Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cloth Diapering Day 2

Day 2’s diapers include:

  • Sweet Pea Diaper one-size pocket was easy to use, but the size seems run a little small–DS is already using the largest snap setting.  The front snap wasn’t too hard to handle; maybe it was just DS being cooperative.  Its price point is the most attractive feature.
  • bumGenius sized AIO: Initially, I wasn’t sure what to make of the large size I received from the Peekaboo Bottoms test drive package. I was surprised it fitted DS perfectly! This and all subsequent bumGenius I have tested are every bit as good as I thought they would be, except that all I really want is side snap now. 🙂
  • bumGenius one-size 3.0: After using the large size AIO, I set the one-size to the largest setting before putting it on DS, which also fitted him snugly.  It was an overnight diaper so it was double-stuffed, and all the moisture was contained with no leaking. I think this will be my night diaper of choice.
  • The bumGenius organic cotton one-size AIO I bought was a snap closure, which is so much harder to find.  Since it is cotton, it took forever dry.  Although it doesn’t seem to hold as much as the microfiber insert, I still like the idea of putting a natural fabric as the top layer.  Like the one-size 3.0, I set it to the largest setting.
  • The Wahmies one-size pocket I bought was with snaps only instead of the hook shown.  I like it being trimmer than other diapers I’ve tried so far.

Additionally, a small accident happened on Day 1 which I didn’t realize until today: while putting on the Thirsties AIO yesterday, my mom put Vaseline on DS’s bum bum.  I didn’t know about it, and washed all of Day 1’s diapers along with the Gro Baby shells and the Smartipants + inserts.

Now I have to test and maybe strip all of them. 😦

Cloth Diapering Day 1

As mentioned in my previous post, I have started building my cloth diaper stash from scratch and most of them decided to arrive on the same day.  While I was excited to try them on immediately, I have been chained to the laundry to wash them at least once (hemp needs 6 times!) before they are ready to be used.

After a full day of washing (by the washer, not me), I have gotten the at least the microfiber inserts and the matching pocket diapers ready.  I dove in and used cloth diapers full-time on DS yesterday.  Here are some of my initial observations:

  • Swaddlebee’s AIO/AI2 was very soft, thanks to the organic cotton velour top layer.  It was the first ever cloth diaper I used and I immediately declared I like side snaps.  I didn’t use the doubler because it was day time.
  • Thirsties AIO was the next one I tried.  It didn’t feel as soft as the Swaddlebee’s because the top layer was microfleece (as most pockets are).  Although I thought I like snaps better, its hook closure can be quite useful with DS–who rolls over onto his tummy in less than 5 seconds every time I change him.
  • Fuzzi Bunz pocket & one-size pocket: I tried both, the sized pocket during the day and one-size pocket with doubler at night.  I thought I would like them before I tried, but they both leaked.  Granted, both inserts in the overnight one was soaked, so it was my fault more than theirs.  But then, the one-size has too many snaps.  We went out for dinner last night and got home late, so DS was overtired when I put the FB OS on.  He was already screaming before I could close one side!
  • Happy Heinys pocket & one-size pocket: I tried both as well.  Even before I actually used them, I was less-than-impressed by the laundry tab–the laundry tab on the left side of the diaper is not long enough for the hooks.  There was slight leaking as well.

Out of all the diapers I tried so far, I would probably split any new order 6:4 between Swaddlebee’s AIO and Thirsties AIO.

Fluffy Mail

Yay! I received 4 packages of fluffy mail on Monday, from The Nappy Shoppe, Parenting By Nature, More Than Cloth Diapers, and Peekaboo Bottoms.  Then I received another 2 fluffy mail on Tuesday, from The Nappy Shoppe (yes, again) and Smartipants.

