Why Use Lotus Bumz Cloth Diapers? There are significant environmental benefits that come with reusable diapers. Did you know that over 27.4 billion disposable diapers are consumed every year in the US alone? They will take centuries to decompose. Plus, the amount of carbon emitted in the production of one disposable diaper is roughly the same as that emitted after washing a cloth diaper 200 times (in cold water). Some babies may be sensitive to the chemicals and plastic used in disposable diapers. Cloth is a gentler, and more natural option. Cost is a large factor for many people. Lotus Bumz Cloth diaper system will help you save a lot of money! The initial outlay for Modern Cloth Diapers may seem large – they may cost you $250-$600 initially. However, if you calculate the cost of disposable diapers over a period of 2-3 years (the average baby is in diapers for 2.5 years, costing $2500-$4500), they will save you lots of money! If you have more than one child, then the savings will be huge!
How Many Diapers Do I Need? It does depend on whether you plan to use cloth full-time or part-time, on how often you want to wash the diapers, and of course, your baby. You might change your baby's diaper up to 15 times a day for a newborn (yes!), but an average of around 6 times for an older baby, and we recommend washing every second to third day (no longer as you don't want the soiled diapers sitting too long – it can damage the fibers). So let's say you need 8 diapers each day, and wash every second day – you need two days worth of diapers, plus one extra day's worth to use while your washing dries, making a total of 24. You can always start with less and gauge whether you think you need more. Remember our diapers are One-Size-Fits-All which means you will be able to use them on babies 9lbs-30lbs.
Will I need a diaper cover for your diapers? No. Lotus Bumz are an all in One diaper stuff-able diaper. The outer PUL material is water resistant. Some of our handmade fitted diapers do require a cover.
- Hand wash or machine wash. If it is machine wash, please do not over load your washer. Use hot or warm water and cold rinse.
- Optional – Add ½ cup of baking soda to cut down odors. ½ Cup of vinegar to soften, whiten, sanitize, remove soap residue, and deodorize.
- Best to hang diapers outside in the sun – Natural sunlight naturally helps reduce stains, naturally whiten and is also environmental friendly. If a dryer is a used, dry diaper under low heat.
- Prewash before use at least 3 times. Especially the insert, wash a few times to give it full absorbency.
- For semi-solid to solid diapers, remove solids into the toilet or trash. After that, wash the diaper. It's Best to wash the diaper as soon as possible.
- Wash used cloth diapers immediately. If not possible, use a dry pail. Add baking soda if desired to help control odor. Do not soak diapers in a water solution; it will wear out the diapers faster.
- Do not use fabric softener. It will reduce the diapers absorbency. Use vinegar instead; it is better than using fabric softener.
- Do not iron the PUL (outside) fabric.
- NEVER use bleach or detergent that contains chlorine bleach. It will shorten the diaper's life.
What kind of detergents 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.
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. (add another insert) 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 twice 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 legs? 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.
Return Policy We are here to ensure your happiness with our diapers! If you are not happy with your order, please contact us within seven days of receipt of your order to make arrangements for the return. You may choose from the following options: exchange, credit or a full refund (less shipping costs). Returned products must be sent back in their original condition. Items with their labels removed, washed or worn may not be returned. We stand behind out diaper 100%! If you ever come across a problem with the PUL or snaps email us and we will make sure to help you get the problem fixed asap.
Where are your diapers made? Lotus Bumz diapers is a WAHM-operated business located in the U.S.A and the Lotus Bumz diapers are fairly made in China. The handmade fitted diapers, covers and trainers are made by our dear WAHM friends at the Eli Monster Company. We also have some very talented WAHMs working with us to create a very unique and special one of a kind fitted diapers just for Lotus Bumz, these amazing moms works here in the U.S. as well.
How long is your processing time? Orders are typically processed within one to two business days of receipt during the week, though on occasion they may take up to a few more days to process. If processing is going to take more then 2 days we will notify you immediately upon your order. Once packaged and safely shipped we will send you an email to let you know your order is on its way. You will automatically receive a tracking number for your order. We are not responsible for any lost or stolen packages. If you would like to get insurance for your fluffy mail please contact us and we will make the proper arrangements.