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Getting Brave with Using Cloth Diapers – An Overnight Sensation

I’ve finally done it.  I’ve taken a bold new step in using cloth diapers with Eudora.  When I’d attempted this method of using cloth diapers with Norton, it was, more often than not, a failure.  With Eudora, I’ve had much more success.

I’m using cloth diapers overnight.

I’m finding that it’s much more successful with Eudora.  You see, I very seldom had a wet bed with her in her disposable diapers, and that’s with her sleeping nine to thirteen hours at a stretch.  The rare occasions that I did find a wet bed in the morning was because she’s just so darned skinny and has such a high rise.  She sort of manages to wiggle out of the disposable.  I find my precious baby girl sporting a plumber’s crack under her sleeper.

Since disposables don’t seem to fit my skinny girl all that well, and she’s not the heavy wetter that her big brother is, I gave my BumGenius Freetime a shot.  When I got her up in the morning, the diaper was saturated… but the bed was not.  Nor were her pajamas or swaddle.  I’d had some overnight cloth diapering success.

I only have two BumGenius Freetime diapers in my stash, so I decided to give a chance to the other diaper that I thought might manage.  After all, this combination had an occasional success with Norton, and that kid pees like a faucet… especially at night.  I used a Tots Bots Easy Fit diaper with an added bamboo insert.  It also worked.

So, now I have three overnight cloth diapering solutions with Eudora.  I’m thrilled.  This is something that I’d been terrified of trying due to the repeated failures that I’ve had with my boy.  At this rate, I may be able to limit the use of any and all disposable diapers to when Grandma Kitty and Grumpy Red are baby-sitting.  That would be completely and totally awesome.  It’s my fervent hope that Eudora outgrows the massive box of size two Huggies diapers we bought from Costco long before we run out.

Are you using cloth diapers overnight?  What’s your magic solution?

What’s the Best Cloth Diaper Ever?

Whenever I’m preaching the gospel of using cloth diapers, the potential convert always has one question that’s just really, really hard.  Invariably, I get asked “Which one is the best cloth diaper?”

That’s always a tricky question.  You see, the answer is “It depends.”

That’s so not helpful, right?

I know.  I really, really get it.  I remember having that same question three years ago when I first decided that I wanted to use cloth diapers.  I was just barely pregnant with Norton and was researching like mad.  I couldn’t understand why on earth there was no cut and dry answer to the best cloth diaper question.

What does it depend on?  Well, there are a variety of different issues that can impact the answer.

Price point.  If you can’t afford to spend $30 on a diaper, then telling you how much I love a particular premium brand won’t help you at all.  If anything, it’ll just make it seem like cloth diapering is completely and utterly out of your reach.

Style.  There are several styles of cloth diapers.  All in ones, pockets, all in twos, hybrids, fitted, contours, prefolds, and flats.  Then once you get into those styles, you’ll have a billion different brands to choose from.  Before you can even tackle the brand, knowing the type will be super helpful.  Then you start getting into styles of closures, like Velcro vs. snap and front snap vs. side snaps.  There isn’t one that’s inherently better or worse.  It’s all a matter of personal preference, as each has its own pros and cons.

Your baby.  This is the most crucial, individual thing of all.  Babies are delightfully squirmly, wiggly creatures that come in all different shapes.  Some are born chunky with little Michelin man rolls and larger thighs.  Others are born with little scrawny chicken legs.  Sometimes your baby’s shape will change enough that you may not prefer the same diaper from birth to potty training, even if it does technically fit.  A diaper that might work amazingly well on one child (or even one of your own children) may not work as well on another child (or your next child).  Plus, as your own proficiency level changes, you may be more interested in experimenting with other diapers.

Be careful, though, because that’s what happened to me.  And now, I’m a total cloth diaper addict!   Hopefully you’ll find answers to all of your cloth diapering questions on this site.

 

Overnight Pocket Diaper Insert Combination Suggestions

When I first switched to cloth diapers when my daughter was a little over three months old, I decided to stop using disposables all together. Although some cloth diapering mamas ultimately decide to continue using disposable diapers at night because of problems with leaks, I have been able to find a number of overnight solutions that work great for my baby. She sleeps up to thirteen hours at a time without a diaper change (and I am not about to wake a sleeping baby just to change a wet diaper that is not bothering her). Here are some of the pocket diaper insert combinations that I have found that work great for overnight use. [Read more…]

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What I’ve Learned about Buying Cloth Diapers

I love cloth diapers.  I have a minor cloth diaper addiction.  Buying cloth diapers is just plain fun.  But now, I’m at the point where it’s time to start destashing a bit.  There’s no reason in the world for me to have over 80 cloth diapers.  Right now, I can have a load of cloth diapers in the wash, another basket already washed that’s waiting to be folded, and still have enough cloth diapers to hold me over for a couple of days.  Of course, with my addiction (and thanks, Kerri at Cozy Bums, for enabling me!) comes a lot of experience with buying cloth diapers.

As soon as you start looking at cloth diapers, you realize that there are millions upon millions of options.  Okay, maybe not literally millions, but there are certainly more brands, types, and patterns of cloth diapers than one can ever reasonably use.  So, here are the conclusions that I’ve come to:

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Looking back: Considering Using Cloth Diapers

My cloth diaper stash… I’ve bought more diapers since then

I’ve been spending time lately moving my blogs from a community website I used to blog for.  I don’t do anything there anymore, and I don’t want my stuff to magically disappear.  I mean, these are my memories and my experiences, and I’m not going to lose them.  Today I came across a post that I wrote in July of 2009.  It was when I came across the idea of elimination communication and was amazed… and that was when the idea of using cloth diapers came up.  Before July 2009, using cloth diapers had never occurred to me.  Of course, my mother was using cloth diapers on me when I was a baby because I was allergic to disposables, but the pins and the leaking just seemed… Well, here’s some of the original post: [Read more…]