When we chose to cloth diaper it automatically made us smarter-than-the-average-bear. Why then are there times when I rip open a package of fluffy mail and I sit there looking very confused?
Is it just me? Am I the only one who occasionally spends way too much time trying to figure out how a diaper works?
Well, you don’t have to admit it. I’ll take the stamp of ignorance (not that we’re ignorant really it’s just a moment where all common sense leaves) on my own and I’ll ask the questions you wanted to ask but weren’t sure who to ask and not sure if you should ask.
(oh and there are NO dumb questions lol)
1) Ever have a pocket insert that you can’t for the life of you make work? I think this is why I usually avoid pockets. Inserts can be super annoying. Not to mention that every pocket seems to need a different insert in order for it to work magically. My big insert enigmas at the moment are Rump•a•rooz® 6•r Soaker and GAD inserts. My problem with the 6r is bulk. With the GAD it’s configuration.
I buy my GAD cloth diapers from GADbaby but I found a “how-to-use-this-insert-for-dummies” pictorial on Pittsburgh Cloth Diapers website. Looks completely simple. Definitely earns me the Igmo Award ;)
As for the Rump•a•rooz® 6•r Soaker, it too is very simple had I taken the time to peruse Julie’s website. I failed to ever unsnap the insert as seen in “setting 2″ causing it to fit weird in the diaper when on the largest setting.
2) Most cloth diapers with aplix or velcro have very obvious laundry tabs. So you can imagine my confusion and irritation when I received my order of Sposoeasy cloth diapers. This is what was going through my head, “what in the world!? How can you have a diaper with velcro and no laundry tabs.” *stomp away from the diaper*
I don’t know how I finally figured it out but Sposoeasy’s do in fact have laundry tabs. They are hidden inside the inner fabric, out of sight and out of the way of your baby’s skin. I honestly thought this was a big pain in the booty to do every time but that was ignorant. It’s quite easy to tuck them in as you are changing your baby’s diaper. It is a little icky when the diaper is soaked and you have to touch the wetness. But, the tabs stay secure in the wash which is the point.
3) Here’s my biggest bother right now. You’ve heard me say that Sterling has a long rise. Where Paisley never used the largest snap setting on one-size cloth diapers, Sterling is on the largest settings at 4 months. Will the one-size diaper fit him at 8 months? When a diaper claims to be one-size what does that really mean? Sterling may not grow in the rise much more. I have found that one-sized fitteds have more growing room. Oh darn, guess I’ll have to switch to an all Goodmama stash in a few months :P
4) Perhaps related to rise is this bunching/puckering at the waist I’m getting on a few diapers. Specifically, the size small Sposoeasy and one-size Rumparooz cloth diapers. The puckering causes more of a problem than just looking bad. It allows for the velcro or aplix to fold in and scratch Sterling. I had this purckering problem with Grobaby until I extended the rise to the largest setting.
Fortunately, I was able to size up in the Sposoeasys and remedy the Grobaby problem. I’m still working on the Rumparooz simply because they are a fabulously designed cloth diaper. I ordered a snap version and will be putting it on Sterling tomorrow. I am really hoping to not have to abandon the Rumparooz for Sterling.
5) Can you really not use enzyme cleaners, like Bac-out, on Grobaby or other organic fiber diapers? Yes and no. Yes, you can but your cloth diapers will have a much shorter lifespan. No, because enzymes are meant to attack organic organisms (a bit redundant)– the tiny connective fibers between the organic fabric slowly breaks down.
I use Bac-out in every prewash, even Grobaby. However, I have started to notice that the Grobaby inserts are looking a bit more bare. Also, with my Sustainablebabyish bamboo fitteds there are little areas where holes are beginning to form.
This may be due to the Bac-out or it could be from the heavy use and the wash/dry routine I have. If you don’t use Bac-out please let me know yours are looking after heavy use and washes.
After writing this I went and checked my bum genius organic AIOs to see if they’ve had any “damage”. None of them, except the really used, older one did and it is just a small hole where the soaker attaches to the shell. So I’m not sure if the enzymes attack certain fibers more aggressively than others or not.
Bottom line, it’s your call on whether you choose to use an enzyme cleaner in the wash. Just know it can shorten your cloth diapers lifespans.
6) Can you wash your cloth diapers with Tide? Yes. I’d say from reading Diaperswappers for the past 3 years, Tide is the most commonly used detergent for cloth diapers. That doesn’t mean it is the healthiest or greenest choice. Your baby may have a sensitivity to the fragrances and ingredients of Tide, but as far as safety to the diapers I have not seen any discouraging information.
7) Do I tell the truth on all my reviews? :D Of course! No one pays me to write a good one. If I recommend it then I whole-heartily stand behind it for one reason or another. There is no perfect cloth diaper and there have been times when I have come back to update my review after using it for a few months. There are times when a WAHM will send me their diaper and I choose not to write a review because I do not stand behind the product. If I receive an email inquiring about my thoughts on a diaper (whether I’ve reviewed it on the blog or not) I am completely honest.
Remember though, what works for Sterling (my current guinea pig) may not work for your baby and vice versa.
I know there are a million more questions you’d love to have answers to. Leave me a comment and I’ll try my best to help!