Diapers are, generally, a necessary part of taking care of a baby. Common knowledge. And I venture into the world of cloth diapers, because I think they are better for baby, better for the wallet and better for environment. But they can be frustrating.
All my pocket diapers (where you stuff an absorbent insert into the middle) started repelling moisture. The pockets I’d made are, apparently, made of a fleece that repels moisture — that was/is my bad for buying that fleece; but I hadn’t thought to check such things in the store. But when even my commercially made (and handed down) pockets started repelling, I knew I was doing something wrong. Detergent? Likely. Added oxygen cleaner? Perhaps. So, I tried stripping them. I washed them with dish detergent, scrubbed them in the sink by hand, which should cut through any residue — hopefully. We shall see! Strangely, not had any of these issues with the flats or prefolds. And thus I begin my quest to find a new detergent.
Those with more cloth diaper-fu than I, any thoughts?
As for baby, we are slowly figuring it all out. My big, looming question at the moment is about falling asleep on your own. Is this a taught skill, or one that develops on its own at some point? At what point, or age, can this skill be taught, or does it develop? I know I’ve got a few readers who have raised several children, that, I’m assuming, can all fall asleep on their own. By “on their own”, I mean no rocking, nursing or being held. Use of a lovey, blanket, paci, or other aid doesn’t count in my book, because it does require the presence of mommy or daddy. Fellow mothers, have you any thoughts, advice, or wisdom you might offer me?
Big questions today. Some days are just like that 😛