When I first informed my family I would be using cloth diapers on my daughter, they were all very supportive. My mom even drove more than 2 hours with me to the closest brick and mortar store which carries cloth diapers so I could check them out in person before deciding to buy. When my daughter was a newborn, we used mainly Kissavlus Fitted Diapers in Size 0 with Thirsties Diaper Covers during the day and bumGenius One Size 3.0 pocket diapers at night.
As soon as I put that first cloth diaper on her, I was hooked, as was my husband. My parents were equally impressed and we couldn't get enough of her cute, fluffy butt! We had no issues with leaks, blow-outs, etc. and couldn't believe how easy they were to use. However, that hasn't always been the case for Kendall's other caretakers - my mom and daycare!
A few months after my daughter was born, my husband and I decided it was time for a date night. My parents came over to baby-sit (certainly not a chore in their minds!). We laid out all the cloth diapering supplies, instructed my mom in which diapers to use when and left. When I arrived home that evening, my daughter was sleeping soundly in her crib. My parents said they'd had no issues with diapers or otherwise and went home. Little did I know what I would find when she woke up later that night.
When Kendall awoke for her early morning feeding, I laid her on the changing table and unsnapped her pajamas. Her bumGenius diaper looked a little larger than usual, and I noticed the velcro tabs weren't quite as tight as I normally put them. I was surprised there weren't any leaks, as her legs were still pretty skinny and she was only about 10 pounds, but when I opened the tabs, I discovered my mom had inadvertently used the bumGenius pocket diaper as a diaper cover over the Kissaluvs Fitted diaper! Not only that, but the Kissaluvs fitted was on inside out! No wonder there were no leaks; she was certainly protected! How my mom was able to get the Kissaluvs fitted snapped on the inside is a mystery to me! My husband and I got a good laugh.
Eventually I went back to work when Kendall was 3 months old. We were fortunate to find a daycare that would continue to cloth diaper her. During her first week, there was a bit of a learning curve with the diapers, and each night I couldn't wait to see what would happen next with the diapers. Usually the diapers are just on a bit looser than I would prefer, but one night, Kendall's bottom felt a little funny - it turns out, her diaper was on backward! How they managed to get her bumGenius diapers fastened in the back on a wiggly 3-month old, I'll never know!
After some careful guidance for Kendall's grandmother and daycare providers, we haven't had any other wacky diaper applications. However, with each misstep, we've never had a leak! Now, if only I could get the diapers to wash themselves....
By Elisabeth M.