A Cloth Diapering Interlude

June 22nd, 2009

And now, a brief interlude about cloth diapers. I’ve been asked by a number of sources recently how “the whole cloth diapering thing” has been going. So here’s the report.

On the whole, cloth diapering is great. My pocketbook appreciates not buying diapers every week and Mother Nature appreciates fewer diapers in the landfills. I’ve become a master diaper-er and can pop one on a naked baby bum in nothing flat.

Sadly, the pocket diapers — which seemed like such an awesome idea — haven’t worked out so well. Pocket diapers closely resemble disposable diapers, except that you wash them. No folding, no pinning, no covers. They just seemed too convenient to resist!

We were seduced further by the promise of “one-size-fits-all” pocket diapers. They have little snaps that allow you to adjust the size as your wee one grows. We bought a bunch of Happy Heinys brand because they were adorable, and several Bum Genius as well, for variety.

Putting them on is certainly easy. There’s just one problem.

They leak.

Specifically, the Happy Heinys brand leaks horribly. It’s not that they soak up and overflow. The pee seems to squirt directly out the side without soaking in at all. Grrr. The Bum Genius* diapers are better — their pocket is better designed, the Velcro sticks better, and they don’t seem to leak as much. Sadly, we only have a couple of those so they don’t go very far.

So no more pocket diapers. We soldier on with the more traditional type. Except when Ellie has tummy troubles.

I will confess — without shame — that over the last month (when Ellie’s diarrhea was particularly fierce) we used disposables. The disposables didn’t actually contain the mess any better than the cloth, but we just couldn’t keep up on the laundry front!

* If you’re thinking of cloth diapering, you can order Bum Genius diapers at a fun site called Cotton Babies (www.cottonbabies.com). Enjoy!

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