The honeymoon is over, it seems: I’m falling out of love with cloth diapers. Can this relationship be saved? We are having two big problems lately:
1. With Julius, the diapers are leaking. Our pockets and AIOs leak 9 times out of 10. I keep adjusting the fit, trying different configurations of inserts and doublers, and still they leak. It’s not just that I don’t want to change his outfit every time he pees (although, there is that), but we’re getting pee and poop on the baby wrap, on the bed, on the carseat, everywhere. And I hate to take him out of the house in a cloth diaper because chances are I’m going to have to do a full wardrobe change – at the playground? In the store? No. Not good.
Julius in the infamous one size Fuzzibunz. Guess what? It leaks.
He fares slightly better in a prefold plus cover… this arrangement probably leaks less than half the time, but it still happens. And I don’t really like using the prefold plus cover. Julius is a pretty squirmy baby and I don’t find it particularly easy to get the newspaper folded diaper laid out just right and get it all on and tucked in quickly. I never could get the Snappi-fastened way to work at all, even trying different folds. Maybe I am a diapering klutz, I don’t know. Also, Mike won’t use these at all. So when he outgrows them I don’t see us buying more.
Julius a few weeks ago in a prefold and Thirsties cover – I’ve used this photo before.
If Julius takes a nap, he’s going to have a pee leak. No question. You are supposed to change cloth diapered babies about every two hours, but guess what? If he naps for three hours I am not going to wake him up to change his diaper. I’ll deal with the peepee clothing, thank you very much.
Julius in a Flip diaper with a stay dry insert plus a gDiaper gcloth as a doubler. Very bulky. This did not leak, but then again he only wore it for about 20 minutes before he pooped and got changed.
Another factor we deal with is that depending on what diaper he’s wearing, his car seat straps may be too loose. And his infant seat can only be adjusted from the back. So that’s fun too. Are you picking up my bitter tone? I’m grouchy about this.
Julius in a Grovia cover with organic cotton insert. This leaked horribly, and soaked his outfit just as we arrived at the park. Good times. He won’t be wearing this one again for a while.
2. Problem number two is number two. Specifically, the poopy diapers of a two year old. Are. Horrifying. Newbie cloth diaperers, you have been warned. It’s all fun and games when you are cleaning out breastmilk poop. I mean, seriously, I won’t go into details but OH GOD NO. Mike and I can’t even handle it anymore – we both kind of simultaneously reached our breaking points and agreed to keep him in disposables until after his morning constitutionals. This doesn’t always work if he has a surprise afternoon poop, but for the most part it is waaaay easier and less traumatizing for us. I don’t find it too terrible to use two disposables a day (one overnight, one in the morning) but I’m also considering liners as a possible solution.
I like that cloth diapers are economical and good for the environment, but honestly I can’t make myself a martyr to the cause. The main thing keeping us in cloth is that right now we already have enough diapers for two kids and the prospect of buying disposables for them full time is financially unappealing. Hopefully as Julius gets bigger he will fit into the diapers better, and also be able to wear doublers more easily since apparently he is an extremely heavy wetter (?). And perhaps someday Miles will be potty trained.
Side note: in the midst of all our cloth diapering issues, I am changing my vote for favorite all around diaper from Charlie Banana to BumGenius. We have a few of them now and they just seem to fit my kids the best, plus they are by far the easiest to use, stuff, and adjust. Going with the mainstream on this one I guess. Honorable mention to Kawaii, which is very similar in shape and fit but just a notch below for quality.