How to Use

How do I use my Econobum Cloth Diapers?
Hint - For overnight diapering use 2 prefolds and set the diaper 1 size large than daytime
  • Adjust the diaper sizing by choosing the right snap setting on the front of the diaper.
  • Your diaper arrives snapped down to the "small" setting, the bottom row of snaps.
  • To use the "medium" setting, unsnap the diaper and resnap on the second row of snaps.
  • To use the diaper on the "large" setting, fully unsnap the front of the diaper.
  • Adjust the prefold sizing by folding to the correct size.
  • Place the prefold in your Econobum cover by simply laying on the inside of the cover.
  • Put the diaper on your baby. Econobum Cloth Diapers go on just like a disposable diaper.
Are diaper rash creams ok to use with Econobum?
Diaper rashes should be treated according to your physician's recommendations. If you need to use a rash cream, you should use a stay-dry liner or a piece of fleece between your baby's bottom and the diaper to prevent the cream from transferring onto the diapers.

Washing Instructions

How do I wash my new diapers?
Before First Use: For cotton products, wash hot (100F/40C) 3-5 times.
Use: Do not use rash creams.
Dirty Storage: Store in dry pail/bin.
Wash: Use laundry tabs if available. Pre-wash cold. Wash hot (100F/40C) with bumGenius detergent. Extra rinse. No laundry additives. Line dry cover. Tumble dry insert. No fabric softeners. Use ¼ cup or 60 mL bleach in the hot wash once per month.
What detergent can I use?
You should only use detergents that are free of dyes, enzymes, perfumes, whiteners and brighteners.
What should I avoid?
Do not use extra additives in your wash (like baking soda or vinegar). These ingredients are unnecessary and will cause problems in your diapers. Do not use fabric softeners. Do not boil your diapers.


How can I tell if the diaper is adjusted to fit my baby properly?
To observe fit, pick up your baby’s legs after putting the diaper on and observe how it fits around the legs and bottom. Is it snug? If you can see “air” between the diaper and their skin, then you need to refine the fit. Trying a smaller snap setting and fasten the snaps snugly. When you child stands up, notice how the prefold or soaker is positioned relative to the back elastic. If the prefold or soaker is higher than the back elastic, lay your child down, release the snaps, pull the diaper slightly towards the front and refasten the snaps. If you notice that the front of the diaper is positioned low over your baby's thighs or that it is difficult to fasten the diaper around your baby's waist, try using a larger snap setting. This will increase the rise of the diaper and improve overall fit. Remember, babies change shape frequently as they grow up. You may have times when your relatively young baby is using their one-size diapers on the largest setting. The same child may be on the medium setting several months later due to increased mobility.
How can I prevent diaper leakage?
The number one cause of leakage is a saturated diaper that just needs to be changed. Any diaper will leak once full. If your baby is having problems with leaks, check this first. 99% of the time, additional absorbency solves leakage problems. If that doesn't work, we've included some other trouble-shooting points below.
Did you prewash? First of all, make sure that you washed everything at least once before using. There can be residue left on the fabric from the production process that can cause leakage. If you have organic or hemp diapers, they must be prewashed in hot water 3-5 times before they become absorbent.
Is the prefold flat? Make sure that the prefold is flat when you put the diaper on your baby. If it is twisted or wadded up, this can cause leakage. A Hemp Babies Diaper Doubler placed on top of your insert can prevent the wadding that can occur with some babies.
Is the wetness at the legs or the tabs? If the diaper is leaking from the tabs or the legs, change the diaper and remove the prefold. If it is saturated then your baby definitely needs a more absorbent prefold or a more frequent diaper change. If the prefold isn’t saturated, then the diaper may not be adjusted to fit your child properly or, if you are using a detergent that contains additives, your diapers may also have detergent buildup which can also cause leakage.
I think my diapers have detergent buildup. What should I do?
• Wash once in hot water with one teaspoon (for high efficiency machines) to one tablespoon (for regular washing machines) with original liquid Dawn (blue formula) and up to 1/2 cup bleach in the wash cycle.
• Do two additional hot water washes with no detergent to completely rinse the diapers clean. If you still see suds, keep rinsing until the diapers are rinsed clean.


What is the warranty on Econobum products?
Cotton Babies will stand behind the workmanship and materials in a properly cared for product for one year from the date of purchase. The Cotton Babies Guarantee covers all components of our products including the snaps, lining, hook & loop closures, elastic and waterproofing. The warranty is extended to the original purchaser of the products only. Proof of purchase is required.

To make a warranty claim, product must be sent at customer's expense to their distributor (Cotton Babies is the U.S. & Canadian distributor for Econobum) for examination of workmanship and materials. Diapers must arrive unstained, clean, stink-free and dry. After reviewing your diapers, we may replace the diaper or provide you with simple instructions for resolving the problem you are having. Except when caused by manufacturing or component defect, this guarantee does not cover leaking, diaper odor or normal wear/tear.

Warranty is void when:
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  • The washing instructions have not been followed.
  • The diaper has been altered.
  • Any of the following has been used in conjunction with the use/care of the product:
    • Water temperatures exceeding 150F or 60C.
    • A detergent containing additives (enzymes, brighteners, whiteners, dyes, perfumes, essential oils) or natural soap.
    • Fabric softeners.
    • Any caustic substance
    • Diaper rash cream

Other Common Questions

How many diapers do I need?
If you are using Econobum exclusively, we recommend a minimum of 2 Full Kits, which includes 24 prefolds & 6 Econobum covers. This may vary based on your child's wetting habits. Remember, wash at least every other day and rotate your stash evenly.
I'd like to buy Econobum! Where can I get this brand?
Econobum products are available in baby retail stores all over the world. If you don't happen to have a store that carries Econobum in your area, be sure to let them know about us! You're also always able to shop online through one of our online retailers.
Who manufactures Econobum?
Econobum products were created by and are manufactured by Cotton Babies, Inc. Cotton Babies, Inc. also manufactures bumGenius & Econobum Diapers.
Didn't I read about you in...
Probably! Cotton Babies products (including bumGenius) have received mentions and accolades in many recognizable publications including Time Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Consumer Reports and blogs like The Consumerist.