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Love. Create. Celebrate. : Beginning Cloth Diapers

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Beginning Cloth Diapers

We did it. 
We took the plunge into the world of cloth diapering our little girl! 
We started about 10 days after she was born because we wanted to continue using disposable diapers while her umbilical cord was still on. 

Once we started, we were committed. 
We had doubts when the first three cloth diaper changes that Ellie gifted us with were full blown poops. I'm talking poop everywhere. Full. System. Failure. 
The brand that we decided to go with for cloth diapering was Peachy Baby
(You can read more about why we chose to cloth diaper here, and which brand we chose here).
The idea behind buying the Peachy Baby diapers with inserts was that I could replace the inserts and not have to replace the cover at each change. 
After three changes I was swiftly losing my confidence in this theory. 
Diaper after diaper thrown into the wet bag was looking less and less appealing. 

But after a few fumbles, things are looking up! 
We found that adapting to using cloth diapers was a bit of a learning curve, but it only took a couple days to get the hang of it.
[And by "get the hang of it" I mean, become moderately confident in what we're doing, lol]

Here are some of the lessons we had to learn:
1) Learning to place the inserts correctly. At first we weren't placing them evenly and they would bunch up. This resulted in many pooptastrophies. But if we placed them evenly and tucked them in at the edges, they worked like a charm!
2) Learning to make the diaper the right size. Another big reason we were having spillage, is that there was too much room for things to shift - diapers were too loose. I thought the tight settings would be too tight for her, but it isn't. Actually, it's perfect. And her pants fit better too :) 
3) Learning that almost every time she pees it stays within the liners (Hallelujah!), and after using the above two techniques even the occasional poop stays in! It's beginning to look like we will get multiple uses out of some of those covers after all.

So far, so good.
The cloth diapering adventure has begun! 
We're still adjusting to laundry loads every other day, and to our baby girl looking like she has a lot of junk in the trunk, but we are very happy with our new diapering routine!


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At January 29, 2014 at 1:32 PM , Blogger jennyc said...

hurray! I was wondering if you had taken the plunge yet! :)
I fully remember wondering if I would ever get to reuse the covers... and sometimes wiping them out slightly if it was a 'minor spill'.. but I think the Peachy Baby ones have a fleece liner so that's probably not an option.
Soon she won't poop so much and you'll be reusing all the time! Enjoy all these new adventures, and the problem solving too. :)

At January 30, 2014 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Lindi V said...

Thanks Jen! Yes, this definitely requires some problem solving at first! lol

At February 1, 2014 at 8:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used some diapers like that, but zoey didn't really slow down with pooping for a long time, so almost always had to use a new cover, which I didn't like. Plus the squirmyness as she got older was harder to put that diaper on than pockets, which I had more of so that's what I was mostly used to anyway. I hope you enjoy using cloth! I loved it for several months, now it's a love-hate thing - toddler poop is frustrating :) For a little while it was a hate-hate thing, so it's getting better again! I recommend a diaper sprayer..and disposable liners for after solid foods start!


At February 3, 2014 at 9:52 AM , Blogger Lindi V said...

The inserts are working well for us right now! I could see how it'll be more difficult once she's squirmier though! She's already moving her legs all over the place during changes! lol. We have disposable liners already, but we've talked about Russ making a diaper sprayer too. Good advice!


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