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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

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Giving Exclusivity a Shot: An Update

A few short months ago, I wrote about my goal to exclusively cloth diaper my newborn from day one (you can find the original post here). I am sad to report that I failed but I learned several lessons about newborn cloth diapering that I wanted to share.

Our newborn stash included 2 Bummis Newborn packs, one Fuzzibunz newborn diaper and one Thirsties diaper cover in the smaller size. Unfortunately, it simply wasn’t enough. Our daughter is a SUPER soaker, something I didn’t expect. Our son never seemed to wet his diapers like his sister does. Every half hour our daughter would completely soak her Bummis prefold and would often leak out onto her outfit. In addition, every time she pooped, it would get on the shell. My original plan was to hand wash the shells, allow them to air dry and simply cycle through them until I needed to wash the prefolds. However, the poop didn’t wash out easily by hand and our daughter would soil a shell at almost every diaper change. If you do the math, you will realize that if our daughter soiled a shell at almost every diaper change and we were changing her every half hour, 5 shells simply didn’t last. There was never enough time for the shells to dry and never enough prefolds to last a whole day (To anyone hoping to cloth diaper exclusively, I’d suggest purchasing more than 24 inserts and 5 shells, even if that sounds crazy!). We used them as often as possible but we did have to use disposables more than I would have ever liked to.

Fortunately, our little girl was a rather large newborn- weighing in at 9 pounds, 1 ounce. It didn’t take long for her to fit into the GroVia diapers. Now that she is in the AI2s, we are able to cloth diaper more. We still are using disposables at night because our Knickernappies Super Do Pre-washed Inserts are just too bulky for the rise setting she uses. She sleeps up to 5 hours at a time and we need something more absorbent than a cotton soaker pad for my super soaker. I will say we’ve had several blowouts with the disposables and I can’t wait to find a cloth night time solution.

My goal is to save up enough to purchase the smaller size of the Super Do use until she is big enough for the large inserts. For our next little, I plan to at least double our stash so that I can use two prefolds per diaper change if s/he is a super soaker like our daughter. I like how the Bummis newborn shells fit and they worked well, so I will stick with them the next go around.

As for our current stash of newborn diapers, my husband convinced a coworker to use them until her little one fits in the stash of Fuzzibunz she ordered. My hope is that in doing so, we can further reduce waste. And though she may not be able to use them exclusively, it surely is better than nothing.

Mindy is mom to a beautiful newborn girl and a spirited toddler boy. She enjoys cloth diapering and writing about her cloth diaper adventures.


Megan said...

Thanks for sharing this! I wanted to try exclusively cloth diapering from the beginning but I wasn't as prepared as I could've been, so it's been a mix of cloth and disposables. I've found that the lil' Joeys worked well when he was tiny (they seemed to fit the best and he was only 6lbs, 2oz at birth), and the XS Fuzzibunz and XS BumGenius, but now he's growing out of those (sad but good). He now actually fits into his Thirsties and Bummis covers and I'm figuring out prefolds for the first time. He's quite a soaker as well. I will pass this on to some friends considering cloth!

MyClothLove said...

on my super soaker the only thing that worked was a combo of hemp and bamboo. the issue with newborn diaps is they lack in absorbency becuz they figure LO gets changed like a million times a day so absorbency isnt a key issue but super soakers do need it! maybe add a microfiber insert to ur prefold and jelly roll the sides to help keep the poo in?