So how do you prep your cloth diapers? I’m no expert by any means (this is just my first time doing this) but I’ve put together a little list of helpful tips solely based on the types of cloth diapers that I am using. This is only when prepping diapers for the first time.
- You should wash them a minimum of 5-6 times in hot water. This will move the natural oils that the prefolds are made from. You should dry prefolds between each washing. It will take up to 10 washes before prefolds reach their maximum absorbency; however, leaks shouldn’t occur if properly prepped 5-6 times.
- Many pockets just need to be washed one time
- You should dry them once in the dryer to seal the PUL and after that sun drying or air drying is fine
- You should read the washing instructions on individual brands in case they make alternative suggestions for their diaper
Always make sure you are using a cloth diaper safe detergent and follow the suggested amount of detergent on the package. Using too much detergent can cause a build up and affect absorbency.
I am not an expert in cloth diapering. All content in this post are my opinion. We’re Parents!? is not responsible for any defects or issues caused by these instructions. Water types and washing machines vary and any issues you may have should be taken up with the manufacturer of your diapers.