Daj Daj FAQs

Diapers

How many diapers do I need for one baby?

One baby requires about 20 diapers. Having any less means washing them more frequently or alternating with disposables. If you own a dryer, 15 diapers may be enough for your baby, but a few extra diapers will often save you the worry of running out of clean ones.

What’s the difference between your Regular Fitted Diaper and your All-In-One (AIO) Diaper?

As all our diapers are made of the same materials, the key difference is how you use them. Our Regular Fitted Diaper is made solely of bamboo fabric and requires a waterproof diaper cover, which is sold separately. This model is ideal for nighttime use because it is heavily absorbent, while the separate diaper cover ensures all wetness stays inside the diaper. Our All-In-One Diaper has its own sewn-on waterproof outer layer, making it a practical choice for outings, daycare or travel.

Should I change the diaper as soon as my baby pees?

Use Daj Daj diapers just as you would disposables: doctors recommend changing your baby every 2 to 3 hours or as soon as it poos. At night, using an additional insert will ensure your baby needn’t be changed before morning. During the day, if you know you won’t be able to change your baby for an extended period, using an additional insert will provide extra absorption.

Can Daj Daj diapers be used at night?

At night, your baby spends many hours wearing the same diaper which is exactly why it’s so important that the diaper be made of natural materials. In a properly put on Daj Daj diaper your child will be neither wet nor cold. Many moms that use cloth diapers fear that these diapers may leak at night, when their baby sleeps in the same diaper for 10 to 12 hours. Daj Daj diapers, however, have proven far more reliable than disposables: our diapers are made to gently adhere to your baby’s skin, while the elastic hemline along the back and legs prevents any leaks. In fact, the excellent absorbency of Daj Daj diapers has many parents calling them ‘the ideal nighttime diaper.’ PLEASE NOTE: When using Daj Daj diapers at night an additional insert is needed. This makes changing your baby’s diaper unnecessary until morning, unless the baby poos.

Do your diapers leak?

Our Regular Fitted Diaper, Prefold Diaper and Tie-On diaper all require the use of a diaper cover. Daj Daj Diaper Covers are sold separately and it is enough to have 2 to 3 covers of each size. Our All-In-One Diaper has its own sewn-on external waterproof layer as well as special leg gussets that prevent leaks. For nights, if you prefer not to wake and change your baby before morning, we recommend using our Regular Fitted Diaper with the Daj Daj Diaper Cover and an Additional Insert. If the diaper is put on properly, we guarantee it will not leak.

Which model do you recommend for nighttime use?

For nights, we recommend our Regular Fitted Diaper used with an Additional Insert and Diaper Cover. When both the diaper and diaper cover are put on properly (meaning that the diaper is entirely tucked inside the cover) we guarantee the diaper won't leak.

What’s the difference between Daj Daj diapers and cotton cloth diapers?

The difference is in the material. All our diapers are made 100% bamboo fabric. Bamboo fibers have natural antibacterial properties making them an ideal choice for babies’ delicate skin. In addition, bamboo is far more absorbent than cotton, it is easier to wash and retains its softness longer. If your baby happens to suffer from diaper rashes caused by disposable diapers, our bamboo fabric will soothe the irritation, allowing it to dissapear within a few days.

How many babies can reuse one set of diapers?

Our diapers are made to withstand several years of use. With proper usage and care, one set of 20-25 diapers can be reused at least once or twice, meaning they can serve 2 or 3 different babies from birth to potty.

Care and Maintenance

What do I do when my baby poos?

When your baby pees, you may rinse the diaper in lukewarm water and/or simply put in a dirty diaper bin. Soiled diapers, however, need to be rinsed. The stool of young babies is usually soft enough to be rinsed into the toilet or sink with a shower head. The firm stool of older babies should simple be flushed down the toilet. Our diapers’ special weave generally prevents any stool from adhering to the fabric, but if there is some residue it can be gently be removed with a soft plastic brush. Once you have rinsed the diaper put it in a lidded diaper bin. To make washing our diapers even easier, try using Daj Daj Flushable Liners.

I’ve washed my Daj Daj diapers but there are still some stains left. How can I remove them?

Any stains on the diapers are the result of food pigments that would normally stain any fabric (e.g. spinach, beet root, carrots, apples, bananas...) and do not mean that there is stool residue on the diaper. The stains should come out after 2 or 3 washes. Whenever possible, hang-dry Daj Daj diapers in direct sunlight as this naturally bleaches the fabric. Do not use chemical bleaches as these will damage the diapers’ fabric and may irritate your baby’s skin. If the stains persist, use a natural stain-removing soap, but make sure you’ve rinsed it out completely before putting the diaper in the diaper bin.

Are Daj Daj diapers suitable for travelling?

Of course. All you need is a sufficient number of diapers, additional inserts and a bag for storing dirty diapers. Once you arrive at your destination, rinse out any used diapers and store them until washing. When choosing your accommodation, make sure to enquire about options for washing diapers. Our experience is that many people are glad to help and launder your diapers every 2-3 days, while commending you for your healthy, environmentally-friendly choice :)

What detergent do you recommend for washing Daj Daj diapers?

For washing Daj Daj products we strongly recommend liquid detergents because these rinse out more thoroughly. It is important that the detergent not contain any bleach or fabric softener, as these may irritate your baby’s skin and damage the diapers’ fabric. Use 1/3 the recommended amount of detergent and rinse each load of diapers twice.

The diapers take very long to dry. Any suggestions?

