We’ve had a serious situation here with diaper rash lately. This never plagued us before, but now it’s become a real problem. Matthew’s poor little tush is raw at the moment and he’s quite grumpy about it (who wouldn’t be?).
We started out cloth diapering when Matthew was born and really, really liked it. We never had a single blow-out, not a single leak, and no rashes. However, I bought the one-size diapers that you adjust and they were just too bulky. They worked fine with onesies, but even with sleepers, they were just too big and made his clothes tight. We couldn’t put him in any of the pants or one-piece outfits I’d bought before he was born because they wouldn’t fit in the tush. He also couldn’t rest his little thighs together when he curled up and that just seemed unnatural to us for a newborn. And finally, with so much bulk down there, we wondered if the poor little guy was getting too hot given that it was full-on summer here. We used the cloth diapers for 7 weeks and then decided to shelve them for a bit… until they didn’t need to be cinched up so much. Everyone was happy.
My one regret about our decision is that we abandoned cloth wipes and natural cleansers at the same time. That was stupid.
I tried the cloth diapers again about 6 months ago and they leaked like crazy (I’m sure I didn’t have them sized correctly), so I shelved them again. We were used to the disposables, we were still having no issues with diaper rash, and the cloth ones were still pretty bulky so it made sense to stay in disposables for the time being. We use Pamp.ers Swadd.lers Sensitive, so they really are quite soft and nice. We tried the cheapies but they felt like paper to us, which means they probably felt like paper to Matthew too. We don’t want paper on our butts, so why would he? Needless to say, the last 46.5 weeks have cost us a fortune in disposable diapers, when I had a fortune in cloth diapers stored up in his top drawer.
I never moved the cloth diapers out of Matthew’s dresser because I knew that if I did that, that I would probably never go back to them. My goal always was to return to the cloth diapers when the time was right.
We think the time is right. When I changed Matthew after breakfast, his little tush was so red and unhappy. B whipped up a batch of natural cleanser and I got the diapers out to size them all up. He’s napping now in one of them. He woke up crying 30 minutes into his nap, but never got up. I think he may have wet his pants and realized it, but he went back to sleep and is sleeping soundly now. I am anxious to see how his shorts fit over the diapers – that will be the deciding factor (that, and if they leak or not).
I forgot how cute these diapers are. I’m actually a bit excited to get him back into them! Now that he’s a bigger boy, I don’t think I’ll need to wash them every.single.day like I did when he was first born. That, actually, is why we have so many (24). He went through them so quickly and could not stand being wet, so I was washing diapers constantly. I don’t know how some of you get by with only 12-16 cloth diapers with a newborn – Matthew went through about 14 a day when he was first born.
We shall see how this goes. I am really hoping it works well! We will still use a disposable at night because, well, he sleeps through the night and we do not need to introduce a reason for him to be getting up. When we have another baby, we’ll probably have him/her spend the first year in disposables too – it just worked well for us (and Matthew will still, likely, be using the cloth diapers).
The one drawback to this is that I JUST bought a new diaper bag that is the size of a handbag because the normal diaper bag is just too big. I kept forgetting my wallet, or phone, or keys if I left the house without Matthew because I hated carrying the diaper bag without a baby to go with it – it was just too big and unnecessary. Now that I’m going back to cloth, I wonder if the new bag will be too small. We shall see. I’m sure it will be fine… I’ll make it work! I mean, who wouldn’t make it work with a diaper bag/purse this cute?*
* I am not a purse person – not at all. I hate switching things out from bag to bag. This little bag is completely out of the norm for me which makes me REALLY excited about it 🙂
July 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm
We have 15 diapers (Bum Genius AIO One-Size) and have been using them ever since 4 weeks. Stella definitely sizes up in shorts/pants a littler earlier b/c of them, but once you do that, you just always buy the next size up (ex. if she’s in a 9mo onesie, she’s probably in 12mo pants) and that’s normal. . We now wash diapers every 2 days (used to be every day and a half) – I’d think with 24 you could EASILY get by with washing every 2-3 days now that Matthew is older. Since Stella still nurses 2-3x/night, she pees a LOT at night, and just lately I’ve been using a disposable on her at night b/c she was leaking through the cloth. Other than that, I LOVE my cloth diapers – they contain blowouts MUCH better, and it keeps her butt nice and rash free! Give yourself a solid week of trying out your cloth diapers again – it might take you a couple days to get the sizing just right, but once you do, I think you’ll love using them again!
July 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm
I’m happy to report that Matthew’s shorts still fit him with the CD’s on 😉
July 4, 2012 at 3:45 pm
I’ve heard so many good things about cloth diapers. We’ve never used them, but I wash so many blowouts out of Simran’s clothes, sheets, etc. that I bet the amount of cleanup work would be about the same.
July 5, 2012 at 11:48 pm
They’re worth a try. The problem is the big up-front investment. It’s rather expensive if you decide it’s not for you. But that’s what E.bay’s for, right?!
July 5, 2012 at 7:30 am
We used cloth diapers for awhile, and you are right, they are SO cute. Then G got his feeding tube, had surgery, got really sick, and I simplified life and went back to disposables. I tried to go back a few times, but just had a mental block against doing so much laundry! Anyway, I think CDing is awesome and sometimes I wish we had stuck with it.
July 5, 2012 at 11:46 pm
We switched to disposables, too, to simplify life. I’m all about simplifying life 🙂
July 5, 2012 at 6:50 pm
I’m a 100% CDing mama! We’ve never had a leak, or a blowout – knock on wood! The odd time, HGB’s clothes get wet because *ahem* BJB doesn’t adjust the cover properly. I have 24 as well (plus 3 covers), and I wash every 2 days or so right now. Now that’s it’s summer, I can let them dry outside as well, which is great for stain removal (which is rare) and freshening up. Plus, I have coin laundry, so drying for free is such a bonus! HGB sleeps in them at night no problem as well. Worth a shot!
Can you post your “recipe” for natural cleanser? I have only ever used just plain water on my cloth wipes, but HGB has had some gross poops for the last few weeks (while teething, I think 😦 ) and bathing him ever night is hard on his skin too.
HGB has been struggling with rash too ever since he had chicken pox. He got it bad on his bum, poor kid. I found the best thing for it was naked time! In the backyard is the easiest for clean up! 🙂
July 5, 2012 at 10:38 pm
FYI – we use 1 Tbsp soap (whatever wash you use for your baby in the bath), 1 Tbsp baby oil, and 1 cup water. Adjust the ratios to get the wipes as wet as you like!
July 6, 2012 at 7:29 am
I used to do a squirt of soap, but just stopped after HGB was a few weeks old. I completely forgot until I read this post the other day! Thanks ladies. 🙂
July 5, 2012 at 11:39 pm
I would post the recipe, but it’s B’s recipe and he FORGOT it! It was so awesome when we used it when Matthew was tiny – it was just perfect and smelled wonderful. The batch B made the other day was not good – too soapy. He says that when he remembers it, he’ll post it 😉 We think it was made with Dr. Bronner’s baby soap, olive oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil, and water. We don’t know how much of each. We’ll try it out and update you!
Side-note: when Matthew was first born, B went through a stint of making his own soap. He still makes all of our hand soap, but “back in the day,” he made our laundry detergent (was a bust), dish soap (too oily), body wash (very lovely!), shampoo for him (he’s a “no-poo” guy), and baby wipe solution. It was fun to try it out!
Naked time for Matthew is his favorite time of day! I let him roam around the bathroom naked after we shower. He has peed on the floor twice, but I don’t care 😉
Our diapers are going out in the sun soon. There are still some newborn poop stains to deal with.