Posted by KarenC on March 09, 2004 at 10:58:04:
In Reply to: Re: ME really the best? posted by Violet on March 08, 2004 at 21:20:08:
My experience has been that no diaper out there, even hemp diapers are really good for nighttime *by themselves*. I have tried TONS of diapers and I've always needed a liner or two with all of them. So I guess it's true that the Sandy's or One-Size alone is a 'daytime only' diaper but then they all are as far as I'm concerned. Basically I've found the Sandy's to really hold their own as far as absorbancy goes (and they're much better than many diapers I've tried). I can't even say that I noticed any marked difference between my Sandy's and my wahm hemp diapers. There probably was as hemp is supposed to be more absorbant than cotton but it wasn't such a big difference that I noticed it in everyday diapering.
I did double diaper my son for a period (about 6 months I'd say) because he was a SUPER heavy wetter (he was about a year old at the time and still nursing several times a night). But that was only for a relatively short period and I may well have been able to not go quite to that extreme, I've always been one to rather have more stuffing in a diaper instead of less. I didn't do it because I had leaks though and since then I've only used one diaper and a liner or two.
I do use hemp liners because I have a toddler and a pre-schooler in diapers at night and both are fairly heavy wetters. Could I get by with just a regular ME liner? Probably.... I guess I just like hemp.
As for pocket diapers, yes I have used them (Fuzzi-Bunz in particular). I used them stuffed with hemp inserts (made specially for me by a wahm that makes hemp diapers) and I did like them a lot. They do make things slightly more simple (no stay-dry liner to insert). Homemade stay dry liners are easy to use and VERY inexpensive though.
Would I recomend them? Yes, if you can afford it. That's one of their major drawbacks, price. Another drawback (that I've been fortunate enough to never experience) is that depending on the detergent you use, your washing methods and maybe even your water type, the fleece can actually become coated and water-resistant which causes some nasty messes as I'm sure you can imagine. If they don't fit your baby well they could also leak because the fleece doesn't let the urine pass through as quickly as cotton or hemp absorbs. Fit is very important in a FB, more so that with other diapers.
All in all they're very good diapers but they're not something I couldn't diaper without. In fact I'm not using mine anymore and just using a Toddle-Ease (the toddler version of Sandy's) and a hemp liner (with homemade fleece liner for my youngest, my oldest is 5 years old and her skin doesn't need the 'protection' anymore) for my two children (they're both diapered at night only now). Oh and yes you definetly have to remove the insert before washing, that's very important.