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Mom to Mom: Tips for Cloth Diapering through Morning Sickness

Posted by Becca on 4/7/2015 to Cloth Diaper How-To

Changing Diapers Through Morning Sickness

If things could have gone according to my plans, I would have gotten pregnant a year from now and my son would be potty trained. I loved that Bunny was out of diapers long before I got pregnant with Bear. My nausea during pregnancy is so severe that I never wanted to have to change diapers through a pregnancy. But, things didn’t go according to my plans and I’m finding that it’s okay! I’m surviving—even the poopy diapers—without necessarily losing my lunch.

All the same, I have found a few tricks to dealing with dirty diapers while pregnant and nauseated.

Ease up on the laundry.

cloth diapers Normally, I prefer prefolds and my handmade fitteds because they’re the easiest diapers to wash, they store easily, and they require no stuffing. Now that I want to spend as little time as possible both at the changing table and folding laundry, I have decided I needed more AIOs. They usually take a little more water in the wash and more drying time, but they’re quick at the table, and require no stuffing once dry. I have never had a lot of AIOs. Until now. Nausea keeps me from all but the most essential tasks, so I need to know I have diapers that can be washed and ready without any stuffing or folding. So, I bought 8 AIO diapers. I already had 3, so now I have 11, which is enough to ensure I’ll have at least something for my baby’s bum when I don’t feel like stuffing pockets or folding and pinning prefolds. I needed something quick and inexpensive and I was already pretty pleased with the Diaper Rite and Imagine brands so that’s what I went with for my AIOs. I was not disappointed either. At $11­$14 a diaper I don’t even feel badly putting them in the dryer on those days that I can’t wait for them to line dry. Even if I do erase months from their life, They fit well, they’re very absorbent, and they’re so quick and easy to use that it’s worth it for me if it means saving some of my sanity.

Small Wetbag in the bathroom.

Surprisingly, I’ve found that I’ve been able to handle spraying most of the poopy diapers, even when feeling nauseated. But when I can’t deal with removing the poop, I place the offending diaper in a small travel wet bag and hang it from a hook near the shower or put it on the back of the toilet. When my husband comes home from work and sees it, he knows that there’s a poopy diaper in there that I couldn’t handle and he takes care of it.

Change less

I almost hesitate to write this because I’m a huge proponent of always changing a baby’s diaper immediately. But when you have to choose between changing a diaper right now or waiting a little bit until you can stomach it, sometimes it’s best to choose the latter option. Now you’re taking care of two babies and they both need you. As long as you aren’t leaving your child in the dirty diaper for hours at a time, it won’t hurt to wait a little bit, especially if it’s just wet.

Line dry.

Line dry your diapers. This actually serves two purposes: 1) you can smell everything during your first trimester and this will help deodorize them and 2) it’s amazing what a little time outdoors does for morning sickness. Having suffered from severe morning sickness with all three pregnancies, I can tell you that this is better than any other remedy I’ve ever tried. Turns out, I’ve been in the habit of having my first trimesters in the wrong season. I was never able to enjoy the outdoors with my other two pregnancies and now that I can, I’m amazed at what it does for me! So, while I’m out there, I might as well dry and freshen the diapers while I let my kids play in the dirt.

Teach the older siblings.

cloth diapers diapers

I’ve also been using this as an opportunity to teach my five year old daughter how to change diapers. She can’t handle any poopy ones yet but she is pretty good at removing and replacing the wet ones. Maybe by the time the baby is born she’ll be a pro!

diaper changing

My daughter has also learned to pad fold flats and stuff pocket diapers as well as how to fold the wipes so they pop up in the wipes dispenser. She doesn’t particularly enjoy doing this, but in a pinch, I know she will be able to help out if necessary.

Having experienced bouts of HG with my second child, I really didn’t think I would survive changing diapers during my first trimester, but I’m onto my seventh week and though things are really tough, I’m surviving. My experience tells me that this pregnancy will only get worse for one or two more weeks before it slowly starts improving. I don’t know how long the nausea will last, it was different with each of my babies and it never fully went away with my second, but this is usually when my nausea peaks. If I can handle my son’s diapers now, I have hope that I will continue to be able to take care of them throughout the pregnancy.



