A massive diaper (post): on cloth diapering

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I’ve been meaning to write a post about how cloth diapering is going for quite a while (I’ve even had a blank draft, titled “On cloth diapering” saved for weeks), and I think today is the perfect day to finally get to it.  Why?  Because today has been one poopy diaper day!  For the past few weeks, Sadie has switched from having poopy diapers just about every time she breastfeeds to saving it up for a day and then having diaper after diaper full of poop all in one go.  Today has been one of those days.

In case you missed it, here is a post about all of the gear we have to make cloth diapering happen at our house.  We are, for the most part, using every single thing on the list.  We are, as I had originally planned, primarily using the prefolds with covers around the house.  These work pretty darn well, especially when they’re just wet diapers.  The blow-out poopy diapers, though?  Not as much, unfortunately.  I’ve definitely had to clean up some poopy messes.  But I’m really not sure there’s a diaper out there that could contain that much poop.  I’d forgotten, until today, about the Snappi fasteners.  I’d tried working with them once, but I couldn’t quite figure out how to fold the diaper to make it happen (there are several ways).  After our first majorly huge diaper this morning, though, I decided to give it another shot.  So far, we’ve had two more pretty big ones, and the covers have managed to stay pretty clean (to be honest, sometimes we just “tidy up” the covers if a little bit of poop gets on them since it’s still just breastmilk poop after all), and there’s been no spillage out of the cover.  I kind of think it’s time to move into the next size for these, though, so that might also help make a difference.

The bumGeniuses are just great, too.  We use these when we go out, usually with two inserts.  We always keep a wet bag with us to put the dirty diapers in, so it really is about as easy as using disposables for outings, probably easier since we never have to find a trash can.  One of my sisters has even changed Sadie from one bumGenius to another, and she didn’t report any problems at all.  It is amazing how dry the microfiber stays against her skin, we can even reuse a diaper if it’s just been wet by swapping out a dry insert for a wet one.  But, again, pretty much nothing can stand up to her big poops, so we’ve had some fun with that–must remember to always keep a spare shirt in the diaper bag for ME!  We also use a doubled-up bumGenius overnight, now that she doesn’t poop at night.

The extra laundry isn’t much of a pain at all.  We do diaper laundry every two to three days, and doing a load is super simple.  We do a cold rinse, followed by a hot wash with soap, and then an extra cold rinse.  We are having some issues with staining, which I’m trying to figure out.  I’m hoping Trevor will get the clothesline up in the backyard soon, so I can try drying them in the sun to bleach out the stains.

I’m still not sure what will happen when it comes time to put Sadie in daycare, but I am so glad that we decided to go with cloth diapers.  It’s nice not to have to add disposable diapers to our weekly grocery trip.

And it seems I’m not the only one blogging about cloth diapers this week!  I’ve got some links for you:

Simple Mom (a blog I subscribe to) has been running a Cloth Diapering 101 series all week.  Follow these to read the introduction; 4 Cloth Diapering Choices Defined; 7 Cloth Diapering Questions, Answered Mom-to-Mom; Visual Demonstration: How to Put on a Cloth Diaper, and How to Get One Clean (with videos); The Simple Mom Cloth Diaper Review (with giveaway!); Cloth Diapering: Your Most Common Questions, Answered; and a whole page of links to cloth diapering articles, resources, etc.

ALSO, Baby Cheapskate (another blog I read) has had several recent posts concerning cloth diapers.  The first actually directs you to another blog post on how to save $10 off on cloth diapers at Diapers.com (I’m not sure if this expires…I hope not, because I’m wanting a few more bumGenius diapers, I think).  The second is an approach to cloth diapering on a budget.

AND, don’t forget to check out all of the cloth diaper links I’ve got in the sidebar to the right.

For those of you in Little Rock, The Green Corner Store is supposedly (as in, that’s what they told me at the Earth Day Festival) going to be carrying cloth diaper supplies whenever they open.  Does anyone have an idea when this might be?  I keep driving by, but no luck so far!  I’ll be sure to report back when I finally make it through their doors (15th and Main).

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