~Diapering Refux Babies~
Diapering reflux babies with cloth can be done, but you need to be mindful of some special considerations for babies with reflux disorders. The most important detail is that you need to find a diapering system that will not put pressure on your babe's belly. Any pressure on these children will exacerbate their problems with vomiting.
My suggestion would be a diaper that is fastened very low, bikini style where the fit is not critical. For this reason I recommend you avoid all pocket diapers and most AIO diapers. Any diaper that requires wetness to penetrate a stay dry lining before being absorbed needs to be fastened snuggly. So no snug diapers means no pockets or AIOs.
But that still leaves lots of wonderful options. The easiest in my opinion would be a prefold, secured with a Snappi and a loose fitting cover. You need to be sure to fasten the Snappi well below the belly which is easy to do if you are being mindful of the situation.
In these pics of R you can see that the diaper is only loosely touching his belly. The Snappi holding the diaper on is fastened low below his belly so it will not put any pressure on it.
Then avoid a snug "wrap style" cover and go for a looser cover and fasten the cover very loosely. Something like a side snap cover that does not have elastic in the front panel.
If you want to avoid prefolds then the next best thing would be a bikini style fitted or AIO diaper. Many diapers have a traditional up to the belly button fit. But if you look you can find one that is designed to be fastened low over the hips, like bikini underwear. Better to use a trim low ride diaper and add a doubler underneath the cover if needed then to use a bigger coverage diaper that puts pressure on the belly. Or use a diaper that is a smaller size than indicated on the size chart with a doubler between the diaper and the cover to get the low rise fit. What you are looking for is to use a diaper much shorter on the rise than typical so you are fastening well below the belly instead of over the belly. But be sure to make up for the absorbency lost when using the smaller size by adding doublers as needed for absorbency. And adding the doubler outside the diaper but under the cover is a good place to add absorbency without adding pressure over the belly. Use with the same loose cover as discussed above, or go coverless when around the house and no pants are needed.
Thanks to some special mamas who let me have pictures of their very cute babes and Thank to Jennifer Denton who does beautiful photography with her biz, Moments to Treasure, for letting me use her picture. If you have more pictures or diapering fit feedback or other information that would be helpful to moms learning to cloth diaper their reflux prone babes, please send it to me at inge at diaperware dot com.
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