the whole point of this blog post, is to rave about the awesomeness that is fleece.
I have posted a lot about my hunt to find the right night time combo - recently I have been using prefolds, which has worked out well, but if Emersyn had a bottle or two overnight [as she tends to do while teething], I have found she tends to wake up a little damp... nothing that would be uncomfortable for her, but frustrating to me all the same. Kind of like the diaper 'winning' and me losing.
A friend on JustMommies talked about fleece and using it overnight - and suggested a super easy way that a cover could be made - basically cutting up and old fleece blanket into a flat [diaper] shape, and then pinning it on over a prefold or fitted. I looked at my old, ratty fleece blanket - and decided it was worth a go. I did the cutting and got it all ready, just in time for Emersyn to need a diaper change... I put it on her and expected her to wet through - but when she was still dry and was ready for another nap, I decided to see what would happen if she wore it for her nap...
That nap lasted for two hours [very abnormal] - and I was amazed when she got up and was DRY.... I decided I might as well bite the bullet, and ended up cutting another couple of squares, and when it came time for her to go to bed for the night, put her in another fitted, with the two layers of fleece over top. I fully expected her to wake in the early hours, very wet - lo and behold, she woke up at 6am - STILL DRY.
SUCCESS OR WHAT.
Every night since, Emersyn has had a fleece cover over top of whatever diaper she has worn to bed, whether it's a fitted, prefold or pocket - and we've not had a single leak... she hasn't even felt damp. I have the 'flat covers' that I 'made' for her, a Bummis polar wrap, and a Funky Bumz pull up soaker.. I think I prefer the pull up soaker, just because it seems to fit her best around the legs.... but I have absolutely no qualms in using either of my other fleece covers.
I really really wish I had tried fleece beforehand, because it would have saved Emersyn a LOT of damp pyjamas and bedding... but I think a lot of cloth diapering is about trial and error... finding what works, finding what doesn't... finding the products that make life just a little easier... and realising what was really a total waste of money. I guess that is the way it goes with any baby item though.
I will get some photos of Emersyn in her fleece soon, and post them up in the near future.