The baby woke up this morning to a dry bed. I know that this should be a normal event, and actually, it is. But it’s normal when I use a disposable diaper, and even then, sometimes they leak. My kid can pee with the best of them.
You all know that despite our best efforts– well maybe not best efforts, there are foods I could have given up to trial but I haven’t– but despite some pretty good efforts Ada still has lingering unexplained diaper rash. Because we use Elimination Communication and she is diaper free practically all day, it doesn’t really make sense. Even the doctor thought there was way too much inflammation down there considering the diaper-dairy-gluten free status. We use cloth during the day when we leave the house, so that should cut down on rashes too.
But did anyone know there is gluten in disposable diapers? Crazy am I? Well, yes. And I don’t know that you could say there is “gluten” in disposables, but it turns out there is wheat in the vegetable cellulose or something or other that makes up the filling. I use 7th generation or Earth’s best or Naturebabycare disposables because they do not create dioxin by using chlorine in the manufacturing which is like, horrible, for the environment.
Whether or not there is wheat or gluten in diapers, and notwithstanding the fact that gluten doesn’t pass through the skin, her diaper rash is always around and it’s just another thing to make me want to make that final landfill-friendly leap and be a no-disposables-at-all-momma.
But Ada pees so much at night I hadn’t given up that last disposable each night. And even then, I’m so cheap and thrifty I still feel like $10 a month is too much to spend on something that will just be peed on and trashed. It’s like peeing on money to me. And I realize that $10 is far less than most spend a month on diapers.
I’d tried the diapers we have at night and they just can’t cut it… me and my mom have made some great diapers, and our best ones, that fit her well (many I put her in are too big, they were Azi’s, but I don’t have to do laundry as often if I use the bigger ones too) last most of the night, but I’d still have to change two or three time because she just goes so much!
I really wanted to get rid of the disposables, so I started perusing cloth diaper sites a few nights ago. So many other moms told me that they don’t have any cloth diaper issues at night, and I figured my kids must just big too big of wetters, because it just wasn’t working for us.
I started looking at some of the recommended brands, Bumgenius and Fuzzibunz. It turns out that Fuzzibunz (and maybe Bumgenius too, I don’t know.) are pocket diapers, at least the ones I got. I’d heard of pocket diapers, where you insert “soakers” or pads into the diaper, but since I stitched my soakers on, some inside the body of the diaper and some not, I didn’t think it would make much of a difference. I was wrong.
I ordered three that were one sale for being factory seconds from this site. Cost was a big factor in me not trying the nicer cloth diapers to solve our issues. Cloth will without a doubt be much cheaper in the long run, but short run costs count too.
Man I’m so in love. As in love as you can be with something to catch your kid’s pee, at least.
I put three soakers in, which she thoroughly needed. Not a leak. She seemed fidgety and uncomfortable in it by morning time, but that is no different than with an overfull disposable, either. I could even change it if I wanted for her comfort, but if we sleep all morning and I can’t, I know it’s not a big deal.
Here are some pictures of the diapers in action, which since she is diaper free, I just put on for her to model!