Posted by KarenC on January 03, 2004 at 21:57:02:
In Reply to: Re: Need help choosing waterproof covers posted by Erin Kortering on January 03, 2004 at 11:28:38:
If you use a velcro cover (such as the Bummis Super Whisper Wraps or Mother-Ease Rikky's) then you can use a soaker or countour diaper. I did exactly that when my son was a newborn and it worked pretty well. You can't do this with snap or pull on covers though (such as the ME Airflows or the Bummis pull-on covers) because they won't be snug enough around the waist/hips to keep the diaper up. The velcro allows you to make the fit really snug around the tummy and hips and this will hold the diaper up. If you're using snap or pull-on covers you'll need to have something that will fasten the diaper and hold it up.
As for containing poop, it depends what you mean. Most decent quality covers will contain messy poop inside but unless you're using a fitted diaper with a decent elastic there is a good chance that it will leak out of the diaper and onto the cover. It's not a big deal but it does mean you'll have to change covers more often and that they may stain more.
Fitted diapers usually do have velcro or snaps and elastic at the legs (and sometimes at the waist front and/or back). If there is only one of the two (velcro but no elastic for example), it's called a semi-fitted. If you use a velcro cover you won't need velcro on the diapers but if you're using a snap or pull-on cover you will. If you use a fabric with a loose enough weave then you can just use a snappi instead of sewing on velcro. They're very easy to use and do a good job. They won't work on tight weaves such as flannel though because they need something they can grip into.
Definetly go for the fleece liners, they're sooooo easy to make. You don't even need to sew them because fleece doesn't unravel. You just cut them to the size you need and it's done! Just make sure you don't get fleece that's been waterproofed for making outerwear.
Always a good idea to have something waterproof under a baby... Even if you've got the diaper thing down pat you never know when they'll spit up or worse!
No blaring errors here, sounds like you've done your research. Just remember that you'll get all this figured out soon enough... It all sounds very complicated and involved but it's really only as complicated as you want it to be. I really congratulate you on making your own diapers, I wish I had enough sewing ability and patience to do that..... LOL!
Only thing that made me smile was the idea of any kind of 'system' when it comes to a baby!! He or she will invent their own 'system' and just when you're starting to figure it out they'll go and change it completly! LOL! But I'm sure you knew that...