Dressing the Little Bum: What Is Stripping?

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When your diapers begin to leak or smell that means it’s time to strip. There are various philosophies on this both what to use and how often to do it. I will share with you how I do it, but here is a link to a much more extensive list of suggestions.

I’ve been told that ideally you shouldn’t need to regularly strip your diapers. I agree with this with one exception: all night nighttime diapers. My kids were both heavy wetters during the toddler years, meaning they generated large amounts of urine fairly quickly. Their diapers were sopping in the morning. If they used disposables they would be drenched from crotch to chin. With my son we have had to resort to wool covers for the first time to keep him dry. The overnight diapers we used always stunk. Nothing I could do prevented that. But when the ammonia would sting my eyes as I changed them or if they got rashes, then I knew it was time to strip the diapers. I usually strip night time diapers around once a month. Otherwise, strip your diapers only as needed.

Start with clean diapers. Wash your diapers as usual, perhaps modifying your routine slightly if you think the wash routine is the problem.

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Using Dawn

This should preferably be plain, blue non-ultra dawn. (Though I have used ultra in a pinch but only in miniscule amounts) Most methods recommend a tsp for front loaders. Then rinse, rinse, rinse. I usually run the longest possible hot cycle with an extra rinse, followed by two quick cycles with extra rinses hot or warm. If the diapers smell clean then you are probably done. Another recommended clue is that you should make sure you don’t see any suds left from the Dawn. However, if it doesn’t work, you can proceed further.

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Using Tea Tree Oil or Grapefruit Seed Extract

I love these two for stripping. Don’t use too much or it can leave residue on your diapers. I find that just a few drops of each works fine. Run the longest, hottest load with the largest amount of water. Then same as above, run additional wash cycles or rinse and spin cycles until they smell clean.

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Oxyclean soak

When I have ongoing stink issues I will soak the offending diapers in a bucket with cold water and oxyclean overnight and then put them in the washer to rinse for multiple cycles in the morning.

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Bleach- the last ditch effort

Chlorine Bleach is a huge no-no. But sometimes it’s the only thing that works. (bumGenius is one of the only brands that recommends the regular use of bleach on their inserts. ¼ cup in the front loading washer once a month.) I don’t recommend bleaching natural fiber diapers. I did once, years ago. I had an ongoing yeast issue and I was desperate. So I bleached my prefolds. They took a beating. They lasted me through the rest of my daughter’s diapering years but when it came around to my son they developed large holes and I eventually had to downgrade them to burb clothes and cleaning clothes. Use bleach at your own risk, but if it’s this or giving up, give it a try. Don’t use too much and make sure you rinse until you can’t smell bleach anymore.

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Dressing the Little Bum: Cloth Diaper FAQ for New Moms

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I originally started this post more than a year ago, but with Baby #3 coming along at the end of September, I’ve had diapers on the brain again.

This series is designed with new moms in mind, but it is also great if you are a mom who is new to cloth. Not everyone uses cloth diapers for every child.

I received an email from an old friend. She wanted help with choosing cloth diapers.

“There are tons of websites explaining the differences between the types of diapers, but I need details about how the process of cloth diapering actually works. I have no idea what items or diapers to register for, and how many I will need of each.”

So I thought a series of posts to address her questions was in order. We’ll begin with one of the most common questions I get:

How do you clean your cloth diapers?
This is a question with many possible answers. It comes down to 3 things: your water, your detergent and your machine. There are lists available of clean rinsing detergents that are preferable for cloth diapers. I used Purex Free Clear until we got a front loading washer. That worked beautifully for us. However, the new HE Purex Free & Clear at the time included optical brighteners which are better to avoided. (Basically they leave deposits in your diapers which reflect light and allow them to appear whiter than they actually are. Generally when it comes to diapers, you don’t want any kind of excess left in the fibers). However, we used Wegmans brand detergent for HE washers for a little while before I realized the enzymes were eating my daughter’s bottom alive. The blisters were awful. Now we use Country Save. It works well most of the time, though we still struggle with our hard water.

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Top Loader

When I had a top loader my wash routine was:

Cold wash/ cold rinse, extra rinse; half recommended detergent for load size.