Diapers — bought:

Bought stash

  • Hemp organic one-size fitted (natural)
  • Bamboo fitted (natural)
  • BerryPlush AIO (jaguar, medium)
  • Luxe Baby wool soaker (lime, medium/large)
  • Kissaluvs organic fitted (medium)
  • Fuzzi Bunz one-size pocket (red)
  • Fuzzi Bunz pocket (print: under the sea, medium)
  • Knickernappies one-size pocket (turquoise)
  • bumGenius AIO one-size (grasshopper, snap)
  • Thirsties Fab fitted (celery, medium)
  • Sweet Pea one-size pocket (black)
  • Happy Heinys one-size pocket (cheetah spots)
  • Wahmies one-size pocket (blue dot)
  • bumGenius 3.0 one-size pocket (moombeam)
  • 10 x G-Flappers insert (bamboo velour + bamboo terry + bamboo fleece, medium/large)
  • 2 3-pack Smartipants one-size pocket (neutral colour pack and boy colour)
  • 3 Gro Baby one-size AI2 (blackberry hook, kiwi hook, vanilla snap) with 2 extra soaker pads and 2 booster pads

Diapers — test drive from Peekaboo Bottom:

Test Drive stash

  • bumGenius one-size pocket
  • Happy Heiny one-size pocket (velcro)
  • Blueberry one-size pocket (snap)
  • Fuzzi Bunz one-size pocket
  • Happy Heiny pocket (medium)
  • Swaddlebee AIO
  • Thirsties AIO
  • AppleCheeks pocket
  • Fuzzi Bunz pocket
  • bumGenius AIO


  • Haba Toys clutching ducky
  • Heirloom organic cotton ball
  • Heirloom organic cotton toy block set

Gears, etc:

  • Pippalily sling (dragonfly, small)
  • Leslie’s Boutique diaper bag with matching wet bag (daisy dreams)
  • Leslie’s Boutique wet bag (print: zazu zinnia, medium)
  • Kozy Carrier mei tai (print: spotslyvania, straps: black)
  • Wahmies pail liner (print: cow print)
  • Imse Vimse Flushable Liners

Night Time Parenting

It’s 11:30pm. Guess what I’m doing?

I am actually lying on my bed nursing my DS back to sleep.

This has become such a common occurrence in our household: DS sleeps in the queen-sized bed, wakes up crying (heck, screaming), I rush back to his side and nurse him back to sleep.

Is it the “right” way to make him sleep? Far from it.

However, I can’t stand letting him cry to sleep.  Call me soft-hearted, weak-minded, whatever.  We tried it a few times, and it always ended up with me sobbing and him throwing up violently.  If, you as a parent, can withstand that scene, all the power to you.

Putting DS to sleep has always been a challenge.  When he was younger, we had to rock and walk around the room for over an hour to get him to fall asleep, only to wake him up half the time when we put him back into the crib.  There were nights when I was woken up by his cry, nursed him in an armchair, and fell asleep with him still in my arms and attached to my breast.

When DS was about four months old, there was a stretch of a few nights when he woke up on an almost hourly basis.  I became a sleep-deprived zombie.  At my wit’s end, I decided to start co-sleeping.  It bought me sleep despite his night wakings, but it also brought us the new problem of teaching him to fall asleep without nursing.

My husband has been booted off our bed and has been sleeping on the floor since I started co-sleeping with DS.  While he is understanding, he also warned me to “fix” the problem before I go back to work in November.  I can afford to lose a few nights of sleep now, but not when I’m working.

I bought the book The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night. I flipped through it once, but haven’t been able to follow the advice thoroughly: He was teething and we were moving.  Some tips I picked up and tried:

  • I have some success introducing a lovey, until my mom decided it was too gross and washed it without asking me anyway.
  • The combination of key phrase–repeatedly humming “Hush Little Baby”–and patting on his chubby thigh seems to induce sleep.  The success rate is about 1/3, higher when he has a full tummy.
  • The “Pantley Pull-Out” didn’t work the few times I tried; it moved him into a more awake and agitated state.

I am re-reading the book to come up with a solid plan.

