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post #281 of 580

Okay so I need an alternative for night time diapering.  Dylan is still in the newborn sized bumgenius diapers, but he's kind of starting to bust out of them (hello baby muffin top!)  and he is a super soaker so he leaks like crazy- even though I am changing him every 2 hours at night.  So that means an outfit change as well, which really pisses him off.  I tried moving him up to the bigger diapers (we have one size BG's which I sized down to small for him) so that I could put in two liners (the newborn ones are AIOs) but then he just leaked out the leg openings because it's a tad big still.  

I have about 5 flip diaper inserts, which I guess would be considered prefolds - what is the belt you speak of?   Can i rig something up?  Any other ideas for nighttime that would be fast to change and would be super absorbent?  (he doesn't poo at night, and moves around quite a bit while sleeping.)

post #282 of 580
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

Okay so I need an alternative for night time diapering.  Dylan is still in the newborn sized bumgenius diapers, but he's kind of starting to bust out of them (hello baby muffin top!)  and he is a super soaker so he leaks like crazy- even though I am changing him every 2 hours at night.  So that means an outfit change as well, which really pisses him off.  I tried moving him up to the bigger diapers (we have one size BG's which I sized down to small for him) so that I could put in two liners (the newborn ones are AIOs) but then he just leaked out the leg openings because it's a tad big still.  

I have about 5 flip diaper inserts, which I guess would be considered prefolds - what is the belt you speak of?   Can i rig something up?  Any other ideas for nighttime that would be fast to change and would be super absorbent?  (he doesn't poo at night, and moves around quite a bit while sleeping.)


This is the wrong answer, I know, but I still put disposables on Jasper at night. Works pretty well. Back when I would never, ever consider doing that, I used a really think fitted diaper and a Stacinator fleece cover. Nothing got through that thing! I've got one waiting now... It's a medium, though so not quite yet.

I'm using prefolds and wool, so that does not go well at night... I'd have to get up to change him way to often.
post #283 of 580

This is what I have, and I just tuck the prefold in it, and I can pull it out and stick a new one in without sitting up. We also sleep on top of a homemade piddle pad, it catches any pee leeks and also milk and spit up, since I'm still leaking through even a diaper stuffed in my shirt at night. I have three so I can just toss it in the wash without stripping down the bed.  I'm sure a towel would do the same thing.

post #284 of 580
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

Okay so I need an alternative for night time diapering.  Dylan is still in the newborn sized bumgenius diapers, but he's kind of starting to bust out of them (hello baby muffin top!)  and he is a super soaker so he leaks like crazy- even though I am changing him every 2 hours at night.  So that means an outfit change as well, which really pisses him off.  I tried moving him up to the bigger diapers (we have one size BG's which I sized down to small for him) so that I could put in two liners (the newborn ones are AIOs) but then he just leaked out the leg openings because it's a tad big still.  

I have about 5 flip diaper inserts, which I guess would be considered prefolds - what is the belt you speak of?   Can i rig something up?  Any other ideas for nighttime that would be fast to change and would be super absorbent?  (he doesn't poo at night, and moves around quite a bit while sleeping.)


I use disposables at night.  Bettie sleeps for 5 hours stretches and there was nothing I tried (wool, fleece, AIO's, double stuffed pockets) that kept her dry for that long, especially for her second 5 hour stretch after she had nursed. 

 

 

 

I have a question for everyone- we have actually been using disposables a lot lately.  Bettie is very thin and even my newborn sized cloth diapers come up past her belly button.  Her cord stump fell off at 4 days, but has been bleeding off and on ever since (she will be 3 weeks tomorrow).  We have resorted to using the premie sized diapers with the cord cutout so that nothing rubs on her belly button- and it works, as long as nothing touches it, it doesn't bleed.  But that means that for the last few days I have been using disposables even though I really don't want to. ANy suggstions as to what I can do to help it?  The ped wasnt worried.

 

I have a wool cover I made out of merino wool that is super soft and lanolized, I knitted it up short in the front just the other day but it seems like every time I put her in a wool cover she gets a rash wherever the wool touches eyesroll.gif  Im thinking Im going to sell all my wool stuff on etsy or something, I don't prefer it anyways...I put a lot of work into them to have them just sit here.

 

post #285 of 580
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

I tried moving him up to the bigger diapers (we have one size BG's which I sized down to small for him) so that I could put in two liners (the newborn ones are AIOs) but then he just leaked out the leg openings because it's a tad big still. 

Prefolds will not be more absorbent than premium dipes and will necessitate more changes if he's a super soaker.  You could double up your prefolds, but if he's sensitive to the wet he will squirm.  One solution to this is to add a fleece liner over the doubler/prefold to wick the moisture away better.  You could also experiment with using your bumGenius microfibre insert as a doubler, up against baby's skin so it wicks better, too.

