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Entries in Diapering (16)

Saturday
Aug062011

Wool Diaper Covers: Part of a Nighttime Solution?


Nic is a super heavy wetter and has been soaking through his nighttime diaper lately (a Charlie Banana with one Charlie Banana insert and two Thirsties hemp inserts).  I tried going up to three hemp inserts, but then it was overstuffed and leaked even more.

Yesterday I posted a query to my Facebook page, the MommyBeta Facebook page, the Diaper Junction Facebook page and my Google+ page asking for advice.  I am so impressed by all of the feedback I got!  I love how passionate the cloth diapering community is and how willing to share information they are!

One suggestion that kept popping up was to use a fitted diaper with a wool cover.  I was a bit embarrassed because I didn’t even know what a fitted diaper was!  A quick Google told me that it looks like a pocket diaper, but it doesn’t have a waterproof shell, and the whole thing is absorbant.  I decided to go with a Thirsteies Duo from Diaper Junction (since they gave me such quick and great advice on Facebook!).   The price is fair, the reviews are great and I’ve really liked the other Thirsties products I’ve used.   I also really like that there is a “channel” in which I can stuff a hemp insert if I need more absorbancy.

Now, I need to decide how I’m going to keep that moisture in the diaper and off of Nic’s bed—I need a cover.  I used the Thirsties Duo covers back when I was still doing prefolds and really liked them.  But so many people suggested wool and were really pumped about it that I’m really considering it.  I’ve done some research and here are some benefits of wool covers:  Kissaluvs Wool Diaper Cover. How cute and snuggly is this!?

  • All natural
  • Breathable (less diaper rash)
  • Naturally water repellant
  • Naturally anti-bacterial
  • Can hold a lot of moisture without feeling wet
  • Only have to be washed every few weeks if using in rotation (unless they get poop on them!)
  • Super cute!

Sounds great right?  There are some cons though:

  • Expensive (at least $30 each!)
  • Have to handwash
  • Have to lanolize them every few weeks(Huh?  What’s that!?)

So, for now I think I’m going to order the Thirsties fitted and cover and make sure that works for Nic.  If it does, and you gals are passionate enough in the comments here, I’ll invest in a wool diaper cover. :)  Do you have any brands you love?

Tuesday
Feb152011

Cloth Diapers: YES! Cloth Wipes: NO!

Last fall I committed to 30 days of cloth diapering. Three months later, we are still going with no intention of going back to 'sposies! I am a proud CDer!

But we are not CD purists. We use disposable wipes. Gasp!

The diaper companies that supported my cloth diaper trial sent us enough cloth wipes to last through Baby Mo's diapering life but I did not try them right away. I had just as many questions about cloth wiping as I did about cloth diapering so I waited a few weeks. I figured we would try cloth diapers first, cloth wipes next, and if we got crazy, maybe even family cloth.

Actually no, I'm kidding. There is no way I could talk my husband into family cloth. This means that the whole family uses cloth wipes, diapers or otherwise. Props to those that do it! I love Mother Earth but not enough to handle and wash my own poop.

After about a month of cloth diapering, we were ready to try the wiping. I watched this video about storing cloth wipes in a pop-up dispenser and bought a spray bottle. They just did not work for us. They smeared the stool around baby's behind without really getting it clean, even if we used a spray bottle to lubricate. Also, I started to notice Baby Mo had a small rash. Whether it was directly related to the wipes, I can't say for sure but the wiping experience was unpleasant enough not to find out.

I'm now using our huge stash of cloth wipes to clean spit up and baby's goupy cheeks during meals. I have more than I'll ever need so if anyone is interested in unused but washed cloth wipes, they're all yours!

So my cloth wipe trial was a big fat fail but my cloth diaper trial was an overall success! I am still SO glad we did this! CDer for life! Meanwhile, I hope the environmental purists will forgive me for using disposable wipes. It's like my dad used to say: "No one is perfect but we try to do a lot of things right."

Sunday
Jan022011

Converted

Gorgeous photo by pierrotsomepeople on Flicker

I did it.  I cancelled our diaper service.  I’m officially a wash-at-home cloth diaperer.  A lot went into the decision, but it mostly boils down to money.  I calculated that over the diapering life of two kids, I could save our family almost $5,000—that’s a lot of money!  So, I cancelled our service and set up an automatic monthly transfer to our ING savings account in the amount I had been paying for the service.

I have to admit, the decision was a little easier because of the generosity of a couple of cloth diaper companies.  Because I didn’t have to pay for my Charlie Banana, FuzziBunz and BabyKicks diapers, I didn’t have to factor in the high initial costs of cloth diapering.  (Although I did invest in a kick butt wet bag from Planet Wise.)

And while I’m expressing gratitude, I do want to say that my diaper service rocked.  It was the best possible way to introduce me to the concept of cloth diapering—everything from the free diapering class to the ease of not having to wash them myself made me open to the concept of CDing.  Also, I’d like to give a shout out to my friend and MommyBeta guest blogger, Ariana Pritchett.  She inspired me to cloth diaper, my post piqued Nat’s interest and now a whole lot more people know about cloth diapering.  This just goes to show that one person can make a huge difference.

