Beginner's Guide

Types of KiddieHug Diapers

KiddieHug cloth diapers have three parts — the innermost part which keeps the baby stay-dry; the waterproof part that prevents leaks and holds the mess inside; and the absorptive part which does the actual absorption of urine. Based on the materials and how these three parts are stitched together/constructed, KiddieHug diapers can be categorized into different types:

1)    All in One (R2W) diapers:

These diapers are most similar to disposable diapers in ease of use and stay-dry feel. They are ready to wear (R2W) - just pick up a clean diaper and put it on the baby. These AIOs come with an absorbent insert that is sewn-in. Most suited for babies who pee very frequently, for going outside the home and for overnight usage as AIOs offer the best leak-proof performance. Though they need a good sun-dry, they are hassle-free and easy-to-use cloth diapers ever.

 2)   Pocket diapers:

A pocket diaper is made up of three completely different layers. The waterproof outer material that prevent leaks, the inner layer that touches the baby’s skin and keeps the baby stay-dry. Together, those two layers form a pocket that is stuffed with the third layer, an absorbent material (insert). KiddieHug pocket diapers are the most popular style of cloth diapers and don’t require any additional covers.

Both AIO and Pocket diapers are one-size diapers, fitting babies from 4-17Kg. They have snap closures for 4-level size adjustments (S, M, L, and XL) which gives a trim fit.


Wash and Care

Prepping - Before using cloth diapers for the first time

Cloth diapers are need to be washed a few times before they reach their full absorbency (this is called prepping). We recommend washing new cloth diapers and inserts 2-3 times before using them. Use the shortest cycle on the washing machine (max 35°C) with normal detergent like surf excel or tide (without any additives like fabric conditioners). If you don’t have a full load of diapers, you can add some towels to make up a full load. We recommend line drying cloth diapers and inserts. Inserts can also be tumble dried on low.

Changing cloth diapers

Remove the dirty diaper and gently wipe the baby clean with a wet cotton washcloth. Gently pat the baby dry. We recommend giving the baby a few minutes of diaper free time between diaper changes. Put on a fresh diaper and store the used diaper.

Storing used diapers

For Daytime, We recommend to change diapers for every 3-4 hours. However, for nights you can use a diaper overnight unless you encounter leaks. Knock solids off using a jet sprayer or a tap. Rinse the diaper preferably under running water (may be under a tap) and store in an open bucket (or any other place with good air circulation).

Washing diapers

KiddieHug diapers can be hand/machine washed according to your convenience. However we recommend to wash the diapers often like every other day because otherwise, the urine naturally turns into ammonia, making it more difficult to clean. In addition, the stains will come out better with less sit time! For best results, follow this wash routine:

Hand wash:

  • Rinse the diapers in plain water.
  • Soak for not more than 20 minutes in warm/regular water adding detergent in a bucket.
  • Agitate PROPERLY.
  • Rinse THOROUGHLY till soap suds are gone.
  • Line dry.
  • Use regular detergent (without any added conditioners/fragrances) such as surf or tide.
  • If you have hard water, do use water softeners.

 Machine wash:

  • No soaking needed.
  • You can put all diapers in machine directly (if pooped, knock down solids and rinse before tossing it into the machine).
  • Prewash the diapers, if you are washing with other garments.
  • If you are washing the diapers alone, prewash is not needed.
  • Use regular detergent (without any added conditioners/fragrances) such as surf or tide.
  • Wash on regular cycle NOT gentle cycle.
  • Run an extra rinse (optional).
  • Spin dry or line dry
  • If you have hard water, do use water softeners.

Some useful tips

  • Pre-washed diapers can be clubbed with other laundry.
  • Stains usually go off on sunning. If not, wash the diaper again.
  • Stubborn stains can be treated with lemon juice.
  • Most detergent bars are not recommended. Those typically require brushing, and brushing is not recommended with cloth diapers. It can affect functionality, and causes faster wear and tear.
  • We highly recommend using high quality detergent with no added fragrances, and without fabric softeners. (Ex. Surf excel, Tide, Rustic Art etc.,)
  • No need to use Dettol.
  • Give occasional hot water rinses (maybe once in two weeks) to avoid urine or detergent buildup.
  • Line dry the diapers and inserts in the sun or tumble dry on low.