Thursday, May 8, 2008

Cloth diapering - part 2

A few weeks ago I posted about switching Eli (and the new baby) to cloth diapers and told you I would provide an update once we had things figured out and had a few weeks to get adjusted. So, this is my official update!

I love it! It has taken Eli a little bit to adjust, but now he's doing great. I tried several different folds before I found the one that worked best and was most comfortable for him. I actually fold the prefold down a little (inward) in the back and then use a homemade flannel insert/doubler for leak protection, use a Snappi to secure and then cover with a Bummis Super Brite waterproof cover. I also include a flushable liner in every diaper - unless Eli has already pooped for the day. This catches the poop and then I just dump the liner in the toilet and flush and there's no swishing the diaper in the toilet to get the poop off!!!!

I dry pail my diapers until it's time to wash. I wash every 2-3 days because my pail is a little small (it's just the one I was already using for disposables) and only holds about 10-12 diapers with inserts and a couple of covers. Eli is currently going thru 5-6 diapers a day so I can get away with washing on the 3rd day before my pail starts overflowing and the lid won't close!

We have had very few leaks (except for nighttime - more on that in a minute). Even though all of the cloth diapering issues were discussed with Michael before we decided to do it, he is not as comfortable with it as he thought he would be, so if Michael is home with the boys, he puts Eli in disposables - I'm ok with that!
Nighttime is a completely different story. He can leak thru everything - even if we limit his fluids in the evening. He leaks thru cloth and disposables alike. Though he doesn't leak thru the disposables as often, it's still a few times a week on average..... ugh. So, I ordered 2 All-In-One cloth diapers from a work-at-home-mom on the internet. They come with a very thick, absorbant doubler/insert and are the pocket type, meaning I can stuff more into them if necessary. We are going to try these starting tonight - they're in the wash right now. I guess I'll get back to you again soon and let you know how we've been doing with nighttime.

1 comment:

Autumn said...

Hey, Laura! Nighttime cloth diapering can be challenging! I have some great tips on my blog. I use Baby Beehind fitteds + wool. No leaks with that combination.

I'm posting w/ my personal blog ID, my cloth diaper blog is