Recently I’ve received some very good cloth diaper questions, questions you may have as well. This is just a sampling of what you will find in the comments of every post. I answer every question asked in the comments, making them as helpful as the blog post!
Please tell me your thoughts about the disposable liner inserts? Will these work on newborn BF poop? Should I use one each time? Which ones do you recommend? Thanks!
I have never used disposable liners. I have a package of Bumkins liners that I do plan to use when Sterling gets a little bigger. I think the idea of a liner is great. Bumkins are really soft and not to thin. They appear that they will hold up well when transferring the poo to the potty.
I am not a fan of swishing in the toilet (who is?!) and I don’t have a diaper sprayer so liners would be the perfect solution for me. I wouldn’t use liners with a newborn because (and this answers the next question) I just toss newborn poo diapers straight into the pail.
When your child reaches an age where their poo is solidifying a bit and you notice a semi-consistent time they go, then I would begin using liners. Sterling is 8 months old and he is very non-consistent and because he is still 90% breastfed his poo isn’t really solid.
If any of you have a disposable liners brand that you’d like to recommend please let us know!
Can you please explain exactly what happens when you take the soiled diaper off of:
a newborn with bf poo or pee it goes straight into the dry pail or hanging wet bag
older child with semi solid poo dunk it in the toilet, swish if necessary and put in dry pail
toddler? dunk, swish, pail
Like do you take it off then rinse them out then put in pail or have a wet pail system? What do I do for daycare? Would you recommend this to me my whole stash: Flips, Soft Bums & Grobaby, if yes how many of each should I have on hand with a newborn & to do laundry like every 2-3 days? Thanks a million!!!!
Between Flips, Soft Bums and Grobaby the system that has worked best for me is Flips. All of them are excellent though. Soft Bums has the best fit by far. Literally, fits like a glove. Grobaby are absorbent and natural. Flips are trim and simple. What I didn’t like was: the fleece on the inside of the Soft Bums cover and Grobaby’s rise was too short and their tabs started rolling.
For daycare the Soft Bums may be your best choice because of the velcro tabs. The consensus I have seen is that the less snaps they have the more likely a daycare is to use them. But, you should go with what you like and find a daycare that is willing to learn ;) in my opinion.
Any of these systems with a newborn will require more covers. Their poo is going to get on the covers (but with Flips you could just rinse and let dry). Here is my recommendation:
Flips: 10 covers and 36 inserts.~3 shells/day, when one gets poo on it rinse and let dry while using another.
Softbums and Grobaby: 15 covers and 36 inserts. Maybe Sterling was a messier pooper but he got the Soft Bums and Gro Baby shells dirty every time he pooped. I am estimating 3 soiled covers a day + 2 interchanging covers/day. Inserts are estimated by changing baby on average every 2 hours.
If you have a different experience please let me know in the comments! Every baby is different ;)
Hello. I am very VERY new to the CD world. I do know that I’m partial to the AI0’s and AI2’s. In my quest I have noticed 2 things….my son gets a rash from the pee touching his skin and i noticed that he has had friction blisters in his inner thighs. Can anyone offer suggestions to prevent these things?
Lisa, I am going to speculate on a few things since I don’t have all the details. While it is possible that your son gets a rash from the pee touching him it is very possible that he is sensitive to the fabric touching his skin. I make this assumption because of the “friction blisters” you described.
When Paisley was born I had these amazing Essential Saltes cloth diapers. But every time I put them on her she would have a rash on her private area and “friction blisters” on her inner thighs. After removing different diapers from her stash I realized she was extremely sensitive to suedecloth. Bummer for me because I couldn’t use a lot of great diaper brands!
I battled the inner thigh thing for a long while. Serged diapers irritated it so I tossed all those out but in the end I found it to be yeast related. Here is a post I wrote on battling the yeast rash.
My suggestion to you is to look at all your cloth diapers, divide them by inner material. If they are not all the same try to notice if by not using one the rash clears up.
Here are some things to remember:
Microfleece, suedecloth and athletic wicking material will create a “stay dry” feel. Your baby will not feel any wetness.
Bamboo, velour, organic cotton, flannel all work great but your baby will feel wet…sometimes very wet.
Detergents can build up in the cloth diapers and irritate baby’s skin, therefore causing strange rashes. Even if baby doesn’t react to clothing washed in the detergent he could still be sensitive to it when it’s used on the diapers. Rockin Green is a great natural laundry detergent for clothes and cloth diapers.
Yeast causes rashes and will stay in the cloth diapers unless you treat them for it! Natural Disinfectants