I’ve been asked by several people to give an update on our adventures in cloth diapering. I’ll be honest – not much has changed. As with most things in our triplety world, we slowly evolve to adapt, tweaking one thing here, another thing there, moving pieces around until we have something that works. For now.
As I said in the past, we choose to use cloth diapers as a money saver. Because of this, we try to use as little variety in our arsenal of butt covers as humanly possible. It saves time on laundry, and it makes the diapering process (x3) a breeze. Everything works together, and we never have to match certain brands with certain accessories and/or pieces.
Behold, the characters:
We currently use two sizes of diapers (Green Mountain Diapers Cloth-Eez prefolds in unbleached cotton) – red-edge diapers are for daytime use, and yellow-edge diapers are for nighttime (they’re smaller and are a better fit for our bulky overnight system).
At night, we tri-fold (like a brochure) the diaper and sandwich it between a microfiber insert on bottom (for extra absorbency), and a fleece insert (cut from an unused blanket) against the skin. Because fluids run through fleece without absorbing, it keeps their skin dry all night.
Nighttime diapering has been the biggest challenge in this adventure. We tried a double fold, but found it was too bulky. We tried using the cotton inserts rather than a second prefold instead, but we found it was too wet. Finally, we realized we only needed to soak up overnight pee (daytime poopers ftw!), so we modified the overnight double fold and found a method that was super absorbent AND dry against the skin.
We’re currently scratching our heads over whether Toby needs something different, but for now, we change him once overnight with no hassle (he wakes once most nights to nurse and be cuddled).
Aside from that (and up until recently for Toby), the girls have no issue going 12-13 hours with our current overnight system.
Now, the big, stinky details. Poop.
Now that we got that out of our 12-year-old-sense-of-humor systems, let’s move on.
My 13-month-olds eat pretty much anything we eat, so … you can imagine the situation in their diapers.
After some traumatizing but necessary dunk-and-swish incidents, I told Rob we NEEDED a diaper sprayer. Him being a DIY marvel (Tim The Toolman Taylor would be proud), and me being a stubborn penny pincher, I sent Rob a YouTube link, and he set off for our local home-improvement store. We now have a diaper sprayer that cost less than half of what Bum Genius sells theirs for.
Not a bidet.
Some diaper treasures dump right out and into the toilet with nothing more than a little shake. Some need more help, and the sprayer is absolutely perfect. There is rarely overspray (the disgusting reason I didn’t want one), and the water supply to the sprayer can be shut off when we have curious small folk wandering about in the bathroom.
Edit to add: The only change to our laundry routine comes with the diaper sprayer. Before, we sprayed each deuced diaper with a 50-50 water/Biokleen Bac Out mix. Since we started using the sprayer, we ditched the Bac Out spray and started adding it, undiluted to the second wash cycle. I pour a bit into my fabric softener tray, and it works its funky-smell-removing miracles during that second cycle. (Refer back to the original entry for my laundry routine.)
See? Not much has changed. Let me know if you have any questions I may be able to answer!
Unmentioned but necessary, could-not-live-without supplies:
Covers: I found 15 WonderWraps on clearance after they’d been discontinued. We’ve used these exclusively for several months with minimal wear and tear. As one-size-fits all, we hope to use these for the duration of our diapering days. GroVia’s hybrid shells are the most similar option currently manufactured.
Diaper cream: We swear by Northern Essence‘s All Natural Diaper Rash Salve and Better Butt(er) Cream.
Detergent: Again with the thrifty, we use a homemade recipe from The Eco-Friendly Family.