Hot wash/ warmest rinse available; half recommended detergent for load size

If your washer doesn’t have an extra rinse function add one more quick cycle

Warm wash /warmest rinse available extra rinse no detergent.

I miss my top loader for cleaning diapers. I always used the highest water level and cleaned the diapers efficiently. However, it was an old washer and used ton of water. We ultimately replaced it because it wasn’t spinning out properly.

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The Front Loader

The front loader routine for me was more complicated. You may have to play around with yours.

My current routine:

Rinse and spin high speed spin: I recently changed from cold to warm on the recommendations of some of the ladies on a local cloth diaper Facebook forum that I am part of. This rinse is mostly to get the yuck rinsed off.

Rinse and spin low speed cold/cold- this is to actually help saturate the diapers with more water so that they get cleaner during the wash cycle. I found this to be the easiest option that still works for us. Some people add water to their front loader or throw a soaking wet towel in instead.

Wash quick cycle cold/cold slow spin speed – 1-2 heaping TBSP of Country Save. I prefer using TBSPs rather than scoops so I know exactly how much I’m using. This is even more important if you are using a liquid detergent since it can be hard to measure and most detergent is very concentrated.

Super Wash, which is the longest available on my washer. 1 TBSP detergent. Hot/cold low spin speed.

Quick cycle warm/warm extra rinse – no detergent

If the diapers still smell iffy I’ll do another rinse. Sometimes I’ll just rinse my nighttime diapers as they tend to smell worse. (We use particular diapers for nighttime, so it’s easy to tell). I also take out covers and bags before the final rinse to avoid detergent residue which sometimes gets stuck on the bags.

Then I either run them through the dryer twice or hang them out to dry. Natural fibers are very stiff on the line so I prefer to hang dry part way and then use the dryer to finish them off to make them a little less rough. For microfiber, especially pocket diaper inserts, I love hanging them out in the sun. It makes everything smell fresher and I like that the sun will help to disinfect them.

Recommended Cloth Diaper Friendly Detergents

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Country Save-I’ve used this for years, it’s inexpensive and does the job. But I do have to order it on Amazon and get a ton at once which is why I use it for my other wash as well.

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Rockin Green. This has become the go-to cloth diaper detergent for many people. Personally I find it a little high priced and it’s known for not working well with very hard water, so I haven’t yet been tempted to try it.

Conventional Detergent that are known to work well

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Regular Tide: This goes against many of the “rules” of cloth diapering but many people find that Tide works for them.

For a more extensive list see Cotton Babies handy info graphic.

Pinstripes and Polkadots has the most extensive information I’ve ever seen including detailed reviews for top loaders, front loaders, as well as a run down on detergent ingredients.

Keep in mind that detergent formulas are always changing. Read the labels for yourself to make sure you know what is in your detergent. I found that my whole family had fewer skin issues when we started using Country Save vs. even other free and clear detergents.

Trouble Shooting

If your diapers are leaking you are probably using too much detergent or the wrong kind of detergent.

If you diapers smell when they are still wet, or right out of the dryer, you probably aren’t using enough. If they smell when your child pees in them, you may be using not enough or too much or perhaps the wrong kind of detergent altogether. This is where you need to strip then and then play around with how much detergent to use. Good rule of thumb is to use half of whatever is recommended in a top loader, and ¼ of recommended in a front loader (unless your detergent is only recommended for front loaders, in which case ½ is probably fine. Many detergents now are saying that they can be used with either, they just recommend more for a top loader because of the low sudsing formula.)

What is Stripping? That is a whole other topic that we will cover in a different post. It’s an important topic when it comes back to cloth diapering so please come back and check it out.

What Works for Us: Cloth Diapering

I first started this blog in part to talk about cloth diapers. Now, four years later, some of my most popular posts are those about cloth diapers, cloth training pants, mama cloth or other reusable products.

So I thought it would be fun to provide an update on our current cloth diaper use.

What Works for Us Now

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Our son is almost two and definitely nowhere near potty training. (Though all my cloth training pants are in the bottom of his closet just in case.) We use Flip covers primarily during the day usually with prefolds or Flip microfiber inserts. At night we use a bumGenius pocket diaper (4.0 or 3.0, though all have been rehabbed at this point anyway) with a Joey Bunz Premium Hemp Insert (size Large or Medium, but Small works in a pinch) with a bumGenius one size microfiber insert and then a bumGenius doubler on top. This keeps him leak free most nights.