Peekaboo Bottoms Cloth Diaper Test Drive Program

I didn’t find out about Peekaboo Bottom’s cloth diaper test drive programs until I have already ordered a stash.  However, I still signed up to test the diapers I haven’t ordered.

The program is super easy and useful for anyone wanting to try out cloth diapers but not sure where to start or even whether it is for them: you select a package you want to try, pay for it with deposit included in the amount, and they will send you a few different used diapers (one of each).  You can then use them for two weeks.  After you send them back the (cleaned!) diapers two weeks later, they will refund you the deposit if they find everything fine.  Alternatively, you can keep all the diapers and opt not to get the deposit back.

I chose packages A+B (package A is one-sizes, package B is all-in-ones).  I was also tempted to try package C (fitteds and covers), but that can probably wait until later.  Package D is newborn diapers, and my DS has definitely outgrown them–I doubt they would’ve fitted him for two months anyway.

On top of the test drive packages, I also ordered a Kozy Carrier from Peekaboo Bottoms.  This will be the 5th baby carrier I have, in addition to the Hotslings, Moby Wrap, and BabyTrekker I have on hand, and a Pippalily I ordered earlier today.  I fancy a mei tai-style carrier will be easier for me to get around the house and actually do something.  The Hotslings, while simple and convenient, just didn’t cut it, because DS wiggles in the side carry position and I constantly had to keep one hand on him.

Hopefully I won’t mix up the test drive diapers with the ones I actually bought!

The Beginning of Cloth Diapering, Part Deux

I mentioned in my last post that I wasn’t planning to buy any more cloth diapers for now.

I lied.

Partly thanks to last night’s #clothdiapers chat, I ordered two (sized) pocket diapers from GADBaby, and three Gro Baby one-size diapers (two with hooks, one with snaps).

That brings the total of my cloth diaper stash to a dozen, not counting the gDiapers + gFlappers combination.

On top of all the diaper purchases, I bought a cloth diaper pattern from Little Comet Tails and a few yards of cloth–yes, I am going to sew my own diaper!

(And I don’t even own a sewing machine. Yet.)

I am also tempted to buy a prefolds kit by Bummis.  Someone please stop me before I do!

The Beginning of Cloth Diapering

I ordered a total of 7 one-size all-in-one cloth diapers today (two 3-packs of Smartipants and one bumGenius one-size).  This is in addition to the gDiapers starter kits I already have, two additional gDiapers starter kits and a case of gRefills flushable inserts for the gDiapers arriving tomorrow, plus 10 g-Flapper bamboo inserts for the gDiapers I ordered along with the bumGenius.

Why would I order all these diapers when I already have three boxes of size-3 Pampers diapers sitting at home?  And why do I want to switch to cloth all of a sudden anyway?

In truth, I had contemplated going cloth since before DS was born.  I was talked out of it by the following reasons:

  1. It’s a lot of work.
  2. It’s messy (and icky)!

However, the people who warned me against cloth diapering were armed with outdated information.  My warnings on cloth diapers were from my own mother and my mother-in-law, whose cloth diapering experiences were 30 years old and consisted of flats and safety pins.  I am fairly confident almost nobody uses flats now–the closest to flats would be prefolds, and Snappis and diaper covers have all but eliminated the need of safety pins.

In hindsight, part of me was glad that I listened.  As DS was exclusively breastfed, he was pooping during every meal when he was a newborn.  That was a lot of diapers I didn’t have to wash.  However, things on disposable-land weren’t much of an improvement, as I had to deal with many blowout episodes anyway.

Lately, the part of me who wanted cloth diapers have found out about all-in-ones, which are as close to disposables as cloth diapers can be.  Then, yet other part of me who thinks DS will outgrow sized diapers too fast for them to be worth the money found out about one-size all-in-ones.  These two parts motivated me to make all the purchases I mentioned above.

I probably won’t order more diapers for now.  After all, I still have the three boxes of Pampers to deal with.

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