Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Ladies Love Cool Ben (LL Cool B)
He loved all of Elana's stuff (she is on the left) and Cindy (her mama) is even using the same cloth diaper service that we are. We gabbed about how much we love the service (Central Coast Diaper Service) and the lady that runs it (Monica). So now that we have been using cloth for almost two months (even on one road trip) I thought I would do a little blog about how we do cloth. Be-caaaaause, there are a ton of ways to do it. It can actually be insanely overwhelming. We do the easiest, most straightforward version and I was so intimidated when Monica came to do a demo! She even looked at me like, "are you gonna be okay?" I must have gone pale a little when she showed me how to fold them.
For night time we have had to get creative and try some different things. For several weeks we have been doubling up the prefolds (putting one down flat behind a folded one in the diaper) and using a larger cover. The only issue with that is the bulkiness, which makes it hard to handle when he is squirming, and he can only really wear a gown to bed, with a sleep sack. Which is fine, but we love putting him in little footie pjs. Plus, if he wets through two of them, there really isn't more you can do with prefolds. So we just ordered more of what is called a "pocket" diaper (Bum Genius), which we have in a one size fits all. Basically it is a disposable diaper constructed out of soft cloth, with a water resistant outer layer, and a slit in the soft inner lining. In the slit, you stuff it with either the microfiber inserts (pads) that come with it, or whatever you'd like (hemp inserts, prefolds, whatever works for you). The advantage being that you can get a lot more absorbency with a lot less bulk. The inserts are nice and thin. Usually I would just toss these into the diaper pail, and Monica will wash them with our prefolds, but I took one with us to LA, and needed it again. So, I washed both the diaper and insert in the sink, hung them over the shower for the night and fluffed them for 5 minutes in the dryer in the morning. It was that easy. And yes, he had pooped in it.