest that you prewash everything before use.
How do I wash my new diapers?
If the diaper has hook & loop closures, secure the laundry tabs.
Pre-wash cold to remove waste and fight stains.
Follow with a second rinse.
Line-dry covers and diaper shells. Tumble dry inserts, fitteds and prefolds.
Do you have any other washing tips?
Wash dirty diapers every other day.
If your diapers still stink, wash again.
Remove solid waste before storing in pail.
Use only detergent and water. Do not use other additives like vinegar or baking soda.
Once per month, use up to 1/4 cup bleach in the hot wash cycle (step 3) to sanitize diapers and fight odors.
To remove stains, lay clean, wet diapers in the sun.
IMPORTANT NOTE: To preserve your hook and loop closures, we suggest washing Baby Wizard products separately from heavy cotton (like prefolds or cotton fitteds).
How often do I need to change the diapers?
Cloth diapers are not like disposables. You do have to change the diapers every 1 1/2-2 hours during the day. During the night you will use either a night-time diaper or you will add more stuffing to your pocket diaper.
A very important thing to remember is that your diaper is only as good as it’s stuffing. If you only use one insert and your child is a heavy wetter, you may need to either change more often or add additional stuffing.
What detergent can I use? Ingredients in certain detergents may ruin your cloth diapers or cause your baby to have a diaper rash. When washing cloth diapers, always use a detergent free of perfumes, dyes, whiteners, brighteners, softeners, enzymes, or other fabric enhancers. Using too much detergent may cause cloth diapers to leak. When using detergents not made for cloth diapers, use 1/2 the amount of detergent suggested by the detergent manufacturer for a load of 18-24 diapers.
How many diapers do I need?
Your newborn will need to be changed 10-12 times a day. After about 2-3 months your baby will need to be changed 6-10 times a day. You will want to do laundry at least every 3 days if not sooner. You may use the above guide to determine how many diapers per size to buy. You will need one insert for each day time diaper and 2-3 inserts for each night-time diaper.
Do I really need to add all those extras to my laundry?
No! Please do not add anything extra to your diaper laundry unless you need to. The simpler the better. Use the full amount of detergent recommended by the detergent manufacturer. Using less then that can cause diapers not to get clean, ammonia smells after baby has urinated, and burning in the diaper area due to the unclean diapers. When they are done throw them in the dryer. Then take them out and stuff. The easier the better.
How can I get stains out?
The sun is the best stain remover. Take your wet diaper and hang to dry in the sun. If the stain is stubborn squirt it with a little lemon juice and it should come right out after drying in the sun.
What about the dryer?
Everyone has their own comments regarding whether or not to dry cloth diapers. We recommend that you dry your pocket diapers as often as you want to. I personally dry mine on high with every wash. Drying your diapers in the dryer will actually help to keep them functioning perfectly.
How can I get my hook & loop tabs to fasten as firmly as they used to?
Easy! By washing your diaper and then drying it in the dryer, the heat will cause the hook & loop to recontract and fasten more firmly again.
How do I use my Baby Wizard One-Size Cloth Diapers?
Adjust the diaper sizing by choosing the right snap setting on the front of the diaper.
Your diaper arrives snapped down to the "small" setting, the bottom row of snaps.
To use the "medium" setting, unsnap the diaper and resnap on the second row of snaps.
To use the diaper on the "large" setting, fully unsnap the front of the diaper. HELPFUL HINT: For overnight use, consider stuffing with two inserts and setting the diaper to be one size larger than you would for daytime use.
Adjust the insert sizing by choosing the right snap setting on the insert.
To use the insert as a "small", snap the insert down to the bottom snap socket. Little boys tend to do well with the folded part towards the front of the diaper while little girls may do better with it towards the back.
To use the insert as a "medium", snap the insert down to the middle snap socket.
To use the insert as a "large", just leave it completely unsnapped.
Put the insert in your diaper. Hold the insert in one hand and place inside the slot (located under the protective flap). Align the front edge of the insert with the top edge of the velcro strip. Using one hand to hold the front of the insert in place, stretch the diaper and smooth the insert flat as you pull your other hand out of the diaper.
HELPFUL HINT: Many parents prefer to pre-stuff their diapers at the end of their washing routine.
Put the diaper on your baby. Baby Wizard Cloth Diapers go on just like a disposable diaper.
How can I tell if the diaper is adjusted to fit my baby properly? To observe fit, pick up your baby’s legs after putting the diaper on and observe how it fits around the legs and bottom. Is it snug? If you can see “air” between the diaper and their skin, then you need to refine the fit. Trying a smaller snap setting and fasten the tabs snugly. When you child stands up, notice how the insert or soaker is positioned relative to the back elastic. If the insert or soaker is higher than the back elastic, lay your child down, release the tabs, pull the diaper slightly towards the front and refasten the tabs. If you notice that the front of the diaper is positioned low over your baby's thighs or that it is difficult to fasten the diaper around your baby's waist, try using a larger snap setting. This will increase the rise of the diaper and improve overall fit. Remember, babies change shape frequently as they grow up. You may have times when your relatively young baby is using their one-size diapers on the largest setting. The same child may be on the medium setting several months later due to increased mobility.
My diapers are leaking. What's wrong? The number one cause of leakage is a saturated diaper that just needs to be changed. Any diaper will leak once full. If your baby is having problems with leaks, check this first. 99% of the time, additional absorbency solves leakage problems. If that doesn't work, we've included some other trouble-shooting points below.
Did you prewash?
First of all, make sure that you washed everything at least once before using. There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. If you have organic or hemp diapers, they must be prewashed in hot water with a small amount of detergent 3-5 times before they become absorbent. They reach their full absorbency after 10 washes.
Is the insert flat?
Make sure that the insert is flat when you put the diaper on your baby. If it is twisted or wadded up, this can cause leakage.
Is the wetness at the top edge of the diaper?
Our unique, patent pending, extra layer of waterproof material across the inside front of the diaper prevents leaking at the top edge of the diaper. Baby Wizard One-Size diapers are the first and only diapers with this innovative feature.
If you are experiencing wetness at the top edge of the diaper, make sure that the insert isn’t pushed up too far in the front of the diaper. The insert should be placed approximately one inch below the top edge of the diaper. The top edge of the diaper should be flat against your baby with the soft fabric against your baby’s belly.
Is the wetness at the legs, label or the tabs?
If the diaper is leaking from the tabs or the legs, change the diaper and remove the insert. If it is saturated then your baby definitely needs a more absorbent insert or a more frequent diaper change. If the insert isn’t saturated, then the diaper may not be adjusted to fit your child properly or, if you are using a detergent that contains additives, your diapers may also have detergent buildup which can also cause leakage.
My diapers are leaking and someone told me that they might be 'repelling'. What does this mean and how do I know if this is a problem with my diapers?
Baby Wizard diapers are made with suedecloth inside. To properly absorb, the inner fabric needs to be against your baby's skin and pressure needs to be applied. If the diaper isn't fitted properly and is hanging away from your baby's bottom, the liquid will pool and can run out.
A truly repelling diaper meets the following requirements:
The diaper is properly fitted to your child.
The diaper has leaked a significant volume of liquid (this isn't just damp clothing).
The insert is nearly dry.
Remember, this type of leakage can also happen if the diaper isn't fitted properly to your child. So check for proper fit (see question above for how to do this) before deciding that your diapers are repelling.
A WORD OF CAUTION: You cannot test for repelling by pouring water into your diapers. The only accurate way to test for repelling it to put the diaper on your baby.