Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cloth diapering, again

Happy Earth Day! I thought I would celebrate it by doing another (super long) cloth diaper post. My previous posts are here and here.

So we are farther along into this cloth diapering thing. Actually, I'm pretty proud to say that he hasn't worn a disposable since he was 2 weeks old... even if we quit for some reason today we've still saved several hundred diapers from the landfill.

Last time I posted I was having a hard time with prefolds since snappis are the devil and pins are really hard to push through... he also was not fond of being changed back then which made me feel bad for taking so much time and making him cry longer because of the time it took to push the pins.

But then it hit me, 'just trifold the damn prefolds stupid'. I was noticing that my covers never got dirty and that I could afford to get a couple messy throughout the day since trifolding (folding the prefold in thirds and laying it in the cover) isn't mess proof at all.

So I found the prefold love again, and it was beautiful. And I have to give a lot of the credit to the Thirsties wraps I was using, because nothing was getting out of those, no matter how large or messy. I was pretty impressed.

But shortly after that, he discovered what wetness was and decided he didn't like it. It was really frustrating to change him, have him wet immediately after that and start crying because he was wet, change him again and have it happen immediately again.

I tried adding a fleece liner so that he wouldn't feel the wetness, but those didn't work, so we started wearing pockets 24-7. This created a bit of a challenge because I only had 12 pockets, so I still had to use a couple of prefolds during the day. And I wasn't 100% satisfied with the pockets I had. And the prefolds are still coming in handy since Michael's a super spitter. We have prefolds littering the house so that we can grab one at a moment's notice.

BumGenius 3.0 - I want to love these more than I do. They are so cute and his butt is so fluffy, but they are kinda messy and we had a messy leak once. Also he was on the middle rise setting in no time and I had to let the rise all the way out at 10 weeks. So he is just barely still fitting into these. They are cute, but way too small to make it much longer.

FuzziBunz One Size- I really think these are some of the cutest diapers out there... I just love the colors. I want to put him in them and show them off all the time, but I have lot of leak problems with them. They are not car seat safe and will not hold breast fed poo in while sitting in a carseat. Also, sometimes when he is sleeping on me at the wrong angle he just leaks right out of them on to MY PANTS (including this morning). I mean, if someone is going to pee my pants it should be me. I'm very careful with our diapers and we don't have repelling and I had a good fit on him and still this has happened a handful of times. And once, he had such a powerful poo that it blew straight out the back (landing on his socks and me). They do work ok as a nighttime diaper stuffed with a extra hemp insert, but often there is wicking onto his clothes in the morning. The rise is higher and they will fit him longer than the BG's, but I have the elastic out almost all the way on the legs already. So I love these diapers because they are cute, but we definitely still have problems.

Smartipants - I wanted to try these because the are "sleeve diapers" which is basically a pocket that is open in the front and back and you don't have to pull the insert out... it falls out in the wash on its own. I don't like these at all. I can't get a good fit, poo gets out the the legs. I don't like the way the waist cuts into him. The blue color is really more of a periwinkle. They are a little larger than the BG's, but he's still outgrowing them too quickly. They are easy to stuff. And they are pretty cheap. But I won't be buying these again.

BumGenius Organic AIO- I hear so many rave reviews of these things and I had to try them. They are a fail, an expensive fail. They cost ~$25 apiece and the legs aren't as snug as they should be, we had a disastrous poo in them that required washing his bouncy seat cover too. And he can soak them pretty quickly and they aren't stay dry which bother him more quickly. Just pain fail.

But after wondering in the diaper desert, we found *OUR* diapers! They are the Thristies Duo DIAPERS (not to be confused with the wraps). They are a sleeve diaper so the insert falls out on its own. The insert is pretty revolutionary. It's a 2 part insert that snaps together with microfiber ontop and the softest hemp you'll find on the bottom. They are LEAK PROOF for us to date, and we've been using them for about 6 weeks. And they are adjustable rise like BG's, but they come in 2 sizes, one for younger babies (6-18lbs) and one for older babies (18-40lbs). And the Thirsties company is a really great company. They are made in America and they employ work at home moms. They use solar energy in their factory and have designed their products to minimize waste.

