Baby Pickles walks like a drunk. I suppose all toddlers do. One step forward, one step back, sway, sway, and then she’s on the ground. But unlike a drunk, she has a thick padded bottom to land on. She’s never landed on her face. I guess babies are like cats like that. Yet another reason to love on some cloth diapers.
This month I am totally pissed at FuzziBunz. I mean, come on. When diapers costs 20 bucks I want them to work. I want them to look brain-meltingly cute, to fit, and to keep pee in. I want to use them for all the other kids I ever have. At that price I’d like it if they would bring me a glass of wine and give me a massage, but at the very least they should be keeping the pee in, right?
My first shock came when the FuzziBunz arrived with a warning that I would probably have to replace the leg elastic after six months (replacement elastic included). Excuse me? I don’t want to replace any leg elastic. I am lazy, bought these diapers because they were supposed to be easy, and have mending in my basket from over four years ago that I still haven’t gotten to. And you’re telling me I will have to replace the leg elastic of 15 diapers every six months?!! Much to my relief, I haven’t had to replace any leg elastic. But snaps and buttons have broken. Thumbs down. The Happy Heinys that we have owned and used for the same length of time haven’t had a single broken snap.
There was a brief period between 10 and 12 months when the FuzziBunz fit perfectly. Previously they had been chronic leakers. The fit just didn’t sit snugly on Pickles’ pickle-shaped legs. I chalked it up to size and got used to having to throw stockings and pants in the wash with the diapers at every change. A lot of our all-in-one diapers didn’t fit well around the leg when Pickles was fresh out of the flesh factory.
Now the FuzziBunz don’t just leak at the leg. They leak right through the “waterproof” fabric. After 13 months of use, they’ve self destructed. After an hour or so liquid starts to seep through around the seams, then spreads to the entire bottom area. The bed has been soaked. We have been soaked. Curses have been uttered. A pox on both your houses, FuzziBunz! A pox!
Wherein I love on BabyKicks some more
If I had a collection of exclusively fucking amazing cloth diapers, maybe BabyKicks’ diapers wouldn’t have been so quick to win my heart. But amidst the FuzziBunz diaper apocalypse? Oh yeah. In comparison with diapers that are handmade of organic hemp/cotton blends and are really fucking cute and easy to use? Oh oh yeah. In exchange for a bit of writing, I get a new BabyKicks diaper every month. While that means that I don’t have any long-term experience with their products, so far, I’m all like: “BabyKicks? Fuck yeah.” Exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point.
Last month I received a BabyKicks Organic One Size Fitted Diaper. Oo la la. Though I was initially disappointed that I needed to use a cover with this one (a fact that somehow escaped me when ordering), I’m over it now. This diaper is awesome. Absorbency is everything in a cloth diaper, and this diaper is absorbent. The snaps are the reverse of what I’m used to, so that was awkward at first, but otherwise, this has become my new favorite night time diaper. The terry cloth-esque fabric looks comfy, the brightly colored snaps are cute, and the thing keeps the pee in. What more could I ask for? And I’m still crushing hard on the black Premium Pocket Diaper that I mentioned last month.
Meanwhile on the front
While I’m enjoying our new diapers, I am not enjoying changing Pickles. At all. When she was an infant, diaper changes meant incessant screaming, which eventually faded into pleasant singing time, which has now been replaced by squirming screaming war time. She doesn’t want me to take off her diaper. She doesn’t want me to put on her diaper. She’s rather scream and writhe and rub poop all over herself and the bed. Does the fun ever start?!
The key is to be fast. Which is hard with snaps and impossible with prefolds. Because I usually use prefolds (one cotton prefold plus onehemp/cotton blend prefold plus one hemp insert) at night these days, we have a battle every single night. The other key, if you can’t be fast, is to be distracting. My phone has become old hat. A bottle of milk is all I have left in my hand. When she gets tired of that I’m screwed. Which is why I am stocking up on diapers that don’t require snappis or snaps.
Did any of you cloth diaper users reading have the squirming problem? And if so, WHAT THE HELL DID YOU DO? Or was diapering just even more annoying until potty training?