Wednesday, October 12, 2011
experimentation and lessons
So i've been a mom now for 6 weeks. And I have come to the conclusion that 1. parenting is a big experiment 2. you have to learn to set your expectations appropriately and 3. once you figure something out it will change. I am mostly talking about cloth diapering here but it can apply to almost everything that goes into raising infants. We've been testing out several types of cloth diapers to see what works for us. We've tried fitted diapers, pocket diapers, all-in-one diapers, and hybrid diapers. We've tried adding doublers and soakers. If something doesn't work, try something else. There are SO many options when it comes to cloth diapering but the main thing you have to remember is that cloth diapers will NOT meet your expectations if you compare them to disposable diapers. Disposables, with their absorbant moisture lock-in gel, can absorb so much moisture that you could probably leave a diaper on a kid for half a day and not leak (assuming no poo, that is.) Up to this point, we have yet to find a combo of cloth absorbancy and barrier that will not leak after 2-2.5 hours with our heavy wetters, on either the slim jim or the chunky monkey. I don't know how any diaper can claim to hold over a kid for overnight diapering. It seems pretty impossible to me right now but maybe that is because they are infants, always squirming around, the fit isn't just right around the legs or tummy etc. And that brings me to my last point which is that, inevitably, things will change. The kids will grow, they will because more active during the day and less active at night, they will be able to communicate when they need a diaper change etc. So what works (or doesn't) today may or may not tomorrow, literally. I don't want to give up on cloth diapering yet even though the multiple wardrobe changes, esp during the middle of the night, are really taxing. we'll see how i feel next week!