Friday, 9 May 2014

Cloth diapering 4-8 months

I wrote about our experiences about cloth diapering from the first 4 months of Likka's life. Those experiences were good and we have continued to use cloth diapers on her. We are also still using the cloth diapers on her for the same reasons described in the earlier post. But I wanted to write another post about this subject since we have changed the style of the cloth diapers.

Previously I liked to use a separate cover and diaper insert on Likka. Those were handy because I most of the time was able to use the cover many times and only wash the diaper insert. But once Likka learned to turn from her back to her belly and started to move much more in general too it became quite impossible to dress those diapers on her. Once I got the insert on place she had moved already so that the insert was not where it was supposed to be anymore. It was quite a struggle. 

The set of used diapers I had bought also had all-in-one diapers and pocket diapers and we started to use those. I also bought more of all-in-one diapers later. Now we only use all-in-one diapers and pocket diapers. We have some diapers that are closed with velcro and some with snaps. I prefer velcro. Ever since Likka did learn to turn on her belly it's been a miracle if she stays on her back for even two seconds, for some reason the need of turning is so strong that I cannot keep her on her back, it's just impossible. And closing those snaps while she lies on her belly is really difficult. I have learned to dress those velcro diapers on her even when she lies on her belly. Velcro on the other hand does tangle in the wash and it wears out over time but so far all velcro diapers we have are working fine even after many many washes. And remember that we bought those used.

If I would need to buy all the cloth diapers now I would solely buy pocket diapers with velcro attachment. All-in-one diapers are handy too but those take forever to dry. We have a few all-in-one diapers that have flaps, that can be opened and that way dry faster. But pocket diapers dry even faster, the insert is usually made of bamboo or similar and flat once opened. It takes only a few hours for those to line dry when with the all-in-ones it can take more than 24 hours. We do not have a dryer so this is big issue for us. Sure the pocket diapers do need to be filled before use, but I have not found that to be a problem.

As you may also notice we have placed the diaper changing pad now on the floor of the bath room. That is maybe not the most ergonomic place for diaper changing but whole less stressful. When Likka was about six months she had started to move so much that we actually had to hold her down so she would not fall off from the changing pad. Few more bending down for us beats broken skull of a baby.


  1. Oh my goodness--look out when she starts to walk! Actually, it is easier to change a baby standing up than when she is lying down. At about what age do you toilet train in Finland?

    1. I've seen diaper change standing up and it has looked very easy. Toilet training varies a lot. Some start right when the baby is born. Some when the baby can sit properly and some later. Most start before the age of two though. I think we will start quite soon, we just need to buy a potty :)

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    1. You mean the red jumpsuit with white dots? I think that is super cute too.

  3. I love the pictures! Just too cute!


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