BumGenius- check. Happy Heinys- check. Inserts- check. All I needed to start my cloth diapering journey was displayed in front of me ready for the conquering (laundering, then conquering, in this case). A friend gave me some from her stash and I thought, why not give it a try? We're compost-having, garden-growing, green-living people so why not be cloth-diapering parents? I have the summers off as a teacher so it seemed the perfect time to give it a whirl with our six-month old.
I talked it up to my husband to convince the tight-wad to let me buy more. "Oh honey, they'll save us so much money and look how cute they make baby's tush look!" There was only one problem...they leaked. Not a little, but a lot. Like, how in the world will I ever use these for more than an hour and not wash ten outfits a day, a lot.
The questions swirled in my head. Stripping? Nah. Bleach? Nope, not for leaks. Tight enough? Chubby thighs were beautifully encased. Were cloth diapers just a crunchy sham? My debit card was still warm from my online diaper purchases that were in the mail, so I knew I had to figure out a solution or else purchase a secret cache of disposables to hide from my husband.
What could be wrong? I combed the internet until I stumbled on an article about heavy wetters. DING! The dryer timer went off for my inserts at the same time as the proverbial light bulb above my head. I had a heavy wetter! It wasn't the diapers- my kid pees a ton! Double-lining was my last shot; it just had to work.
The next day my husband came home, pleased to finally see our son wearing his adorable spring-green Happy Heiny. "I owe you an apology. The diapers seem to work well. Sure, buy some more for your stash." He noticed the bubble-butt appearance, but I assured him that double-stuffed diaps are all the better to soak up the pee. Sure enough, the last six months we have stuck to doubling up the inserts in our pocket diapers and no one has held a single "sprung a leak baby" since. I love cloth diapers, and with the help of my insert army, I'm changing the world one diaper at a time.
By Sandi C.