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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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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. 😦

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

Toys:

  • 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
Spotslyvania

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.