I guess it is true what they say – it’s never too late to start cloth diapering. Since I started educating myself on cloth options last fall, I have become… well… okay, I’m obsessed. Don’t judge me.
When we started potty training Zoey, I was on a mission to stop disposables cold turkey. I did not want to prolong paying $15-20/week on Pull-Ups that are so cheaply made and so not worth the price. I needed a solution and I needed it fast. We tried cheaper generics and they were just okay, but still way too expensive and did not hold well overnight. Plus, a lot of them have some weird chemical in them that make the pull-up feel cold when the kid pees. Um, gross?! For a while, I just let Zoey pee her panties overnight and dealt with the clean-up every morning. I figured she’d eventually learn. Then over time, I realized that perhaps her peeing overnight wasn’t really her fault and she needed a little support.
You may remember this little post where I talked about how much I absolutely love Best Bottom’s training system. I have to say, I still love it. However, Zoey has… um… how should I put this?
Junk. In. The. Trunk.
Since she is in a size 4T and XS (4-6), she has already pretty much outgrown the largest size available. *le sigh* I have been searching for other options and so far we have one that I love in some ways more (and in some ways less) than the Best Bottoms. I currently have an order placed for another style of pull-up that supposedly fits up to 66 lbs and it’s almost like a combination of what I love best about these two systems so I’m curious to see how they work for Zoey.
I figured I’d compare/review the two systems I have in case you’re interested.
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How many I own: 2 kits
What I love:
-Reusable shell (if the fabric part of shell isn’t wet/gross, you can reuse another night)
-Ability to snap-in inserts so they stay put
-Dries quickly after washing
-Trim when you use the FEELwet insert or bamboo
What I don’t love:
-Largest size is too small for my two-year-old
-Difficult to stuff with non-snap-in inserts. Because these only pull up and do not open, it’s not easy to stick one of my favorite bamboo inserts inside. I can make it happen, but it’s not very graceful!
-Too bulky if you use their overnight microfiber inserts – better to stick with the FEELwet or your own bamboo
How many I own: 1
What I love:
-Unsnaps and opens like a pocket diaper for easy stuffing
-Pulls up easy so Zoey doesn’t know it’s technically a diaper ;o)
-The pocket is wide. EASY STUFFING.
What I don’t love:
-Can only be used one time, then has to be washed
-Takes forever to dry after washing
-Bulky, but we only use them for night-time, so it works for us. I would never use these in public. Zoey gets a huge bubble butt with these and it’s not the cute fluffy butt you associate with cloth diapering… she looks like a duck.
*Note: Super Undies also makes these Pull-Ups. However, I decided against them because they are basically pre-stuffed and even bulkier… an all-in-one (AIO), so to speak. I prefer to use my own inserts. I’m a bamboo-loving nerd.
Here is an image comparison of the two, green being Best Bottom, yellow being Super Undies:
Because the Best Bottom is a shell, and because I am only dealing with pee (no poop), AND because Zoey doesn’t actually pee every night, I only do bedtime cloth laundry once (maybe twice) a week. We have a cute little wetbag hanging from the cabinet in the bathroom and we just stick her stuff in there every morning and there it stays until washing day. One extra small load of laundry a week equates to hundreds of dollars saved. There is no comparison! I love it!
My favorite thing to do on top of these systems is just a regular pair of fleece pants. Fleece is extremely absorbent and catches anything that may leak. Usually Zoey does not leak, but there have been a few heavy-wetting nights that have taken me by surprise, so I really like putting her in fleece as an extra barrier. We don’t use fancy, “special” cloth diapering fleece pants… we use what I got on clearance at Target for $4 a pair. She wears them to school, to bed, to play… anywhere and everywhere.
So there you have it, folks. My overnight cloth solution for a daytime potty trained toddler. What are some of your favorite overnight solutions?