Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cloth diapering doesn't have to be complicated.

Cloth diapering can seem super overwhelming, especially if you've never seen any in person before. You're suddenly bombarded with a whole new set of vocabulary words to learn; AIO, Pocket, Stuffin, Doubler, Insert, Liner, Fitted, Semi-fitted, Stay-dry....what???????? The even harder part is that if you haven't had a chance to see and feel how all these things look and work in real life, the chances are that you're waaaaay overcomplicating them in your head.

I know, it is enough to make your head explode but it really isn't all that complicated. If you're new to cloth I am about to really make your life a lot simpler. Here's what you need to know!

A prefold is an insert, a stuffin, a doubler, a liner, a diaper and then....Really! I just want to make it super clear that once you have a stash built up of all the different cloth diapering diaper styles and their various accessories, they are all very interchangeable.

Let's break the rules together!

If something has a pocket then you can stuff it. You are not limited to stuffing it only with what it came with. The cloth diaper police will not come and take you away. Have a little fun. Try stuffing your favorite pocket with a tri-folded prefold and topping with a micro insert for overnight. Try tri-folding the prefold with a hemp doubler inside!

Try not stuffing a pocket diaper! Use it as a cover over your favorite fitted. Use it as a swim diaper. Live a little!

Have a favorite cover? Try using your inserts instead of a fitted or prefold inside. Simply lay them in, double them up, top with a fleece or disposable liner and see what happens. Have you just invented your very own new AI2 diapering system using what you already have in your stash? Wahoo!

Ran out of doublers? Try cutting your prefolds in three and sew the edges. Voila, instant doublers/inserts.

The purpose of this pep talk is just to let everyone, especially newbies, know that finding your own personal favorite method of diapering means you should experiment. Your popular brand OS diaper may be leaking at night with the inserts it came with and you might just be one extra doubler or prefold away from finding your best overnight solution.

Just because something is a "doubler" doesn't mean it can't be used as an "insert."

I encourage you to try switching up your diapers, covers, inserts and accessories and see what happens. Some things may not work and others might work better than you could have ever imagined!

Anyone found any crazy cloth diapering combinations that work for you? Leave us a comment we'd love to read them.


Dee said...

I wish I would have started with cloth sooner! Its much easier than I ever thought!

Chipper Jules said...

Oh, how true! I remember telling an "expert" when my little guy started wetting heavily that I was using an inexpensive prefold behind my fleece in the pocket of my diaper. The response was - "well, you could do that if you had too" Well - it WORKED!

Carly said...

I stuff my Pocket Diapers with a Hemp Babies Prefold. This is my nighttime diaper. No leaks ever:)My son is 16 months:) He is a Heavy wetter.

Amy Walker said...

Great tips! I've just begun to get a little experimental like that. It's very freeing! :)

PamJ said...

Awesome post :)
I just read/heard somewhere though that if you DO use a cloth diaper as a swim diaper, use it only for that and not a diaper again because the PUL/waterproof layer gets damaged (from the chlorine and chemicals I am assuming...)

Since I don't put microfiber against my baby's sensitive skin I have turned the loopydo inside out and stuffed it in the pocket! His lil tushie doesn't get red that way :)

Sarah R said...

Great post! There really are lots of options.

I do love my SuperDo inserts for nighttime. No leaks! :) I wait to change her after she has woken up and had her first feeding, since that's when she does her big super pee of the day.

carlaboo11 said...

i started with my second child when he was 6 months old... wish I would have started WAY sooner, too! It's so much easier than I thought it would be

Katie S said...

This is a great post. I'm totally new to this gig and AM overwhelmed! I'm especially frustrated because my first attempt when badly, and my son had a horrible diaper rash after 3 (maybe 4) hours in his new cloth diaper when wearing it the first time. This post helped me get excited about experimenting and trying more options until we find something that works for us! Thanks!

Carrie said...

I've used several of the ideas you mention - stuffing pockets with prefolds, using microfiber or hemp as an added layer in a prefold with cover. I even tried a pocked diaper as a cover a few times! I love mixing and matching my diaper products!

Molly BW said...

thank you for this post! I'm almost 7 months preg with my first and am committed to cloth diapering (just like my Mom did) but am still quite clueless on all the lingo and differences. This made me feel a little better!

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