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My son is one month old today and last night I gave up with cloth diapers and gave him disposable because he just can not get comfy in them!! They are so BIG and bulky and he keeps pushing and moving around ALL night and nobody can get any sleep! As soon as I gave him disposable he was fine and sleeping really well!! AS soon as I open up his cloth diaper when I am changing him he starts to fart like crazy!! He is so happy being naked! He has hard time pooping and farting in cloth diapers! What do I do? I really like cloth diapers, but he does not seem to be very happy in them. I am not using 2-layer fleece cover any more, because they are just too bulky - his back is arched in it when he lies down! I don't know what to do......I feel like waiting a little longer until he is a little biger - then it should not be that bulky (I hope!) and until then using disposable or at least alternate them......
 

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If he's not a super heavy wetter, I would just use a prefold, and nylon or pul cover, they're quite trim for a little babe <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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It sounds like your poor kiddo might be very hot and uncomfy.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I can understand getting frustrated with cloth when your baby isn't happy!<br><br>
I would suggest you buy some relatively small and inexpensive prefolds from what ever source you like- plain cotton ones. Try to pin or use a snappi clip. Use lightweight covers like bummis pull ons (or alexis if you are looking not to spend a lot.)<br><br>
I found that I sed my prefolds most in the early days bc the fit can be customised for the baby.<br><br>
Otherwise, sposies aren't really the devil's work, tho I don't choose them. Maybe now there is an environmentally sound choice in sposies? I see some at Wild Oats...
 

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I am using 90% prefolds. I have only few fuzzy buns and 2 baby greens, otherwise I only have prefolds. THe thing is that the 4x8x4 newborn size prefolds are now TOO SMALL to be pinned on the sides! My son is quite big and I can not use them any more. Only if I don't pin them on the sides - but then he pees right through them during the night. So I bought next size on prefolds but there is a HUGE jump in size fromnew born! They are twice as big as newborn size and I have to fold them several times - and they become really bulky! If I only put nylon cover over - it's ok, but he still does not like it.
 

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i used infant sized pf's and bumkins covers when River was tiny, and they worked very well - nice and trim. she was pretty tiny (6 lbs. 7 oz at birth) and even the infant pf's were too big to snappi, so i just folded them in thirds and laid them in the cover, which worked very well.<br><br>
i found that was the only thing that worked very well until she got to be about 10 lbs, and then other <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/diaper.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="diaper"> didn't look so big on her.
 

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I think there might be a couple of confounding factors here, and one is that I remember when my son was 3-4 weeks old (and exclusively BF), he became quite gassy and seemingly uncomfortable all the time. I am pretty sure that farting is not a function of what you're wearing, but what's going on in your intestinal system. So I don't think that the CD are responsible for his gas problems or expulsions or lack of expulsions.<br><br>
Another confounding factor is that he might be uncomfortable because he is wet, not because of the bulk of the cloth diapers. Have you tried using a fleece liner or changing more frequently to see if that helps?<br><br>
I do know what you mean about the difference in size between the infant and regular prefolds and the bulk that creates. I switched my son to disposables at 4 months because I found the bulk too great, and it did interfere with him being able to sit up. But a one month old doesn't really have a large range of movement, so I don't really think that you are at this critical stage. I do regret switching to sposies, and we went back to cloth when he was about 10 months old (and the same things fit him, with room to spare). I regret that we filled up the landfill with 6 months of diaper snakes, and I regret that I didn't start learning more about cloth then to find something that worked better for him. And I regret that his tender skin was exposed to DD chemicals for those 6 months.<br><br>
But if bulk is really the issue for you, I think you will be happier trying a trim fitted (perhaps something like Kissaluvs, which is very stretchy). It also sounds like you have a heavy wetter on your hands, so you will need to resign yourself to changing diapers quite frequently, as it's not reasonable to think that he can get through a night in just a CPF.<br><br>
You can also choose to use sposies at night, though, if none of these solutions (and others have offered other good ideas) works for you. But you know all the downsides to that.<br><br>
I'm sorry it's been difficult with the cloth lately. I know it can be frustrating when things don't fit well, although I do think that there will be periods when kids are between sizes for everyone in cloth diapering. I personally think it's worth sticking with it, even if there is some discomfort for baby involved, because cloth diapers are undeniably beneficial for his long term health.<br><br>
Good luck. Feel free to post again if you aren't getting the suggestions or advice you need.<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by polihaupt</i><br><b>Has any of you noticed that CPFs were too bulky to the point of interfering with a baby abilities to roll, sit and crawl??.........<br><br>
Do CD babies take longer? Do you think he will have trouble changing positions on CPFs???<br><br>
-My baby uses 99% UBCPFs + Dappi pull on covers</b></td>
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I don't think it will effect them in any significant way at all! My son is the first baby I have CD'd and he rolled at about a month old (all my kids did) and crawled at about 6 months, sat up at 5 months, pulls up and crusies now starting to stand on his own at 10-11 months, which is right about when his other brothers did it too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I don't think it makes a difference at all.
 

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I posted here by mistake though and could not delete my message!!! I meant to create a new thread and NOT hijack this thread - I am sorry U all...<br><br>
Thanks for your reply anyways allformyboys
 

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My ds is 4 1/2 mos now and he is still in infant pf's. He is 14.8 lbs. I don't pin or snappi though. I just lay them in a bummi wrap and we are good to go. They are not very bulky this way.<br><br>
BUT, he could use the absorbancy of the next size prefold. I have some euro 4x6x4's and yes they are HUGE on him and i just can't put them on him! Way too bulky and most of his clothes wouldn't fit. I tried kissaluv contours which I love but he got a bad rash in them because of the fleece thing. So I am sticking to 100% prefolds from now on!<br><br>
I might switch to dd's too for a bit till he grows into the next size prefold. Not sure at this point. But I understand about the bulk.<br><br>
Perhaps still use those infant prefold just trifolded in a wrap? Things would be less bulky that way for sure.<br><br>
Good luck with things. Let us know if you solve this dilemma!<br><br>
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Thanks for replies.......<br>
I will be using the newborn size without the pins then - it seems to fit with the whisper wraps and any other covers and isn't that bulky. I will use dospisable diper though once or twice a day - he seems to have much more freedome in those and is releasing gas easier. I don't know why it is so hard for him to releas gas in cloth - I always make sure it is not too tight on his tummy, but still he is very restless in those.
 
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