 

I assume you have BG 3.0's... the 4.0's fit much better and I can even use them on Avery who has bird legs and weighs less than 8 pounds.  You could consider selling them on diapperswappers or CL and buying 4.0's.  Alternatively, adding thicker layers can help a diaper to fit better, like trifolding your prefolds and using those as doublers inside the pocket.  Put the microfibre insert on top (closest to baby inside the pocket) so that it will pull the moisture down and into the prefold.

post #286 of 580
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Originally Posted by dashley111 View Post
 We have resorted to using the premie sized diapers with the cord cutout so that nothing rubs on her belly button- and it works, as long as nothing touches it, it doesn't bleed.  But that means that for the last few days I have been using disposables even though I really don't want to. ANy suggstions as to what I can do to help it?  The ped wasnt worried.

 

I have a wool cover I made out of merino wool that is super soft and lanolized, I knitted it up short in the front just the other day but it seems like every time I put her in a wool cover she gets a rash wherever the wool touches eyesroll.gif  Im thinking Im going to sell all my wool stuff on etsy or something, I don't prefer it anyways...I put a lot of work into them to have them just sit here.

 

Bummer she's sensitive to the wool after you put all that work into making it!  As for the cord situation, this happened with dd and ds1, too.  The cord was constantly bumped and fell off at 3 days and then bled.  With dd we took her into the ped and they put a silver nitrate solution on it (and seriously charged us $100 b/c insurance did not cover it, which they didn't tell us ahead of time!).  With ds, we didn't bother and it eventually stopped bleeding.  We tried to keep the diapers off it by folding them down farther in the front and kept it clean with a little dr. bronner's soap, tto, etc.  I think I remember Krystal saying she uses goldenseal powder and it works like a charm.  Maybe ask her for details?

post #287 of 580


Thanks!  I have both 3.0s and 4.0s actually.  I tried 3.0s because of the velcro (easier on a squirmy newborn than snaps) but I will give the 4.0s a try.  

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

Prefolds will not be more absorbent than premium dipes and will necessitate more changes if he's a super soaker.  You could double up your prefolds, but if he's sensitive to the wet he will squirm.  One solution to this is to add a fleece liner over the doubler/prefold to wick the moisture away better.  You could also experiment with using your bumGenius microfibre insert as a doubler, up against baby's skin so it wicks better, too.

 

I assume you have BG 3.0's... the 4.0's fit much better and I can even use them on Avery who has bird legs and weighs less than 8 pounds.  You could consider selling them on diapperswappers or CL and buying 4.0's.  Alternatively, adding thicker layers can help a diaper to fit better, like trifolding your prefolds and using those as doublers inside the pocket.  Put the microfibre insert on top (closest to baby inside the pocket) so that it will pull the moisture down and into the prefold.



 

post #288 of 580
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Thanks!  I have both 3.0s and 4.0s actually.  I tried 3.0s because of the velcro (easier on a squirmy newborn than snaps) but I will give the 4.0s a try.  

Oh, you only have 4.0's with snaps?  I'm not sure how those will fit and I agree, snaps are annoying- especially at night.  I have one, but haven't used it yet b/c I need to overlap the velcro to get them to fit.  Overlapping the double row of snaps isn't as easy!  But since Dylan is bigger it might work fine!

post #289 of 580

Heh, yeah I can even leave one snap exposed, if that makes sense.  No overlapping here!  Sheepish.gif

post #290 of 580
I am so frustrated right now. K won't give me more than a 5-10 minute break and my other three children will not stop being completely destructive. They're yanking cushions off couches, dragging each other around on the rug, hitting each other, etc. And earlier during dinner, my son took the potato and was mixing it with everything else on the table while I was trying to wash the girls hair in the shower while K screamed on the changing table not 2 feet from me after having just having ate and been changed. It seems like she will only sleep on my breast and she get pissed when I try to put her in a wrap. I'm stuck nursing and running around like a mad woman everytime I put her down to clean up after the other kids and try to take care of them. I KNOW this is only temporary, but sheesh. My frickin' back is KILLING me.

OK, rant over. Thanks for listening!
post #291 of 580

Nina, do you have a sling? My boy doesn't really care for my moby wrap anymore now that he's not a constantly sleeping newborn, so I ordered a ring sling. I am hoping that will help me with somewhat hands free nursing and give him a place to be comfortably while I try to do other things.

post #292 of 580
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I'm sorry Nina, that sounds really rough!!!  Rant away!  I've been feeling similarly, but I only have to deal with it in small doses right now b/c dh is so flexible in his schedule now that the semester is over.  I sit down to nurse for like 5 seconds and the older two go at it- fighting, destroying the house, or breaking down and needing attention.  So far we've had a toilet paper holder ripped out of the wall, pen drawn on several doors and walls, crayons ground into the carpet, and plenty of screaming/crying over toys.  I also have to keep a very careful eye on ds (23 months) b/c he will hurt the baby while he's sitting in the swing.  It's not malicious, it's just experimenting- like pushing on his head, poking his eye, etc. but it can still be dangerous!  I have to adjust my entire way of operating- I can't trust things I used to be able to trust.

post #293 of 580

Okay random question, and totally irrelevant as we've all had our babes already but I am curious.....  I have noticed in a lot of birth stories in our DDC that some women get out of the tub to pee.  I, for one, did NOT get out of the tub to pee.  There was no way anyone was going to make me get out of the tub for any reason, heh Sheepish.gif  So is it just personal preference?  I didn't know if there was water birth etiquette that I wasn't aware of...  orngtongue.gif

In other news, my brand spanking new expensive breast pump has no suction as of today.  It seems it is a fairly common problem with this style of pump, and I called customer service and they are sending a replacement.  In the meantime my boobs are NOT HAPPY (i.e. very very full) so my friend is letting me borrow her manual pump. 

