Yesterday, John and I started to transition Thea from disposable diapers (seventh generation newborn size) to cloth diapers. To celebrate Thea's birth, John's mom gave us a month of cloth diaper service from the Stork, a Charlottesville-based diaper service that has recently expanded service to Richmond. We thought the service would be a great way to help us move from disposables into the cloth diapers I had bought for Thea - a mixture of Bum Genius one-size pocket diapers and Fuzzi Bunz pocket diapers. We didn't jump right into using cloth for a couple of reasons - Thea was too tiny at birth to fit into the diapers I had purchased, I thought it would be too overwhelming to try to get into a system of laundering our own cloth diapers right after she came home, and I thought the diaper service kind of cloth diapers would be too complicated for us to wrestle with while trying to figure out how to care for a newborn.
It should be noted that I was completely wrong about the level of difficulty of using the diaper service style cloth diapers. The service's "starter kit" even comes with a video to demonstrate how to use them. Basically, you fold the pre-fold cloth diaper in one of three ways - the "boy" fold, the "girl" fold, or a third fold that uses snappi clips to hold the diaper in place. The third method is a way to fasten the diaper so that it can be worn without a diaper cover, which helps to ensure dryness and prevent leaks. We are using the girl fold (obviously) - you fold the pre-fold and then place it in the cover (you can purchase your own or rent from the service). Then you put the diaper on, just like with a disposable.
So, John did the honors of the first cloth diaper (as photographed above), and The and I settled in for a nap. We're having a bit of trouble getting her to fall asleep without one of us holding her, so she nestled into my chest for our rest. I woke about an hour later feeling very damp. My first thought was that we were both just a little sweaty from being snuggled up together. Then I thought that I was having some major breast leakage, which is definitely within the realm of possibility. But I picked her up and carried her to the changing table, realizing along the way that her entire onesie was soaked, as were my shirt and bra.
We were covered in pee, people.
Since Thea sleeps snuggled up next to me at night and John and I weren't willing to risk soaking our bed during the night, AND since the prospect of waking Thea up for an hourly diaper change is out of the question, we decided that we would go back to the seventh generation for the over night.
Today, I've been using the cloth diapers again, and it seems that a diaper change is in order every 30 minutes to an hour. If I wait much longer, we're looking at another soak-through. I'm not sure if this is normal for cloth-diaper changes for relatively new babies, or if Thea is just a heavy-wetter. I'm going to do a little investigation and also check with the diaper service to see if they have any hints. Because while I'm fine to change her diaper that frequently when she is awake, there's no way I'm waking that kid up to change her. It's hard enough to get her to sleep in the first place.
More updates to follow.