We do struggle with fit. A while back I decided to rehab our diapers with all new touchtape and elastic. Since then I have converted several others to snaps. Last fall a friend kindly gave me a whole bunch more pocket diapers all of which need rehab, but I just haven’t had the time. If I did, we probably would have enough bumGenius to use them almost exclusively. They are not the best diapers ever, but they are all around useful and easy for others to use.

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We have a couple of Free Time diapers that I keep in the diaper bag for going out. But these also needed to be converted to snaps when the aplix started failing. It seems like the new, improved bumGenius aplix just doesn’t have the staying power of the old stuff. It is stronger, but it also wears out quicker and destroys the front loop strip as well. I still really like bumGenius products, but I think if I had it to do over again, I would mostly purchase snaps, especially for items like Flip Covers that get such heavy usage. I also think that the Free Time diapers are soon going to need doublers, at which point I might as well be using a pocket. These were fun to try and work great for a younger baby, but by the second year of life, similar to my old bumGenius AIO’s, they just don’t hold enough for my heavy wetting kids.

I have two second hand Grovia’s that I rehabbed with touchtape and a couple of Thirsties Duo diapers that we use as well. When I first bought them, I was super excited, but they just didn’t work for my daughter. But they don’t leak often with my son, and they make decent daytime or even naptime diapers, but I don’t prefer them for going out and I wouldn’t dare use them at night.

Overall wear and tear

So this is the second child that I’ve diapered and much of my stash is showing the wear. I always figured that whatever I bought for my daughter would work fine for any future children as well.

So here’s my take on what lasted and what didn’t.

Diaper Pail and Liners.

We bought a bumgenius diaper pail and two pail liners. I’m really glad we did. It is still as good as new almost five years later. No, we don’t often change the carbon filter, mostly because I can’t be bother to remember when it needs to be changed and I never use deo disks. Yes, it does smell when you open it, especially in summer. But it’s still a great pail. I love the handles that lock down, since I have to carry it from the second floor to the basement for washing. I know some reviewers have complained about these pail liners, honestly, I’ve never had a problem. But then again, the only time I take the liner out is from the pail (which I carry to the basement) to the washer. This is NOT a wet bag, only a pail liner. A wet bag (such as the Planet Wise Wet Dry bag) is designed to be much sturdier.

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Wet Bags

We registered for and were given two Bummis diaper totes (in size small and large) before my daughter was born. Within weeks I hated them. So I bought the, then new, Bummis Fabulous Wet Bags for going out. I loved the zippers that kept anything in. I rarely notice smell unless it’s a very hot day and the bag has been sitting in the car. They get a fair amount of use, though not daily, at least church each Sunday and MOPS meetings twice a month. We go out often, but daily errands don’t usually involve a diaper change. These bags have held up well for us. I did have to repair the stitching near the handle at one point, but it wasn’t a big deal. I have two medium size which can hold 4-6 diapers comfortably, more if you stuff it. Two years ago we finally bought a large size wet bag for travel and it has made cloth diapering on longer distance trips easier, but since it doesn’t get much use, I can’t claim it’s longevity. I definitely prefer the zipper to draw string.

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A friend gifted me her Planet Wise Wet Dry bag. I like the concept of a wet dry bag but I don’t know if I would have considered the price worthwhile. So far I do like it, but I feel like I have to pull the liner out for it to dry properly and it’s always awkward getting it back in again.

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Thirsties covers. I still love the original Thirsties coverst easily replaceable. But overall, they definitely held up better than my Thirsties Duo Wraps. I feel like no matter how tight I make the cover, the edges of the diaper are still exposed. In general, time has not been kind to my Thirsties products. I didn’t realize fully until I pulled out my Size 2 Duo Wraps for my son. Wow, these were worn, the leg elastic sagged, and the Velcro was incredibly fuzzy and starting to unravel at the edges. Would I buy them again? Definitely the Thirsties covers. I think a few of these in each size is a great investment.

