Now, I’m an experienced cloth diaperer. I’ve been cloth diapering straight for over five years, with only a two month break when Ellery up and potty trained herself before Asher was born. Asher is my third kid in cloth diapers, and let me tell you, I thought I’d conquered every challenge related to diapering. Climbed every mountain, forded every stream, followed every rainbow, etc etc etc.
Turns out, I was wrong.
Meet Asher. (That’s him at three months, taken last week. Cute, huh?) He’s a boy. Our first boy. And boys pee differently than girls, right? Like, if you use disposable diapers with a boy, you find yourself tempted to turn the diaper around and use it again–because the back half to two-thirds of the diaper is BONE DRY. I kid you not. (I haven’t actually re-used a diaper, so don’t go freak out on me.)
If you cloth diaper, like we do, you’ll find that you need to double up on the absorbency up front while needing nearly nothing out back (except for poo days, which are an entirely different post altogether). No problem. We’re dealing just fine with this change.
But we have a massive diaper problem with this kiddo. Maybe it’s because he’s a boy, or maybe it’s just because he’s Asher–but whatever the cause, this kid cannot wake up dry in the morning. Will not. Can’t. We have changed our sheets more in the past three months than I think we ever did in our seven years of marriage prior to that.
It’s not that he sleeps through the night (ha! ha ha ha!), but more that we just don’t change diapers in the middle of the night unless they’ve pooped. It wakes ’em up too much, plus, we’re lazy and sleepy.
I’m pretty sure I’ve tried everything. It’s gotten to the point that adding any more diapers to his bottom would likely cause him back problems, because he can’t lie flat with all the bulk on his tush. With my girls, I could triple up the prefolds (yes, triple) and cover with a sturdy wool cover (Aristocrats have always worked perfectly for us) and we would always wake up dry. But that was when they were toddlers. Asher’s kind of small to have all those diapers on without being uncomfortable.
So for the first time ever, we resorted to disposables at night. I know, I know. But we were desperate. Only, get this: disposables didn’t work, either. We tried many different brands, even sizing up to get more diaper on him. Still wet. Some nights, we would get wet twice, requiring multiple clothes, diaper, and sheet changes. It drove me mad. It about killed me to plunk down money for disposables when we have a full stash of cloth diapers at home, but it was even harder after the first few brands just plain didn’t work.
But there is hope. And hope is called Luvs. We have had several dry nights in Luvs size fours! Amazing!
This buys me some time to design some sort of cloth diaper that will work for him at night without giving him spinal problems. I have some hemp fleece and cotton flannel that I’m thinking of sewing together in some combination. Both are very thirsty fabrics. Now I just have to find time to sew!