Cloth Diapering Confession

I have a confession to make – shortly after writing this post about trying to find a good nighttime cloth diaper solution for Monster, I switched to using disposables during the night.

I switched over in the hopes that Monster would sleep for longer periods at a time (we’re still breastfeeding, so Monster typically wakes up 3-4 times a night to eat). It seemed to work for the first couple weeks, then Monster started cutting molars and a restful night’s sleep eluded all of us for about a month. Now that Mosnter’s molars have cut through, he’s gone back to sleeping longer periods at night, although some days are still better than others.

 

Given how much I extol the benefits of cloth diapers, I kind of feel like a cheater by using disposables at night. I still have plans to try to make my own fleece liners for nighttime use, but this summer has been hectic and every time I plan to go to the fabric store, something more pressing comes-up that needs to be dealt with immediately, and so the trip to the fabric store gets delayed.

 

I also have been looking into cloth diapers specifically designed for night-time (translation – really absorbent cloth diapers). However, these usually come with a pretty hefty price tag (typically starting at $25 for one diaper). I know, I know – given the rising cost of disposables, a $25 cloth diaper will pay for itself in approximately 4 months (since I only buy disposables at Costco, when they’re on sale – making them ~$0.20/ea). If I knew one of these diapers would keep Monster feeling dry all night long, I’d buy one in a heartbeat – my hesitancy is in spending that much on a diaper that DOESN’T end up working out.

 

So, with that in mind, do any of you cloth diapering mamas have any nighttime cloth diapering solutions? I’d love to hear them!

 

Mom! You know I hate wearing clothes!

 

Daytime diapering – rocking the cloth diaper (and chocolate smears on the face…)

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Nighttime Cloth Diapering Update

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my latest attempts at nighttime cloth diapering.  Since our local cloth diaper store is having a storewide sale today, now seemed like a good time to share an update on how it’s been going.

Sadly, the Bummis Fleece Liners I purchased have not been as successful in keeping Monster feeling dry throughout the night as I was hoping they would be. The fleece liners unfortunately only cover the middle section of the prefolds, and are also shorter than the prefolds, so at about 2:00 am or 3:00 am every night, Monster usually wakes up crying because his little bum cheeks are wet. These liners would probably work well in the bumGenius 4.0 diapers I use, but I’ve stopped using these at night because I inevitably end up soaked during a night nursing session, due to leakage. Monster has a skinny waist and chubby thighs right now, and I just can’t seem to get the legs AND waist to fit him well. I love these diapers during the day though when Monster is having more frequent diaper changes. Now that Monster is walking, maybe we’ll be able to use the bumGenius 4.0’s again at night in a couple of months, when his thighs have “slimmed” down, haha.

As disappointed as I am in the fleece liners, I could not be more happy with the Thristies Duo Wrap! The double leg gussets are fantastic and really hold everything in. I got the style with the velcro instead of the snaps – I like the velcro better because you’re able to get a more “true” fit around the waist. Also, this feels like it will hold up for a while – this cover feels “studier” compared to the covers I have been using. I’m definitely going to add a couple more to my stash, since they’re currently on sale. 😉

Monster Styling His Latest Diaper Cover

He Didn't Want To Sit Still

"I've Had Enough - I'm Outta Here!"

My next step for nighttime diapering is to make my own fleece liners. I’m thinking I can get some fleece from Joann and cut it to size. Just need to make it to a J0anns!

Any suggestions for nighttime cloth diapering?

The Highlight of My Day

Warning: If you’re eating or weak of stomach you probably don’t want to read this post.

The most exciting thing to happen today was that Monster pooped! Sad – right?

Monster typically has pretty regular bowel movements. However, it’d been 8 days since the last time he went number 2. We were starting to get a little bit worried, even though internet searches assured us that some healthy babies go 7 -10 days with a BM. And his gas was getting really stinky. Seriously, he could clear a room.

I was holding off on calling the pediatrician until tomorrow. So I was determined to do everything I possibly could today to help Monster out. So, this morning when he woke up, I started bicycling his legs and giving his belly a massage. While he enjoyed it, it didn’t do anything. We played for a while then I took his temperature rectally, as the internet assured me that would always do the trick. Again, nothing. So, more bicycling and belly massages. Monster was starting to get tired of my antics. Next up, I consumed a large amount of vitamin C, as I read that might help as well. Still nothing…by 1:30 I had given up hope and resigned my.

Then, at around 3:30 he FINALLY pooped. And I didn’t realize it for a good 10 minutes, haha. He was playing on the floor was I was getting a few chores done. I went over to check on him and noted a foul odor, but thought it was just gas. I came back again a few minutes later, and he still stunk. Sadly, I was really happy about this – as it meant I could stop worrying about his BMs, at least for now, haha.

I’ll spare the details about the diaper change. Let’s just say it was rather messy as he was obviously making up for lost time. P was supposed to be home late, but his plans changed and ended up coming home at his usually time. He managed to arrive right as I was finishing cleaning everything up. Perfect timing, as always. 😛

So that was my day. The joys of motherhood….

Monster Attacking the Camera