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I even think that the Duo Fitteds are great for newborns, though not nearly absorbent enough for older children. They won’t remain that beautiful soft velvet that they come as. Mine are all rough on the outside and pilled and stained on the inside. But we’ve also been hard on them. For a while, a Size 2 Duo Fitted with a Thirsties Hemp insert and a bumGenius microfiber insert all under a Thirsties size large cover was all that kept our daughter dry at night. Toddler urine is very hard on diapers, especially over night. I was forced to go against manufacturer recommendations and bleach these to deal with the stink. I paid the price in wear and tear, but I still think these diapers have their place. While I prefer snaps for more diapers now than ever, I still prefer hook & loop for fitted diapers. I haven’t had very good results from those with snaps.  But I probably wouldn’t purchase the Duo Wraps again because I now prefer Flip covers.

Flip covers we didn’t discover until our second child. I loved these, but I was terribly disappointed by how quickly the hook & loop wore out. I had to convert them all to snaps. I also don’t know if the fold over elastic on the legs is going to hold up through another child. I do think I now actually prefer Flip to Thirsties Duo’s, but I think Thirsties covers are still the best for newborns and exclusively breast fed babies. Nothing holds in the breast fed poo like those leg gussets. But be warned, you will need more covers. Thirsties covers are cut to accommodate the use of a Snappi or other fasteners. Flip covers are not and because of this you will get poo on the cover much more often.

I think that if I could pick any diapering system now, for this child, at this age, I’d be doing something very similar to what I am now.

I’d be using Flip inserts and Joey Bunz Premium Hemp inserts in Flip covers as a daily go-to combined with bumGenius pocket diapers for going out.

So that’s where we are with diapers. If you’re on to diapers a second or third (or more) child tell us how your diapering style has changed.

The One I Put Off Writing to Avoid Disappointing Myself

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I’ve put off writing my first post of 2014. Partly because I wasn’t all that happy with how I finished out blogging in 2013.  For all my grand plans the reality became that I posted very little in the month of December. Then as is my habit, (some of you may remember that I am a recovering perfectionist) I began an ambitious list of 2014 goals. Then I started reading all of my favorite bloggers and their lists of goals. Suddenly my exciting plans began to seem both tame and yet unattainable.

So I put off declaring or promising anything. But my trusty paper tablet and pen told a different story. I had list after list of blog post ideas and other things I want to accomplish this year. But I was afraid. Would I just disappoint myself again? You see, I am harder on myself than anyone else. I set goals that are far beyond my reach and then berate myself for barely attempting to reach them.

That being said, I do have some exciting things I hope to cover on my blog this year as well as off line activities. I share them with you now, hoping you will join me in my humble anticipation. Based on my track record I know I won’t accomplish all these things this year, but I’m putting my intentions out there anyway.

Blogging Goals

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Bringing Back Continuing Series

I want to fill this space with my own thoughts and experiences, hoping to encourage others who are embarking down similar paths. I will be returning to my Frumps to Pumps series. I’d like to get back to organizing my home, though I haven’t decided whether I’ll be returning to the previous program where I left off almost two years ago (52 weeks to an organized home ended abruptly, shortly before the birth of my son and never really returned. How embarrassing.) Or I might follow a different schedule. There are several blogs that I follow that are using a New Year’s organizing schedule so I may jump on one of those band wagons at some point.

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Cloth Diapers and Other Reusable Products

When I reviewed my stats from this last year I discovered that my most popular posts to date are those about cloth diapers, cloth pads and other reusable products. I find this especially interesting since I blog less about cloth diapers than I used to, though it was originally one of the primary reasons I began blogging. So I’d like to revisit the topic from time to time. We are now in the full throes of cloth diapering our second child and I feel like I’ve become much more confident and ambitious than before. I’d like to share some of that experience with you.

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Marriage and Parenting

These are two topics that are very close to my heart, not because I think I do it wonderfully, but rather the opposite. The longer I’m married and the more time I spend as a parent, the more I realize how much I have to learn. For the first time my author husband, Rob Vitaro will be joining me as we jointly post our reflections and reviews on some marriage and parenting books this year. My husband is an amazing author, but has struggled to find his blogging niche, so I’m looking forward to helping him develop a consistent blogging habit while he helps motivate me to get back to work on my novel.

