prefolding

anonymous asked:

I know the subject has passed, but about the crunchy parenting stuff being taken from poor ppl &made into $$$, i was thinking abt cloth diapers. Used to be 'sposies were a privilege & CD was for poor. Now CD'ing is yet another collector's sport, at ~$35 for an AIO in a cute print for exmple. Unless you use prefolds/fitteds and don't go crazy getting like 50 diapers, you spend more w CD than you do with 'sposies now, and ppl get these ridiculously huge stashes. It's now a show of wealth.

All of this ^^^

Anyway. We predominantly nursed today, vs bottle feeding. It went really well! I’m so proud of his progress! I’m taking amoxicillin again so my supply is suffering, but we have plenty of back up milk stashed in the deep freezer just in case. If he nursed from both sides he’s bound to get at least 4 ounces, because even after he feeds I still pump a couple ounces from each side. We have an appointment next week to see if he’s still gaining weight like he should since we started this adventure so late. Last time he was weighed was 4 weeks, and he was 10+ pounds. Big kid! 😍 He’ll be 5 weeks on Friday.
And speaking of adventures, tomorrow I test run our cloth diapering attempt. I have a whole shit ton of prefolds and a few pocket diapers to try, so depending on what works I’ll have an idea of my future plans.

Cloth Diapering Vocabulary/Lingo:

Microfiber - A synthetic material commonly used to make cloth diaper inserts. It soaks up liquids quicker than natural fiber inserts, but is not the most absorbant. Reliable all the same. Microfiber cannot touch baby’s skin.

Microsuede/Microfleece - The inner lining of most pocket diapers and the soakers attached in All-In-Ones. Microsuede/Microfleece wicks moisture away from baby to prevent rashes and is okay to be against baby’s skin.

Inserts - Insert is a loose term referring to the absorbent mechanism in a cloth diaper. For pocket diapers, the most common inserts are made from microfiber. Inserts can also be made from organic cotton/hemp fleece, bamboo velour, charcoal bamboo, or any blend of the said fibers. Natural fiber (blend) inserts are more absorbent than microfiber, but don’t absorb liquids as fast.

PUL - An abbreviation for polyurethane laminate, PUL is the outer waterproof cover of most cloth diapers. (A lot of WAHM brand diapers are made with a cotton outer layer and a hidden layer of waterproof PUL.)

All-In-One (AIO) - The easiest cloth diapering device, just grab and go! AIOs are made with sewn in inserts/soakers. Most AIOs are made of synthetic innards (microfiber soakers lined with microsuede against baby’s skin), but there are natural fiber AIO options out there.

All-In-Two (AI2) - Also known as hybrid diapers, AI2s are very similar to AIOs. Unlike AIOs, not only do they have snap in inserts (often made of natural fibers), they also have disposable insert options. The removable insert option allows you to reuse the outer cover more than once, unless the diaper has been pooped, then you have to replace the entire system.

Pocket Diapers - Often referred to as just pockets, pocket diapers are also very easy to use and loved by cloth diapering parents. Pocket diapers are lined with microsuede/microfleece and have an opening in the back to put the insert in. Most pockets come with microfiber inserts, but you can put anything from folded receiving blankets to old t-shirts in pockets as inserts if you’re in a bind.

Prefolds/Flats - Prefolds and flats (often made of organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, or a mix of said fabrics) are a square fabric made to be folded and pinned either around baby. Prefolds and flats are most like “old style” cloth diapering, and is the cheapest method of cloth diapering. Prefolds and flats can also be folded into threes to be laid flat into a waterproof cover and can be changed out several times before needing to change covers. (Unless baby poops.)

Snappis - Snappis are a modern diaper pinning device for use on prefolds and flats rather than conventional diaper pins. (People still use diapers pins, so don’t worry if you’re not coordinated enough to use Snappis!)

Aplix - Aplix refers to the velcro closure of diapers. Aplix is much easier to get a better fit with, but wears out quickly, which is a problem if you aren’t a crafty mom who can replace it or want to use your diapers for future babes.

Snaps - A reference to the button like outer closure of diapers. Snaps last longer than aplix, but can be more difficult to close with a wiggly baby. For the most part, snaps are favored by a majority of cloth diapering parents due to longevity and the fact that it’s harder for babies to undo snaps than it is aplix.

Fitted Diaper - A fitted diaper is made of natural fibers in the shape of a typical diaper. They can come with or without snaps. Fitted diapers without snaps need to be pinned. Fitted diapers are not waterproof and need a cover if you don’t want any leaks!

Hybrid Fitted - A hybrid fitted diaper is a cross between an AIO and a fitted diaper. Hybrid fitteds have a hidden layer of fleece to force moisture back into the diaper before leaking outwards. A lot of cloth diapering parents let their kids roam the house in hybric fitteds without a cover. They are very breathable, but are not completely waterproof and need a waterproof cover if you want to be 100% leak free. 

Diaper Covers - Covers are used over prefolds/flats/fitteds/hybrid fitteds to prevent leaks onto clothing/bedding/etc. There are three common types of covers: PUL, wool, and fleece. PUL covers look very similar to pocket diapers, just without the inner lining. These are the cheapest and most commonly used cover system. With PUL covers, you can put them over fitted/hybrid fitteds and snappi’d prefolds/flats or just lay a folded prefold/flat onto of the cover. Wool and fleece covers are very similar to each other. They can look like shorts, pants, or even underwear. They’re much more expensive than PUL covers and prefolds/flats must be snappi’d/pinned around the baby. The pad fold method would not work with fleece and wool covers. Care instructions for wool covers are more detailed, but wool does not have to be washed as often as PUL and fleece. (If you have the money to try it, you get a lot of bang for your buck while wool diapering.)