Questions and Answers on…
How many diapers you’ll need
What size to buy
Getting the right fit
How to wash – odor, stain issues
Dealing with yeast rash while cloth diapering
Cost of RagaBabe diapers/life
How many diapers you'll need Q & A:
Q. How many diapers do I need?
A. The ideal RagaBabe diaper stash is a mix of 'Easy' All-In-Ones and Organic '2-Steps'. You can use any combination of ‘2-Steps’ and 'Easy' AlI-In-Ones that you desire to make up the recommended amount. We recommend having 3 or more All-In-Ones on hand to give you an easy option for babysitters, dads, or for when you're out and about. You will need 14-24 diapers total, depending on the age of your child and how often you launder.
Here are some recommendations (based on every other day washing):
For a newborn you'll want approximately 24 diapers. For example- 8 ‘2-Step’ diapers, 12 additional inserts (this is equal to 20 diapers), 4 ‘Easy’ AIOs.
For 6-18 month old baby you'll want approximately 20 diapers : example- 5 ‘2-Steps’, 12 additional inserts (this is equal to 17 diapers), 3-4 'Easy' AIOs.
For a 18 months and older, you'll need approximately 18 (or less) diapers. For example- 4 '2-Steps', 12 additional inserts (this is equal to 16 diapers), 2-3 'Easy' AIOs.
Please understand that as your baby gets older you'll be able to get away with more inserts per '2-Step' cover. We recommend 2-4 inserts per ‘2-step’ cover depending on the age of your baby. 1 RB Insert and one RB Doubler comes with each '2-Step'.
What size to Buy Q & A:
Q. What sizes of diapers and inserts do I buy?
A. RB '2-Step' Cover Sizes...
RagaBabe Organic '2-Step' Covers come in 3 very adjustable sizes. Most likely, your child will not need more than 1 or 2 sizes to get you through potty training.
Size 0 (fits most 4-18 lbs)
– Includes 1 Cover, 1 Small Insert and 1 Doubler
The perfect solution for cloth diapering a newborn. By the time your baby outgrows your Size 0's, you'll know if our Size 1 or Size 2 RB '2-Step' will be suitable for your baby's body type! Our Size 0s are made with a Velcro-style closure that is less 'grippy' than the extra strength closures on our Size 1 and 2s for quiet diaper changes.
Size 1 (fits most 9-30 lbs)
– Includes 1 Cover, 1 Medium Insert and 1 Doubler
Size 1's are great for petite to average size babies through potty training.
Size 2 (fits most 15-40+ lbs)
– Includes 1 Cover, 1 Large Insert and 1 Doubler
For chubby babies and toddlers, our Size 2 is for you.
Use this chart to select the right size insert for the Organic ‘2-Step’ Diaper. We designed the inserts to overlap cover sizes to maximizes their use.
Size Wt (lbs.) Cover Size & Snap Setting (see photo)
Small Insert 9-18 Fits Size 0 'A' -- Size 1 'B' & 'C'
Medium Insert 12-30 Fits Size 1 'A' & 'B' -- Size 2 'B' & 'C'
Large Insert 20-40+ Fits Size 1 'A' -- Size 2 'A' & 'B'
Doubler/NB 6-12 Fits Size 0 'A', 'B' & 'C' -- Size 1 'C'
Liner/Preemie 4-7 Fits Size 0 'C'
(Doublers & Liners add extra absorbency for all sizes)
RagaBabe ‘Easy’ All-In-Ones and Snapless '2-Steps'
Our All-In-Ones are sized diapers and come in four sizes (NB, Small, Medium and Large), which provide a perfectly trim fit while remaining very sizable. Our range of fit is nearly 20 pounds on our larger sizes. Our Newborns are made with a Velcro-style closure that is less 'grippy' than the extra strength closures on our S, M, and L for quiet diaper changes.
Our recommended size ranges are based on babies with an average size build and may not apply to all babies. For example, a 14 lb baby with very petite thighs may be too small for a medium, whereas a 25 lb baby with large thighs may be too big for a medium.
'Easy' AIO and Snapless '2-Step' Approximate Weight Ranges:
Newborn 6-15 lbs
Small or Size 0 9-20 lbs
Medium or Size 1 14-30 lbs
Large or Size 2 23-40+lbs
We recommend 1-3 RB Organic Cotton inserts for nap/nighttime and 1-3 RB Doublers for naps or when out and about. See the chart below for proper insert sizing.
