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Happy Heiny's

Happy Heiny's Product and Care Information
How to Care for Your Happy Heiny's Diapers

Store wet and dirty diapers in a dry pail. Older babiesí solid waste can be removed by gently shaking the diaper over a toilet.The fleece will release solids easily Ė there is no need to rinse them before washing.

Washing instructions for pocket diapers and trainers:

  • Remove the inserts
  • Cold Soak for 10-20 minutes depending on the level of dirt
  • Wash on hot with slightly less than 1/4 cup of detergent
  • You can add a downy ball of vinegar to the wash if the diapers have a heavy urine scent. I recommend a downy ball because it releases the vinegar at the right time - no need to wait by the machine.
  • Rinse well to ensure all detergent is removed from diapers.
  • Dry on high heat. The high heat of the dryer will keep your Happy Heiny functioning like new. Happy Heiny's personally dries their PUL products on high heat and although they have had prolonged use with these products they have not noticed any break down of our PUL.

The Scoop on Detergents

Recommended detergents: 
Happy Heiny's recommend Tide, Sunlight, Cheer, Era, and Clout (Costco brand). These are not made with any of the natural oily substances which leave residue on fleece.

Detergents to avoid:
Natural soaps often contain various oils. These should NOT be used because they will leave a residue on fleece, causing it to repel liquids.

The following detergents will cause a soap build up. Do NOT use them.

  • Dr. Bronnerís Soap
  • 7th Generation
  • Bio-Kleen
  • Ivory Snow
  • Dreft
  • Any ALL free detergents.
  • Sport-Wash and Sensi-Clean Ė These have the potential for detergent burn in babies.

Never use fabric softener of any kind on reusable diapers. Liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets both leave a waxy residue which causes fleece to repel urine and decreases the absorbency of other diapers.

Diaper rash creams can also cause repelling. For best results either place a small wash cloth on top of the fleece or use a liner.

Stripping Diapers:
Build up refers to residue left by detergents, fabric softeners, and other substances used to clean diapers. In rare instances, baking soda will react with certain minerals in water and also cause build up. If you notice a decrease in the absorbency of your diapers, build up may be the culprit.

Stripping is the process of removing residue from your diapers. To strip diapers:
  • Hand wash your diaper with regular dish soap to remove any oils.
  • Put a small amount of dish soap on the fleece layer.
  • Rub vigorously or use a medium bristle scrubbing brush to scrub the fleece.
  • Turn the diaper inside out and repeat.
  • Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear.

You may use this method at any time you notice repelling or as a preventative measure once a week. If you are still having problems, try these special cleaning agents to strip your diapers:

  • 2 scoops of Oxyclean in a very hot wash
  • 1 ball of RLR (found at Wal-Mart in the laundry aisle hanging on a clip) in a hot wash

Caring for Hemp Diapers

Your hemp product has been professionally washed and dried once. It will need up to 8 more washings and dries before it is fully absorbent. The first few times you wash hemp products you should NOT wash them with fleece products. Hemp has natural oils in it and the oils can coat your fleece. After your hemp has been fully primed you may wash it with all of your diapering products.

Caring for Fleece & So Simple Diaper Covers

We all know how much wetness babies produce. Fleece is 100% polyester and allows air to circulate through the cover. This reduces diaper rash caused by prolonged exposure to wetness. In addition, it is soft to the touch, dries in a flash, and can withstand laundry abuse.
Caring for your fleece covers just can't be any easier:

  • Machine wash in hot, cold, or warm water.
  • Tumble dry.

Fleece is the *wonder fabric* of the reusable diapering world. Dryer sheets can help to make it even more water resistant. Happy Heiny's suggests this as a last resort though if you have some leaking. They normally wash covers with any old load of laundry as long as it isn't really soiled and needing special attention. In a world full of *diaper washing no no's*....here is some relief. There is almost no wrong way to wash fleece.

Tip : If you suddenly find that your fleece is leaking, simply switch laundry soaps (use Dr.Bronner's for a change or even mild dish soap). This should solve the problem. If it doesn't, Nikwax products will come to the rescue.

Caring for Wool

Hand wash your wool diaper cover in cold water with like colors. Hang to dry. You may have a bit of shrinkage after the first washing. You may re-lanolize as needed. Happy Heiny's recommends using Eucalan wool wash to care for your covers. It has natural lanolin right in the bottle. You never have to worry about when to lanolize. It is done for you each time you wash.

