Friday, January 18, 2013

Cloth Diapers at 11 Months

Welcome back to cloth diapering month by month with your host, me!  Ha ha, okay, seriously. I realize that my child actually 12 months now, so I am a little late on this post.  Hopefully you can look past my oversight :)

 This month was a little interesting in that we, well, didn't use cloth diapers for half of it.  We traveled a lot, and neither Josh nor I were interested in trying to figure out what to do with a car full of stinky diapers. But we're back in them, and I am so thankful to not be counting disposable diapers and trying to figure out how many more hours we have until we really do need to buy some more.

Adelle - 11 Months 

# of Children: 1

Gender: female

Size: 17 lbs, 27 in

Average # of Diapers a day: 9

Laundry Schedule: 2-3 days.

 Routine: 2 pre-folds used during awake times, all-in-ones during naps/bed

Diaper Size: One size diapers - middle settings; Thirsties covers - size 2, smallest settings; Disposables - size  3

Leaking?: This month's particular issue has been leaking overnight.  It is to the point that she has to wear a diaper with 3 layers of inserts.  Because of this, I am in the process of figuring out alternate fabrics for inserts that will hold more than the micro-fiber inserts we are using right now.

How's the Poo?: Kiddo is pooping more, and at more unexpected times.  About half of her poos happen while in prefolds and covers, so we're going through covers faster than we used to.  Josh and I have talked off and on about getting a couple more covers. My guess is we will be having the discussion again soon.

Did you Use Disposables?: Yes - actually, half of this month Adelle spent in disposables.  We traveled through 4 states over 2 weeks time, and even though I am an advocate for using cloth diapers as much as we can, using them while travelling was not something I was interested in doing.  At all.

Any Changes: Two things -
  1.  The end of this month was also the end of a pretty serious growth spurt.  We have been changing the setting slowly on a few of our diapers and covers (exciting!).  

  2.  I started using cloth wipes again, once we got back.  Its been kind of relieving to not have to pick through dirty diapers to pull out wipes anymore.
Any Issues: Again, just the leaking. I'll let you know next month how we work through the overnight leaking.

Favorite Brand: Bummi's TotsBots are still my fav.  This month, they have been the only diaper to hold all Kiddo's overnight work.  I think it's because [1] the insert is made of hemp [which soaks up more than microfiber], and [2] because the insert is a tongue-style, it naturally becomes two layers of inserts when the tongue is stuffed in. I can add another insert in without the diaper  seams exploding or my child looking like a oompa-loompa.  I think the picture below will actually explain better what I can't explain with words:

Still Like Cloth?: I enjoyed the convience of using disposable for the two weeks while we traveling.  I thought I was going to be overwhelmed going to back to cloth again when we got home, but honestly, it was a relief.  The routine of using them actually helped me get back in the groove of being at home.

Ha ha :)  Hope you have awesome weekend and MLK Day plans!

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