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Small: 7 lbs - 18 lbs
Large: 15 lbs - 30 lbs
Bleached Cotton vs Unbleached Cotton vs Unbleached Organic Cotton
Cotton is naturally an ivory or light brown color. The bleaching process, (cotton yarn bleached in the factory prior to weaving) turns the cotton fibers white and also removes the natural cotton oils in the fibers. In doing so, the strength of the fibers is reduced and the resulting woven material is slightly less durable. The bleaching process can lead to additional pollutants being released to the environment through airborne and waterborne emissions. Recent improvements in bleaching technology have reduced but not eliminated this impact.
Because unbleached diapers retain much of their natural cotton oils in the fiber matrix, they are softer and more durable than bleached cloth diapers. Unbleached cloth diapers must be washed at least 2-3 times after you receive them before they become absorbent. We recommend washing the diapers in hot sudsy water and drying them on high heat and repeating as many times as necessary for the diapers to become absorbent. (Test the absorbency by making a pocket of the diaper and slowly pouring 1/2 cup of liquid into the diaper. If it pools and does not soak in fairly quickly, keep washing). Depending upon the detergent you use, the hardness of your water and the natural variations in cotton materials, you may have to wash these up to 5 times before they become fully absorbent. Do not, under any circumstance, use fabric softener as this causes the fabric to be coated and thus repels moisture. Despite the added effort necessary to break in these diapers, they are extremely popular.