Saturday, 19 February 2011
I am currently on Day 3 of cloth diapering my almost two year old to prepare for my next little one due in April. I am proud to say that I love it, and I am sold.
Here's the scoop on poop so far... (Warning: This is definitely a poop post)
First, I tried my hand at Flips with the organic insert. I put one on Hannah after she had already pooped for the day, hoping that I could ease my way into this whole cloth diaper thing. But of course, she decided to make Sunday a two-pooper. Even though I had the insert in correctly, she still managed to get her nasty peanut buttery poop all over legs of the cover. It didn't leak or anything, but I could not wipe the poop off of the cover and reuse. The whole thing was shot. And the poop absolutely would NOT plop into the toilet no matter what I did.
So because I am undecided whether to get a diaper sprayer or not, I followed another mom's suggestion and used a crappy "poop" spatula to scrape it off and then wiped the spatula with a disinfectant wipe.
Unfortunately, the poop stained the insert terribly (using bumGenius diaper detergent). I'd love to put it in the sun, but oh right, it's February in Michigan. Sunny days are few and far between, and a frozen block of a diaper insert won't do me much good. Hopefully I didn't permanently set the stains in by throwing the insert in the drier. So that's my first question for all you CD mom's out there: Will sunlight remove even old stains?
Another complaint with the Flips is that I thought the cover smelled like pee after only one use. Now, I admit I have an obnoxiously sensitive nose, but I was kind of grossed out to put this cover back on my kiddo. So by the time I pulled out my bumGenius 4.0, I knew I would like them better than the Flips even before I tried them. Now, admittedly, Hannah hasn't pooped in one yet, but since you throw the whole thing (cover and insert) in the diaper pail anyway, I don't care where her poop goes like I do with the Flips. That also takes care of the pee smell since you aren't reusing the cover.
I also feel like Flips would never work with runny breastfed poop, so I'm a bumGenius mom, all the way! Not to mention, the bumGenius inserts dry WAY faster than the organic Flip inserts. Even after 90 minutes in the drier, the 4 Flip inserts that I had in there STILL weren't dry, but the bumGenius were totally dry. Other than the additional laundry, I feel like bumGenius are practically just as convenient as using disposables!
Now I'm wondering about Hannah's diaper rash. She's had a rash on and off for a couple of months now and I have not been able to pinpoint the food (or drink) that is causing the rash. In disposables, it has cleared up in a few days after using Desitin but then always come back again, but it doesn't appear to be a yeast infection. It does seem to be something in her urine, not her BMs. The only thing I haven't tried cutting from her diet is apples/apple juice. Do you think apples could be the culprit?
But more importantly, besides changing her constantly, how do you deal with diaper rash in cloth diapers? And along those same lines, how often should I change Hannah now that she's in cloth compared to disposables? Rash vs. no rash? Maybe this is "cheating," but I put Hannah in a disposable diaper with Desitin tonight for bed, just so she wouldn't have to sit in a cloth diaper for 12 hours.
I'm still perfecting my system a bit, but now that I'm using the bumGenius, I can't believe how easy this is. I might even use cloth diapers as soon as they fit on kiddo #2!