Insert Size for RB 'Easy' AIO Diaper Night Use
Newborn 'Easy' AIO- Liner [Included with each AIO]
Small 'Easy' AIO- Liner or Doubler (heavy wetter)
Medium 'Easy' AIO- Doubler or Medium Insert (heavy wetter)
Large 'Easy' AIO- Doubler, Med or Large Insert (heavy wetter)
Q. My little guy has chunky legs but a thinner waist. Do RagaBabe diapers let you get tight around the middle or would he be better off in the smaller range size? (He's 18 lbs, so should he be in a small?)
A. Our waist can go very small and snug around the middle while still allowing comfort around chunky legs. For this body type (little waist/big thighs), the key to getting the right fit is to pull the front of the diaper up high to the belly button and wrap the wings around snuggly. If you see any gap in the front, the diaper is not pulled up high enough. Definitely go with a Medium AIO or Size 2 ‘2-step’.
One of my test moms has a 1 year old at 22 lbs with large thighs. She actually found the large to work best, even though she's slightly below the range, because of her extra large thighs.
Q. My little guys has an average waist but thin legs. I am having blow-outs out the leg openings with my current cloth diaper. Can RagaBabe’s be adjusted to fit snug on thin legs but still fit the waist?
A. My son has thin legs and a big 'ol pot belly. We've never had a blow out. I also tried to find testers of all shapes and sizes, and so far, I haven't gotten report of a blowout, other than one time with a 7 pound baby in a Size 1 ‘2-Step’ (size range for Size 1 starts at 9 lbs). This leak is what led to the development of our Size 0. I wanted to offer a sizable diaper that REALLY fit little newborns.
Getting the right fit Q & A:
Q. What are some tips and tricks for fitting your diapers on our babies? I know that improperly fitted diapers can lead to leaks and irritation.
A. The front ‘rise’ of our diapers is higher than most to prevent leaks from the front. Here's how to get the right fit...
When you are putting a RagaBabe on your baby, pull the front up above the belly button and hold it there while you stretch the wings snugly around the waist.
The front panel of the diaper with the Velcro on it should wrap around him (also above his belly button).
You should see the front panel of the diaper actually poking out above the wings a little bit if it's fastened correctly. It's very important that it's fastened snugly and not loose. This will secure the front of the diaper and also keep the Velcro fastened securely above the fronts of baby's thighs so that it doesn't rub.
Q. Your Organic '2-Steps' snap quite firmly. Do I need to unsnap them every time I wash?
A. We intentionally designed our reinforced snaps to resist unsnapping while diapering your baby. Unsnapping the diaper before washing reduces stress on the fabric. When unsnapping it is best to grasp close to the snaps (see photo), rather than tugging on the diaper to pop open.
Changing Routine Q & A:
Q. What do I do when my baby poops?
A. When baby's poop is solid, dump into the toilet and spray any ‘remnants’ with BioKleen's Bac-Out Stain and Odor Eliminator and drop into laundry bag. If baby poop is messy, rinse first (with diaper sprayer into toilet or in utility sink, spray with Bac-Out and drop in the laundry bag. You can use liners, paper or cloth to make messes easier to deal with. If you are unable to rinse a really messy diaper, you can let your machine take care of it with a cold rinse and a squirt of Bac-Out.
Breastfed poop does not need to be rinsed, but is more likely to discolor your diaper. Just be sure to start with your cold wash with recommended detergent and Bac-Out. If diaper is discolored coming out of the washer, lay it in the sun to dry instead of putting it in the dryer. I only rinse ‘potty’ diapers if they have been worn all night and I'm using a HE front loading washer. HE washers don't use as much water as top loaders and doing this helps make sure they totally clean.
Q. What do you do with a dirty diaper when out in public?
A. Change him and clean him up on the public changer as usual. Set your poopy diaper to the side and put a clean diaper on. Using cloth wipes that are pre-moistened really makes this easier, because you don't have to separate throw-aways from your diaper.
