I had spent some time getting acquainted and admiring my cloth diapers. I had washed and prepped my cloth diapers and lovingly put them in the changing table drawer for easy access.
But I hadn’t used them yet.
I don’t know what I was waiting for. I kept thinking there should be an exact time to start. None of my research had uncovered when you should put the diapers on your newborn baby. I was nervous. I kept putting it off thinking tomorrow would be a better day to try. Here I am 5 weeks after my newborn arrived and I’m still having cold feet.
It was a Saturday morning and because we would be hanging out at the house for the whole weekend with no plans to go anywhere, I decided it was as good a time as any to pop on a cloth diaper and give it a whirl.
I realized I was actually looking forward to experiencing a wet diaper change (and dare I say it – a poopy diaper too). I let my baby girl hang out for a while in her new, fluffy diaper; after a little over an hour later I decided to change her. The diaper was definitely wet and the insert was heavy with urine, but her clothes were absolutely dry. I must have done something right! Next cloth diaper, here we come!
After an entire weekend of using my new stash of cloth diapers, I’m proud to say we only had one leak and that’s because I didn’t tuck the insert down into the diaper properly. It was sticking out of the back of the diaper, and therefore when it did an amazing job soaking up pee, the part that was sticking out got her clothes wet.
But that was an easy fix – just made a mental note to make sure everything is tucked in properly, check!
On a side note, the hardest part about changing a cloth diaper for me was figuring out when to change my baby. Unless there was an obvious poop (more on my first poopy diaper later), I changed her every time we had a feeding, which was about every 2-3 hours. I’d say in those early newborn weeks we went through about 10-12 diapers a day.
That first weekend using cloth, I also learned that CDing is very similar to using a disposable diaper, except that when soiled they go into a reusable diaper pail for storage until washed and reused again. These dipes were not going into a landfill never to be seen again.
What a great feeling…