100 Yard Stash

Welcome to the First Annual Freedom of Cloth Carnival

This post was written for inclusion in the Freedom of Cloth Carnival hosted at Natural Parents Network by Melissa of The New Mommy Files and Shannon of The Artful Mama. This year’s carnival will run from Sunday, July 3rd through Saturday, July 9th. Participants are sharing everything they know and love about cloth diapering, including how cloth has inspired them.

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Finding Our Cloth Diaper Groove

Trapped under the Stash

Trapped under the Stash

For a family that practices elimination communication, I find it amusing that we have tried so many types of cloth diapers. We began with a diaper service and the good old combination of prefolds and flats, snappy clips and belts, with some plastic pants and Velcro closing Prowraps and Thirsties covers. This system worked beautifully for us with our first son, Nat, as it was a good compromise between my urge for eco-friendly options and my husband’s fear of poop (first time parents, you know.) I’ll share more about our E.C. journey in Friday’s post.

A friend gave us some Bum Genius pocket diapers, which I really like for when we were out of the house. Pulling back the Velcro is far easier when pottying while out than managing a prefold with snappy clip on a squirming baby. We cosleep and sometimes I will miss a cue while sleepily breastfeeding. Those overnight wetting seem to happen in groups, and it becomes exhausting to strip, wash, and remake our king sized bed almost daily. In addition, when we do diaper at night, the Velcro on the covers makes enough noise that it would wake up the baby(ies).

Overnight Double Stuff Cloth Diaper

Overnight Double Stuff Cloth Diaper

I purchased a stash of Fuzzy Bunz pocket diapersfor overnight because they have snaps and our experience has been that they contain leaks beautifully. I can even double stuff them for wet overnights.

When I was pregnant with our second son, Gan, I trolled Diaperswappers for some used all in one and fitted cloth diapers. I also couldn’t resist some of the fitteds and covers from Etsy. I registered for more cute pocket diapers like Happy Heinies. But, I ended up not liking the Happy Heinies very much because, while cute, they did not keep wetness against the skin for awareness and they had a tendency to leak if the lining was not meticulously aligned. I also added some wool longies and wool shorties from WAHM stores.

EC from birth (held over a prefold)

EC from birth (held over a prefold)

After Gan was born, we practiced elimination communicationfrom birth, which was a wonderful experience for us all. Post partum depression made part time e.c. a better option, as we relied on our cloth diapers primarily. I was already washing our diaper stash and felt it was foolish to continue using the cloth diaper service to wash our prefolds when most of those were dirty from wiping up misses. We switched to washing our own diapers and have never missed the diaper service.

I was feeling less comfortable with the chemicals in PUL covers and switched to using wool shorties and wool longies more often. I chanced upon a hand-dyed stash of Motherease bamboo terrycloth fitteds that I really liked. They are soft, absorbent, and easy to take on and off.

Pottying Together

Pottying Together

 

 

When our third son, Bud, was born, I felt much more at ease being flexible with the combination of cloth diapering and e.c.ing.

 

 

 

 

Choosing from all of these different styles of diapers comes down to several factors:

  • Ease of putting on and removing
  • Whether the diapers allow baby to still feel wetness (important for maintaining awareness)
  • Leak Containment
  • Durability
  • Affordability

After almost five years of cloth diapering, this is the system that meets all of the needs above:

  • At home and out: Motherease bamboo terry cloth fitted diapers without covers or with wool or Bummis cover.
  • While out: Pocket diaper (Bumgenius or WAHM) or AIO (Bummis or WAHM)
  • Overnight: Fuzzy Bunz pocket diaper, sometimes double stuffed with microfiber and bamboo cotton inserts.

Do you use a little bit of everything or one style of diaper exclusively? I’d love to hear about your experience with cloth diapering and/or elimination communication.

