I don't have the wet bag, diaper pail, or diaper spray yet but I still started my 30-day cloth diaper challenge tonight. I received a few samples from SoftBums, which I concede are super cute. I may have gotten a little overzealous so I put them on my little boy even though I don't have all the proper gear yet.
I'm only two diapers in so I have a cursory impression to share. First, it was not as easy as I had hoped. I had to watch the instructional videos two or three times. I was confused with the extra insert that the babies in the videos have between their legs. I finally concluded that those pieces of fabric are there to protect the private parts of the baby models from perverts, right?
Another question: what do you do with the poopoo diapers? Do you throw those in the wetbag too? Baby Mo did soil past the shell. Are you supposed to dump the inserts, the shells, and the wetbag into the washing machine at once? Several of you have sent me suggestions for laundering but I haven't had time to go through all of your comments yet, especially since Baby Mo has been fussy since his shots last Friday.
Also, cloth diapers are a lot more bulky than disposables. My husband walked in on me diapering and said, "That's the biggest diaper I've ever seen." Do you buy baby clothes one size up to compensate for this?
I did notice that Baby Mo's skin inside of the diaper was not shriveled and red like it normally is when I remove a disposable diaper. I attribute that to a lack of synthetic material that is meant to dry out everything around it. That is certainly comforting.
And of course, these things are adorable! I didn't understand what the commenters meant when they said that cloth is cuter until now. These things are way cute! And I have to think they feel better on my baby's bottom than spongy paper.
Baby Mo is fast asleep in the SoftBums Echo System. This all has me thinking: I'm a high tech reporter who reviews gadgets for a living. How did I come to be reviewing diapers? A crap job but someone's gotta do it! :)