Sep 6, 2009

Cloth Diapering Part Two...

So a friend of mine had too many questions to comment, so she emailed me. I'll do my best at answering them in this follow up Cloth Diapering Post!

How many covers do you have for the pre-folds in each size (XS, SZ 1, SZ 2) and do you feel like you have enough?

I started out with 6 newborn (NB) covers. 2 XS Thirsties, 2 Imse Vmse, 2 Bummis Super Whisper Wraps and one by Brookiellen. I ended up buying another from Brookiellen because i loved it so much! I also bought a Thirsties Duo Wrap (size 1) because I wanted to try them out. (I recommend getting those!). But 6 was definitely enough, because I was also able to use Gro Baby's. I'd recommend having @ least 6, because the poop definitely runs onto the cover if you are trifolding (and even if you are snapping but aren't good at snappis yet, like me!)

How often are you doing PF/cover/Gro Baby laundry? (I combined these questions)

When she was a NB I was able to go 3 full days (washing on the am of the 4th day) because i had SO many diapers (I had some that weren't favorites, but could use in a pinch, plus the gro babys, while bulky, WERE usable from pretty much the beginning, so I could use those on laundry day.)

Now that she is bigger, though, I only use the gro babys. I'm currently having to do laundry on the morning of the 3rd day, if not sooner. (the little stinkers know when you put a clean diaper on, and save their poop for then! I'm told this is NOT a phenomenon that is limited to my child, so be warned). I just bought 4 more inserts for my Gro babys, so I'm not sure where that leaves me.

I wash the covers when ever I wash diapers. With the amount of covers I had, I was able to do it that way. You can also hand wash a cover if you needed to, I never did.

How many prefolds do you have? What kind of prefolds do you have?

18 orange edge Green Mountain Diapers (purchased as seconds, meaning they may have imperfections- nothing seems wrong with them to me!) These were my favorite diapers. Very fluffy and fit great, not too bulky.

12 Infant PFs from SewCraftyBaby (SCB) & 6 Preemie PFs from SCB- Never really used any of these from SCB, because i didn't feel they were fluffy/absorbant enough. They also were longer but not wide. GMD's claim to fame is that they are wider but shorter so they tend to fit better.

6 Green edge diapers from a friend -these were great for wash days, and when she got a bit bigger.

6 Yellow edge diapers- these were bigger and I never used them as diapers. Great burp cloths/changing pad covers though!

I just packed up all my Newborn diapers/covers (:::tear:::). Some of them WOULD still fit her, but for simplicity's sake, we are using only Gro Baby's now.

Did you get the "rubber pant" style for night time?
No, those are the cheapest covers you can get, and apparently they DO work, so if you really want to save $, they are the way to go. But the others are cuter and work fine! :)

How many gro-baby diapers do you have? How many snap in liners do you have for the gro-baby?
I have 11 Gro Baby "shells" (outer part/cover) and (just yesterday got 4 more) 23 snap in soakers. My laundry estimates were based on having 19 soakers. I feel like i could use some more shells (well, at least on some days i feel like that, others, i feel like i have plenty!) I'm waiting for their new pretty prints to come out though!

• Are you doing cloth wipes?If you are then how many wipes do you have?

I'm just using washcloths for wipes. I find it is easier to use cloth wipes (when at home) that I wet with a bit of water (i keep a squirt bottle at my changing area) because then everything from a diaper change goes into the laundry basket. Because I'm just using washcloths, which i obviously use for baths, hand/face cleaning and other miscellaneous baby duties (DOOTIES!!! heehe.. Katie gets this, I know...), I have a LOT of "wipes". Probably like 40? Maybe less, but a LOT. I don't run out though, either. That wasn't very useful of an answer, I'm sure. But wipes are cheap and easy to come by (if you use washcloths, that is). I ran out and bought more at one point, at walmart. Easy-peasy.

How many diapers are you using in a typical day?

Totally depends on the day! I've learned (the hard way!) to wait awhile after she eats in the am to change her. Sure, she's wet from the night time, but she also needs to poop from not doing it all night... She kept pooping on a brand fresh diaper before I wised up to her game and started waiting her out... Now I put her in the magic "poop chair" (bouncy seat- has the right angle i guess!) and wait till she goes, saving me a diaper change. Enough about her poop. Anyway, it really depends. But if I *had* to guess, I'd say I'm changing her roughly 8-10 times a day, (midnight to midnight), at LEAST once that includes a cover getting pooped on and therefore out of the rotation.
• Were you able to find out when new colors for the Grow Baby are coming out? Is there a blog or something I can look at to hear the rumors?

Gro Baby has a facebook fan page. They announced the new covers are coming out in late september i believe. On their page you can see the prototypes- they are super cute!

Has the TTO helped with the smell in the bags?
Actually, since C is exclusively breastfed, her poop doesnt stink. I did use a bit of TTO to see if it made the bag smell good (i just poured some onto a prefold) and it did! So i'd guess it will help when she starts eating the real stuff!

Do you have a big diaper pail in your changing room that you use for the wet / dirty diapers?

Yup. I have what is actually a laundry basket with a Planet Wise liner. Someone suggested that these are a good idea because it helps keep the diapers "breathing" (not locked up tight), but it still has a top (to keep the smell somewhat contained, once the poop smells). Works great! I have two liners, so while one is washing, the other is in the pail.

Are you rinsing the dirty diapers right away or throwing them into the pail for later? (the ones without solid ish poop, although I guess with her just on B-milk that would probably be most if not all)...

Again, because C is EBF, no need to rinse the poop at all- it's water soluble! (see, this post is now advocating EBF AND CDing!). Later, when she does have more solid poops, I will try to shake them off into the toilet. I may also end up using liners that can be washed & re-used if it is just wet, and flushed if it is poop. (like imse vmse reusable liners...a friend uses these). Other methods include having a diaper sprayer- (basically a kitchen sink sprayer hooked to your toilet's plumbing), or using TP or a spatula to get the poop off. As far as i know, diaper manufacturers do NOT recommend "wet pailing" anymore.

I hope that helps!! :)

Off to check the diaper laundry... :)

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