Let me just take a moment to say AAAAAHHHHHRRRGGGHHH! And Yay!
Which sums up cloth diapering. It’s awesome and confusing, and frustrating, and great and he’ll be potty trained before I get the hang of it.
If you want to learn about what diaper systems are available (ha), go to Mother Ease website. They have the clearest summary I’ve seen so far (not a product endorsement, though I do like the product).
The saga thus far:
Pocket Diapers, NB
We started out using the Babyville diapers that we made with many changes & adjustments. These are a pocket diaper or 2 piece diapering system with a PUL cover & stay-dry liner sewn together and an insert that is removable for washing. The supposed leg gusset is great in concept, but is rendered useless by the absorbent layers being outside of it. One touch of cotton onesie or bed sheet & it’s Soggy City. Also, I-Hate-FOE. Fold-over elastic wicks “water” like nobody’s business, making the diapers leak like a garden sprinkler. The “right sides together & turn” version is the one to go with here. Hands down, it’s the better design. Make it front or back loading (for the insert) and you’ve got a decent diaper. It’s also much more affordable, about $4 cheaper for materials than the FOE style. Aplix (velcro) for NB up to 4-6 months is perfectly fine. After that go with the snaps because the little darlings learn to take that off & they WILL finger paint (avoid the patterned snaps – they break, go for the smooth ones).
OK, so that was great. We used them for a week or so & he grew out of them.
And we had a gap. The Mother Ease that we had purchased (used) didn’t fit my skinny baby at that point, and I was still clueless about how the prefolds worked. In fact, the prefolds my husband’s grandmother made for us (beautiful, using now) I honestly thought were burp cloths. We used disposables, Target’s Up & Up and Premium Diapers, Dollar General brand – awesome diapers BTW, few leaks, very few blow-outs, no diaper rash, no latex, no dyes, no perfumes, biodegradable though not advertised as such, super-affordable – same diapers different packaging.
Which brings me to… Mother Ease!
It’s a 2 pt. diaper & cover system, so you need the absorbent diaper and a fitted cover. I
do not yet have the covers. So I can ‘t really give you a good review. But they FIT him now! He’s 6 months old & 15 lbs. They fit him OK at 14 lbs, but being totally clueless I didn’t realize we needed a cover & needless to say there was major leakage. People who use them love them. They are bulky, which is the only downside I can see, but less bulky than the prefolds with an insert. (hiatus from these)
Update: We have the covers! We got the Airflow covers, which are uber-cute and very, very bulky. Forget slender pants with these babies. However they are awesome and it’s a great opportunity to have your kid wear all those shirts he otherwise would not ever get to wear. Most onesies fit over them, but not all. It’s a good heads up on which ones will be outgrown soon. I love the 3 snap adjustable leg & waist, which do not have to match up to work, which is good because my kid has killer thighs & a teeny tiny waist (gee, wonder where he got THAT from?). No complaints, just be aware they are work-horse diapers, and not subtle about it.
So, after using disposables for several months, I bought some Tiny Tush Perfect Fit diaper covers because I got tired of trying to make something that fit this child (whole other saga – you try finding time to sew with this kid. I mean, I’m a seamstress for goodness sake! You’d think I could manage a simple diaper cover. Apparently not with MommyBrain, it’s like sewing while drunk. And with a kid crying? Neurons scrambled like eggs I tell ya).
Anyway, Tiny Tush! Made in USA! Fabulous. I bought 4 covers to use with my prefolds & flats.
I’m still not keen on the flats, but like the prefolds. I’m a bit clumsy with the snappi closure, but have the pins down pat.
So, again, a 2 pt. diapering system, the prefold & the cover, and a closure – snappi or pins.
Put the prefold on, with the snappi (which should be much tighter), then snap the cover closed, tuck any diaper bits in & wa’la! Diapered kid!
The leg gussets are awesome (they work), and it fits over any flat or prefold. They do not fit over the Mother Ease, unfortunately,
so I will be ordering from that company soonish. He can sit like a champ in them, but the prefolds are bulky between the legs. He doesn’t complain at all. I change him when he’s wet, usually every 2 hours, but I check more than that. Poo was not a problem, even the sticky ones dumped out in the toilet and a little swish-n-spray took care of any ickiness. Usually he’s a solid poo kind of guy, so no big deal. Wash prefolds on hot, dry hot, no problems. When it’s above freezing (ha) I’ll hang them out in the sun. (Sun? I’ve forgotten what that is).
I think I have about 15 prefolds & flats, which is enough to get me through a day & a half (this child doesn’t wet at night, how lucky can I get?). As any number of people change his diaper, it’s anyone’s guess if he’s in cloth or disposables, but I’m a fan of the Tiny Tush diaper covers either way. They’ll keep any kind of diaper on without aid of a onesie, which is awesome in my book, and he gets to be “nearly naked baby” which thrills him to pieces.
Update: More of the same really, but we are about 40/60 between cloth & disposables. I’m really the only one who is interested in the cloth diapering, so it is what it is. He’s cool with it either way & still loves his diaper covers.
So, there it is. The diaper saga so far.
Really, if I’d heard about it before all this began, I’d have tried EC (Elimination Communication or Baby-led Potty Training). I find that fascinating, but my 6 month old is a bit confused by the idea.