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freedom of cloth carnival

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Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants on the following themes. Articles will go live on the scheduled theme day :

  • Sunday, July 3rd, 2011: Cloth Related Recipes — Writers share their best cloth-related recipes and tutorials.
  • Monday, July 4th, 2011: Choosing Your Cloth Style — Today’s posts discuss parents’ individual journeys to finding the cloth diapering “style” that best suits their family.
  • Tuesday, July 5th, 2011: Cloth Diapering Must Haves — Parents talk about the most important items in their diapering “stash” and why they love them.
  • Wednesday, July 6th, 2011: Wordless Wednesday, Inspired by Cloth — We asked parents to share their favorite cloth-related photo with us and turned them into a fluffy Wordless Wednesday photo montage on the Natural Parents Network. Link up with your own Wordless Wednesday post!
  • Thursday, July 7th, 2011: Cloth Through the Stages: From Infancy to Potty Independence — Today’s participants explain how cloth diapering has served their family throughout one or more stages of their children’s lives.
  • Friday, July 8th, 2011: Cloth Troubleshooting and Laundry Day — Seasoned cloth diapering parents share their best tips and tricks for handling common cloth problems and tackling the diaper laundry.
  • Saturday, July 9th, 2011: Inspired by Cloth — For today’s theme, we’ve asked writers to explore the ways cloth diapering has inspired them to become “greener” overall.

11 thoughts on “100 Yard Stash

  1. I’m impressed with the ec’ing at night! We’ve (temporarily) given up even cloth diapering at night… too many leaks. Plus, if I can go through the night only nursing rather than getting up to change a diaper (BG hates being wet), then I’m taking it. We use 1 “natural” (is there such a thing?) disposable at night. I’d love to get back into cd’ing at night, but we’ll see… Kudos to you for being hard core! I’m impressed & inspired! :D

  2. Great post! I’m another part-time EC mama and while I never had a diaper service, I also was never really into prefolds and covers. Wetness awareness was NEVER an issue with either of mine, regardless of diaper type, so I find it interesting to keep reading that with other ECing moms. The ones that didn’t wick it away fast enough left my youngest with terrible rashes, even with being changed quickly (as she couldn’t stand being even slightly damp). I actually got into cloth originally for that reason–the wetness awareness–and had no change in our EC/PL process… but they were just SO cute!

    You have some adorable kids, btw!

  3. I’d love to hear your experiences about EC’ing with subsequent children. We were late to EC with Kieran, so I don’t have a lot of experience with little ones. And I’m nervous about whether I’ll have “time,” since I’ll have two! Eek!

  4. Yep, I like all your favorites as well! We didn’t EC and Fuzzibunz was our most -used diaper, but I also loved the Motherease fitteds (love that you got some hand-dyed ones, cool!) and various AIOs/pockets too. It’s funny how with each kid circumstances change and different things work best at different times. Thanks for sharing what worked for you!

  5. I had to laugh at the double stuffed overnight diaper–we do that too. It’s pretty funny to see and I also got sick of changing the bedding so often (not due to EC, as we only just started that) before we figured out the double stuff trick, so I can relate there as well! Great post! We are a prefold & cover/part-time ECing family. :) I’d love any EC tips you have to offer and will look forward to reading about that on Friday!

  6. I love this post, I started ECing when my girl was 3mo, while using disposables believe it or not. At 6mo I finally finished sewing my own stash of fitteds and fleece covers with diaper pins, but found it to much of a pain to get them on and off so I sort of gave up on ECing. But now, at 8mo shes become pretty good at using sign language to ask for things so I’ve just started ECing part time again. It’s helpful to see what works for other co sleeping, CDing ECers. :)

  7. I want to do EC.. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s something I need a demo on.

    It’s summer, I feel better, maybe I’ll get back to cloth. Stupid PPD.

  8. This is so fun to read – I am envious of your diaper collection I must say! :)

    We started with prefolds and Thirsties covers which did not work for us at all, but I’m starting to wonder if I had washed the prefolds enough times to prep them for leakiness; also I think they were just too small…

    Moved on to Flips and have been pretty happy with them, though we get leaks now more than I would like, We’ve tried one style of pocket diaper and have also been using Disana diapers around the house (gorgeous, all organic cotton with wool cover for overnights, made in Germany) – I think they’re my favorite so far though they can be a pain to get on a wiggly baby!

    I often wish I could just buy a whole bunch of different dipes to try (they’re so cute and fun!) but I’m sure we’ll be adding more to our stash over the years…I love getting recommendations too so I’ll be referring back to this post for sure! :)

  9. I am so intrigued by EC but far too lazy to try it right now haha. Maybe with the next baby.

  10. It’s funny how very similar our thoughts are today! Our diapering goals are very much the same and I, too, have tried an awful lot of different things for an ECing mama. I love hearing what has worked for you, because a lot of what you have tried is new to me!

I love comments and try to reply to each one. I look forward to connecting with you. Namaste

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