So what this time? Cloth Diapers.
Most mommas have heard of them especially in crunchy circles which I barely qualify for. The most I’ve ever scored on the Crunchy Quiz isSprinkled with Granola, the only saving grace I had is in using herbs and cloth diapering. But I think I deserve more points for the diapers I use. I’m an old fashioned kind of gal. I use flat folds and prefolds and I’m just getting to making fitted diaper and covers. I even use diaper pins and the only problem I’ve ever had is sticking myself instead! It’s not very challenging to pin a diaper, not even if it is a squirming toddler. Two fingers under and pin through, hopefully between wiggles. Teaching her to be still and raise legs on command is another issue.
I get really upset when the Crunches disparage my beloved Gerber prefolds. The claims that I read..the distraught that I see…all the bad mouthing about Birdseye cloth…and all I can think is you really must have let your child wee wee that diaper more than twice, or it wasn’t prewashed a few times. Cloth diapers just don’t hold as much as a disposable. They don’t hide the moisture like a AIO or a waterproof cover. They can be leekly..duh they are cloth. The whole point is to not let your child sit in the wee, which requires frequent changing. I don’t understand anyone’s complaints with the old fashioned diapers. Are they afraid to play with the folds? I learned a few folds that work best for me and I haven’t seen them featured on websites. I’ve even figured out some good ways to double diaper for night time without too much bulk. All with out covers and all without soakers.
I end up changing her about twelve or so times a day. I’ve even learned her signs of when she wees. She doesn’t stay in a wet diaper more than a few minutes. We couldn’t help but notice when she poos because she just cries so. She’s on iron supplements and it’s not easy for her. I’ve noticed that the more I use cloth the more she enjoys a change and the more she wees while awake. It don’t always work out this way, she’s only six months, three adjusted but she really likes having a dry hinny. If she’s really wet she will whine in her sleep, even if she goes to bed with a disposable. We really are communicating, not quite elimination communication but I know when she wees and how often, how many parents can say that?
I finely found the Gerber vinyl diaper covers at the local Babys”R”Us. I remember these things from when my mom cloth diapered my sisters. I hadn’t thought they would be such a hassle, but they are! I don’t like her hinny getting all sweaty or to sit in wee for any amount of time. So I’m doing without them for now. They could be useful if I ever run out of disposables or have the in-laws over. One of these nights I’m going to get brave and try them overnight.
My hubby still isn’t convinced in using cloth diapers. I laugh at how nervous he is in using the pins. Once you get the hang of it, it’s alright. But he’s not a convert at all. We still have disposables around and he tends to use them during weekends when he gets to watch her so I sleep in. Which is why I don’t fuss over what type of diaper she in! Besides with all the running around I do with her, I need to have an easy diapering system to carry with me. I’m all set to carry cloth now but not without a vinyl cover if she’s in a car seat for any length of time. And she has to sit in that set sometimes over a hour, bummer.