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.
Finding Our Cloth Diaper Groove
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).
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.
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.
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
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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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.