What is the difference between a TPU and a PUL liner? TPU and PUL are the polyester materials that make the waterproof outer shell of many cloth diapers. The difference is in the way that they are manufactured: PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) is laminated using solvents through a chemical bonding process, while TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane) is bonded to polyester using heat bonding (as opposed to solvents), therefore using less harsh chemicals in the process.
How many Cloth Diapers do I need? For newborns and young infants, the suggested amount of cloth diapers and inserts is 24 to 36. For older infants, we suggest 14 to 24 diapers and inserts. These suggestions are based on the need to change a diaper every 2 hours, and would require washing every 2 to 3 days. If you plan to launder your diapers more frequently, you could make do with fewer.
Can I cloth diaper with multiple kids in diapers? Absolutely. Cloth diapering is perfect for caregivers with multiple children! The cost savings are significantly multiplied when you have more than one child using cloth diapers, and your impact on the environment is significantly reduced. It makes for a more efficient load of laundry, too.
Is my baby too old to start wearing cloth diapers? Nora’s Nursery diapers are designed to fit babies and toddlers from 10 to 35 pounds, if your child is still wearing diapers, he/she is not too old for cloth diapers. When planning your transition, just remember that older infants will require fewer diapers than younger ones.
How often will I have to wash my cloth diapers? Having a larger stash of diapers means you can go longer between washings, while caregivers with smaller stashes may run a load every night. Waiting long periods of time (more than 3 days) between washings increases the chance of mildew growth, will deteriorate the diapers over time, and may cause additional staining on the diapers.
How long will it take to wash cloth diapers? Washing your cloth diapers is no different than running a regular load of laundry. Empty your pail or wet/dry bag into the washer for a cold rinse, add some detergent for a hot wash, toss them in the dryer, and you’re done. Your washer and dryer do most of the work! Folding and sorting the diapers and inserts, once clean, will take a few minutes depending on how many you have in your stash.
Can I wash my cloth diapers with other clothing? YES! This is a great way to save time on loads of laundry. As always, be sure that you have removed as much solid waste as possible from the diaper prior to washing. Be certain that any clothing you wash with your cloth diapers do not have significant dirt or oil, do not require excessive detergent, and can handle a hot wash cycle. Worried about the transfer of smells? A clean cloth diaper should be odorless, and this applies to your laundered clothes too.
Can I wash my Nora’s Nursery diapers with my other cloth diaper brands? Yes, as long as they follow the same washing instructions. If washing with diapers that use Velcro, be sure to fold over the tabs to avoid your diapers sticking together.
What about the poop? Cloth diapers or not, parents and caregivers of babies and toddlers deal with poop every day. With cloth diapers, any solids (other than those from an exclusively breastfed baby) need to be discarded in the toilet. Shake the diaper over the toilet, use a biodegradable liner, or spray using a hose attached to your toilet. Whatever your method, you want to remove as much as possible before placing the diaper in the washing machine.
How do I know my cloth diapers are clean? Go ahead, smell them! When cloth diapers have been adequately cleaned, they should be odorless. So long as you are following our above instructions for your diapers and detergent, rest assure, they are clean. Remember that staining is normal and does not mean the diaper is dirty or ruined.
Will cloth diapers make my baby hot? Modern cloth diapers are no longer made of vinyl - they are specially designed using natural materials that actually let babies skin breathe, and therefore stay cool. Air can flow more easily in a cloth diaper than in a disposable, which will also help to reduce the likelihood of bum rashes.
Can my baby’s daycare use cloth diapers? Every daycare has its own unique set policies. Speak with the owner or manager of your daycare to learn their guidelines and preferences. To ease any burden or confusion, bring your pocket diapers pre-stuffed with inserts so they are ready to use, and supply your wet/dry bag. Pocket and all-in-one diapers are among the easiest to use, so your daycare staff should adjust just fine! Ask them to store soiled diapers in the wet/dry bag, and they’ll be ready for the wash at the end of the day.
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