Originally Posted by jfork
Background: I like fitted diapers very much, but have none. I do, however, have 24 prefolds stuffed in a bag. I have a toddler who is getting ready to potty train & he is very motivated when he's in a cloth diaper (or grossed out, either way, it works for me). I am also expecting in late March. I have been looking around online at fitteds & at having my prefolds converted, but am just stumped as to what I should do. I can't decide if I should sell the prefolds I have & buy new, or have mine converted. Can prefolds be converted into one size fitteds? Does anyone know how converted prefolds fair during the night?
Also - help me, please, with my issues with cloth diapering. I stopped CDing because I got really bogged down with laundry, & personal issues (child was diagnosed with sensory seeking disorder, the other was considered to have asperger's, we moved, we homeschool, etc), so the cloth diapering had to give.
Here are some of my biggest issues with cloth diapering. I feel like I had to be doing something wrong, so please enlighten me.
1) My laundry room stank. I stored the diapers (no longer than 2 days) in the Bummis diaper tote, & man(!) it was rank after those 2 days. Do I need an actual diaper pail/bin-thing with liners & a carbon filter to store my diapers? I use a zippered wetbag and the zipper keeps all the smells in. That said, it sounds like from the rest of your post you were putting poopy diapers in your pail and there is no type of storage system that will make poop not stink, ya know? it's poop.
2) The diapers smelled gross. I never used any type of anti-bac/odor remover when I washed them, but I washed them according to directions. (I am mostly referring to my pockets with the lingering odor.) Do I need to have an additional step, or do you have an laundry detergent recommendations? You didn't say what your routine was, but generally speaking I think most people follow a routine of Rinse, Wash, Rinse. That said, pockets/microfiber/synthetic diapers are known for lingering stink issues that you won't get with natural fibers, so I think if you go with fitteds like you're thinking, that would resolve it for you without any more troubleshooting.
3) I am not very good with poop. I know I am getting knit-picky here, but I'm trying to be really honest because I need help... I bought the flushable liners (Imse Vimse) & used those pretty regularly, but the poop would not stay on the liners. I would end up just tossing the diaper into the wash & rinsing it a zillion times, then washing it, re-rinsing, etc. I was so gross. I do not own a diaper sprayer. Is this something I should invest in? Also, what about the Spray Pal to go with it? Is this necessary? I've never used liners because honestly you'll end up handling the poop more with those than you would with another method! I think if you want to cloth diaper and your child is either eating some solids or on formula that a diaper sprayer is a necessity- epsecially since you have said you are particularly *not good* with poop. As far as the spray pal, I wouldn't say it is a NECESSITY, but I will say that I have one and that I would not cloth diaper without one because I am bad with the poop too! I big puffy heart LOVE my spray pal. Makes spraying out the nastiest of toddler poops easy.
4) Diaper rash. What am I supposed to use when my little one gets a rash? We use CJ's BUTTer when a rash crops up, but I wouldn't be surprised if any rashes you did have went away with switching to natural fibers. It is very common!
5) Regular, button pants don't fit. Do y'all size up in pants, only buy elastic waist, or am I missing something? It seems like baby clothing companies do not leave enough room in the butt area for cloth diapers (esp Gap & Ralph Lauren). Am I the only one who struggles/d with this? we size up and use elastic waistband pants
6) Baby wipes - do you guys soak your wipes, or use a spray? I never really got a good rhythm with cloth wipes, but hated using disposables. neither, really. I take a stack of folded wipes and run them under the faucet until they are totally soaked. I squeeze out all the extra water until they are just as moistened as I like them to be and then stick them in a wipes warmer.
I know this is a really loaded thread. Thank you for any advice. I do want to get back into cloth, but desperately don't want to fail again. My husband is *not* on board the cloth diapering train, esp. since we've become so spoiled with disposables (& our laundry room smells so fresh,) but I hate the idea of chemicals touching my babies' genitals. Thanks again!