I thought I’d do a quick update on the diapering front. I get questions all the time that I answer individually, but I’m thinking there are probably plenty of people who don’t get around to emailing, even though they’re still curious.
Most importantly, it’s still super easy. Actually, it’s even easier now. Because, you know, 11 month olds don’t poop like 6 times a day.
Around 5 or 6 months Dashiell grew out of our size small Fuzzi Bunz and prefolds, so I bought a new set of One Size Fuzzis. We’ve used them exclusively since then and I love them. I know there are TONS of options out there for modern cloth diapers, but I really don’t feel the need to try any of them. What we have is working great and I have plenty of other things to obsess about.
Here’s the scoop on the One Size system. The leg elastic is adjustable so as your baby grows you let it out little by little, and each ‘Bunz comes with a second, larger liner for older babies. As I said we started using them at about 5 1/2 months so I can’t say for certain that they would be as excellent for the littlest ones, but it sure seems like they would. I think I probably ruined our size smalls with diaper cream (ack), so for the next babe we’ll probably just go for one size the whole way through.
We have 16 Fuzzi Bunz and it’s a fine number, though I think 20 would be ideal. Or 24. The more you have the less you wash and (conceivably) the longer each diaper lasts. It’s a significant investment to start, but totally worth it if they last you 2 years.
Other “accessories” of note:
We still use the toilet sprayer on and off. There are times I don’t touch it for weeks and other times I use it every day. I would probably suggest getting one if you’re in this for the long haul.
We have two diaper pail liners and the Thirsties is definitely better, but only because it doesn’t seem to retain the ammonia smell after washing.
And about the diaper cream. I tried using rice paper liners when I had to use cream when Dashiell was a tiny baby, but it managed to sneak it’s way onto the diaper anyway. At a certain point (can’t remember when) Dashiell just stopped getting diaper rash. Occasionally he still does and then I load him up with cream at night (in a disposable) and give him as much diaper free time as I can for a few days and he’s good to go. The best thing with Fuzzi Bunz is to avoid diaper cream altogether, but I know that’s not always an option.
Hope this helps!