Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cloth Conundrum Follow Up

Remember a couple months ago when I said I wanted to try cloth diapering? I was going to do a cloth trial when I got back from Snowflake, but I just haven't.

My original desire to switch arose from a frustration with disposables. I'd tried Costco, Walmart, Target, Pampers, Luvs, and Huggies. Huggies worked the best until size 3. Once he hit 3's, nothing seemed to fit right and he was having blow outs like crazy. I have friends who happily do cloth diapering and swear they have less blow outs and problems than they did with disposables. I thought it was worth a try. Well, right before I left for Snowflake I decided to give Pampers another try. The Pampers 1 and 2 were so horrible I didn't want to, but I was desperate. To my surprise, Pampers Cruisers were WAY better than the swaddlers. They actually fit and we've only had 1-2 leaks in the past couple months.

Finding a disposable that actually worked slowed my cloth search. I still would like to try, but I am feeling like the optimal cloth learning phase has passed. It's practically impossible to get a disposable on him let alone learn how to do cloth properly and snugly! He's super-de-duper wiggly and often escapes naked bumed. I have to set him down 2-3 times before I can get his diaper on. If I went the bumGenius route like I wanted to originally, it wouldn't be that big of a deal to learn. They're a lot like disposables. However, they're quite expensive (though in the end would be cheaper than continuing disposables) and I've heard they generally don't last more than 2 kids because the leg elastic comes loose. The better option for longevity and cost is Chinese prefolds with snappies.

So, at the moment I'm feelings like I might just wait until our next kid to try cloth. Maybe I'll change my mind again, though. Who knows?

9 comments:

Juls said...

Disposable are just so convienent. I have been potty training and it is not fun or very nice when he goes poop in his undies :( I think he had a few too many peaches this week.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Yeah, but undies weren't meant to hold poo. It then gets on clothes, floors, body, etc. Cloth diapers are at least more contained.

Amanda said...

My first thoughts were exactly the same as Julie's. Just the swishing around in the toilet to rinse dirty undies is enough for me to never ever want to give cloth a try. Disposables are just so convenient and clean, if that is possible. BTW, I love Pamper's cruisers best of everything.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

You don't have to swish in the toilet any more. There are sprayers you can attach to your toilet, and I'd do that if I was really going to switch.

Kristeee said...

I had a hard time when we hit size 3s, too. I think it's due to the giant weight range for the size. I'm not brave enough for cloth. If I were to try something different, I'd go for gDiapers.

leethie said...

just a note, our prefolds are ready to be done after Rex. They may have lasted longer if I had line dried them or only used cold water to wash. But even 2 kids is a good long wear.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

Leethie, that's good to know. But even if you have to replace them at the same rate, they're still a better deal than the all-in-ones because they're cheaper to begin with.

CASSIE said...

I am still of fan of LUVS and Pampers Cruisers...just not brave enough for the cloth..seems like too much work.

Celia Marie (W.) B. said...

I had so many problems with Luvs I ended up doing their leak guarantee and getting my money back!