is a fabric that Bram does not enjoy. In fact, he seems pretty allergic.
Here’s what happened: We recently switched B from newborn to size small cloth diapers. All of our diapers are hand-me-downs (thank you Erica, Jessica, and Jill!), so we have several kinds. In the newborn size, we have all-cotton pre-folds and 90% cotton/10% polyester fitted diapers, and we used polyester covers with both kinds. Though he’s prone to rash (despite our changing him about fifteen times a day), he mostly did alright with that arrangement. Then we switched to the small diapers. In this size, we have all-cotton pre-folds, 80% cotton/20% polyester fitteds, and some amazing 100% polyester pocket diapers. When he first grew into the pocket diapers, I was thrilled. They whisk away moisture in a way that I thought might clear up his usually-slightly-irritated skin. But within a day, he had a red, raw, raised rash everywhere the diaper touched him. We’ve since experimented and discovered that the rash fades only when we use the all-cotton pre-folds, and even then there’s a small rash where the covers touch him. This includes all-natural disposables, which also leave him red and swollen. Enter sad mamas. Enter a need for some new diapers.
Here’s the question: We’re content to use pre-folds most of the time, but we’d love the flexibility to sometimes use fitted diapers too. Right now, we don’t have any of those that will work. We’d also love to find cotton covers, but since those may not exist, we need to be able to alternate fitted diapers with pre-folds so that the irritation doesn’t get too bad at the edges. We’re looking for all-cotton fitted diapers that fit well into similarly shaped covers so that the polyester in the cover doesn’t touch him as much as it does in the pre-fold. Does that make sense? Does anyone have any suggestions for this? Has anyone experienced polyester allergies?
Finally, B will give you his cute pirate eye in thanks for your bum-healing suggestions: