We have cloth diapered since the time Atticus was a week old. What we didn’t do was cloth diaper 100% of the time. Why is that you ask? When my husband and I first talked about cloth diapering he was adamantly opposed to “carrying around a poopy diaper” while we were out. So, we used cloth diapers at home and used disposables at night (once Atticus was sleeping in long stretches) and when we were out and about. Then in early July I looked for a disposable and saw that we would need a new pack soon. I started using cloth for quick trips to town and testing out ways for our nighttime diaper not to leak.
*I should note that the only leaks we have ever had in cloth diapers have been at night, because Atticus sleeps in 8-12 hour stretches and is a heavy wetter*
After four nights of waking up halfway through my sleep cycle to change Atticus’ soaked diapers, I was pretty defeated and back to sposies we went. I counted down as we went from 10 to 8 to 6 to 4… then I went to the store. We live in a small Michigan town during summer and our local grocer doesn’t carry 7th Generation, Earth’s Best or even Huggies Naturals. So 20 miles into town we went for some diapers. Target didn’t have size 4s. Martin’s didn’t have any “natural” brands. Harding’s only had overnight style diapers. So we went into Wal-Mart… those that know me know that I loathe Wal-Mart. Guess what? They don’t have any “natural” brands either and NO SIZE 4s (unless I wanted a giant box). Kevin said I should just order them online, but something was telling me that we could make this work and it was a sign.
I am happy to say that we are over a month into our 100% cloth diapering lifestyle and it is working out fab. I have only had to “carry around a poopy diaper” once and guess what? When Atticus was in sposies and pooped, it would always be a poopsplosion so instead of having to give him a wet wipe bath and carry around a poopy outfit, I now just carry a perfectly contained poop diaper. Not a big deal. I use an Alva wet bag which you can purchase from us in the shop.
Our nighttime solution is still a work in progress. For a while I was using a Bum Genius AIO double stuffed, but now that Atticus knows how to take off Velcro I can only use that option when he wears jammies. So we have been using an Alva one size diaper with 1 Flip insert and 1 bamboo insert and that lasts us about 8 hours so I tend to change him when I got to bed 4 hours into his sleep cycle.
If you are hoping to make the change to 100% cloth, what is standing in your way?
I should also note that Kevin has not once “carried around a poopy diaper,” because he doesn’t carry a diaper bag with him. I should have just gone with my gut from the beginning.