So I shared what I didn’t do right in this post, so after doing research; watch tonnes of youtube videos, read lotsa links from different brands, I finally found perhaps my way of dealing with cds, at least I plan to as right now the baby’s only poop & pee in my belly haha. But let me try first so I have a feel whether it’ll work for real dirty diaper. As for prepping the new cds, here’s what I do:
1. For Grovia Newborn AIO, since it’s organic cotton, it mentions there at the tag to wash 3-5 times to improve absorbency. Since I don’t have a high efficiency (HE) washer, so I just utilize what we have, which is Daewoo N1012 front loading machine. First I rinse with cold water using Rinse + Spin program, then main wash with 1/4 cup detergent (Waitrose Non-Bio) using 40degC program with extra rinse. Then I turn to Rinse + Spin again – first wash complete. Since I don’t have a dryer, I just line dry the cds under the sun, as we have lotsa sun here in the middle east :p. So far I’ve completed 3 times wash (and dry), and will do again until at least 5 times as recommended.
2. Another brand which is my favorite is the One Size Cloth Pocket Diaper Rump-a-rooz! It is a cd with leak protection and two inserts in which you can choose either microfiber or hemp or bamboo soakers. I bought the microfiber soaker and it doesn’t need many wash cycle for prewash. Once is enough, so I throw the covers and inserts and do the same wash as I did for Grovia. If I were to buy hemp/bamboo soaker in the future, it needs to be washed 6 times to maximize the absorbency, from the website it mentions with or without detergent.
I only have these two brands in my stash, but I have ordered bumGenius 4.0 stay dry from Cotton Babies on Black Friday sales too and it’s on its way from US. Also interested in getting Charlie Banana and Bamboolite (Malaysian brand), both can be ordered online (Malaysia) and hope to have it sent to my friend’s address, she’s going back to Malaysia and will be back to Oman on January 4th. Will think about it first because it’s quite hard to buy from the US now that it’s almost Christmas and New Year.