When Gavin was a baby, I used Mommy’s Touch diapers during the day when we were at home, and Mamy Poko diapers while we were out and overnight. I also practiced partial EC (elimination communication) with him. By about 7 months, we were consistently pooped trained and occasionally catching his pee in the toilet. Although we had our progressions and regressions, Gavin is completely toilet-trained except for night time. We were on cloth pull-up diapers at night at one stage but reverted back to Mamy Poko after a string of night time leaks (Gavin was consuming a lot of liquid at night and the diapers just couldn’t hold the volume).
With Gareth, I’m afraid we’re not progressing quite as well. To date, I have only caught his pee in the toilet bowl a few times and we caught his poop once. I often find Gareth sitting in a poopy diaper before I even realise he needed the toilet. The only reason I caught his pee was because I’ve made it a habit to put him on the toilet every time I take off his diaper. It has been a lot harder to recognise Gareth’s cues because I’m often distracted by his gregarious older brother.
There is one sign I’ve come to recognise, though. Gareth (and Gavin) gives a little shiver, which is almost like a twitch of the shoulders, just before he is about to pee. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough of a warning to get him to the toilet in time, unless I already happen to be near the toilet bowl and his diaper is off.
The Mommy’s Touch diapers were the same set that I used when I was cloth diapering Gavin. Back then, they were the only cloth diapers I could find in Malaysia. With the wide variety of cloth diapers available now, I probably wouldn’t pick Mommy’s Touch as my choice of cloth diaper because:
- the one-size-fits-all doesn’t fit newborns (and this is from my perspective with two jumbo babies at birth – 4 and 4.5kgs). I have noticed that Mommy’s Touch has since come out with a newborn size, though.
- the snap buttons don’t necessarily offer a good fit around the thighs leaving room for leaks. I have also noticed that Mommy’s Touch has also come out with velcro diapers but I can’t comment on these as I have never tried them.
I love the PrettyPrinted’s fleece diapers because:
- they are convenient and fairly quick to put on (which is important now with an extremely wriggly baby that doesn’t tolerate being on his back). I think about the only thing faster to put on would be velcro diapers or a pull-up.
- they are breathable.
- despite it being fleece, they are not as hot as Mommy’s Touch PUL covers.
- PrettyPrinted also makes them as pocket diapers so you can wash and dry the inserts separately.
Up until recently, I had held off using the TwigandVine diapers I bought because Gareth has a mild case of eczema and the doctor advised against wearing wool. To be honest, I never would have considered using wool diapers except that my BFF swears by them. Being the lazy git that I am, I usually prefer an all-in-one diaper system. Plus, I’ve been spoiled rotten with a domestic helper who washes the diapers for me. Since she can be a little careless sometimes, I don’t think it is a good idea to let her wash the wool diapers, which means I have to wash them myself.
What’s great about the wool diaper system:
- it’s cool – yes, wool is one of the coolest diapers around (pardon the pun).
- it’s breathable.
- the wool covers we have from TwigandVine are soft and they aren’t itchy at all.
- unless it is a big mess or heavily soaked through, you don’t need to watch the wool covers every time. You just need to wash the fitted diaper inside.
- when you lanolinise the wool covers, they are pretty much waterproof.
- wool is naturally antibacterial due to the lanolin.
The bamboo fitted diapers we have from TwigandVine are so soft that I use them preferentially over the other diapers. If all my bamboo diapers are in the wash, I use the fleece diapers. My last choice are the PUL diapers.