If the diaper doesn't have any solids in it that can easily be shaken into the toilet, close your laundry tabs, roll it up with your wipes and and put it in your wet bag. Fasten your wet bag to your purse or diaper bag using the snap handle and go. If there are solids on your diaper, put your dirty wipes right into your wet bag, which is a waterproof zippered bag that keeps smells in.
Once he's got a clean diaper on, pick him up and take the poopy diaper into a stall. (It's nice at this point if you have a carrier to put baby in if he's not standing yet, but can be done successfully while holding baby). Dump solids into the toilet, fasten laundry tabs, roll up and put into your wet bag. If you have a REALLY bad one that you want to deal with before you get home, you can do a little dunk into the toilet to loosen the poop, but most the time it's easier to just put it in your wet bag and deal with it at home.
When you get home and it's time to do laundry, shake everything out of your wet bag into a cold rinse cycle, add a squirt of Bac-Out and let your machine take care of it. Then start your cold wash routine as normal.
Washing and Care Q & A:
Please navigate to our Washing & Care page for our complete recommended washing, drying, and care instructions.
Q. My diapers smell of ammonia when in the pail, but not when clean out of the wash. Is this normal? It seems normal to me because in the pail they are soaked with urine. But I might be wrong?
A. If you notice that your diapers smell clean coming out of the wash, but you notice a strong smell of ammonia when you're changing a diaper that’s been wet in, you likely have a buildup of soap residue causing the problem. If you only notice a slight smell after they've been in the pail for a day, then yes that is normal.
Q. I'm getting a very strong ammonia smell in my diapers after my baby wets even when they smell clean out of the wash. Is that detergent residue? Sometimes they don't smell clean out of the wash. Should I use more soap? Can I boil my diapers?
A. Your problem is coming from not enough water in your washer (common with HE washers). If they are smelling coming out of the wash, that means there is not enough water to draw out the urine -- so they are not actually getting clean.
Many people think that more soap is the solution, but if there is not enough water to begin with, adding more soap will just get you urine AND soap residue. WATER IS THE KEY TO WASHING CLOTH!!! You actually need very little detergent. Before you go and ditch your HE washer for a top loader, there is a solution. It just takes a couple more steps. Start doing a short cold rinse - with a towel thrown in - to get any ‘nasties’ out. Then start your cold cycle with detergent (1 tsp of Country Save or Rock’N Green and one squirt of Bac-Out. Try to stop your washer when it gets to the spin cycle (or set to low spin) and go right into your hot wash with no detergent. In your case, you may need to ‘strip’ your diapers first with a couple drops of dawn in a hot wash, followed by 2 more hot washes with no dawn (add towel, no spin). You should never boil your diapers!
Q. Do I need to do a pre-rinse cycle?
A. We recommend a short pre-rinse and spin before you start your cold wash. Definitely not a bad idea for younger babies. Once your baby's poop is more solid, you wouldn't necessarily need to if you have a top loader. I definitely recommend running a pre-rinse cycle if you have a high efficiency washer.
Q. What's the best thing to do for stained diapers?
A. The sun works wonders! The best thing I've found to do is first spray the stain with Biokleen's Bac-Out stain and odor formula. It is a safe, natural enzyme made from lime peel (smells great). Let it sit overnight and then wash as usual (cold then hot). Instead of drying in the dryer, lay your wet, clean diaper in direct sunlight to dry. This works really well for most stains. Using a couple sprays of Bac-Out on poopy diapers before they go into the laundry bag does a great job of preventing stains in the first place. The enzyme starts working immediately to break down the organic matter. It also keeps the smell down.
Q. Why do I have to wash my inserts and wipes separately from my diapers and covers the first time?
A. Unlike synthetic materials like microfiber, fleece and suede cloth, natural fibers contain oils in them that need to be washed out before they can absorb properly. If you wash your naturals for the first time with your diapers, you risk getting those oils into the materials of your diapers, causing repelling. You can speed up the ‘de-oiling’ process by adding just a drop of dawn (original blue) dish soap to your naturals on your first wash. Many cloth diaper companies recommend 6+ washes for ‘prepping’ natural fibers, but our RB Organic Cotton Sherpa Inserts only need to be washed once and they're ready to go!
A second reason is that our cotton sheds a tiny bit in the first wash, and washing them separately the first time will prevent white cotton from getting on our black Velcro. After the first wash, you can wash them together.