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There are some other topics I’d like to talk more about such as sewing. I first got my sewing machine almost three years ago and I’m still very much a beginner. My husband gave me a great sewing book that I’ve barely begun to tackle so I think I’d like to blog my way through those lessons.

Apparently once I get started with my goals I just can’t stop. I’ll be continuing this post tomorrow where I’ll be talking about the goals for my life off line.

Combating Disposable Diaper Propaganda: Do Your Own Research

100_2837I totally understand that cloth diapers are not for everyone. I am not even a cloth diaper purist. I’ve been known to use disposables when we travel or when my children will be under the care of others for an extended period of time. (Such as our five day trip to Colonial Williamsburg). Fortunately my family is very cloth diaper friendly and I even converted my sister to using them as well.

But I really can’t stand the misinformation that is peddled by many disposable diaper companies and distributors. So I feel the need to provide a little balance to their propaganda. These are some reasons this particular company claims disposable diapers are better.

Convenience. Yes, disposable diapers are convenient. You can throw them out anywhere and they can be purchased relatively easily. But on the flip side, cloth diapers can be nearly as convenient. When I’m out with my kids, and I need to change a diaper I pull out a clean diaper and a wipe. Change the diaper and then instead of throwing away the diaper, I just put it in the wet bag and throw it in the diaper pail when I get home. Depending on where you are, you may need to do this with a disposable anyway. Regarding the dumping of feces of diapers, this should be done with ALL diapers, not just cloth. Disposable diapers should not be thrown away with the poo still in them. Yes, I know we all have done that at one time or another. But the long term environmental impact of tons (and I mean actual metric tons) of feces wrapped in non-biodegradable plastic in a landfill is disgusting if not terrifying.

front lawnExpense. It has also been argued that disposables are less expensive because they can be purchased in bulk. In fairness, cloth diapers cost more up front for sure. But they get used many, many times as opposed to the one use disposable diaper. (There are cases of those who reuse disposable diapers, but this is very dangerous and unhygienic, causing infection and sometimes death in babies.) There are so many varieties of both reusable and disposable diapers that it’s hard to show definite numbers. There are ways to make either option fit your budget, but generally, cloth will be less expensive in the long run. Especially if you are able to reuse your cloth diapers for future children.

 100_2284Efficacy (i.e. comfort) and Absorbency. I’m a little tired of the argument that disposable diapered babies always have less diaper rash. Several studies have shown that prior to the invention of disposable diapers rashes were a normal part of babies’ lives, but not common by any means. Since disposable diapers have been almost exclusively embraced by so much of the western world, incidents of diaper rash are up significantly. Yes, I realize that some children need the “super dry” feeling provided by disposables. But products like fleece liners or fabric like suede cloth can help provide the same function for a cloth diaper, at least until fully saturated. I also feel the need to point out that regardless of how much a disposable diaper “can” absorb, most pediatricians recommend that no baby be left in any diaper (cloth or disposable) longer than four hours (less for newborns). Ideally your baby should be changed immediately when his or her diaper is wet or soiled. Obviously this isn’t always possible. Just because the diaper may or may not leak doesn’t mean your kid should sit in it for 6 or 8 hours at a time. Let me tell you, a fully saturated disposable feels wet too. My son has had a few nights in disposables for various reasons and most times when he woke up, he was soaked from crotch to chin and the extra urine was actually rolling around inside of the soaked disposable diaper. Plus, the little fluid absorbing pellets were all over him. I’m not crazy about my child’s genitals being exposed to those toxic chemicals. (Though it concerned me more with my daughter since these are the same super absorbent chemicals that were banned in tampons). As far as absorbency goes, that also varies widely. It is “generally” regarded, that disposables are more absorbent than cloth, but that really depends on the product. Not all disposable diapers are equally absorbent and many of the more “eco-friendly” options are less so because they use less of the super absorbent chemicals that many eco-friendly parents are concerned about. Cloth has so many absorbency options from micro-fiber and cotton to hemp and wool. Some parents actually switch to cloth diapers to get better overnight absorbency then disposables.