**Note** Dark colored wool will bleed. See the note below to fix the dyes.

*Tip* For bleeding wool:

  • Mix 3 cups white vinegar with 3 Tbsp salt
  • Wet wool in lukewarm water
  • Add to vinegar/salt mixture.
  • Microwave for two, 3minute sessions.
  • Allow to COMPLETELY cool
  • Rinse in lukewarm water
  • Wash
  • Re-lanolize.

(if you rinse before allowing to completely cool, you may unintentionally felt your garment)

Size Charts

Pocket Diapers
Size
Tiny
Small
Medium
Large
XLarge
XXLarge
Pounds
5.5-10
8-16
14-25
23-35
30-40
40-60
Rise
13
14.5
18
20
21
25
Waist
8-12
11-15
14-21
17-25
18-25
25-33

Pocket Trainers
Size
XSmall
Small
Medium
Large
XLarge
XXLarge
Pounds
15-24
24-35
35-45
45-55
55-65
65-80

Heiny Huggers
Size
Newborn
Small
Medium
Large
 
 
Pounds
6-10
8-16
15-23
21-32
 
 
Rise
13
14.5
18
20
 
 
Waist
8-12
11-15
14-21
17-25
 
 

Happy Hempys
Size
Small
Medium
Large
 
 
 
Pounds
up to 12
12-20
20-35
 
 
 
Rise
14.5
18
20
 
 
 
Waist
11-15
14-21
17-25
 
 
 

Stacinator So Simple, Fleece Covers and Stretch Wool
Size
Newborn
Small
Medium
Large
Toddler
 
Pounds
6-10
10-15
15-20
20-30
30+
 
Waist
13+"
15+"
16+"
17+"
18+"
 
Thighs
6"-8"
8"-10"
10-12
11"-13"
12"-14"
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a cover with a Happy Heiny pocket diaper?
You do not need a cover with a Happy Heiny pocket diaper. You do need one with Happy Hempy and Heiny Huggers fitted diapers. Happy Heiny's suggests using Stacinator covers but any cover will work well.

Do I need to pre-wash any of the items?

Because there are several people touching the products before they reach you, we do suggest that you prewash everything before use. The hemp products are washed by Happy Heiny's mill but because they contain natural oils we suggest washing a few times prior to use. Unlike many fabrics, hemp becomes more absorbent the more itís washed. It takes roughly 8 washes before all of the oils are removed and the hemp is fully absorbent. We do suggest that you wash new hemp separately until it is fully primed. The oils can cause repelling problems with fleece products

What works better - Prints or Solids?

This really depends on your child. Happy Heiny's suggests solid diapers for overnight use and for longer times in between changes. The prints are made of cotton fabric so some people may experience wicking in the legs if the insert is fully soaked. Happy Heiny's suggests that you use your print diapers during the day-time and change your child every 1 1/2-2 hours.

How often do I need to change the diapers?
Cloth diapers are not like disposables. You do have to change the diapers every 1 1/2-2 hours during the day. During the night you will use either a night-time diaper or you will add more stuffing to your pocket diaper.
A very important thing to remember is that your diaper is only as good as itís stuffing. If you only use one insert and your child is a heavy wetter, you may need to either change more often or add additional stuffing.

How many diapers do I need?
Your newborn will need to be changed 10-12 times a day. After about 2-3 months your baby will need to be changed 6-10 times a day. You will want to do laundry at least every 3 days if not sooner. You may use the above guide to determine how many diapers per size to buy. You will need one insert for each day time diaper and 2-3 inserts for each night-time diaper.

Do I really need to add all those extras to my laundry?
No! Please do not add anything extra to your diaper laundry unless you need to. The simpler the better. Linda, the owner of Happy Heiny's just throws her diapers in the wash, adds 1/4 cup of tide, and turns it on. When they are done she throws them in the dryer. Then takes them out and stuffs. The easier the better.

How can I get stains out?
The sun is the best stain remover. Take your wet diaper and hang to dry in the sun. If the stain is stubborn squirt it with a little lemon juice and it should come right out after drying in the sun.

What about the dryer?
Everyone has their own comments regarding whether or not to dry cloth diapers. Happy Heiny's recommends that you dry your pocket diapers as often as you want to. Linda personally dries her diapers on high with every wash. Drying your diapers in the dryer will actually help to keep them functioning perfectly.