As much as I love Cloth Diapering, the experience was not entirely without its own set of problems. But none without a solution. With a little tweaking of the rules and some creative ideas, I was able to get a great CD experience with my newborn so far.
1. Breastfed Baby Poop Soils the Diaper Covers Every Time
The entire idea of a few diaper covers and more inserts or prefolds goes to the dumps when a newborn who is exclusively breastfed, starts pooping. A simple solution would be to place your insert outside the pocket instead of inside it so you only have to change the insert and not the entire diaper along with the cover. Diaper/insert changes are so frequent during the first few weeks that the insert will not stay in contact with the baby’s skin for long. And in a few days, when you begin to understand your baby’s patterns, you can only keep the liner outside of the pocket until the baby poops after feeding. Once the poop is out and the baby is off to sleep fora good 2-4 hours, you can put the insert inside the pocket. You might also want to use hemp or bamboo liners/inserts till you have to have them touch the baby’s skin.
2. Washing Baby Poop Off Washable Diapers/Inserts/Liners
One of the major reasons parents shy away from cloth diapering is the thought of having to handle the gross poopy diapers with their hands. Now, the first good piece of news here for moms who are breastfeeding is that breastfed baby poo is completely runny and easily washable. Just throw them in with the rest of the laundry. At the most, you might have to do an extra wash cycle. For formula fed babies, consider having a health faucet/diaper sprayer type of attachment added near your toilet. It is a little hand shower spray type of sanitary fixture that you can use to spray off the poop into the toilet without touching it at all.
3. Diapers and Inserts Not Drying Out
We faced that problem when it rained too much and there was hardly any sun. Having more inserts and making temporary inserts out of absorbent cloth was what we resorted to. The next morning, we ordered more inserts online.
4. AIOs are Bulky and Ill-Fitting for Newborns
Although I have had no problems with diaper leakages with All-in one diapers, the aesthetics certainly go wrong! My tiny little baby looks super-bulky at the waist and upto the crotch. Now I don’t know if this counts as a solution, but it certainly has worked for me. Keep your newborn Swaddled! Swaddling the baby is recommended for at least 3 months of age for the purpose of better sleeping and we follow it religiously. Even friends who come to visit the baby are comfortable handling a baby wrapped in a swaddling blanket. And the swaddling blanket covers all the bulk of the diapers completely. By the time, we stop wrapping him and/or have to take him out, I am hoping he gets into tiny, cutesie overalls and shorts/pants etc. and even if he doesn’t, the diapers look less bulky and more becoming on him.
I wish I could say these are all the problems I have encountered, but the truth is that it’s been only 2 weeks and you never know what other unforeseen issues might be on their way, so I might add more to this post. In the meanwhile, Happy Cloth Diapering!