100_2297Environmental Impact. If I have to hear this argument one more time I may personally mail a poopy cloth diaper to that offending PR rep. Saying that washing cloth diapers is as bad for the environment as disposable diapers sitting in a landfill is like saying that using disposable plates or throwing away all your children’s clothes has an equal environmental impact to doing dishes and laundry. If you are overly concerned about the environmental impact of the resources used in the manufacturing and care of cloth diapers there are many ways around that. There are organic products available. Many diaper companies recommend line drying your diapers to reduce wear and tear, which has additional environmental benefits. But let’s keep in mind that in the average child’s life, he or she will produce nearly 1 ton of garbage in disposable diapers alone. (In most cases, those calculations don’t even include disposable training pants like pull-ups which can continue another few years after your child is officially “out of diapers”.) I really don’t think that doing an extra three or four loads of laundry a week can be fairly compared to 1 ton of waste in a landfill.

Most studies quoted by disposable diaper companies claiming equal environmental impact are older studies that use comparisons of diaper services to the use of disposable diapers. In the past, diaper services used super hot water and high levels of toxic chemicals to clean diapers. Not only is this no longer the case of modern diaper services, most cloth diaper users today wash their diapers at home. The “special” detergent I use is actually less expensive and more eco-friendly then most main stream diaper detergents. But many families do fine washing their diapers in standard detergent, albeit much less than the recommended amount. Most cloth diaper users rarely use bleach, and in fact doing so voids the warranty on most diapers. (The exception being that I occasionally bleach my micro-fiber inserts, as recommended by bumGenius). As opposed to the large quantities of bleach used to make disposable diapers white. (Disposable diapers are actually clear but that would look disturbing to most parents so the plastic is dyed and bleached white. Even eco-friendly brands like 7th generation dye their diapers for effect.)

100_2817Fit and Comfort. I find this argument perhaps the most mystifying of all. Cloth diapers are available in many different sizes as well as one-size varieties; the advantage of one-size being that you buy fewer diapers and spend less money. Of course disposable diapers are available in so many sizes. They want you to size up as often as possible (many times before the previous package is finished) so that you have to buy more diapers. I think what I hate most about this argument is that it seems to imply that there are so few options when it comes to cloth diapers. When in fact there are more options available than disposables. With the exception of a few companies who use alternate absorbent materials (like corn, or unbleached wood pulp), all disposable diapers are about the same. They have different pictures printed on them, but really they are all the same basic design and ingredients. Where as with cloth diapers, there are so many different styles, sizes, colors and fabrics. You are almost guaranteed to find something that will work for your baby and your budget. In some cases you can even resell your diapers when you are done to recoup some of the cost.

I’d like to add one more of my own.

100_6089Attractiveness. Yes, sometimes cloth diapers can be bulkier, though I mostly find this to be the case at night when aesthetics matter less to me. But during the day I don’t find the extra bulk unattractive, if anything it’s cute and provides extra support for my sons’ bottom as he learns to walk. In the cuteness department, you can’t beat cloth diapers. I don’t care what kind of kid’s cartoons you plaster on them, disposable diapers are just plain ugly. No wonder they put bloomers under little girls dresses. (Ugly diaper butt anyone?) When my daughter was little, I would pick out a bumGenius that most closely matched her dress and she was good to go.

As I said earlier, I recognize that cloth diapers are not for everyone. I admire companies like g-diapers that have pursued hybrid options for areas where water use is an issue. But for the majority of us, water is more readily available than landfill space. I don’t object to families using disposable diapers when it is the right decision of them. But it really irks me when biased and often inaccurate information about cloth diapers is dissembled as fact, to discourage and perhaps even scare families away from cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are a legitimate and potentially healthier and less expensive option for many families. Do your own research. Don’t let the disposable diaper companies do it for you.

The majority of the facts in this post can be better documented here.

http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

To Keep Him Dry and Sleeping Part 2: Nighttime Diaper Reviews

In the my last post I noted that there were several combinations of nighttime cloth diapers in an effort to keep our son leak free, feeling as dry as possible (or at least not soaking wet) and hopefully sleeping longer too. Below are my reviews of the combinations we have tried so far.

