Tales of a Reluctant Cloth Diaperer: Chapter Pee

We’re three weeks into the cloth diaper experiment, and I’m thiiiiiiiis close to actually calling myself a CDer. Owen has been wearing cloth diapers for most of every day lately.

Owen seems pretty happy in his star-patterned CD

I did forgo using cloth diapers over Christmas when we were traveling.  Like I said, I’m close, but still a bit reluctant, especially at the idea of transporting poop.

Since I last updated readers on the cloth diaper chronicles, a college friend sent me an extra-special Christmas present: a sample box of reusable diapers she doesn’t use anymore, which brought my stash up to a level that allows me to CD frequently. Inside were a few different styles of diapers, so I’m now more familiar with the variety out there.

For the uninitiated, here is a very brief rundown of the basics (with help from Diaperjungle.com):

All-in-One (AIO): Just like it sounds, the entire cloth diaper is one piece. It has a waterproof outer layer so no cover is needed. You change it just like a disposable diaper, except it fastens with snaps or Velcro instead of tape. Similar are AI2, which feature a removable soaker pad.

Pocket diapers: Like the AIO, you don’t need a separate cover, but you do need to stuff the inside with an absorbent insert (or two).

Fitted diapers: These fasten a lot like the AIO and pocket diapers, but are not waterproof so they need a separate cover. When wet, you change the fitted part but can continue to reuse the cover.

Prefolds: Old-school style, you place these folded squares of fabric inside a wrap or cover. They’re often made from cotton, hemp, flannel or bamboo. Again, you can reuse the cover until it’s soiled or smelly. They may need a fastener, too.

My sister-in-law loaned me a prefold and Flip cover. She said these are her and my brother’s favorite. (And they are the ultimate CDers in my mind. They took their then 9-month-old daughter on a trek across Ireland, cloth diapering all the way!)

I’m much more partial to the pocket diapers, though. I like that they’re separate so each part dries faster than an AIO, but you still end up touching less wetness than with the fitteds. My SIL said she has a couple pocket diapers, but never really used them. I think your preference for diaper type depends a lot on what you try first, and what you get used to using.

I’ve also discovered I like snap-fastening diapers more than Velcro. Velcro is kind of a pain in the washer and dryer. If you’re not careful, you end up with a chain of diapers.

I’ve spent another $30 on the Cloth Diaper Experiment (bringing my total investment to about $80). I bought a medium-sized cover on Amazon.com to go over the fitteds, as well as some flushable liners (I’m told these will save on the gross factor once Owen starts solids).  I also got a bigger wet bag, to hold all my fancy, new-to-me diapers. Check out how cute it is:

Polka-dotted poop storage!

Who knew I would ever use the word “cute” when talking about the containment and disposal of bodily waste? That may evidence enough that I am officially a cloth diapering mama.

2 thoughts on “Tales of a Reluctant Cloth Diaperer: Chapter Pee

  1. LOL, and I raised 4 prior to disposables. Oh, Pampers came out by the time I had # 3, but, unfortunately, when I tried them on my young son I discovered that he was wildly allergic to them [you ought to have seen his poor, fire-engine red, raw little rear end].
    I had also discovered that sometimes the disposalbes did not fit well, and especially little boys could entirely “miss” the DD, while this never happed with cloth diapers. End of disposables for kid # 3.

    Let me see if I remember. One thing is those you fold yourself [are they still available?] you can fold to a custom size and they always fit the child to a “T”. And hung out on the clothes line in the summer, they smelled the most lovely smell in the world.

    Our container? Well, it was called a Diaper Pail. Get it? Pail !! Mine was platic with a handle to make lugging it downstairs to the washer easier. Yeah just rinsed the diaper [especially if "loaded"] in the jon, while flushing [to rinse it well], wring it out, toss in diaper pail. Sometimes water with a tad of bleach was put into the pail. Wash and dry as you wish.

    Although nobody was “green” at the time, it sure seemed a lot simplier, less costly, and although we maybe had to toss a load into the washer at night, if we forgot during the day, we never had to run to the store to get diapers. Then there was always the good feeling that one got from knowing you were responsible for the snow white, crystal clean, sweet smelling diapers for your little one.

    Yeah, I know, getting sappy ………….

  2. BumCheeks was created in 2009 by Hollie, a stay at home mum to two beautiful babies Jhet & Charleigh.
    I started using modern cloth nappies when my son was 6 months old. Unimpressed with the fit and quality of the nappies I began making my own. With the birth of my little girl I became more creative with styles and fabrics while showing a particular interest in funky design. By 2010 the B cheeks jeans nappy was created and has been a big hit ever since!
    Gone are the days of using terry squares with pins, these days modern cloth nappies are the way to go.

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