We’ve been using cloth diapers since Nic was about a week old. In fact, my post about cloth diapering may have been what got Natali thrown onto such a crazy diapering roller coaster. But despite some early vitriol, the cloth diapering community has really rallied around Natali and MommyBeta as a whole.
Charlie Banana, a luxury cloth diaper company, was nice enough to send each of us MommyBetas a wonderful sampling of their product line. I got my shipment last week, and I have to say, as a former PR girl, whoever does their PR is doing an excellent job. First, they found us talking about cloth diapering, then they contacted us promptly and personally, and then they sent a very attractive package of beautiful goods. So now, it’s up to us to see how the product actually works.
I’ve been using a diaper service for the past eight months, so I’m a bit nervous to start laundering my own diapers. I’ve even been known to say that I didn’t think I would cloth diaper if I didn’t have a service. But, with a stash of super cute diapers and accessories, and the potential to save about $900 per year, I’m going to give it a shot. I’ve been using the Charlie Banana 2-in-1 diapers since Saturday morning, and here are my first impressions:
- I looove how soft they are.
- Although I’ve had a bit of a hard time figuring out how tightly I should snap them, they are much easier and faster to get on than a pre-fold and a cover.
- I really like how they wick moisture away from Nic and almost don’t feel wet when I change him. The pre-folds are like having sopping wet towels next to his skin.
- Pulling the inserts out before washing and putting them back in after is an unexpected extra step. Not too time consuming, but doing it 2-3 times a week might be a pain.
- I love the colors and patterns. My husband is particularly stoked on the black ones.
- Poop hasn’t been too bad. We’ve had two with the liners and two without. The liners make cleanup easy, but I’m not sure where to set it down while I’m putting the new diaper on. (It just occurred to me to leave it in the diaper and then just dump it when I’m done. Duh!). For the non-liner poops, I dumped it into the toilet and then rinsed the diaper in the sink. I’m thinking of skipping the sink next time though, because it didn’t seem to make much of a difference and they still came out clean in the wash.
- They are much slimmer than the pre-folds. I had started putting Nic in 12-18 month jeans because of how bulky the pre-folds are. However, with these, he fits easily into his 6-12 month jeans.
- I think I'm going to need more than 12 diapers. Six per day seems like the perfect amount, but I went through more than that yesterday. So does that mean I need to do laundry mid-day today?
- My biggest problem so far is nighttime. Nic is an extremely heavy wetter and we had been using two pre-folds and a Thirsties Hemp Insert to prevent him from soaking through at night. So far, I’ve tried the Charlie Banana with two of their inserts plus the Thirsties insert and I had a lot of leaking. Tonight I’ll try with two Thirsties inserts and see how that goes.
I plan to keep using these for the next month or so while Natali does her official challenge. Then I'll have a big decision to make--stick with washing my own or back to the service?
Nic in his cool black diaper.