Option 1- Thirsties Duo Fitted with Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemp Premium Inserts and bumGenius Stay Dry Liner in a Thirsties Cover: This still works for us a in a pinch, but it is tough to go all night. We’ve been known to do it when our other options are in the wash. But it leads to a very wet diaper in the morning.

Cons: You will battle stink with Duo Fitted diapers when using them regularly at night. This is just a reality of using microfiber overnight and pocket fitteds (as they are sometimes called, though not by Thirsties) are harder to get clean because of the tunnels and layers.

Pros: Except for the most heavy wetters (trust me, I have one) used with a hemp or other super absorbent insert and the right cover, these will keep it all in. We find that the best leak proof solution is to use a traditional Thirsties cover, rather than a Duo, not sure exactly why this is, but we have always gotten better coverage and fewer leaks. I think the snaps on Duo covers make them prone to dipping too low in the front.

 

Option 2-Flip Insert Stay Dry Insert, Hemp Insert with Hiney Liney cover: This is a great option. I’m not sure the liney itself is as stay dry as my bumGenius Stay Dry Doublers but it works pretty well. I like that I can reuse the cover with a second liney, so that it lasts more than one night.

Cons: I had a little trouble getting both inserts under the liney because we still have the cover snapped down, but it did work. I think this will work well as he gets a little bigger. This option also works better when he doesn’t nurse at night.

Pros: I love that this cover can be reused with a new stay-dry liney. I wouldn’t try more than two or three nights though. Mine started to stink after just a night or two (nighttime urine really reeks). I was pleased with the fit of this cover for the most part and I had very few issues with red marks on my son’s thighs.

 

Option 3- Baby Kicks one-Size Organic Fitted: I’ll admit that I can’t decide what I think about this diaper. I’ve never used it alone because of my son’s great dislike for feeling wet. I’ve used it stuffed the one-size hemp insert it comes with and a bumGenius Stay Dry Doubler on top. At first I loved it, and under a Thirsties cover we had no leaks to speak of. But I’ve never been a fan of snaps. After an unfortunate experience with both Kissaluvs fitted diapers and Fuzzibunz pocket diaper, I decided to give BabyKicks a chance. At first it was OK, but ultimately it was still a pain. My son always ended up between sizes. The fabric also got rough after a few washings, especially when wet. With a proper cover this is a good diaper for nighttime, it just isn’t really one of my favorites.

Cons: Fabric gets rough after multiple washings and it can get stinky as well, though that seems to happen to almost any diaper that gets frequent nighttime use at my house. This diaper should definitely be stripped periodically. It is also rather expensive, but but it is one-size.

Pros: If you like snaps, this may be the diaper for you. The side snaps are nice, and definitely easier to use than other snap diapers I’ve used. I was also pleased with the absorbency of the included insert and there is probably room in the pocket to stuff another inside in as well, if needed.

 

Option 4- : At first I didn’t know how I would like a diaper without any fastenings. I’ve never been a pin person, but fortunately this diaper worked fine with our snappi. For nighttime, I used both included inserts and a Flip insert or Stay Dry Doubler on top. Either worked well. This diaper is incredibly soft and still stayed soft through many washings. I know from experience that night time urine is tough on diapers long term, so I don’t expect it will stay so soft and squishy permanently. Price was definitely a bit of a deterrent with this diaper. I really wanted to try their wool covers as well, but thus far wool is out of my price range.

Cons: This is another expensive choice, but it is a one-size diaper and it seems as though the structure and stretch of the diaper would make it truly one-size. The diaper is a little bulky, but I didn’t have any issues with it.

Pros: This ended up being my go-to option for night time for a while. The diaper was soft and easy to fit onto my son. When paired with a Thirsties of Thirsties Duo cover we had no leaks. With an extra stay dry liner on top, it kept our son dry all night and he almost always slept through the night when wearing this diaper.

