cloth diapers, so far

Three weeks into the cloth diapering experience, and I have to say it’s been pleasant.  I think mostly due to the enormous amount of research and prep work I did before the baby arrived, the transition from disposable to cloth has been relatively smooth.

Of course, there are still kinks to be worked out.

I’ve discovered, that while the fitted diapers with the cover do work well, the bulk of the cloth diapers took some getting used to.  I’m used the trim fitting disposables on my babies.  I read beforehand that with cloth, bulk = absorbancy, but I guess I just didn’t realize that what “bulk” meant to me, meant something totally different to the person writing. 🙂   Now that I’m over the surprise of the bulkiness, and the adjustments it takes (like needing to have garment extenders to accomodate the extra fluff on baby’s bottom!), it’s all good.

“Doublers”.  These (for those of you non-cloth folk) are the extra soakers you can layer in a baby’s cloth diaper to help with absorbancy over time, as well as keeping the bottom drier.  I wasn’t using them to begin with, because young babies don’t really have enough urine output to warrant the usage.  However, I had already purchased some for later use.  Glad I did.  Part of the downfall of using 100% cotton diapers is that they stay wet on the baby’s skin.  The baby doesn’t really mind the dampness, especially if cloth is all they’re used to.  And, I’ve heard that it actually helps with potty-training because they feel wet immediately, as opposed to diapers and “pull-ups” that wick the moisture away immediately.  I don’t have a problem with it, other than it makes Brady’s tush break out.  *sigh*  Another baby with ultra-sensitive skin!   So, I’ve discovered that if you put a fleece “doubler” in the diaper, it actually wicks the moisture away and helps keep the bottom drier.  The problem is that it just adds more bulk to the diaper, even more than before. 

I’ve looked and looked for fleece doublers that are very thin, and have ordered two different types, and have yet to find one that I think works perfectly.  It’s fine for “at home” time, but when we go out and he’s wearing his cute little outfits, the diaper won’t fit in them! 

On those “going out” occasions, I’m using an all-in-one (AIO) pocket diaper.  The type I have has the fleece already in it, and is much trimmer than the fitted/cover combo.  I’d use them full time except that it’s much more expensive to do.  At this point, I have about 6 AIO’s that I can use for church, trips out, etc…  I’ve been fortunate to get them off of half-off baby sites so far.  Too bad you have to buy so many sizes.  If I could just buy a bunch in two different sizes, and they would adjust to fit the baby as he grows, I might invest in more of them. 

Something new I’m going to try soon: hemp insert.  Actually, it’s a hemp/fleece combo.  The fleece to wick away moisture, and the hemp soaks up extra urine very well.  I’m still using disposables at night because I’m afraid of the cloth leaking.  I would like to switch to using cloth at night too.  I’m hoping that these doublers will do the trick and prevent the leaks from happening.

And, that’s it.  There are moments when I wish I were just using disposables again.  Then, when I see my grocery list for the week, and how I don’t have $20 worth of diapers on it, it makes it all worth while. 🙂

2 Comments on “cloth diapers, so far”

  1. don’t they have one size AIOs? I heard they are bulkier too when adjusted to the small size but they would be cheaper. glad to hear your thoughts.

  2. Yes, the one-size AIO does exist. The problem is… well… three that I can see…
    1. They are very awkward when on the smallest setting. I have some one-size diaper covers, and it is very difficult to make them work for even a large sized newborn.
    2. Snaps vs. velcro. I prefer the velcro because it adjusts to the baby’s size better than snaps, but velcro gives out faster. If you use the same set of 15 or so diapers for 3 years, they’re just not going to last.
    3. Wear & Tear/wash time. You have to be much more careful with AIO when washing. No drying use, which means they take forever to dry. If you dry them even on low, they get worn out sooner. Plus, from what I’ve read, AIO’s wear out sooner anyways because the covers get washed more. Separate diaper covers can be reused with multiple diapers if they are not soiled. AIO cannot.

    I still think it’s nice to have some AIO’s for “special occasion” use, and I would love to be able to use them full time, however, it just doesn’t save as much money in the long run.

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