It's been a while, but these were the diapers I used, with my first three babies. They were soft and fluffy, and I could easily tailor them for any sized baby. They make their own inserts. My first baby wet like crazy, overnight. His night diapers consisted of two, together, with a third folded up in between them. I also used them as burp rags, for wiping runny noses, etc. As far as washing, I just shook any solid stools off into the toilet, and kept the dirty ones in a big bucket with a lid that sealed well. I dumped them into the washer and put them through an entire wash and rinse cycle, with water only. Next, I washed them in hot water, with detergent and a small amount of bleach, which was well diluted and added slowly, after the washer was filled and agitating. I then put them through a third cycle, with about a quarter cup of soap flakes. That got the detergent residue out and softened them. They came out soft, fluffy, and smelling very clean! My friend who had babies in the age range of my first two, used the same diapers, but only did one small rinse, a wash in detergent and bleach, and just the one rinse. She thought I was shortening the lives of mine, because I put them through three full cycles, but mine actually lasted longer than hers did. I suspect that the ammonia that built up in hers, to the point where you could smell her kids coming, must have been hard on the fibers. With my third baby, I only had cold water going to the washer. Not being able to do the second wash in hot water made it a bit harder to get certain stains out, but it was only cosmetic and wasn't that important.
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