Cloth diapering often seems daunting in the beginning. For me, it was because of all the laundry I would have to start doing on a regular basis; my previous once a month or so schedule wouldn’t cut it. But as it turns out, laundry every few days is a must with a baby whether or not you are using cloth diapers. The daunting part, quite frankly, is in the choice of diapers and diapering systems out there today.
The image that cloth diapers brought to the minds of my mother and mother-in-law when I said I was going to use cloth, were of the flat diapers that were used by them. These are the ones that need to be folded and pinned. Now, there are prefold diapers, pocket diapers, all-in-ones, one-size and fitted diapers, to name a few; plus, a diaper may be more than one of those! I have one-size pocket diapers, for example. You would think that because I’ve tried a variety of diapers, researched even more and have a number of friends using cloth, that I would have found the best combination for day/nighttime/travel use earlier than now, but that is not the case.
I successfully stripped my diapers since I last wrote about them repelling moisture. I am also happy to report that the next time I need to strip my diapers, I will be able to use my new utility sink, which is now in my laundry room, right beside my washing machine! So I won’t need to lug soaking wet, heavy diapers from my main floor bathroom to the laundry room downstairs. When my diapers were repelling, I started to use the Delora brand, partially compostable, disposable diapers for nighttime use, because I was tired of waking Paige in the middle of the night to not only change her diaper, but her soaking sleeper as well. I figured if she was starting to sleep longer at night, the last thing I needed to do was disrupt that, for both our sakes.
But I knew this was only a temporary solution. For one, I only have a finite amount of disposables, (I am not planning to buy more) and two, I have invested too much into cloth diapering to go back. A friend from my mom’s group recommended the new Bumboo diapers she started using. I was happy to check them out as they are from Earth, Mom and Baby, the place I got my awesome Panda pocket baby carrier from. They are bamboo, which helps wick moisture as well as continues to get more and more absorbent, up until the tenth wash, when they reach maximum absorbency.
Earth, Mom and Baby is a local company, just west of the city, and I was happy to support them again! The Bumboo diapers have two sizes – essentially newborn, and > 3 months. I decided to order a pack of 6. Luckily, I was also able to get a couple of diaper covers from another friend whose daughter is now almost 3, and I won’t have to buy any until Paige out grows these two.
I am happy to report that since I have now washed them the recommended 2 full times (before wear), they are working for nighttime! Paige wore one last night, and no leaks, only a very, heavy, sopping wet diaper in the morning! The diapers are sizable within the two main sizes, so should last until we no longer need diapers for Paige. I may even be able to get away from buying any other covers, as before I was sure they would work for the 10+ hours at night, I had put a Comfy Rumps diaper right over one Bumboo, and it worked too. Next time, I will just use the cover and won’t need to have a liner in it; then her butt won’t be nearly so big ;)