Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Goodbye Cloth Night-time Diapers
*sigh* It's been no secret around here that we have struggled with finding a night-time cloth diaper solution. The two main things that have caused our issues with this is the fact that 1) Myka has always been a good sleeper and sleeps about 12 hours each night and 2) She pees SO much in that time. We have found a few things that have worked along the way, only to encounter new issues or for her to "outgrow them". (Read: The older she gets, the more she pees, obviously.)
I know we're not the first parents to have issues with our child's night-time diapers and I'm sure we won't be the last. However, I'm throwing in the towel...again. I threw it in the first time back in late fall last year when I was still getting up before the crack of dawn to babysit. Me being the night owl that I am and waiting until I absolutely HAVE to get up in the morning, the last thing I wanted or had time to deal with in the morning was a pee soaked child and crib sheet. (Plus I'm sure that's not exactly Myka's ideal way of waking up either.) So, we started using disposables for a few months.
I gave the night-time diapers a try again recently when I received the Buttons cloth diaper to try out for the blog. (Which I'm still totally in love with, btw.) Their microfiber inserts (and BestBottoms) work great at night, but the ammonia smell is too much to handle in the morning. Sorry, I'll admit I'm selfish and I'm not the type of person who is going to both set an alarm AND wake my child up to change her in the middle of the night.
On top of that, she was starting to get diaper rash, as I'm sure you can imagine. For us, that kind of defeats the purpose of wearing cloth diapers. We even tried using some of the inserts I made awhile ago (pictured above in the middle and right) on top of the other ones so that the microfiber wasn't touching her skin. Even with the flannel and hemp, she was still getting a diaper rash.
So, as much as I don't want to, I give up. I am totally open to suggestions from those of you with more cloth diapering experience than I have. Have any of you experienced similar problems? What did you do about it?
Posted by Mixed Bag Mama