When I was pregnant with my daughter I thought about using cloth diapers on her. Then I quickly remembered what a big pain it was for my mom to CD my little sister back in the day. When my little girl had her first birthday back in April, sniff sniff, I started seriously thinking about cloth diapering. So for the next few weeks I read up on the different kinds of cloth diapers and even then I was still confused.
There are hook and loop closures, snaps, all in ones, pocket diapers, prefolds, fitted, unbleached cloth, hemp, fleece, KAPOW! That’s my head exploding. On top of that there are all kinds of colors and designs to pick from, which I actually love. I like having choices but was a little overwhelmed. I didn’t personally know any other moms who used cloth diapers so I was on my own.
I bought a handful of different kinds to try out before I made an investment. Right away I found that the cloth diapers with snaps just didn’t work on my little girl. I love that they would be harder for her to take off and swing around her head or smear all over the wall.
But she’s pretty small for her age and no matter how I adjusted them, they didn’t fit right, even when trying a smaller size. Not only that, my little hummingbird won’t stay still long enough to even snap the diaper.
Next I tried the velcro pocket and all in one diapers. Ding ding ding, I had a winner. They also seemed much easier for my somewhat resistant to cloth diapering hubby to use. The only downside is the all in ones take longer to dry but luckily I have enough on hand so I don’t run out when washing.
I also discovered flushable liners and that just sealed the deal because I was worried about the poopy diapers. I have a very weak stomach and as much as I love my little girl, just thinking about cleaning her poop off of CD’s makes me dry heave. Some of it still gets on the diaper but it’s not nearly as bad with a liner.
Our favorite so far is the bumGenius all in ones. I use prefolds from time to time (when I’m feeling all Earth Mother-ish) with Thirsties and Bummis covers. I also have a few Happy Heiny’s pocket diapers that I’ve been happy with. We still use a disposable on our daughter at night though.
I’ve tried every combination of cloth on her at night but she’ll still wake up covered in pee. Then I get the mommy guilt and I’ll call my hubby at work and tell him I’m a horrible mom because I let my baby sleep for hours soaked in pee.
I would like to use cloth diapers on her full-time so once we get settled in our new house, I’ll keep trying to find the right cloth diaper combo for her at night.
For the past three months that we’ve been cloth diapering, I LOVE it. I also love how cute her little bum looks in them. I wish I knew how easy they were since I would have been cloth diapering my daughter a lot earlier.
*I really like using the Rockin’ Green Cloth Diaper Detergent in Rage Against the Raspberries. The scent isn’t overpowering at all. I even use it when washing our clothes. I’m not even getting paid to say that (promise), it’s just an awesome cloth diaper detergent.
**I just ordered Thirsties duo diapers and can’t wait to give those a try. I learned really fast that cloth diapers are addicting and I want to try them all.
***Check out TaterTotMom’s site on her experience with cloth diapers. theclothbuttexperiment.blogspot.com