Thursday
Dec162010

High-Tech-Style Cloth Diaper Review

I know gadgets. That is my day job. I do not know diapers or other children's products in the professional sense, so it is with trepidation that I try to "review" the diapers that I tested during my 30-day cloth diaper challenge.

I have been asked to run down the various diapers that I have tried. I do this with hesitation. Most of these diapers were created by work-at-home moms (or WAHMs as the lingo goes). They were made with love and the small businesses that resulted are a mother's attempt to succeed at a livelihood while raising her children. There is no more noble endeavor, so I don't take it lightly that my words will have impact.

However, I do want new moms to try out cloth diapering and I want them to succeed! It is an amazing thing that you can do for your child, your family, your budget, and the environment.

So without further ado, I am going to attempt to put my technology reviewing experience to work and try to review my cloth diapers the same way I would review a gadget. Here goes!

Charlie Banana pocket diapers

  • Interface: Easy to use, great fit, great variety of colors and designs. I especially like the black diapers. Makes my son look hardcore!

  • Storage capacity: These hold a good amount of poop! I haven't had leaks or explosions except when my mom snapped them too loosely because she was afraid of cutting off his circulation, bless her heart!

  • Battery life: I make it a point to change my son about every two hours if there has not been a poopoo. These do not leak at all within this time frame. They have also held up overnight without leaks.
  • Cost: You can buy a 6-pack of these diapers with 12 hypoallergenic inserts for about $100 on Amazon.

  • Overall rating: I love these diapers! I like that you stuff and un-stuff the inserts from the front of the diaper rather than from the back like some other brands. This means that you are a lot less likely to get poopy hands while removing the insert since poop most often stays in the back, unless it is one of those kinds of poops. You new parents know what I mean!

RagaBabe all-in-one diapers

  • Interface: The easiest! The liners for these diapers are sewn in so you don't have to stuff or un-stuff anything. You just put them on like a normal diaper. When you take them off, you throw them in a wet bag. When the wet bag is full, you throw the whole thing in the wash. A cinch! RagaBabe diapers are not quite as soft as the polar fleece pocket diapers but they are less bulky and the designs are super cute.

  • Storage capacity: They hold in what needs to be held in. I have not had any leaks or explosions with these because the fit is really snug and secure.

  • Battery life: My son can go about 2 hours between changes as long as there has not been a poopoo. They have also held up overnight without leaks.

  • Cost: You can purchase these individually for about $23-25 per diaper.

  • Overall rating: Two thumbs up for ease, fit, and effectiveness. As for design, some of them are cute but I can't say I am a fan of the tie-dye or the leopard print. My husband changed the tie-dye diaper tonight and when he unsnapped the onesie, he said, "What the (blank) is this!?"

Rumparooz pocket diapers

  • Interface: Some of the cutest designs I have seen and some of the best fit diapers we received. They are really snug and well fitted. My husband especially likes the velcro variety because who needs more snaps while changing a baby?

  • Storage capacity: The velcro variety hold as much as the other brands but those that snap are my least favorite. They seem to gap a little between the baby's legs which allows a little bit of leakage.

  • Battery life: Like the others, my son can go about 2 hours between changes as long as there has not been a poopoo. They have also held up overnight without leaks.

  • Cost: You can purchase these individually for about $23 per diaper.

  • Overall rating: A family fave! Super cute design and they appear very comfortable on my little man.

FuzziBunz pocket diapers

  • Interface: I find these the easiest diapers to stuff and fit on the baby. The opening for the fleece liner is large so I can jam the liners in faster than you can snap your fingers. I also like the solid color options.

  • Storage capacity:They get the job done! They hold a fair amount but you have to make sure to snap them snugly. If you try to give the baby some breathing room between the snaps, you will be more prone to leaks. I was a little shy about that at first and paid the price with leaks. The next time I fastened too tightly and left a mark on my poor baby's leg that took a few days to go away. I felt like a jerk mommy.

  • Battery life: Like the others, my son can go about 2 hours between changes as long as there has not been a poopoo. They have also held up overnight without leaks.

  • Cost: You can buy a 6-pack of these diapers with 12 hypoallergenic inserts for about $116 on Amazon.

  • Overall rating: I hesitate to give these an A+ because of the fit issue. I had an easier time fitting other diapers on my son out of the gate but after a little trial-and-error, I learned how to fit these properly and had absolutely no complaints. I will give them an A-.

Softbums

  • Interface: These are some of the cutest diapers I have seen. I love the patterns! The drawback to these are that they are a little hard to learn at first. I started with the Echo System in which the fleece liner does not get stuffed inside the diaper. It snaps onto the outside of the lining and you fold it into itself. I found that hard to get used to. I also had to watch videos to learn how to adjust the size toggles, although once you learn that, it is great because the diaper can grow with the baby. Perhaps if I had started with the Omni System which does get stuffed from the inside, I would have had more success out of the gate.

  • Storage capacity: Holds a good amount of pee because the insert doubles over on itself.

  • Battery life: The Echo System do seem to leak a little if my son wears them overnight. I think the doubling of the liner creates gaps that he seems to leak through. During the day, however, these diapers hold up like the rest: about 2 hours in between changes if there are no poops.

