What tips do you have to share about cloth diapering? Is there something that you’ve found that works for you to make cloth diapering easier?
For me, it was a combination of things. We hit paydirt early with gDiapers and the cloth inserts. Easy to use, absorbent, only have to do diaper laundry every 4 or 5 days with 12 diapers. The only tip I have for those is to keep them stuffed. It is so much easier to grab a pre-stuffed diaper and get it on a twisting, turning butt than it is to try to keep that butt in one place while you stuff an insert into a liner.
It was overnights that presented the biggest problem for us. My son goes to be early and gets up kind of late. Part of that is because he enjoys laying around and sucking on his sleep sack, and his father and I enjoy sleeping in. So he is easily in a diaper for 12 or 13 hours. I was having a tough time coming up with a nighttime diaper routine that worked and didn’t require a load of laundry every morning.
This is what we finally did:
I got some AI2s (all-in-twos) with a wipeable inner liner, snaps instead of velcro and some heft Zorb liners. I place a gCloth insert on the bottom of the AI2 and then snap in the Zorb liner backwards. Why backwards? Because I have a Boy and Boys pee in front; the liners are thicker in the back than in the front, turning them around backwards gives me more absorbent material right where he needs it. I then snap the diaper on one snap too snug. Sounds uncomfortable, but my kid is a little like a horse being saddle – he holds his breath while I diaper him and lets it out later so his diaper is loose and floppy. This way, it stays on and the pee stays in.
In the morning, I toss both liners in the wash and run a damp cloth on the inside of the diaper before hanging it up to air dry. By evening, it’s fresh, dry and ready to be used again. No extra laundry required.
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’till next time,