Posted by KarenC on August 22, 19103 at 19:00:46:
In Reply to: KarenC please comment. Others welcome too posted by Kimberly on August 22, 19103 at 17:30:15:
Just a thought about the green on your diapers. Is it possible that it was actually poop? I know that green poop is entirely possible and somewhat normal in a young breastfed baby so that's one of the things that occured to me. It could be mold but I'd expect that your diapers would have to sit there for a long time before that would happen. I do believe that it is slightly more likely (however still very UNlikely) in dry pails as it seems a perfect balance of humidity without there being too much water. Honestly though, unless you leave your pail for more than 3-4 days I really wouldn't worry about mold growth. Bacteria will grow in there, that's pretty inevitable but it will be killed by regular hot washes with detergent. I would think that the smell of the dirty diapers (amonia) would knock you over before mold would start growing! I usually go about 48-72 hours between washings.... I don't have a set schedule, depends on how many diapers I've got left, how much the pail stinks (lol!), if I'm planning to do laundry soon and my mood!
It does take some adjustement when using your washer as a pail. I try to do most of my washing on one designated day so as to minimize the need to use it later during the week. I'm doing laundry for 4 people though, so it's pretty inevitable that I have to do at least one or two more loads later during the week. While I'm using my washer I use my pail with a Bummis bag liner in it. It works for me but I can where it wouldn't work for everyone. Truthfully, if we were to have another child (we have 2 now), the consequential increase in laundry may well force me to pretty much abandon this idea. In that case, I would get another Bummis liner bag for my pail and use it as a dry pail. I like the benefits of a wet pail but I don't know that I'd be willing to put up with the drawbacks if I had to actually use a real pail all the time.
I most definetly recomend adding a liner or two (you'll see how many you need with a little experimentation) for your son's nighttime diaper! I would not change diapers during the night unless I absolutly had to (poopy diaper for instance). I recomend you start with one extra absorbancy liner and then add a fleece liner over top (or use the ME stay-dry liners, that would elliminate the need for the fleece). The fleece liner will keep his skin relatively dry so as to prevent irratation from so long in a wet diaper. It's super easy to make your own. Just buy a metre of fleece from any fabric store and cut to fit snugly in your diapers. No need to sew anything as fleece won't unravel! If the xs Sandy's are getting to the end of their fitting days you may have to use the small Sandy's for nighttime to make room for the liner.