Monday, October 11, 2010
Cloth diapering a bitty-baby
I'm often asked how cloth-diapering is going. This is our first time cloth diapering a newborn. There's quite a difference between CDing a baby who is exclusively breastfed and CDing a child who is on solids (or formula). I feared CDing Evangeline would be messy- afterall, we've all witnessed those breastmilk poo blow-outs. They aren't pretty!
However, I haven't had much of an issue with blow-outs in cloth. I have, however, have had about half a dozen disposable diapers blow-outs (in fact, one happened last night while we were at church!).
Thirsties Duo covers are great. Like Weehuggers covers, they come in two adjustable sizes, which make for a better fit. When I began putting Evie in cloth, I folded cotton flats and pinned or snappied them. I thought that would help contain poopy messes better. However, I have found that's really not necessary. Now I just fold the flats into a rectangle and lay them in the cover. I haven't had any blow outs yet, and it's much quicker to change her diaper!
Washing these diapers is super simple. Breastmilk poo dissolves easily and doesn't have to be pre-rinsed. And, breastmilk poo doesn't have the horrid stench most poo does. Plus, I usually only use 2-3 covers a day... so I believe this method (wipeable covers and cotton flats) is very budget friendly!
Side note- thing about being a parent... you talk about poo more than you ever thought you would!