The best diaper and cover I made so far absorbency wise are two layers of fleece RRP with a doubler of 2 layers of terry and half a prefold folded in thirds. The cover was two layers of fleece. This worked the best by far but was so bulky, the poor girl couldn't sit up without rolling backwards. Anything else or any other combination just leaks (soaks through) in a couple hours- except a prefold bikini twist with a prefold insert and Gerber plastic pants. But she hates the plastic pants because she hates sitting still for me to pull them on her and I think they irritate the eczema on her thighs. Not to mention she now has a little diaper rash which I thought was supposed to be remedied by going to cloth.
So from those of you that have soaking babies and have made your own, is there anything I can do to make a diaper without PUL? If not, I guess several yards is a month's worth of disposables so its worth it anyway - I just wanted to cover my bases. Thanks in advance!
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The best diaper and cover I made so far absorbency wise are two layers of fleece RRP with a doubler of 2 layers of terry and half a prefold folded in thirds. The cover was two layers of fleece.
Oh, and you should be changing at least every 2 hrs or as soon as she is wet or dirty. Not changing often enough is a common reason for leaks
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It sounds like you have a super soaker like me. The best commercial dipe I've found has a body made from 2 layers of cotton fleece, and a quick dry soaker made of 3 layers of OCF, folded in half so there's 8 layers in the wet zone. However, at most this dipe will hold 2 pees for my super soaker.
Then there's pockets, w 6 or 8 layers of microfiber for absorption. It holds a lot of pee, but you dont want MF touching the baby's skin.
I have made some dipes based on the commercial ones i like, with 2 layers of flannel for the body and a soaker from 3 layers of cotton micro-terry. I haven't used them myself, but they reportedly hold a ton.
Without seeing what you're doing, it's difficult to tell, but some fabrics are far more absorbent than others. And when it comes to diaper making, do not expect the body of the dipe to absorb - that job belongs to the soaker, so that's where you want your absorbent fabrics.
The only time i ever bulk him up to where he has trouble moving is at night. I try to avoid nighttime diaper changes, so his nighttime dipe is a good 2 inches thick. But we need that much absorbency to get thtough 12 hrs.
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Secondly, if you're having leaks, you need more absorbency. You can buy a package of several microfibre towels in the automotive section @ walmart for like $5. Fold them in 3rds or 4ths then fold an infant prefold around that. Put this inside another prefold and you'll get good absorbancy. Don't let the microfibre touch the baby's skin.
I dont think pul is the answer. We had a super wetter, she still is but she is 9 now. LOL
ANyhow, nothing held for her but 2 layers of good wool. Now wool is expensive but worth it. If you can get 4 or 5 good wool covers, that would work for you. And then a killer diaper.