BEE PREPARED

Below is our recommended list of what you will need to enter the world of cloth, including diaper amounts to last about two days between washings.

Newborn: 30-36 diapers 

Baby 3mo-1year: 24 diapers Toddler 1-2 yeas: 18 diapers Older Toddler 2-3 years: 12 diapers Nightime Only: 3-6 diapers

{Don’t quite know if cloth is for you? Want to be a part of it but just can’t seem to make it work in your mind? Why not go cloth at nighttime? By doing this you will be saving hundreds of diapers a year from ending up in landfills. Saving money for yourself. And for those who are very concerned about the poo factor, most likely you won’t be dealing with poopy diaps through the night. This of course differs from baby to baby.}

For All Ages

  • If you plan to cloth wipe: As many wipes as you have diapers plus a dozen
  • Wipe Solution {Can be made at home as simple as mixing a small amount of your babies current soap with water}
  • A diaper sprayer {this takes the yuck factor out of hand rinsing}
  • A small wetbag for your diaper bag
  • An extra large wetbag for at home {alternatively you could use a kitchen size trash can with a pail liner}
  • Cloth safe rash cream
  • Cloth safe detergent {We recommend Bee Clean by Redemption Soap}

Prepping Your New Diapers

  • Prep of diapers is an important step. New diapers need to be “prepped” before you use them. This will prepare fibers for proper absorption. Prep varies depending on the material the diaper linings are made from.
  • NATURAL FIBERS SHOULD BE PREPPED ONLY WITH OTHER NATURAL FIBERS! Do not prep microfiber with natural fibers. The oils and waxes released from natural fibers will coat microfiber causing it to repel rather than absorb. Once all items have been prepped, they can be washed together.
  • For microfiber inserts {which come standard in all Bee Changed One Size Diapers} and Bee Changed Microsuede Diapers- simply wash once on a hot cycle with a very small amount of approved detergent and tumble or hang to dry.
  • For Bee Changed Bamboo Diapers, Hemp/Organic Cotton Inserts and Bitty Bee Changed Diapers– wash diapers in hot cycle 2 times prior to first use. Use a very small amount of approved detergent in first wash and no detergent in a second hot wash. Tumble or hang to dry{Remember because bamboo is a natural fiber drying time will be longer than synthetic fibers. Trust us when we say the luxury of bamboo is worth the wait}Bamboo fibers work in such a way that diaper absorbency will actually increase with each wash until they’ve had approximately 10 washes. When natural fibers are hung to dry they may stiffen and can be softened by throwing in the dryer with a wool  dryer ball or load of damp towels.
  • If you have only purchased a few diapers and don’t want to waste a load on only a few diapers you can do the prepping process along with a load of towels using cloth diaper safe detergent.

Getting a Good Fit

BEE CLEAN

Standard Diaper Care

The instructions below are to be followed after your new diaper has been prepped. Prepping guidelines can be found HERE.

  • Shake solids into toilet
  • If needed, spray any remaining off with diaper sprayer or use a piece of toilet tissue to plop any removable ick off
  • Remove pocket inserts
  • Place diaper in dry pail with pail liner, large wetbag or alternately you could use a kitchen size trash can with a pail liner. Due to bacteria growth we recommend diapers should not be left unwashed longer than 3 days.
  • Once you are ready to wash the fun begins…Remember that what is a perfect wash routine for one parent may not be for another.  There are so many factors that play into a cloth diapering wash routine {type of washer, type of water, whether you use liquid detergent on other clothing, how hot your water gets and get this, even the chemical makeup of your own babies poo factors in…yes friends there is a difference between organic breastfeed poo and formula poo.} So to give exact directions for every situation is impossible. Listed is the routine that works best for us: Start with a cold prewash or just a short cold wash {this is to remove any remaining solids and prevent staining}{If you are using a front loading washer choose delicate cycle to allow washer to add the most amount of water possible}
  • Follow with wash using hot cycle {water temp. can not exceed 122 degrees F or 50 degrees C} and recommended detergent{Do not use too much detergent. Excess detergent can cause diapers to leak, stink and cause rashes.} Sometimes we follow up with another hot wash with no detergent to get them extra clean.
  • Finish with a rinse {or double rinse if you only did one wash} on cold
  • Tumble on low or hang dry. DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER ON DIAPERS. The use of wool dryer balls is highly recommended. {Especially for use with our bamboo diapers}
  • If you have stains, place diapers in direct sunlight. This will help naturally bleach out the stain.

BEE INFORMED

Why Cloth?

After the initial poo factor has been addressed (more about that HERE), the biggest question about cloth diapering is ‘why ‘? To simplify your search for answers, we’ve done the research for you.

bee economical.

  • The average newborn will use approximately 12 diapers a day, 84 diapers a week, 336 diapers the first month and {after leveling out to 6-8 diaper changes a day} an average of 2,788 diapers in the first year. Cost estimates show that parents will spend somewhere between $1200 and $2880 {brand dependent} for 2-3 years of disposable use.
  • The Little Bee Co. is proud to provide diapers for your baby from birth to potty training with easy to select packages that will save you thousands.

bee green.

  • Millions of disposable diapers find their final resting place each year in landfills where they will sit for approximately 500 years. How about leaving that legacy for your great great great great great great great great great grandkids.
  • Cloth diapers are able to be reused over and over again.
  • Cloth gives you the opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint.

bee conscious.

  • The effects of disposable diaper use are still uncertain in regards to long term health issues including: reproductive health concerns, certain types of cancers, asthma, airway restrictions and skin conditions. As a mom, I find it hard to put something on my baby that is at the center of such controversy, especially when cloth is so simple and safe.
  • Bee Changed Bamboo Diapers are made of a 100% All Natural Bamboo Fleece Lining which is not only soft and luxurious but safe for babies skin as well as beneficial.

bee stylish.

  • It’s undeniable that the adorable factor of the modern cloth diaper far outweighs disposables.
  • At The Little Bee Co. we are excited to offer our customers many signature colors and prints to choose from and look forward to the addition of many more colors and prints to come.
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