Cloth Diapering with Two

I started writing this post back in July but for some reason it never got published. I figured I’d publish it now and I’ll do a follow up next month.

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So I was just reading Char’s update and her pros and cons of cloth diapering and felt inspired/reminded that I really should do an update on our situation over here. Well come to find out I haven’t done a cloth diapering update since April 2013…..yeah over a year ago and things have certainly changed since then.

So over the past 24 months our stash of diapers has really changed. There are some diapers that we have just loved, many we simply just like and then there are those that are our “backups”. While we have not tried all the cloth diapers out there we have tried a huge variety and have really settled on a few favorites but I’ll get to those later.

Here is our stash based on our last update at 9 months:

Since then we have also had:

  • 1- Buttons Diaper
  • 1- Lil’ Helpers
  • 5- Applecheeks size 2
  • 3- Fuzzibuns size medium
  • 3- Thirsties AIO
  • 3- Happy Heiny
  • 1- GroVia
  • 4- Sustainablishbaby
  • 2- (more) Tots Bots Easy Fit
  • 3- Bumgenius Elemental

Finally what we currently have for Edith and baby #2:

  • 8- Bum Genius all-in-one newborn (6) and elemental (2)
  • 1- Omaiki Cloth Diaper
  • 2- Charlie Bananas size small and medium
  • 9- Green Mountain Diapers Newborn Workhorse + 4 Thirsties Duo Covers
  • 4- FuzziBunz size x-small (1), small (1), & medium (3)
  • 1- Applecheeks Cloth Diaper size 1
  • 1- Applecheeks swim diaper size 1
  • 3- Happy Heiny
  • 1- GroVia
  • 4- Sustainablishbaby
  • 5- Tots Bots Easy Fit

Current total: 23 newborn, xsmall, small or medium (for baby #2) and 19 for Edith. 

Cloth Diapers

That being said the Sustainablishbaby ones require covers and we have wool covers that I just hate/don’t make time to clean since they need special care. Edith wears these ones just at home and I have to check her regularly to make sure she isn’t wet so they are not ideal. Also for baby #2 we have mostly newborn sizes which they will eventually grow out of depending on how big they are.

Edith was tiny and she ended up wearing her newborn diapers until close to 3 months but that might not be the case this time around. So our stash for #2 will quickly go from 23 to 7.  While most of the diapers that E can wear will be able to be made smaller for #2 we will still need more diapers for them to share. Edith is getting bigger and growing out of her FuzziBunz and Sustainablishbaby diapers so those can be saved for #2 but we are going to need to replace those ones for E’s size. I know some of your are probably wondering about potty learning and right now we are taking a relaxed approach to it so I am not sure how long E will be in diapers for and I’ll take time to blog specifically about this at a later date.

So honestly now that we have had prefolds, fitteds, AIO’s, AI2’s, hybrids and pockets I have to say that we prefer AIO’s or AI2’s over any other type and are specifically huge fans of Tots Bots Easy Fit. Also I prefer snaps over hook and loop for fastening however Neil prefers hook and loop. The thing about hook and loop is 1. more wear and tear and 2. you may have a husband like me (or wife) that 9.5/10 times does not fold down the velcro before tossing in the dirty bin which just drives me nuts when it comes wash time.

So what happened to all of those other diapers we had? Well I ended up selling almost all of them and a few ended up getting left in a dirty bag for far too long and so Neil and I ended up tossing them (I know not ideal but it’s the reality of the situation). The Applecheeks size 2 just didn’t work out for E and her petite body. We could never get them tight enough around the leg so they wouldn’t leak and there is nothing worse then a leaky diaper. The gDiapers were ones that we actually really liked at first but ultimately found overtime that they also were prone to leaking at times especially when using the cloth inserts v. the disposable.  We used them for awhile and liked them for traveling but because we were more interested in sticking to cloth we chose to sell them and buy something else. The Thirsties AIO were okay at first but just SO thick that they never seemed to fully dry even when tossed in the dryer and so again we sold these.

What about disposables? We use disposables at night now because we have had issues with ammonia build up in Edith’s diapers specifically after a night of wearing them.  We actually were using cloth 90% of the time from August 2013 through January 2014 but then we faced the ammonia issue and E experience ammonia burns so we switched to disposables at night. Neil did a ton of research into what might be causing the build up and things to do and will have a post up soon with more specifics regarding this.

