Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Trial and Error Cloth Diapers: Month 2
We have a "full set" of diapers now! We have a total of 24 pocket diapers, in addition to the prefolds, snappis, and waterproof covers. It is such a relief to only wash diapers every two or three days.
I actually had to find a way to store the dirty diapers. I was putting them on top of the washer because every other load was diapers. Now I keep them in an old pillow case in a small laundry basket.
We started to have trouble with overnight leaks in the eBay diapers that I mentioned in my last post. I had been double-stuffing the pocket with two inserts. I started using one insert paired with one prefold, both stuffed inside the pocket. We only had leaks every once in awhile with that set up. But again, I was doing diaper laundry everysingleday.
We bought a set of Kawaii diapers (back-to-school sale, oh yea!) to complete our "stash". Two diapers were missing from the first shipment, but the customer service at theluvyourbaby.com was great and they fixed the order right away!
We got 11 "original" and 1 "ultra soft". You can almost see a difference in the picture.. the "ultra soft" is the shiny cobalt blue diaper. It fits a little snugger than the other diapers -- I read some reviews that the elastic was actually too tight for some babies.
I really, really, really like the square tabs on the Kawaii diapers. With the eBay diapers, we have a lot of trouble with "wing droop", where the part of the tab that she's too skinny to use actually falls down. The square tabs have an extra snap, on a second row, that stops this from happening. A-mazing.
The Kawaii diapers came with two inserts each, for a total of 24. The new inserts are much more absorbent than the eBay inserts. So much so, that I only need to use one insert (even overnight!!) in each diaper. So, I use the new inserts in both the new diapers and the old diapers.
I still get leaks sometimes in the old diapers, and I'm not sure why. Maybe the elastic is wearing out? Maybe they don't fit well? Maybe something is wrong with the waterproof shell?
Either way, we're still going strong in the cloth diapers. The only disposables we've used were the leftover size-one diapers she was going to outgrow. We have a box of size-two disposables that we were given as a gift -- she'll be taking those to day care with her next month.
Can I just say how disappointed I am that the day care will not accept cloth diapers?! I've ask several times and I never really get a good explanation... maybe I can win them over :-)