  • Cost: You can purchase these individually for about $23 per diaper.

  • Overall rating: I don't recommend starting with the Echo system. In theory, you should be able to go longer without washing the shell and just wash the liners but it did not work for me like that. I had to wash the shell pretty much every time. I would say start with the Omni system and try the Echo system once you are more comfortable with the idea of cloth diapering.

gDiapers hybrid diapers

  • Interface: These are some stylish diapers and I especially like how thin and form-fitting they are. Some of the pocket diapers can be bulky but these fit like disposables. The hybrid diapers have a reusable shell but liners that you throw away. Getting rid of the liners is not my favorite task. They bulk up in the toilet so you have to either tear it up or break it up yourself to get it to flush. I suppose I could use my Diaper Genie to dispose of these instead. They are also made to break down in a compost system in about 3 months but that is not an option in our small New York City apartment. gDiapers also have reusable inserts but I did not use these much.

  • Storage capacity:These don't absorb like the fleece pocket diapers. I have to change my son a bit more often or they will leak. They do hold the poopoo just fine though.

  • Battery life: About every 90 minutes for pee and as-needed for poo.

  • Cost: You can buy a 6-pack of the diapers with 4 biodegradable gRefill packs for about $130 on Diapers.com. The refills cost about $52 for about 160.

  • Overall rating: I'm not a huge fan of the hybrid system. They are said to be the best of cloth diapering and the worst of cloth diapering. The best because they are convenient since you have less to wash. The worst because you are still buying something and throwing away something with regularity like you do with disposables. I can see why some people choose these but in the end, they are not my cloth diapers of choice.

Bootyful Baby Boutique all-in-two pocket diapers

  • Interface: These are really cute and soft and easy to put on the baby. I also like the solid colors and I found them to be less bulky than other diapers.

  • Storage capacity: I did have a few leaks with these diapers along the top of the diaper along my son's belly button. These snap on the side and don't secure well around the stomach so if they don't fit perfectly, they seem to gape a little along the top. That created a little bit of leakage with peepee but they had absolutely no problem holding the poopoo.

  • Battery life: Like the others, my son can go about 2 hours between changes as long as there has not been a poopoo. They have also held up overnight without leaks.

  • Cost: You can purchase these individually for about $22 per diaper.

  • Overall rating: I like these but just wish they fit a little better. My son is tall and thin for his age so I think they may work better for chunkier babies.

Nifty Nappy woolie wraps

NOTE: I did not use these as specified. That was my fault. I thought that they were a rare kind of pocket diapers at first but they were not. They are fitted diapers, designed to be used with a cover. I chalk this up to user error - and by user I mean ME!

Since I did not really use these as intended and got carried away with my pocket system, I am not the right person to give these a full review but I will say that they are the cutest and softest thing ever to arrive in my mailbox. They are also very trim and fitted so baby's bottom won't look so bulky. They are also great for anyone who needs a more hypoallergenic material on the baby. You can purchase these individually for about $23 per diaper. 

Tiny Tush pocket diapers

  • Interface: On par with the other high-quality pocket diapers. Cute colors, great absorbency, easy to fit to the baby. The snaps are placed in convenient locations so you can assure a snug and leak-free fit.

  • Storage capacity: Great! Never a leak or an explosion.

  • Battery life: Like the others, my son can go about 2 hours between changes as long as there has not been a poopoo. They have also held up overnight without leaks.

  • Cost: You can purchase these individually for about $18 per diaper.

  • Overall rating: These are the most affordable diapers I have seen and just as high quality as the others. A great bargain for a really great diaper.

Evolution Diapers pocket diapers

  • Interface: Very cute design but they don't secure across the stomach, making it a little more prone to leaks.

  • Storage capacity: Since these only fasten at the baby's hips and not across the stomach, I had a few leaks out of the top center of the diaper. Absolutely no poop explosions though. The material is more like the dry-fit material on your workout gear so it keeps the baby dry and clean.

  • Battery life: If there are no leaks out of the top, these diapers are on par with the other pocket variety. I go about every 2 hours between changes if there is no poop and they hold up over night.

  • Cost: TBD. The company's Web site is under construction.

  • Overall rating: These might be better for chunkier babies because of the lack of snaps across the belly. Otherwise, a solid choice for cloth diapering. Thumbs up for softness and overall effectiveness.

Note: I did not test out any prefold or fitted diapers so if you are curious about those, you'll have to go to the forums. There are plenty of those to choose from! Happy diapering!

And Another Note: This post was originally posted on CBSNews.com's Eye On Parenting blog.

Sunday
Dec122010

Daddy On Board With Cloth Diapers

Here is the latest episode of my husband's daddy podcast, Daddy On Board. They discuss more cloth diapering of course, but also traveling with a newborn.

Actually, they discuss traveling with a newborn a little more candidly and with a lot more color on their other podcast, The Grizzly Bear Egg Cafe this week. And to the lady who lipped off to us as we were putting our stroller through the X-ray machine, I am still daydreaming about giving you a swift kick to the shin. I'm working on my rage.