The only problem we've had with them is the sizing. The size 1's are supposed to fit until 18lbs/9months. Fat chance. Try 13lbs and 6 weeks. So I wasted some money on the size 1's and only got about 2 weeks worth of use out of those, but the size 2's are huge! We will not be out growing these anytime soon. If it had not have been for these diapers, I probably would have quit cloth diapering. These saved us.

And they work great with daycare. They are so just like putting on a disposable and I can just dump them in the wash when we get home instead of having to pull out nasty inserts. When we get around to solids I will have them use the velcro to wad them up like you would a disposable so that my hands don't have to mingle with free roaming poop in the wetbag and I can take each one out and open and rinse the ones that need it.

And after nearly 3 months how is it going? Great! Since we found our diaper I couldn't be happier come change time. Washing is easy. We just toss it in the washer, we have our cycle setting preset so we just press the "My Cycle" button, add detergent (we use Planet) and push start. We did run into the stinkys a couple of weeks ago. I just took all the inserts and soaked them in some bleachy water and then did some extra washing and everything was wonderfully smell free again. We wash every day as soon as we get home (we have a HE washer, so the water bill hasn't suffered) and sort and stuff the diapers from the day before when the current day's are washing while M plays in his little rocking chair in front of us. We refill the day care bag and load it into the car for the next day and that's it. We are a well oiled diapering machine.

When we go out, I can fit 2 diapers in my diaper bag which is fine for the stuff we do. If I run out, we go home. If we need to be out longer, I just put extras in the car to switch out later. I carry a wetbag with wipes and an empty wetbag for dirty diapers. When we come home, we just put all the dirty stuff in the diaper pail with everything else.

Anyhow, I'm glad we did this and my husband, the one that was against it, is too.


Celia said...

Hmm, somehow I missed your earlier post. When I worked in daycare, everyone was changed on a schedule in addition to an as needed basis. So that everyone was changed after lunch, after nap, before storytime, etc. I know when I worked in daycare only ONE baby in the entire center was breastfed and while that was ten years ago, maybe it is still the case that the majority of babies are formula fed.

I would say you should remind them that boobie babies poop more. Hello, I feel like Peter has a trap door and I put milk in his mouth and it goes right out the bottom.

They are still getting to know M, and once they do hopefully they will get in a rhythm with his poo.

Does he come home with as many dirty diapers as he soils when he is with you? That will help you know if he is being changed enough.

If possible, drop in on the center and check on him, is he happy, dirty, what? The end of the day is usually very hectic at centers, not that that is any excuse.

We have not cloth diapered yet. We are going to revisit it if he EVER calms down.

Anonymous said...

I have been contemplating cloth diapering. I was really intrigued by your post and it had a lot of good information. I was also excited to see that you launder your own, because if we decide to go that route we will have to. There is no diaper laundry service around.

Kate said...

Great post! If we ever get sick of the prefolds service, I know which diaper to buy!
How were you using the prefolds to start with (ie folding)?

Michelle said...

Glad to hear cloth is working out well for you! I keep saying every day that if we ever have another, it will be in cloth. With the babysitting and having 2 in diapers, I really hate disposables! And the trash factor bothers me too.

The Wife said...

While not going all the way with cloth diapering, we've decided on hybrid. Stocking up now and it's addicting!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for you posts about cloth diapering. I really wish that I had gone that direction. Every time I change her diaper, I feel guilty. You make it sound totally doable though. It is nice to read about how it works in reality, how your routine goes.

The Lynchs said...

This is so funny - I was reading about cloth diapering literally right before I hopped over here! (I figure it's never to early to start researching...)

It's nice to see all of the reviews! I'm glad you found a perfect fit!

Kate said...

Just looked up the jelly roll fold and put it on - will report back how it does with the big poos.
Thanks so much for the supportive comment.