Posted by KarenC on February 18, 2004 at 19:17:42:
In Reply to: Wetness on skin? posted by Cin on February 18, 2004 at 18:47:19:
Yes, basically it is. Cloth diapers aren't like disposables because they don't have a stay-dry barrier to keep the wetness away from the skin. During the day, when you're changing fairly frequently (every 1.5-3 hours depending on the age of the child, it goes longer as they get older) it's harmless.
At night though it can irratate a baby's skin (because the wetness is in contact with skin for so long). The best way to protect your baby's skin is to use stay-dry liners. You can buy commercially made stay-dry liners (ME sells some, some are just a stay-dry liner while others are extra absorbancy liners with a stay-dry lining on top) or make your own with fleece. Making your own liners is SUPER easy and very inexpensive. Just get some cheap fleece from the fabric store (doesn't matter what kind, just make sure it isn't waterproofed for outerwear... most isn't but it's worth making sure!). Then just cut it to the size/shape you need and you're done!! No sewing needed because fleece doesn't unravel!!
You can also slather the skin with a moisture barrier cream (diaper rash cream or Vaseline type cream) but the fleece is cheaper and less messy!