So we’ve started a new trial at the Polk house. And I’m not sure how frequently I’ll update about this, but I’m excited about giving this a go, so I wanted to post about it.
Recently, Ivalee’s had a few bouts with some pretty awful diaper rash. We’ve dealt with some redness before, but it got pretty gross at times and I grew concerned about the frequency of it. I did find that using Huggies Pure & Natural diapers seemed to help some, but the idea of cloth diapers has been in the back of my head since I was pregnant. At the time, I decided it wasn’t something I wanted to attempt. I didn’t have a good laundry system in place at all, and I knew to add something else to that on-going pile — particularly something soaked in pee or covered in poop — would be detrimental to my sanity.
And I don’t mean to imply that I’m Mrs. Sally Homemaker now, but Tasha introduced me to a great tool that has really helped me out a lot! Fly Lady. By doing a little bit at a time and not trying to complete every project all at one time in crisis-cleaning mode, I’ve been able to stay on top of daily chores like dishes and laundry and clutter-busting, etc. a lot more effectively. (And that’s my little commercial.)
So a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned to Kyle that I might want to try switching to cloth and he said, “If you want to try it, let’s do it.” So I started doing some investigating. And I spoke with Cassie,who has cloth diapered Sam since the beginning and is a pro at it! And along with sending me an email with lots of information, she sent me a box with some starter supplies! How awesome is that!?!
In the box were two Bum Genius 3.0 diapers, a Flip diaper, 5 pre-folds, a Snappi, a Thirsties cover, a wet bag, and a diaper pail-liner. (Pretty sure I got that right. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong, Cassie! 😀 )
So yesterday afternoon, I prepped them all and we got started using them! I started with one of the Bum Geniuses because it’s the one I’d been eying the most online. I used both of the inserts for extra overnight protection and, besides being a little more “fluffy”, putting it on is just as easy as a disposable! And this morning, there were no leaks to speak of. I had some concerns that I hadn’t “done it right” or something. But these things are as simple as can be. There’s no science to it. Just insert and apply. Easy peasy.
Bum Genius for the win. I’m sold on them already. However, they’re not the most economical cloth diaper. That award goes to the prefold / Snappi / cover combo. So I’ll be trying those out this afternoon / evening. And I’ll report back on their presumed success.
If you’re reading this and are interested in trying out cloth diapers for your baby, Cassie gave me this website that answered a lot of the questions I had in a very concise manner. If you’ve done research at all, you know that it can be scattered and confusing. This website makes it simple.