 

Insert and Doubler Reviews

Baby Kicks Joey Bunz Hemp Premium insert: I have been incredibly impressed with these inserts. They were the most absorbent we could afford and well worth it. They are not super soft, but since I usually use them under something else that has never been a concern of mind. The two layers are held together only at one end, allowing them to wash cleaner and dry faster. These typically do dry in one cycle in the dryer and if slightly damp will hang dry easily the rest of the way. They are still when completely line dried, but this is typical of most hemp and other natural fiber products.

 bumGenius Stay Dry Doublers and Flip Stay Dry Inserts: I tried these in desperation but not expecting much. These are very similar except that the Flip inserts have folds in them to make them adjustable to size, where are the bumGenius Stay Dry Doublers are just one size, on the small side, a little bigger than a bumGenius newborn size diaper insert. But they fit nicely in most fitted diapers, where as the Flip is better by itself. (Though I do love it as a doubler in the sustainablebabyish fitted).

Option 2 (Hiney Liney cover with Flip Stay-Dry insert and Joey Bunz Hemp Premium insert) is our current favorite though I’ve also experimented with using a Flip cover with an organic and stay-dry Flip insert which I also like a lot. I know that we may have to make adjusts to fit and absorbency as our son gets older, but for now these work for us. If your are diapering a heavy wetting child it can be frustrating, but you just have to try to tackle it with patience and a process of elimination until you find an option that works for you.

A Disappointing Fluff Experience: A FuzziBunz Review


We’ve now been using cloth diapers in our house for more than three years. Before purchasing our first diaper, I did hours of research trying to look for the best financial option and balancing that with convenience and popularity of products. One name that came up over and over was FuzziBunz. This product is considered to be the first pocket diaper.
According to Kelly’s Closet

The three main components of the pocket diapers are: first, a waterproof outer barrier fabric that is sewn to the second component, an inner moisture-wicking fabric that keeps the skin feeling dry. These two fabrics form a pocket for the third component, an absorbent insert.

While I was impressed by the reviews of FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers, at the time my concern was the price. FuzziBunz Perfect Size pocket diapers cost $17.95, which was the same as a one-size bumGenius 3.0 pocket diaper. While I had concerns about the fit of a one-size diaper, I couldn’t argue with the potential savings. I dreaded the thought of having to buy pocket diapers that were so pricey in two or three different sizes. So we ultimately chose to go with bumGenius which has been a mostly good, but occasionally frustrating experience. But a few months ago when my father-in-law was visiting after the birth of baby boy, he wanted to buy us more diapers if we needed or wanted them. Always anxious to add new fluff to my stash I found a sale and decided to give FuzziBunz a try, along with a few other new products. I ordered a XS and a Small. I liked the XS very much. These are not the typical perfect sized diapers and not every seller will carry them. They are less expensive and also have fewer snaps on them. Generally I dislike snaps on cloth diapers, whether on fitted diapers, pockets or covers. They have never worked well with my kids. However, I wanted to give this popular product a try. I actually like the XS FuzziBunz. It fit my skinny legged son when his one-size pocket diapers were still way too big. They were as absorbent, perhaps a bit more so than his newborn all-in-ones.  He was also able to wear it longer than I anticipated given that he was born at more than eight pounds. I was looking forward to trying the size small and in the back of my head I was even considering purchasing a few more. Then we started using the size small. It just didn’t work. I couldn’t get a good fit on his skinny legs. He wet through the insert quickly and there wasn’t really much room to add a doubler, though I did try and it did help, but not as much as I would have hoped. At 12 and half pounds, this diaper still doesn’t fit him well. The snaps don’t allow me to customize the kind of fit a need with a tall, skinny baby who has no thighs to speak of. It is still in my rotation, but it isn’t one of my favorites. I’ve very disappointed because of the huge hype surrounding this diaper and while I will keep using it, I definitely won’t be purchasing anymore anytime soon.

Now I realize that currently the price of Perfect Size FuzziBunz has dropped to closer to that of a sized All-In-One pocket diaper and they now also have a One-Size diaper which is comparable in price to other brands like bumGenius, which is also now available in a snap option. My dislike of snaps and mixed results with the Perfect Size diapers is keeping me from adding any FuzziBunz One-Size diapers to my stash. That being said, I did consider purchasing some FuzziBunz Perfect Size in Large last year when my toddler daughter began to out grow her bumGenius 3.0 pocket diapers. Snaps can be better at keeping a clever toddler from taking off her diaper and I would still consider these diapers for that sort of option in the future. But based on my current experience I think I still prefer bumGenius.