Updates on Our CD Adventure!

~ Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:53 PM ~

I had previously blogged about almost into starting off with our CD adventure and so these are the brief updates on the status so far:

1. Ben donned his 1st cloth diaper on 28th June 2011

His reactions? Upfront 'NO' when he realised I'm not putting on his normal disposable diaper for him. He squirmed away a couple of times despite my gentle nudging for him to try wearing it. After a few attempts, he relented and I managed to take the above shot of him wearing it. He seems comfortable wearing it though he'd prefer to wear his short pants over the diaper pants. Shy I guess...

2. How does it work out?

I don't know how long a CD should last but for my 28 months old toddler (12kg weight), whether I used the 2 folds or 3 folds insert, both only lasted maximum 1.5 hours. It soaked the insert entirely and I managed to change the insert before it gets to the diaper pants.

Oh, did I mentioned Ben is a very, very, very heavy drinker?

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As in he guzzles loads and loads of water in a day! So I guess that's probably why the inserts couldn't hold it long enough compared to disposable.

3. How do I go about cleaning the CD?

When I realised the inserts are soaked through, I just pulled it out, put in a new insert and throw the old ones into a bucket, soaked them in water (deep enough to cover the inserts), put in a few drops of the detergent I bought for this CD. I think I soaked them for few hours (forgotten about them actually! Whoopsss..) and rinsed the inserts a couple of times and dry them up.

4. How frequent am I using the CD on Ben?

To be honest, I have so far used the CDs for about 6 times. 2 times a day to be exact. In which the 2 times total up to 3 hours, used up both the 2 and 3 prefolds inserts. I got tired and changed back to disposable (which normally lasts for about 2-4 hours depending how much water Ben drinks).

5. What now?

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These few days Ben fell sick, was coughing occassionally (his mild fever just broke and he's OK now) and because of that, he drank more water than usual, so I did not let him wear the CD during these few days. So until his cough gets better, I don't think I will be putting on a CD on him... 

I guess that's about the updates I can think of for now... I have not given up hope yet on CD... I do agree that CD is a better choice in terms of environmental and economy factors, just that we are having a bit of a hiccup now and would prefer to hold it off for a few days and see how things goes...

Comments (4) -


What a cute little tush Smile

I'm wondering how Bella would react if we switched?  Hmm....


His diaper and red shirt combo reminded me of Wonder Woman.
Don't expect the CD to last more than 2 hours and you'll be a happier user. From my experience.

MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

Hope Ben would be fine soon.

- Inserts tend to reach maximum absorbency after several washes, sometimes need 8 washes. For materials with natural oil such as bamboo and hemp, need to prewash in HOT (about 60deg C) water to help remove the natural oils and reach max. absorbency.

- For heavy-wetters (like my boy too), 1 regular insert can last 1 pee. To up absorbency for longer hours, need more absorbent materials such as hemp or bamboo.

With the correct materials and combinations, CDs can last through 3-hour naps and 12-hour nights for my super-heavy wetter boy.

For daytime, it's good habit to change every 2-3 hours.

For potty-training stage, it's good habit to change after every pee.

- For pocket diapers, if inserting the insert, need to change the entire diaper cover and insert during each change. Reason: the pocket diaper is already contaminated with pee.

Exception: if laying insert with bamboo / hemp / stay-dry fleece layer on diaper cover, then can simply replace the insert.

Note: never lay microfibre next to child's skin it's very drying and can lead to rashes.

Hope the above helps. Smile

Catheryn @ Pinkbibs

Hope Ben feels better soon. Smile  And hope you will be able to go back to CD when time permits Smile

Have a blessed weekend ahead Smile

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