Today’s questions come from Z’s Mama.
If the Flip Stay Dry insert is made of “3 absorbent layers of microfiber and a smooth stay-dry suede that wicks away moisture from your baby’s bum”…does that mean that it will trap the urea? I’ve noticed lots more rashes though I’m changing my son as often as I always did, and we use the Flip Stay Dry all of the time.
Also–I don’t know a whole lot about CDing, though I research a lot. The first diapers that I ordered were made by a WAHM and AIOs with a flannel outer and inner with a 5-layer soaker built in and a PUL layer, but I always had problems with them wicking around the legs (I really think I was changing often enough, though I was new to CDing and may just not know how to use those kind of diapers…sometimes he’d leak out and get his clothes wet in 30-40 minutes, though–does that seem normal?). Long story short, we ended up with the Flips, which I love. Do you think the Kawaii are like those WAHM diaps?
1. Do I need something else between the Flips Stay Dry and my son’s skin?
2. Do you always need a wool or PUL cover over AIO diapers?
3. How often to AIO diapers typically need to be changed?
4. Are the Kawaii like the AIOs or hybrid? Really, I guess I just need to know if I need covers or if they’re a one-shot deal. If I buy a couple, do I need accessories?
Thanks so much for this site and for everything. You have no idea how helpful it is to people like me who don’t know what they’re doing or have anyone to ask.
Urea is in urine so urea is “trapped” in every diaper. It’s a matter of how well it rinses out. Rashes can be from a sensitivity to the suedecloth (which we had with Paisley) or a reaction to the detergent or the buildup of it.
I’ve found the Flip Stay-dry Inserts to be trickier to strip because they are so thick–which is nice when it comes to absorbency. Soaking them in Rockin Green Hard Rock will break down detergent buildup. If you have ammonia issues, a Funk Rock soak will help. It isn’t a one-time fix always. You may have to regularly strip them depending on your water, detergent and baby’s urine.
Another suggestion is to rinse out the inserts before tossing them in the pail. Adrian of Cutiepoops says doing this has prevented ammonia for her.
In regards to your next question, there are times when a WAHM doesn’t make the greatest diaper. Unless you dissected the diaper there isn’t any way to know the quality of “PUL” she used. For all you know it could have been shower curtain liner–no joke, this has happened many a time. Making a good cloth diaper is an art I’ve found. The wicking could be from her not properly sealing the holes after sewing or from not using a good quality laminate.
Having said that, I’ve used a couple of very popular brands that wicked a lot around the legs. No diaper works for every baby.
I have not had any wicking with Kawaii diapers.
To answer your other questions:
- No, you don’t need anything between the stay dry insert and your son’s skin.
- No, AIOs do not require a cover. The PUL is the cover.
- Changing times vary by soaker material and quality. Bum Genius Elementals are super absorbent and I could leave Sterling in it for 4 hours easy (car trips). Others that I have don’t last 30 minutes.
- Kawaii diapers are a pocket. They do not need a cover. You will need to stuff an insert in the pocket. You can choose from microfiber, bamboo or hemp inserts depending on your preferences. Check out What are the best cloth diaper doublers? for insert suggestions.