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Cloth Diaper Survey: Prefolds

Posted in Bumkins, Cloth Diapering on April 21st, 2010 by johanna – 8 Comments

A wonderful thank you to our Bumkins blog readers for their timely and informative comments. We appreciate the information and use it to improve our Bumkins cloth diapering products.

EarthDay-Small-GraphicBumkins has just introduced our new line of 100% cotton prefold diapers and we would love to hear about all the creative ways you are folding and layering your prefolds to provide maximum diaper absorption.

1. Do you mix different sizes of prefolds?

2. What is your favorite size of prefold?

3. Do you use the smallest prefold as a burp cloth? Other uses?

4. Do you find a difference between the China prefolds and the Indian prefolds?

5. Do you have a favorite way to fold the diapers?

We will randomly choose one of our wonderful responders to receive a free 6 pack of our infant prefolds.

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Cloth Diaper Myth Number Three

Posted in Bumkins, Cloth Diapering on July 30th, 2009 by johanna – Comments Off

Leaks and accidents are more common and they don’t keep your baby dry.

Cloth diapers use natural absorbency from fabric. They do keep baby dry, but cloth diapers require more frequent changes than disposables. Leaks are not more common, as modern cloth diaper designs feature elastic gussets that properly protect against leakage. It is true that disposable diapers can absorb more urine than cloth diapers because they contain a chemical component inside the layers of paper pulp that enhances absorption. This chemical powder, sodium polyacrylate, converts into a gel once it is in contact with urine. Disposables get heavier from the gelatinous chemical and urine combination when full, rather than overflow. They may not show signs of leakage, leaving parents unaware that their child is staying in a urine-filled, chemical laden diaper for longer than is healthy or hygienic. Cloth diapers absorb the normal amount of urine a baby outputs at one time or possibly two. Additional absorbency can be gained with the use of Bumkins inserts, ideal for heavy wetters or longer periods of time, which can further prevent leakage issues. All diapers should be changed as soon as they are wet or soiled in order to ensure baby’s optimum health, so the extra chemically derived absorbency of disposable diapers should not be deemed a healthy or beneficial advantage.

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