Q. Is it okay to use bleach?
A. As far as using bleach, it just depends on the product. We don't recommend it for our diapers or inserts because of the specific types of materials we are using. I know many manufacturers that are using microfiber for their inserts do say it's okay- But it's a no-no for your PUL covers and diapers because you will break down the lamination and lose a lot of life from them. Chlorine bleach and other bleaching agents such as OxiClean and Borax, will also deteriorate the fibers in our stay-dry lining, and may result in holes and tears -- voiding the warranty. The use of non-recommended detergents may do the same. That's why our number one choice of detergent is Country Save. We have found that using it maximizes the life of your diapers. Remember -- no diaper lasts forever, so please follow the washing guidelines to maximize the life. Many moms forget that they may be preferring using their RagaBabe--wash it much more than other diapers in their rotation, and therefore wear it out sooner than others.
Q. My child was sick and now I have a diaper that I have washed 4 times and still stinks. What should I do?
A. Saturate with Bac-Out (approx 1/4 cup per diaper), let sit overnight, follow our "recommended wash routine", with either country save or Rock’N Green (make sure to add heavy towel). Do 2 hot cycles instead of one to make sure all the Bac-Out is gone. If possible, let them sit in the sun to dry. Doing this will knock the smell out of that stubborn diaper!
Dealing with Yeast Rash Q & A:
Q. I am treating my child for a yeast rash. What can I do to help eliminate yeast cells on my diapers during washing?
A. Good results have been found by using the following methods:
• First of all, do not use bleach, as it will destroy the fabric of your diapers!
• Hot water is an enemy of yeast, so if possible, temporarily increase the temperature
of your hot water heater to around 130 degrees F.
• If your diapers are dirty, do a cold rinse. Follow with a hot wash with our
recommended amount of detergent (1 1/2 - 2 teaspoons for top loader --
1 teaspoon front and HE). Add one of the following to the wash water:
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar), or
- 3 drops of tea tree oil, or
- 15 drops of grapefruit seed extract
• Follow with 1-2 hot wash cycles with nothing added.
• If possible, dry in the sun, or after machine drying, set in direct sunlight.
• Always wash on highest water level available. If using an HE machine, see our
washing instructions for HE washers for tips.
Price of RagaBabe Diapers Q & A:
Q. Can you please explain the cost of your diapers? I can buy some other brands for less.
A. First of all, please remember that we have created 2 completely different products. Our 'Easy' All-In-One is meant to be something that is easy, cute, different, fun and the most convenient cloth diaper imaginable. It's more expensive than some brands simply because it's expensive for us to make, both material-wise (bamboo, 19 different print/color options) and labor-wise. This also explains why many manufactures have taken true all-in-ones out of their line.
There are well over 20 component parts that are involved in putting these together. The sewing skill required for RagaBabes exceeds the typical cloth diaper. In fact, the difficulty is unreal, even for very experienced commercial sewers. We are committed to keep manufacturing in the USA. (We can only do our small part to turn around the unemployment and trade deficit problems and hope that other companies have a change in philosophy.) We are excited to support families in need of work in our community as we grow.
We knew going into it that some people would balk at the price, but we just weren't willing to sacrifice a single part of our diaper. You also have to keep in mind that even if our 'Easy' AIOs did make up your entire stash, you'd still save big bucks over disposables. It's just that your investment is up-front rather than draining your pockets over the course of 3 years.
We think people will feel they've gotten their money's worth once they see how well they function, how quick they dry, that it works as a night time diaper, etc. There's nothing worse than spending a lot of money on a diaper because you can't resist it, just to find that it leaks and that you have to end up putting a cover over the top of it anyway :)
Also, don't forget in our 'Easy' AIO package, you are also getting an organic cotton sherpa liner which knocks the price down of the diaper.
Remember also-- the RagaBabe 'Easy' AIO is designed for performance and ease of use. Does it have the life of our '2-Step'? Generally, '2-Steps' outlast an AIO. RagaBabe's unique 'stay-dry' lining is designed to quickly pass liquid through to the built in soaker thereby reducing leakage due to liquid roll-off. It is also super soft. To accomplish this requires a uniquely manufactured lighter weight lining. The lifetime depends upon many variables. Life is maximized by following the suggested washing routine. (Even water quality/ph/mineral content impacts diaper life.) Non-recommended detergents take their toll. Bleach and bleach related products greatly reduced the life of a RagaBabe.