Our diapers are known for their exceptional absorbency – both when it comes to your baby’s pee and to the water you wash them in. If your washer has the option, set the spin cycle to 1000-1200 rpm to drain as much water as possible. Also, whenever you have the opportunity hang-dry Daj Daj diapers in an airy, sunny spot. In winter, hang them near a heat source in a frequently ventilated room (about 2 to 3 times per day). Make sure the heat source is not too hot, as excessive heat may damage the plastic snaps and waterproof PUL lining of certain models.

The diapers are stiff after washing. How do I soften them?

If water in your area is hard (i.e. rich in mineral content) this usually causes Daj Daj diapers to stiffen after a while. Hang-drying your diapers in direct sunlight during the summer may also cause them to become a little stiff. One way to soften them is to collect the dry diapers and rub them between your palms. If you choose to diaper your baby with a stiff diaper, you’ll notice that the fabric softens quickly in contact with your baby’s warms skin. By no means should you use store-bought fabric softeners as these may reduce the diaper’s absorbency and lifespan. Machine-drying your diapers will also leave them softer, but repeated use of a dryer may also reduce the diapers’ lifespan, which is why we recommend hang-drying them in the sun whenever possible.

Can I machine-dry Daj Daj diapers and diaper covers?

Yes. Both our diapers and diaper covers are manufactured from materials that can withstand high temperatures. Machine-drying Daj Daj diapers will also ensure they stay soft, but constant use of a dryer may have longterm effects on the fabric and reduce the diapers’ lifespan. If using a dryer choose the medium cycle, as for towels. The best solution for Daj Daj products is a combination of hang-drying and machine-drying: for instance, you can let them hang-dry for a while, then finish drying them in the dryer – or vice versa, depending on the weather.

Health

My baby suffers from diaper rash. We’ve tried all kinds of diapers to no avail. Why sould Daj Daj diapers be any different?

Daj Daj diapers are made of 100% bamboo fiber, which has natural antibacterial properties that safeguard babies’ delicate skin. Moreover, our diapers do not contain any superabsorbent synthetic materials or chemicals that may irritate your child’s skin. Bamboo fabric is silky and soft to the touch, and also has an anti-inflammatory effect on irritated skin. So far, parents of babies with diaper rash caused by disposable diapers have reported that these irritations subside within 24 hours of switching to Daj Daj diapers. If your child’s rash or skin irritation persists for more than a few days, however, be sure to consult a physician.

Should I use diaper creams with Daj Daj diapers?

Our diapers are made of natural materials which contain no chemicals and do not dry out babies’ skin – all of which makes using diaper creams generally unnecessary. Diaper creams interefere with the natural defense mechanisms of your child’s skin and may damage the fabric or reduce the absorbency of Daj Daj diapers. If skin irritation does occur, our first recommendation is to stop using wet wipes and instead rinse your baby’s bottom with lukewarm water when changing diapers. Leaving your undiapered whenever possible is also often helpful. If the irritation persists, try applying natural oils (such as calendula or St. John’s wart) or a diaper rash cream, but make sure to let the skin absorb the ointment before putting on a diaper.

We’ve been using cloth diapers, but our baby got a diaper rash anyway. How is this possible?

It is very important what kind of cloth diaper you are using – and whether or not they are made of natural, chemical-free materials. Diaper rash in cloth diapered babies is usually caused by detergent residue in the fabric (i.e. insufficient rinsing). If that is the case, the issue should be solved by washing all your clean diapers once without any detergent and applying an extra rinse cycle. If the diaper rash persists, try leaving your child undiapered whenever possible and wash your baby's bottom with lukewarm water (no soap) when changing diapers.

Potty training

My daughter is 3 years old and still refuses to use a potty. Can cloth diapers help?

Cloth-diapered children generally have an easier time associating the urge to urinate with the act itself, making the transition from diapers to potty less difficult. If you are currently potty training your child, we suggest buying 3 to 5 Daj Daj diapers and alternating them with regular panties to speed up the transition. Cloth diapers are especially useful in this regard because they’re machine-washable. This spares you the mounting costs of disposables – which tend to be significant especially if your child wets its bed at night. We also offer special Potty Training Pants. These are designed for warm-weather potty training and allow your child can pull them up and down like regular underwear.

Can Daj Daj Potty Training Pants be used at night?

No. Our Training Pants are designed for summertime potty training, and do not contain as many layers as a diaper. Their purpose is to leak after a while, signalling both to parent and child that ‘an accident’ has happened. Specifically, Daj Daj Training pants are intended for daytime use – with no additional clothing covering your child’s bottom – so the child can quickly and easily take them off by itself. The difference between Daj Daj Training Pants and regular panties is that our training pants do have an external waterproof layer, designed to help parents by preventing ‘large-scale accidents’. For nighttime potty training we strongly recommend using diapers.

When is a child ready to transition to potty and is potty training really easier with Daj Daj diapers?

Every child is unique and there are no universal rules regarding potty training. Many parents choose to wait with potty training until their baby can speak, although this is not necessary since children have many non-verbal ways of communicating their elimination needs. We recommend beginning the transition to potty when everyone is ready – both you and your child – and when you have enough time and patience to deal with potential frustrations. Some children show a marked resistance to potties, while many others require more than one attempt before potty training is successful. Using cloth diapers generally makes it easier for children to associate the urge to urinate with the act itself, which in turn tends to speed up the transition to potty. In any case, be patient and remember: no matter how impossible it might seem, this, too, shall pass :)


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