Category Archives: Cloth Diaper

Night Time Diapering

Even before switching to cloth diapers, night time diapering was a challenge for me–DS used to be up a few times a night to nurse, and his diaper, even a disposable, would be soaked the next morning, often to the point of leaking.

When we first switched to cloth diapers, I used two g-Flappers in a pair of gPants.  After a while, I found his bum to be red the next morning from a soaked diaper sitting on his bum for too long.

Then I switched to two flushies, one folded in half in front.  It held all the liquid (although some days the flushies would be holding so much pee that they would burst), and we had no leaks or red bums.  However, it got expensive.

The next thing I tried was double- or triple-stuffed pocket diapers.  I often used whatever pocket diapers I had on hand, but often resort to BumGenius OS 3.0 or Rumparooz.  I particularly liked Rumparooz’s gusset and doubler–no leaks ever!

After a while, my hands got itchy, and DS’s thighs grew even chubbier, so I decided to switch to a feel-wet solution.  For one night, I tried a Bummis prefold with wool cover.  It was definitely not enough!  So I switched to a Sustainablebabyish fitted.  It was still no good.

Three months ago, I finally decided to splurge on a Goodmama fitted.  When I first received it in the mail, I was amazed how thick it was!  The Goodmama fitteds really held up all the liquid (although barely).  But I had leaks–because the Goodmamas are so thick, most of the diaper covers couldn’t cover the diaper well.  That included Bummis Super Whisper Wrap, Flip, and some WAHM-made wool covers and longies.  In addition, the Goodmama would be SOOOO soaked and stinky in the morning, and we’re also seeing red bum again.  Thinking it was my washer (which has never been cloth-diaper friendly), I tried stripping the diapers in different ways.  None of them worked well enough; there were still redness, especially where the elastics land on his thighs.

Another problem is, he has basically outgrown the Goodmama fitteds, despite them advertised to fit up to 30 lbs.  It’s his chubby thighs.  So I switched to using prefolds, with an extra prefold folded up as a extra thick doubler in front.  The prefolds are snappied (so no elastics), then I put on the wool cover and wool longies.  The prefolds are still soaked, but they are less stinky, and we had less itchiness around the thighs.

Then it dawned on me: I should just change his diaper in the middle of the night.

Sounds easy, right?  Except that I have to unzip DS’s sleep sack, take off his wool longies (for extra protection), the wool cover, and his diaper.  Then I try to take him to potty (my half-hearted attempt to night-time EC).  After that, I had to put on a clean diaper, wool cover, wool longies, and sleep sack.  More often than not, that whole sequence would wake him up, and I had to nurse him down again.  Not a fun thing to do when I was trying to go to bed.

I’m trying to find the best time to change his diaper at night so I won’t disrupt his sleep.  After that, I need to find a good time to take him to potty and ramp up the night-time ECing.  Hopefully with the warmer months night-time ECing would become easier.

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Diaper Quick Review: Gro Baby

When I first heard about Gro Baby, I immediately wanted to like it.

When I first used Gro Baby, I had two consecutive leaks! I was so disappointed.

Then I realized it was my fault: the soaker wasn’t washed enough, and normal cloth diapers just isn’t meant for my DS’s night time use.

Now I use it exclusively during the day, and maybe during nap time. I have never used it as a cover for a gDiapers flushie, but I heard it works.

Things I like:
Hook and Tape: The hook and tape on the Gro Baby isn’t like your regular cloth diaper. For one thing, the hook doesn’t scratch! And the tape side is so big I can tape it whichever way I want, which is good, because DS’s got chubby thighs but not a very big waist.
AI2: I have 3 Gro Baby covers (2 hook & tape and 1 snap) and 8 soakers. On the days I use Gro Baby, I can use up all the soakers and the cover still stay clean.
Cotton: While microfleece is nice to help stay dry, I prefer natural fiber over synthetics.
Biosoaker: I haven’t tested the new disposable biosoaker for Gro Baby, but I heard good things about it.

Things I don’t like:
Booster: The booster is too thin in my books. I wish it’s double the size.
Absorbency: The soaker doesn’t hold as much fluid as my trusted all-bamboo gFlapper. With the Gro Baby, I have to change within 3 hours.
Size: DS is only 10 months old and is already using the highest rise setting and, for the snap version, the widest waist setting. While I understand he is built bigger than most 10-month-olds, and he’s at the highest rise setting for most one-size diapers we use, I still prefer it to be bigger.
Proprietary: While I can use other inserts with the Gro Baby shell in a pinch, the Gro Baby soakers doesn’t work with other diapers.
Cost: A Gro Baby shell + soaker costs more than a regular pocket diaper.

Verdict: 8 out of 10

Diaper Quick Review: gDiapers

I’ll kickstart my Diaper Quick Review series with my first foray out of the world of disposable diapers: gDiapers.

Things I like:

  • Versatile: have the option to go with flushable inserts (a.k.a. flushies) and cloth (I use gFlappers from Nappy Shoppe).
  • Travel: Flushies are great for travel.
  • Cute: They come in a good selection of colours. In addition, the gPants are made in mostly cotton, making them great for dyeing and embroidery.
  • Night use: I used to use 2 all bamboo gFlappers for night time, but now switch to 2 flushies.

