Originally Posted by BubbleMa
Originally Posted by forestmushroom
there are fleece or raw silk diaper liners that are reusable as well, they are not all disposable. and the fleece makes it easier to get the poo off...
I just cut up an old fleece sweatshirt and made liners out of it. I'm planning on using them for the meconium poos, but of course they'd work for regular poos too.
Remember there are 2 types of fleece though. Cotton fleece and poly fleece, and they act very differently when you're talking about diapering. Most sweatshirts are made of cotton fleece, diaper liners are typically made of poly fleece. And even there, not all poly fleece is the same - some of it wicks moisture through it, and this is what is used for liners, and some of it repels moisture, and that's what's used for covers. I've found most of what is available locally is the kind that works for covers. It doesn't wick very well at all, and lining my dipes with it made for some big leaks.
As to the diaper sprayer - not necessary until you start solids. Breastfed or even formula fed poo is water soluble. It washes right out. When you start solids though, the poo starts getting chunky, since they don't actually start digesting a lot of the food until after a year (and most people don't wait that long to start solids). I did without a sprayer for a few months, and hated having to pick all the little bits of washed semi-digested food out of my washer drum. I eventually got the sprayer, and LOVE it. Had it about a year and a half, and just recently it broke. Now I'm scraping, and I HATE it!! Although thankfully DS is at the point where a lot of them just roll off any more, which makes it easier than if I had to scrape every one. But scraping in general is not nearly as effective as spraying, IME.
And I've used (flushable) liners off and on, I'm not crazy about them. They twist and bunch inside the diaper, and most of the times when I really could have used them, they wound up being so twisted that they only caught a small portion of the mess. I finally stopped using them - and only keep them on hand for rashes now.
Oh, and Casmer - I also have really sensitive skin, so when we started CDing, I went with all natural fibers and organic and wool covers and the whole 9 yards. DS did get my sensitive skin, and what makes far more difference than the type of diaper is how long he's in it combined with what he's eaten (we wound up with some food allergies). And also the laundry routine, I've had to be very careful to make sure the dipes are thoroughly rinsed. At this point he wears mostly pockets (fleece inner) because they keep the wet away from his butt, he's okay most of the time. With the fitteds though, if I don't catch it immediately his butt will be bright red for a day or two just from being in contact with the wet - and it gets worse as they get older and start peeing less often (it's more concentrated). So be prepared to have to change things around until you figure out what works.