Occasionally I receive comments that make perfect blog posts. Today in Volume 7 of the Cloth Diaper Q&A series, Lisa tries to iron out a few wrinkles in her plan to start cloth diapering.
Warning, this is going to be long, lol!
Ok, I’ve been reading your blog for two days straight and have learned so much, but I do have some lingering questions. I have some experience with CD with my first son, but if I could finally work out the kinks I think I will have a better experience and stick with it. One mistake from the first time around is that I loved the CDs, but for some reason never attempted to figure out an overnight system (defaulted to disposables for nights and traveling). Because we had disposables around, the convenience/laziness factor kicked in and we eventually succumbed to the dark side. The styles I used before were, AI1, AI2, and prefolds with snappi and covers. I really liked them all for different reasons. I was always really bummed out though that the AI1 was really only a one time use, where the others you could just change out the liner if it was just a pee or contained poop. I think I have decided that this time I will focus mostly on the other two styles, except I would really like your advice on pockets since you seem to prefer those (I think). This may sound unrefined, but if the wicking layer that touches baby’s skin works so well (and can be used overnight for 10+ hours) is it possible for daytime use to just change out the insert if baby only pees (I’m thinking reuse once, not all day long). It just kills me to think of laundering the whole thing just for a little pee. If that’s not a good idea, it seems like maybe you could use a pocket diaper like an AI2 by laying the liner on top instead of stuffing (?).
When it comes to drying, I assume line drying is best to preserve the longevity of the diaper, but is it necessary? Are there certain styles/brands that must be line dried? I would prefer to use a machine
Can you give me the pros/cons of snaps vs velcro or aplix. Velcro styles seem faster, easier and give a more custom fit, but everywhere I look I see snaps so maybe there’s something I’m missing.
Ok last question. I am expecting my 2nd son to be about the same size as my first (9 lbs) with the goal of being out of diapers by 22 months (~25 lbs) ***First son was trained by 22 months, thanks to Elimination Communication. Very much recommended for all babies!!! Read Early Start Potty Training by Linda Sonna*** would really like to try out the adjustable size diapers this time around, what brands would work best for this size range (I think what I’m saying is that I don’t need or want a diaper that has more rows of snaps than I will need. I don’t need it to go up to 35 lbs, I would rather have a good fit for newborn/infant stages but do want something that will grow with him)?
My tentative plan is to buy a few Rumparooz lil joey’s for newborn stage as well as using prefolds, then a mix of Kawaii and Sunbaby plus continue with prefolds for infant on up. Obviously I am trying to be budget conscious. What do you think about these choices given my questions and preferences?
Lisa, congratulations on the upcoming birth of your 2nd son! I hope I can make your experience with cloth diapers this time around much more satisfying and successful.
I do use mainly pockets in my cloth diaper rotation but I’d have to say I prefer the simplicity of an all-in-one. However, I can see how one would think pockets are my preferred system :)
A pocket diaper can be used as an AI2 system but not by taking out the insert and replacing it and not by simply laying a microfiber insert on top.
- The urine, although wicked through the stay-dry fabric, is still there in the fabric. Compare this idea to your toddler wetting in his underwear and only changing his pants. Of course you wouldn’t do this because the underwear is wet but in a sense the stay-dry fabric is “wet” you just can’t feel it.
- Microfiber should not be laid directly against the skin because of its super absorbent properties. Moisture is drawn from baby’s skin often times causing a red, raw rash.
To use the pocket as an AI2 you would use an insert, prefold or doubler that contains cotton, bamboo or a stay-dry fabric against baby’s skin. You would then be able to toss the insert only as you did with your first child.
It is not necessary to line dry your cloth diapers. I have always machine dried my stash (until recently when my dryer broke) and not had any breakdown problems. Laundromat dryers use extremely high heat so I would recommend avoiding them if possible.
Line drying cloth diapers occasionally is an excellent way to allow the sun to disinfect (UV rays kill lingering bugs) and bleach (stains are gone in no time).
Velcro is faster but it has a downside. 1) It often rubs baby’s belly, 2) Babies quickly learn to take the diapers off, 3) Velcro loses it’s stickiness after many uses or buildup of lint.
Once you use snaps for a while you realize how much better they are. Snaps allow you to get a more custom fit on your baby no matter what their body type.
After reading what you are looking for, SoftBums seems like the perfect system for you. Other internal adjusting systems are Charlie Banana, Fuzzi Bunz and Evolution Diapers (the original internal adjusting cloth diaper!).
SoftBums fit teeny tiny babies up to 35lbs.
Your choices sound good but they don’t match up with your listed desires. Softbums would be a budget friendly system, would fit from birth and you wouldn’t have rows of snaps on the front. You also can choose between velcro or snaps.
When I started answering Lisa’s questions Softbums wasn’t even on my mind. Then the more I began trying to find a match to her preferences Softbums became the clear choice. I love it when a cloth diaper appears to satisfy all the needs of a family.
Lisa, I pray this helps you feel more confident about cloth diapering your next baby!
I failed to address the nighttime issue! Softbums DOES work for overnight. You will simply find the right combination of “pods” as they are known.
Let us know what you end up using!