Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
Part 2: Dr. Strangepoop: Our Diaper Gear
- Part 1: Preamble for Cloth Diapers (of a 4-part series)
- Part 3: Changing Reusable Diapers: Step by Step
- Part 4: Washing Reusable Diapers
Pocket diapers â€“ There are many types of cloth diapers. A pocket diaper has a waterproof outer cover and porous inner lining that lets liquid pass through it. You place pee-absorbing "diaper inserts" into an elastic-closed pocket between the two layers. The baby should remain dry because pee is stored in the diaper insert.
We chose a one-size pocket diaper called Wonderoos* [wonderoos.com], although many families we know use a mix of brands for varying situations. Wonderoos differ from many brands in that they are a one-time purchase. (Some parents report sizing problems, so buy a couple to test first.) Many other pocket diapers come in newborn, infant and toddler sizes. Wonderoos are designed for 8 to 35lbs, or basically from birth to potty training. An array of snaps let me adjust the fit as Little Miss grows.
*The Wonderoos web site does not show any products for sale by the company at this moment, but here is a list of other retail outlets for Wonderoos.
We have used a wonderful Wonderoos online community [yahoo.com] when we had usage questions.
Diaper inserts â€“ Swatches of hemp, cotton or wool cloth absorb the pee. They can be square, rectangle or hourglass shaped and are placed inside the diaper’s pocket. Your diaper manufacturer will recommend certain inserts. Stop by an independent baby store to see alternatives.
We naturally learned to customize the type and number of inserts used. After a year, we’ve settled into two systems.
- Dad’s system: Chinese prefolds (thick) during the day for no chance of leakage. Adding a cotton microfiber insert will last Miss through the night.
- Mom’s system: Single cotton microfiber inserts (thin) during the day, sometimes adding a hemp "doubler" insert if we will be out-of-the-house for several hours. For overnight use, Mom agrees with me.
Don’t do what we did. Pick one type of insert and go with it. If you experience wetting problems, buy small "doubler" pads to add as needed. Buy alternatives only if you experience leaks.
Baby wipes â€“ I use the standard Huggies dispenser pop-up wipes. Some people make their own wipes from wash cloths and a homemade cleanser.
Changing table and/or dresser combo â€“ Reusable diapers and inserts are thicker than throwaways. The one drawer on our changing table was too shallow. We found the top drawer of an adjacent dresser to be useful for storing everything.
Two plastic step-on trash cans (at least 10 gallon) with liner bags. â€“ One holds diapers, the other wipes. (One of our cans is actually metal. I sugget plastic because there can be condensation problems as you transition from disposables to reusables.)
Diaper liners (optional) â€“ They look like toilet paper, but are stronger. Use them for easier poop removal. We use Kushies Flushable Biodegradable Diaper Liners [kushies.com]. Also see: Kushies liners at Amazon.com.
For the bathroom: motion sensor night light and box of facial tissue.