Infant Cloth Diapers for 36 Hours Straight!

I’ve been using cloth diapers from pretty much the beginning.  Mind you, I’ve never exclusively cloth diapered, as there are times that Huggies brand diapers are just so much more convenient.  However, for the last 36 hours, I have successfully used only infant cloth diapers.  36 straight hours in infant cloth diapers was actually a lot easier than I had expected it to be.

I didn’t use any one particular type of cloth diapers during this time period.  I have GroVia diapers, BumGenius 4.0 diapers, a BumGenius Elemental, and a ton of FuzziBunz cloth diapers.  I have to say, it was an adventure, and I’m quite proud of myself for managing for this long.

Infant Cloth Diapers for 36 Hours Straight! (Cloth Diaper Addicts)On Friday, we didn’t go anywhere, so it was not a big deal to keep him in infant cloth diapers for the entire day.  That night, though, I got bold and used a BumGenius 4.0 diaper for overnight.  I have to admit, I kind of hate using the BumGenius diapers for overnights, though.  They’re so cute that I’d rather have them used in the day.  But, meh, they’re the only infant cloth diapers that I have had absolutely any success at all with overnight.  It’s been iffy, though.

They did leak that night, which sucked, but at least Norton didn’t wake up in the middle of the night complaining about it.  I’m actually rather grateful that he’ll sleep through a wet diaper at night.

I did the usual Saturday morning shopping trip, also in cloth.  I used the GroVia diapers for the shopping trip.  Actually, I only used one shell and changed the snap in liner in between the big blue box store and Costco.  That was nice, too.  It was easy to just toss the wet snap in liner in the cloth diaper wet bag and snap in a dry one.  I actually kind of like GroVia diapers when we’re on the go for that reason.  Plus, well, they’re just plain cool diapers.

During the rest of the day, we used the GroVia diapers and kept pretty dry doing it.  I have my moments where I think that the GroVia diaper just might be my new favorite.

Did we have a few accidents?  Sure.  I did generate a little more laundry than I’d have liked since we had an overnight accident.  But, well, it’s not like the overnight accidents never happen in the Huggies brand diapers, either, so there you go.  At least I know that I’m not throwing anything in the landfill, and the water from the extra laundry is recycled.

I might give it a go and see if I can manage longer before I give in and get out that disposable diaper.

Originally written on September 25, 2010 for What to Expect.  Now, nearly three years later, I find it to be so very adorable that I was proud for straight cloth diapering for a day and a half… especially when I can go months without touching a disposable diaper now!  It just goes to show that we all start somewhere.

How long did it take you to take the plunge and start exclusively cloth diapering?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. For my family, we started using cloth at three months and have used disposables only once since that on a vacation

  2. Lauren S. says:

    We began CDing when my son was 2 weeks old, and have cloth diapered ever since. GroVia is a favorite here too! After many trial and errors, and a lot of irritated skin, we ditched cloth for overnights and unabashedly use disposable at night 🙂

  3. ha is this an awesome throwback post. I remember being proud of full time CD’ing, too, but I dont’ think I ever wrote about it..

  4. I must confess I have never used cloth diapers. It was always disposable and I never had problems with it.. But now that I am actively blogging and learning all my CD mommies have to say about the CD’ing I wish at this late stage I could have tried it with my kids… plus I love all the styles and designs that the cloth diapers come in..

  5. It’s great to revisit that moment where you make the conversion to CD. I started at 7 months with my little one and am so thankful that I stuck with it.

  6. Alyca Green says:

    My son is 9 months old and I have never bought disposables. That first week he was born, I used one package of Swaddlers until they were gone and it has been cloth ever since. I have used disposables twice while at friends houses who have babies and I didn’t bring enough cloth along. I just never really think about using disposables as an option. Thanks for the throwback post 🙂

  7. Trista M. Laborn says:

    Clothing Diapering is a addiction that is slowly creeping up for me, I LOVE IT!!!

  8. Rachel N says:

    I love when I hear that people find using cloth only not as difficult as they thought it would be. I use cloth 95% of the time but my kids are prone to yeast diaper rashes so in those instances I switch to disposables. And one set of grandparents will only change disposables when babysitting but I am okay with that as it’s free babysitting:)

  9. I love reading the throwback posts and especially your little blurbs about what you think of them now. We plan on using cloth from the very first diaper so as not to get to attached to disposables in any way!

  10. I’ve been known to use a disposable here and there for night time use on my tummy sleeper….we just never found the right night time solution yet. Although I did just receive a super impressive hydrid fitted that I’m looking forward to putting to use…fingers crossed!

  11. We officially started my first daughter in cloth at 20 days old, haven’t touched a disposable since (now she’s 21 months). We’re expecting #2 in March and I have already amassed my NB stash and I have no plans to use disposable at all! 🙂
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