Thursday, May 29, 2008

lmno PEE

I'm somewhat irritated at my inability to find a successful nighttime cloth diapering solution for Kem. Each time I try I end up putting her back in a disposable because nothing and I do mean NOTHING can contain that girl's pee. I think if her whole mattress was one big cloth diaper she still might be able to out-pee it's absorbency. She is, without doubt, a 'heavy wetter' as they say in the CD world.

My latest attempt included the famed Aristocrat wool soaker. I've heard nothing but fantastic things about it and so I snatched one up when I had the opportunity to buy it at a 30% discount. It came in the mail the other day (along with my new Kissaluvs and doublers) and so I was excited to give it a try. Here's what she wore to bed last night: Kissaluv fitted with TWO doublers and the Aristocrat soaker over everything. Here's what I woke up to this morning: a tummy-side-down baby completely drenched with pee, through the diaper, the cover, her pajamas, and even the crib sheet and mattress pad. UUUUUGH.

I wouldn't have spent so much on the wool cover if I didn't believe it would be my nighttime savior! Now it'll have to be just another cover in my stash, but during the day it isn't as critical for the cover to have to last as long. Should I just resign myself to the fate of changing a diaper once a night? Stick with disposables? I think our situation is made slightly worse by the fact that she likes to sleep on her tummy, regardless of her position when I put her down. If she were on her back I think the pee would be more efficiently absorbed by more of the bulk of the doublers and diaper.

I think tonight I'll try double or triple prefolds, if such a thing is possible. Hey, on the bright side, if her diaper is so big she can't walk or climb easily then it'll take her longer to climb out of the crib! (I've already caught her trying to sling a leg over the crib rail, the sneak.)

7 comments:

  1. Here is a funny story/recollection for you that has nothing to do with this blog post, but it's easier to comment here than to track down your email address. yes, i am lazy. =) The other day during meeting, someone (i think it was your brother when he was down a couple weeks ago) prayed about how Jesus "bridged the gap" which made me giggle (quietly of course); every time i hear that phrase, i remember joe's "thou didst bridge that glap." and THEN i remembered the startling, "LORD we thank thee." And i thought i would share my memories with you. =)

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  2. RYN: He won't take any anti-depressants because he says he should be miserable. Everytime I talk to him, he sounds like he's open to moving, but what I hear from Paul sounds contrary. Hopefully, he's genuinely open to moving and not just talking the talk to get us off his back.Fall of 2009! Are you kidding?!?! I listen to AIO podcasts from www.oneplace.com. I was under the impression that the weekend episodes were new.

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  3. It may also be a seasonal (read: temporary) problem. Are you providing her with more liquids now because it's summer? If so, then this problem will go away once things start cooling off. It may also not return since babies/toddlers are always outgrowing one phase or another.What was the deal with the weekend AIO cliffhanger a couple of weeks ago? At the very end of "The Imagination Station," Mr. Whitaker has Connie test out some new invention, and it ends right after she turns it on. Last week, they go right into the "KidsTown" episode. Ugh. I hate teases.

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  4. Ah. Now that's logical. *Glances sideways at Kem's now-empty bedtime bottle.*=)

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  5. A friend of mine had a heavy wetter, and they just made it a rule that the liquid intake was stopped after a certain evening hour. I think it was just after supper. The kids would get one last drink for the day and that was it until the morning. It did cut down on the soaked clothing/bedding. As long as she's getting plenty of liquids during the day, she should be fine cutting back in the evenings.

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  6. I'm not sure how thick or absorbent the doublers are, but in my experience, kissaluvs aren't the greatest for absorbing power. Things that work for us 95% of the time at night: a super-stuffed pocket with a Thirsties cover over it (I don't know if I have ever had a leak out of a thirsties cover!) or a fitted (we have a few different kinds) with doublers and a thirsties cover. Sometimes a wool cover in place of the thirsties. If you do the double/triple prefold you must take a picture of that bum! :-)

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  7. my mother recommends just leaving her in disposable at night, since it's just at night. otherwise, she likes the cloth... the three oldest ones of us girls used cloth, and joellen was in disposables just because they were free. plus, mom says that washing all that stuff every day sounds terrible. =)

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