Find my one month review here. Links are just to product examples so you can have a visual of what I'm talking about.
I had to go read my one month review to see if there's anything new to tell you in my 6 months of cloth diapering. There's not, really, except I bought too much stuff. I only use about half of what I bought and I'm happy. We are living with 18 prefolds and 5 used prorap covers (size medium) and all the other things are going to waste. If we are having a particularly poopy time and my covers are taking a hit, I may use one of my Happy Heiny pocket diapers, but I would be fine without them.* Once, when C's bowels exploded and I didn't know FOR HOURS, her butt got red and I used my fleece liners for a day to keep the diaper cream from staining the prefolds.
*And, frankly, they leak unless I stuff them with a prefold. I would not recommend that brand. That said, anyone want to buy 5 gently used Happy Heinys in size medium? Inserts included!
Speaking of stains, back at one month I wrote that my diapers were stained, but Summer bolstered my confidence and I bleached them despite dire warnings from every single how-to-cloth-diaper site. For some reason, since then there has been no staining. They are as white as the driven snow. Maybe the diapers decided I mean business. Just last week I opened my second container of detergent when the first one ran out. Still washing twice a week and doing a cold rinse/soak (often overnight following the last diaper change of the day) followed by a hot/cold cycle the next morning.
I had one episode where my diapers and covers smelled not-so-fresh. I ran them through an extra wash with no detergent and then added a little vinegar to the rinse. They've been fine since.
I'm still using one disposable at night. I have been through 2 containers of Luvs since I started cloth diapering a couple weeks after C was born and just opened the third.
I bought 5 large used prorap covers for about $5/each off ebay, so I'm set on diapers till C reaches 35 lbs. Since L is almost 4 and is 38 lbs, I sort of expect C to be potty-trained by then and not need any larger covers. I should be done buying diapers.
Oh, except a snappi. I will probably pick up a couple of those (ballpark price $5 for 2). Since I stopped cloth diapering E and L when they were around 9 months old, I didn't have to get good at putting 2 pieces on a moving child. I think the snappi will make it a lot easier when diaper changes morph into wrestling matches.
So, cloth diapering from 13 lbs until she is approximately 24 lbs (if the prorap claims are to be believed):
*And, frankly, until I start throwing out MY underwear after each use, I will never believe that the water used to wash cloth diapers is significant. If it were, we would have a lot more disposable clothes.
We are about to enter into the land of solid poop and things may change. I will probably use my fleece liners to make it easier to dump poop in the toilet. No, there will be no swishing in the toilet and I am sticking to that. I'll toss the solid bits in the toilet and the rest will come out in the wash. Considering ALL her poop (except what is on the wipe) goes in the wash now and it's fine, I am not worried. I might buy an extra piece of fleece and cut it up to make more liners (I only have 6). What does fleece cost? I bet I can pick a couple pieces out of the remnants bin for less than $5. I read a tip somewhere that you can cut an extra baby blanket up to make liners. Don't we all have a zillion blankets from our showers or is it just me?
And so it goes in my world of diapers. I'm pleased with our choices (although like I said, I didn't need to buy so much) and don't feel that cloth diapers add significantly to my workload of 3 kids + part-time nurse + full-time wife and mom. Last time I mentioned that it is not an all-or-nothing decision and I stand by that. I also told you that I am not here to debate about cloth, just to tell you what I'm doing and what I might do differently. Drop me a comment or email if there's something I can explain in more detail or a question I didn't address. I'll do another review around a year.