Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bum Genius Cloth Diapers

We went against popular convention with our daughter's diapers. Before she was 2 months old we switched to cloth diapers. My wife convinced me to try them because the were SOOOO much better for the environment. A perk is that they are SOOO much cheaper than disposables. We bought the trifold style most people remember from my childhood era. They have a purpose, but baby sitters and day cares are not big fans.

Down here in Austin, it was easier to find people who use them and could provide detailed advice and places to purchase them. Hippie-Tree-Hugging-Austin has eco friendly diapers? What a shock!
We switched to Bum Genius shortly after. They are what they call pocket diapers. Literally there is a cover with a colorful outside and a pocket created with another piece of wickable fabric to sit close to the baby's skin. The actual diaper is just an insert that slides into the pocket. You wash both, the middle is just the absorbent portion. The style we purchased were one size fits all. They snap smaller and come with sizable inserts for babies of all sizes/ages. The Velcro flaps that close around the baby work exactly like disposables. So since they look and act like disposables as far as fit on the baby, people aren't opposed to using them.

Problem we recently ran into is leaking though! We've gotten the kid to sleep roughly 10 hours at night now. When she's awake, that's like 5 or 6 diapers! So these are getting full and leaking out. I know disposables have the same issue, but I'm not sure what the best solution is. We've been stuffing the infant trifold diapers we haven't used in over a year and that seems to have squashed the problem. No leak at all, but her diaper which was already huge compared to disposables is now double it's normal size. I don't want to buy a bunch of doublers, but I think it might be our only solution. Dang it, babies never stop costing more money!

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