Cloth diaper trial and errors

Finding the right diaper for you is not always easy but once you find a system you like, the leftovers can often be re-sold. It helps to try out different styles and brands first and a diaper trial from a local shop can help you do just that!

Olive Pitts

Ah, cloth diapers, good ol’ cloth diapers.
It has been two years now since I started my adventure in cloth, and boy, have I ever learned a ton!

It all started with a Craigslist ad, “free cloth diaper stash” what? You mean I could diaper my child for free? And it’s only a block away!?(I was 8 months pregnant, lol, good thing it was close)

So I picked them up, checked them out, got very excited, and started researching, and researching and reading and googling and researching.
These diapers were Kushies brand, a Walmart available diaper, plain flannel insides, Velcro tabs, nothing special.

And then I realize that these diapers had horrid reviews, and that ‘gasp’ they won’t fit from newborn! So obviously I had to look for more suitable ones.

Back to Craigslist, I found a bummis diaper set, a lot of pre folds in newborn and infant size…

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My Cloth Diapers Are Leaking, What Is Wrong?

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There are only 3 reasons that a cloth diaper will leak…ready for it?

#1) Improper Fit 
Look at the fit of your diapers on baby. Is it too loose or too tight?  The diaper should fit snugly around the waist and legs with no gaps.  Move baby’s legs up and down, side to side.  If you see any gaps, you’re going to get leaks, so check the adjustment.  Fit issues are seen most commonly with newborns (who tend to have skinny legs) and after baby has a growth spurt.  Chubby thigh babies who suddenly slim out when they become walking toddlers can get leaks if your diaper adjustment hasn’t followed suit.  Don’t be afraid to tighten diapers well.  You won’t hurt baby.  Elastics in cloth diapers are nice and stretchy.  Note: If you are using FuzziBunz One Size specifically, sometimes parents will over tighten the leg elastics thinking that the snugger…

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The Magic of the Sun

UV rays make stains disappear (they also help kill bacteria)!

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Stains happen. Even the most faithful cloth-diaper-laundresses are not exempt from this unsightly truth. Cloth diapers, and all clothes for that matter, will get dirty and they will stain. That’s (laundry) life.

In such desperate times, many will turn to bleach. However, this is definitely not the safest option and we cannot in good conscience recommend it to our nature-loving, crunchy mamas.

  1. It’s not good for the environment. Though it is up for debate whether dumping it into your machine is actually harming the environment, the bleach-making process is extremely detrimental (read up here: http://bit.ly/19rE486). This is enough reason for many tree-hugging parents to avoid buying it altogether.
  2. Bleach is bad news bears for you and your baby (well, for basically any human being). It can cause problems in your respiratory and nervous systems and can cause pretty nasty burns. Ick. And that’s just bleach as a solo artist…

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Lil Joeys Review

Reblogging this because I won’t be able to review these anytime soon myself!

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Prior to Sweet-T being born we decided to rent some newborn sized cloth diapers. We knew that not all babies are born the same shape and size… Let’s face it, some are long and thin, others are short and chunky, and others are a happy mix. So, when we decided to rent ALL Lil Joeys instead of a good mix, it was a real gamble on our parts.

First thing I have to say about Lil Joeys is how adorable they are! The prints are bright and vibrant, and super fun. (Because if you are going to change a diaper, it may as well look fun…) I am particularly fond of Quinn and Dexter, which is the newest prints for Rumparooz. So, I was super pleased to open my rental box and find that Tami at Kissed by The Moon had magically known I wanted those prints with all…

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Excuse me while I shake my fist in anger

Eye opening blog post! Worth a read!

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Every once in a while a great idea just presents itself to you.  I had this moment not too long ago after reading a highly disturbing article about low income families who, when faced with the decision of choosing between buying food or buying diapers they bought food (obviously!) and then cleaned up or dried out the used disposable diaper and reused it.  I was horrified.  Having a 7 month old baby myself it broke my heart to think of what a fellow mom must feel when making this choice…watch your children go hungry or put a diaper full of dried piss (or worse) back onto your baby’s bottom.  Being a cloth diapering mama myself I thought, “Well, how simple is this problem to solve?!  They need cloth diapers!”

A few days later I read another article, this one about how Finland gives a box to every expecting mama that…

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Choosing the Right Cloth Diaper (Part III)

Reblogging this because it is so informative and easily understood!

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We’ve talked about the different types of cloth diapers available and how to get the right fit. Now I’ll explain different fabric choices. Once you find the right fit, the fabric used in a diaper is what really makes it work.

Microfiber: 

Microfiber refers to synthetic fibers, usually made from polyesters. This is the most common, or standard fabric choice for most “modern” cloth diapers, including all-in-ones, pocket diapers, and hybrids. If a diaper comes with a soaker (whether sewn-in or removable), then chances are that soaker will be made from microfiber. Microfiber fabric is often used for other products, like athletic wear, because the microfiber material wicks moisture away from the body, keeping the wearer cool and dry. So, it also make a great fabric for wicking moisture away from your baby’s bum.

Organic Cotton:

Here’s our first upgrade.  In many cases, the modern diapers you choose can be upgraded…

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