That being said, our other option, the RagaBabe Organic ‘2-step’, is a VERY affordable option. For $31.95-35.95, you get a cover, an organic insert, and a doubler. You can add additional inserts for $7-8 more. We recommend 3 inserts to 1 cover. Based on that, for under $50, you get the equivalent of 3 diapers plus a doubler for night use. This brings the cost down to under $16 per diaper, making our ‘2-steps’ one of the least expensive organic US made diapers on the market.
Also, because of our sizing snaps, it will grow with your baby and rather than having to re-buy a new cover, you can just buy a bigger size of insert if your baby needs it. No extra bulk on little babies. Quality is still top of the line, and even though we don't offer it in a million options, they are still rockin' our unique look.
The other factor many people don't consider is re-selling their used diapers.
These are little things that are hard for some people to understand when they just get turned off by a price tag. But we are trusting that our savvy cloth diapering mamas will be able to see this and support our decision to choose quality, performance, and "made in the good 'ol USA".
General Q & A:
Q. My only draw back from cloth diapering is that she's going to be going to day-care in a couple of weeks and the sitter isn't very familiar with cloth diapers. Also both grandma's are foreign to the idea of cloth diapers...any tips on how to make that transition easier?
A. Our RagaBabe ‘Easy’ All-in-One's were designed for people in your situation. It's as easy to put on as a disposable, no snapping, folding, stuffing, etc. that most CDs currently on the market involve.
They are very nonthreatening to people who are unfamiliar. Just take time to demonstrate with them how to put on the diaper. If they're scared of how to tackle a poopy cloth diaper, just tell them it's as easy as dumping any solids into the toilet, and tossing into the laundry bag. Provide them with cloth wipes. It's a lot easier and more convenient to use cloth wipes so they won't have to sort out 'throw aways' from what goes into your laundry bag.
One easy alternative to having them rinse a poopy diaper is just keeping a spray bottle with Bac-Out in it in the bathroom, and after they dump, they can just spray any remnants with Bac-Out. It's a mess free solution that helps prevents stains and smells.
Q. Why do you use fabric for the inside of your covers instead of having a rinse-able ‘plasticy’ PUL inside like some others?
A. The benefits of having a quick drying cloth inner lining on our ‘2-step’ diapers, in my opinion, far outweigh the convenience of having a ‘plasticy’ rinse-able inside for the following reasons:
1. Your cover will last longer. The fabric serves as protection to your PUL (or in our case "TPU"), safely hidden from fingernails, rings and other sharp objects, including abrasion damage that can happen in the washer/dryer. It allows your cover to be dryer safe without risk of the PUL getting too hot, stuck to dryer, delaminating, etc.
2. Most people prefer soft material against baby's skin, especially around elastic casings, both on the legs and back. The softness allows for a more snug fit because you don't have to be afraid of the irritation caused by ‘too tight’ PUL. This helps prevent leaks and blow-outs...which leads me to my next point.
3. Less leaks. The texture of our fabric helps keep the inserts nicely in place to catch potty. No sliding, shifting, bunching going on that results in leaks in PUL style covers. Also, with a full insert on just PUL, it's going to squish out of the insert and roll right out of the leg. Our fabric is a little more forgiving with a full insert. If it does squish out of the insert, the fabric will catch and absorb the overflow (up to a point).
4. Re-usability and ease. Our ‘2-step’ has a re-usability of anywhere from 2-4+ uses. Yes, you may have your occasional huge poop on your first use, but most babies have several wet diapers between poopy ones. If a little bit of poop gets on the cover, you can still just wash it off by hand if you want to use it again. We are just recommending for people to wash after poops as a standard so we don't build up any false expectations.
Compared to pocket diapers and AIO's that are single use diapers, even reusing 2-3 times saves time and cuts down laundry a lot. I think we've got a happy medium between a pocket diaper and plastic rinse-able cover that people will be pleased with. Also, on a side note, the ease of snapping in the insert rather than stuffing a pocket is very preferable (especially for dads).
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