One thing I am not proud of is how often we turn to disposables now during the day. I think a big part of this is having them in the house more because of night time use and also because sometimes I am just lazy. Also pregnancy + poopy diapers = wonky stomach <– negative side effect of pregnancy and a big reason why I sometimes use disposables during the day until Edith has had a bowel movement.

I know this post ends sort of abruptly but I’ll fill you in on what we are using now three months into having two kids and our plans for future diapering. 

Cloth Diapering: 3 Months Down

Okay so we are just shy of three months and for the first two weeks we didn’t cloth diaper at all but anyways I figured that I’d do an update. Let me first tell you that I really enjoy cloth diapering but there surely have been some ups and downs. Starting with the fact that not all cloth diapers are created equal and as much as you don’t want to spend the money on newborn sized ones sometimes it’s just worth it.

At this point we are only cloth diapering about 75% of the time and a big part of that is because most of the cloth diapers that we have are still gigantic on Edie. We try to cloth diaper as much as we can throughout the day at home but when we go out and at night we use a Seventh Generation disposable.

So lets take a run down of what we have and what we are using:

What is working best right now:

What works okay but don’t love/fit well (yet):

What doesn’t work:

  • BummisOrganic Cotton Diaper Kit Infant Size (8-15lbs)
    • 24 infant size Organic Cotton Prefold diapers(4 x 8 x 4 layers thick)
    • 4 Super Whisper Wraps – small
    • 2 Super Brites Covers– small
  • Bummis BeautifulBASIC 2-Piece Cloth Diaper and Extra Cover
  • The Charlie Banana size medium and the regular Bum Genius AIO

The bulk of the diapers that we got were Bummis pre-folds and we haven’t been able to use any of them because E is super tiny and they are uncomfortably huge on her even though they say that they should fit 8-15 lbs. E has reached 9lbs now but they still don’t work very well. I really wish we had started with the newborn ones but then again we were expecting an 8-9lb baby and ended up with a 6lb 11oz baby instead (so thankful for though-um can we saw ouch?).

I am loving the Bum Genius all-in-one newborn they are the perfect size, the are all-in-one and they most closely resemble disposables in size, look and ease of use. We first received two of these from my mom when Edie first arrived and loved them so much that we purchased two more from Jillian’s Drawers in gently used section. We also bought the two FuzziBunz and the regular sized Bum Genius from the gently used section at Jillian’s Drawers.  I love the x-small FuzziBunz minus stuffing the insert which is a little challenging because it’s so tiny but just like the Bum Genius newborn it fits really well.

I  like the Cloth-eez® Workhorse™  for the size but I am not loving the Bummis newborn covers because they don’t fit great and they hold in the heat and moisture causing the insert to soak with sweat not just pee. I found that the Thirsties covers when snapped down to a smaller size work much better than the Bummis ones and do not hold in as much moisture.I also have found that the Cloth-eez® Workhorse™  stain really bad (or E just has some really crazy poops).

Diapers we use but don’t really care for Glow Bug, Dinkledooz and Applecheeks. When it comes to Glow Bug it is a little too big still for E and I just don’t really love the design, the hybrid style and the insert.  It isn’t as flattering or absorbent as I would like.  As for the Dinkledooz some of the same gripes as the Glow Bug on top of the fact that I hate the hideous brown color, what an awful idea.  Lastly, the Applecheeks, which was a gift from a friend who is a lover of Applecheeks.  I really wanted to like Applecheeks but I find that even though it fits well in the legs, around the waist and is soft and absorbent I just don’t love having to stuff it and it is really huge on E.

Thoughts so far:

  • I wish we had purchased more newborn sized cloth diapers because E still comfortably wears newborn size and probably will for at least a few more weeks.
  • I love cloth diapering and can’t wait to do more of it.
  • I wish we had more AIO’s because they fit the best and are the easiest to use.
  • We love our Planet Wise wet bags

The future:

  • We are going to stick with what we are doing now and keep trying on the larger diapers in hopes that they will soon fit.  If the Bummis don’t work for us we are hoping we can sell them and invest in some more AIO’s.
  • We are going to start using cloth wipes as well (more on this at our 6 month update).