My mom and stepdad arrive tomorrow night and are going to be in town (at a hotel) until tuesday.  I am not too stressed about it, but then DH goes back to work and then it's Christmas and then New Years and then my in-laws are coming.  So I know I'll feel like the next few weeks are a whirlwind as I try to get things done for the holidays as well as adjust to having to care for the kids by myself during the day!  Thankfully DH usually works very early mornings (he wakes at 3, starts work at 4 and is home by 1:15) so it's not terrible but then he usually wants a nap and goes to bed very early.  Oye.  I know I'll manage because I have no other option, but I'm nervous!




 

post #294 of 580
Shameless birth pool peeer here! At one point my midwife askd if i'd peed in awhile andsuggesed I pee in the pool. So I did, and announced so when I was done! The only etiquette that exists in birth is the etiquette required of the attendants. For moms, anything goes! Kinda awesome that we get a few hours where we can scream, cuss, poop on the floor, ANYTHING and no one gives us any grief for it (if they know what's good for thm, at least)
post #295 of 580
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Originally Posted by Motivated Mama View Post

I am so frustrated right now. K won't give me more than a 5-10 minute break and my other three children will not stop being completely destructive. They're yanking cushions off couches, dragging each other around on the rug, hitting each other, etc. And earlier during dinner, my son took the potato and was mixing it with everything else on the table while I was trying to wash the girls hair in the shower while K screamed on the changing table not 2 feet from me after having just having ate and been changed. It seems like she will only sleep on my breast and she get pissed when I try to put her in a wrap. I'm stuck nursing and running around like a mad woman everytime I put her down to clean up after the other kids and try to take care of them. I KNOW this is only temporary, but sheesh. My frickin' back is KILLING me.
OK, rant over. Thanks for listening!


This is Oren too. Though most of the time he won't give me ANY break, and then I get one longish one in the afternoon. But the rest of the day poor DD is making trouble. She's a bit younger, so it's not quite as destructive, but she is a risk to the baby. She's always trying to jump on us while we're nursing, and sit on the baby. We have a week until the in-laws arrive, and my mom has been here until yesterday, so I'm being a little lenient on the TV time for this period. But I feel so bad - we weren't ever going to do TV with our kids. 

 

I can't wait until the bruises on my tummy heal (from my anticoagulant injections) and I can start wearing him again. That should make it easier. 

 

post #296 of 580

Oh yeah, and at our 4-week checkup, Oren was 11lbs 8 ounces! Though this is average weight gain, I guess, just over an ounce a day. He was just big to start with. 

post #297 of 580
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Shameless birth pool peeer here! At one point my midwife askd if i'd peed in awhile andsuggesed I pee in the pool. So I did, and announced so when I was done! The only etiquette that exists in birth is the etiquette required of the attendants. For moms, anything goes! Kinda awesome that we get a few hours where we can scream, cuss, poop on the floor, ANYTHING and no one gives us any grief for it (if they know what's good for thm, at least)


Yup. me too!

post #298 of 580

While my midwives said I could pee in the pool, I didn't because my DH was in it with me.  I just couldn't do it for his sake..  Also, it actually felt pretty good to get out of the pool for a couple of contractions and cool down.  If no one else was in the water with me, I totally would have though.

 

Coralie had her 2 week check-up today and she weighs 9lbs9oz.  She was 8lbs1oz at birth, 7lbs9oz at one day, 8lbs7oz at 6 days..  So basically she's also a 1lb a week gainer as well.  My midwives acted like I had super human breastmilk or something, but it really seems decently common (at least in our group) to be gaining a lot, so who knows.

post #299 of 580
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The mw I had with dd encouraged me to pee in the tub so I did and didn't think much of it.  With Avery I also peed in the tub without anyone suggesting it and without me commenting on it.  No big deal.  I think it's just what mom is comfortable with and some people cannot consciously relieve themselves in water.  It took years of me encouraging him for dh to finally be able to pee in the ocean!  LOL!  Anyway, with the birth pool/tub it's not a hygiene thing for sure b/c there will be blood, amniotic fluid, and possibly feces all in the water by the time the birth is over.  Pee is no thing (especially since it's sterile anyway!).

post #300 of 580
I never made it into the tub, so I didn't pee in it. In fact, I didn't pee anywhere. I physically could not go to the bathroom during this labor. I would try and the pain would be so excruciating and nothing would happen. Finally, I decided that was a problem and asked for help... After hours of not peeing. I think the nurse was going to use a catheter, but then it was time to push. When his head got to a certain point, I finally peed... on whoever was down there... bed, midwife... Awesomeness!

Sigh. Aren't you all glad I shared that lovely story?!
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