Things I don’t like:

  • Steeper learning curve: My mom doesn’t know front from back, sometimes forgets the snap-in liner, and generally has problem getting a good fit.
  • Leaks: Since I use 2 flushies or gFlappers at night, it’s hard to get a perfect fit on DS who escapes from all diaper changes in no time. I sometimes get leaks the next morning.
  • Velcro: Some of my gPants have bad velcro. Some of them have so-so velcro. In general they’re much easier to get caught in clothes than other diapers.
  • Cost: Flushies are more expensive than disposable diapers.

Verdict: 9 out of 10

Laundry, laundry, laundry…

When we bought our current house a few months ago, it already has a HE front loader washing machine and a water softener system installed.

These two made for a very frustrating laundry experience thus far. We started with Tide HE liquid detergent for our (adult) clothes, and Nature Clean liquid detergent for DS’s clothes.  I used the recommended amount for HE light load on both, and there were always suds on the washer door even after a second or third (or fourth or fifth) wash cycle with no detergent.  Even after I cut the detergent amount to 1/2 of the recommended, I still had to do 3 or 4 wash cycles per load.

That’s far from “high efficiency,” and incredibly time consuming: every week, I have 2 loads of adult laundry (one each of whites and colours), 1 load of baby laundry, and 2 to 3 loads of cloth diapers.  With an average of 4 wash cycles, realistically I can only do 1 load of laundry every day.  That means I’m always doing laundry, every day.

When he commented I’m always doing laundry, I jokingly said to DH it might be something genetic: my grandmother used to launder towels for barbershops as a profession, and she is still on a mission to wash any and all clothes and linens in wherever she considers her territory (which unfortunately includes my home, and I constantly have to resist).  Now I am the one who’s always doing laundry.

I have since switched to using soap nuts and Nellie’s Natural laundry soda.  Both are considerably less sudsy, but I still do at least 2 wash cycles (plus a cold/cold prewash rinse with no detergent for cloth diapers) to make sure the clothes are well-rinsed.

Vacation with gDiapers

gDiapers is my first entry to “alternative” diapering.  I bought a starter pack, size medium, about two months ago, and I have never looked back.  (I have since bought more.  Way more.)

So when DH decided to surprise me with a getaway for all three of us last weekend–telling me on Thursday night that we were to leave on Friday afternoon, sending me into a packing frenzy up to the minute I left home–I chose to use gDiapers with flushies instead of my stash of AIOs and pockets and fitteds.

Using flushies was a balanced act between minimizing waste and convenience.  To say the truth, I was not too keen on keeping dirty diapers inside the car with me for hours in hot summer weather, even if they’re safely tucked inside a wet bag.

Since I always have this constant fear of running out of anything baby-related, I brought all 6 pairs gPants and a full case of flushies with me.  Obviously I didn’t use even 1/4 of the case.

The only complication was our visit to the beach.  I dressed him in the full gDiapers at the beach, complete with flushies.  I didn’t know better.  Luckily the flushie was only soaked but didn’t explode because he wasn’t in the water for too long. (My little guy HATES cool water.)

For our upcoming trips, I’ll probably still choose gDiapers with flushies over other solutions.

Cloth Diapering Experiement – Woolies

DS wearing wool shorties for the first time

DS wearing wool shorties for the first time

I purchased a few recycled wool covers from Someday Sarah’s Etsy store.  (Bonus points for her being a local WAHM!) After properly lanolinizing and washing them, I put a pair of shorties on DS on his 9-month-old birthday.  He was wearing a Jamtots snapless fitted underneath the shorties.

Once I made the jump, I found using wool covers isn’t much harder than using other cloth diapering system.  In fact, it was easier for me to wash them than figuring out the “right” way to wash my pockets and inserts–something I’m still experimenting, after 3 different detergents and stripping.

My biggest hurdle to cloth diapering with wool is actually finding affordable and adorable t-shirts to go with his woolies.  He has been wearing bodysuits but they would look awkward with a wool shorties underneath. 🙂

Cloth Diapering Day 3

Since I don’t have Original Dawn at home, I couldn’t strip my now clean-but-water-repelling diapers.  All other cloth diapers were dirty.  Besides, I was planning to go out today.  It was the perfect day to try the G-Flapper cloth insert for gDiapers.

The G-Flappers I ordered were all-bamboo.  I use the bamboo velour as top layer because it is the softest, but really any layer would do.

After I got home, I switched to Gro Baby.  I love their hook closure! (I haven’t tried the snap closure yet.)  Since the top part of the whole front panel is a very soft loop, I could easily put the diaper on DS despite his usual rolling and wiggling.  For better or worse, DS decided to poop in it while fighting sleep–luckily, everything was caught by the soaker pad, and I can reuse the shell with a clean soaker pad.

He is now wearing a Gro Baby with a booster pad on top of the soaker pad.  I suspect it won’t last through the night, so I already have another Gro Baby with booster pad lying by my bedside.