How do I store dirty diapers?

There is no need to rinse or soak dirty diapers, just throw them into the diaper pail with the liner, or diaper champ, when you are ready to wash. Remember to remove the inserts/doublers/liners from the diapers and fasten the velcro.

If you are breast feeding, just throw soiled diapers in the pail. If your baby is eating solids, dump the solid waste into the toilet before placing the diaper in the pail. ‘Swish’ the diaper in the toilet or use a diaper sprayer to remove excess waste.

On wash day, all the dirty diapers and the liner is tossed into the washer.

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Can I use something in the washer to get rid of the urine odor?

Sometimes even after a couple of cycles in the wash, diapers still have a urine odor. If an ammonia odor remains, most likely it is due to leftover detergent. Try adding an extra rinse cycle. If there are any suds left in the washing machine after you are done washing diapers, definitely do an extra rinse. Another option is to add about 1/2 cup of baking soda in the wash or soak cycle.

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What is the best way to get out stains?

Don’t skip the cold cycle in the beginning of your wash cycles. This prevents the stains from setting (hot water sets them in). Check diapers at the 1st cold cycle too see if they are still stained. If so, run another cold rinse.

Be sure to leave pockets and covers open (with velcros attached) when throwing them in the washer – don’t make the mistake washing diapers when fastened. Diapers need to be washed flat and opened, with the velcro attached to itself or to the pad on the back of the diaper.

Do not use bleach or other harsh chemicals on stains. They are bad for your baby and  decrease the life span of cloth diapers.

Laying diapers out in the sun to dry for a few hours will fade even the toughest stains.

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How many diapers do I need to buy?

This all depends on the age of your child(ren) and how often you plan to wash.

If you are just starting out with cloth diapers, don’t buy a complete diaper system that consists of only one brand/type. Sometimes what works for others may not work for you and your family. Try a mix of different pre-folds/covers and pockets. Once you find a system that works, then finish up purchasing the rest of the system.

The chart below offers some basic recommendations on cloth diapering systems, and is based on washing every 3rd day. You can get way with 10 diapers or less per day if you wash every other day.

Age Pocket/AIO’s

(most expensive method)

Pre-folds/Diaper Covers**

(most economical method)

Mix of both Pockets & Pre-folds**
Newborn 30-36 Diapers/Inserts 30-36 Pre-Folds/6-10 diaper covers 12 Pockets/AIO’s, 12 Pre-folds, 12 Fitted Diapers/4-6 diaper covers
Infant 24-30 Diapers/Inserts 24-30 Pre-Folds/6-8 diaper covers 12 Pockets/AIO’s, 6-8 Pre-folds, 6-8 Fitted/2-4 diaper covers
Toddler 18-24 Diapers/Inserts 18-24 Pre-Folds/4-6 diaper covers 8 Pockets/AIO’s, 6-8 Pre-Folds, 6-8 Fitted/2-4 diaper covers

**You can substitute fitted/contoured diapers for pre-folds**

I would also recommend the following for all diaper systems:

  • 2-3 dozen cloth wipes
  • 2-4 Snappis or Diaper Pins
  • 1-2 Diaper pails (kitchen trash cans)
  • 1-2 large nylon pail liners
  • 1-2 small/medium wet bags for outings/traveling
  • 6-12 doublers or extra inserts, even if you’re using pre-folds/fitted diapers. These are wonderful for using at nap and bed time.
  • Wool wash if you’re using wool covers

With all diaper systems – you can make modifications based off the chart. It all depends on how often you want to wash. It’s best to start off with a minimum and adjust according to the schedule and routine you and your baby naturally find.

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Will the diaper pail smell?

No, it shouldn’t. You can keep the lid on the pail to seal in any potential odors. A bit of essential oils in the pail liner also helps. Be sure to wash every 2nd-3rd day. You can also keep the pails in a bathroom, right next to the toilet.

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the dry pail or add a sachet of lavender oils. Remember to dump as much waste from the soiled diapers into the toilet as you can.

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Can I use cloth diapers when away from home?

Yes. They are not much different than using disposables, if you purchase the right elements for your diapering system from the get-go. Pack diapering essentials – small/medium wet bag, wipes, changing pad and extra diapers. The wet bag is waterproof, so you can put the wet/soiled diapers/wipes in the wet bag and not worry about leaking or contaminating anything else in the diaper bag.

A lot of parents use pockets/AIO’s just for this purpose since they are so convenient and are as easy to put on a baby as a disposable. Flushable liners can also be handy.

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Isn’t it a lot of extra work and a pain to cloth diaper?

Cloth diapering is nothing like it was when our parents and grandparents were doing it. Cloth diapering manufacturers have made cloth diapering easy and convenient. You already have to do laundry, so an extra load or two a week really goes unnoticed. Do laundry at night before bed so diapers are dry and ready to go when you wake up. Plus, you feel better knowing that you’re doing something that benefits your baby and the environment.

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What about cloth diapers and childcare?

Many childcare providers are more than happy to use cloth diapers and are surprised by just how easy it is.  Here is a link to the Real Diaper Association’s tips on using cloth diapers at daycare. http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/daycare/Daycare-tip-sheet.pdf

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How Do I care for my Maya Wrap?

All of Maya Wrap products are machine washable. They should be washed in cold water and line dried.

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How do I care for my BellaBaby Wrap?

Cotton Slings: Wash on cold in a gentle cycle and it is best to line dry. You may tumble dry on low if you would like the sling to shrink a little.
Silk Slings: Hand wash silk slings or use a delicate cycle and line dry.

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Gift Registry

Whether you are shopping for green baby gifts or want to create a green baby gift registry, Go Green Baby Company makes it simple and quick. Create an account for fast check out, or  create a detailed list of baby gift ideas that will get you stocked and ready to raise your baby in a sustainable, healthy home.

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