Maggie M.
Date: 4/7/2015
Yes, the dreaded morning sickness and diaper changes. I found tying a folded flat around my mouth and nose helped a lot. Especially if I had something minty in my mouth. And I completely agree about being outside. It really does make a big difference. Who would have thought? I'm only finding that out on my third pregnancy too.
Erin B.
Date: 4/8/2015
Went through this a few months ago. I changed less (daughter was 2 1/2 so was staying dry longer anyway) and definitely did less laundry (in general, lol) and less of everything except laying on the couch!
Date: 4/9/2015
These are all great tips! What a nice husband you have! I think its great your oldest helps out! She looks like she is having fun!
judith martinez
Date: 4/9/2015
These are great tips! It's so important to ask for help when struggling with morning sickness!
Rachel K.
Date: 4/9/2015
I will definitely have to remember these tips, especially as we may end up with two in diapers at once.
Date: 4/10/2015
How I needed this post a few months ago :)
Rachael B.
Date: 4/10/2015
I didn't have to go through this since my youngest is my last and my girls are 4 yrs apart but bless you all!! Hugs!
Jessica J
Date: 4/11/2015
that's wonderful your hubby and daughter help out!
Date: 4/12/2015
wonderful post! :) good to hear about some other opinions about cloth diapering out there! Have a great day! Laura
Camille W
Date: 4/12/2015
My first trimester was rough. I haven't started cloth diapering yet but I can't imagine dealing with poo through that time. Thanks for these tips!
Laura F.
Date: 4/12/2015
Great tips! We're hopign for baby #3 any time now and so these tips will come in handy!
Date: 4/13/2015
not sure if I can cd a newborn yet. but will keep your tips in mind!
Date: 4/13/2015
I'm hoping that #1 will be potty trained by the time #2 comes but if not these are some great tips.
Date: 4/13/2015
I will definitely be keeping these tips in mind for future babies!
Keara B.
Date: 4/14/2015
Such great tips! My daughter was 2 1/2 when I got pregnant again, and while she went pee in the toilet, she still refused to go #2 in the potty. Changing her diapers was horrendous! I wish I would have thought of some of these ideas!
Date: 4/16/2015
I dread having to be pregnant while taking care of my son. Was miserable enough last time when I only had myself to take care of. Maybe these tips will help when the time comes to give him a little brother or sister.
Date: 4/17/2015
Great post! Will keep in mind next time!
Des Nancr
Date: 4/20/2015
These sound like great tips. I know they aren't available everywhere, but I imagine having a diaper service could be huge too.
Date: 4/23/2015
Great article! A friend is battling severe mornign sickness through her third pregnancy and I'm sharing this with her!
Date: 4/23/2015
These are great! I like enlisting help from dad and big siblings.
Melissa Gooch
Date: 4/23/2015
This tips will be good to keep in mind if my current isn't using potty by the time we have a second.
Christa Reachert
Date: 4/24/2015
nice tips
Meagan B
Date: 4/24/2015
OMG yes!!!
Amanda C
Date: 4/24/2015
My problem with my pregnancies and diapering was not only with nausea but just general fatigue, that made extra laundry a dreaded chore. With this pregnancy I have older ones to help but my previous pregnancies they were all too little to help. Luckily I my youngest is out of diapers, but my previous pregnancies were a little closer together. Good to hear the tips from another mommy.
Kayla Stutler
Date: 4/26/2015
I have two in cloth during this pregnancy and most of the time I have an iron stomach...this pregnancy's 1st trimester that iron stomach has disappeared. There were times when it took a lot not to throw up on the kiddo!
katie m
Date: 4/28/2015
These are great tips, I've never even thought about morning sickness and handling diapers hopefully when it comes around it's not that bad.
Amy L
Date: 5/2/2015
Amazing advice. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get through a non-ideal situation in one piece. The stress otherwise just isn't worth it - not for your body, nor for your mind, nor for your household and even for your very pregnancy! That's a lesson here too. Good post.
Amy L
Date: 5/2/2015
Amazing advice. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do to get through a non-ideal situation in one piece. The stress otherwise just isn't worth it - not for your body, nor for your mind, nor for your household and even for your very pregnancy! That's a lesson here too. Good post.
sarah poole
Date: 5/3/2015
Leave the poopy ones for hubby! LOVE IT!! Lol
Danielle Gephart
Date: 5/5/2015
Bookmarked! This will come in handy for the future :-)
Date: 5/8/2015
So true that cloth diapering with morning sickness is a challenge! Thanks for the tips!
Amy Hall
Date: 5/14/2015
HAven't had morning sickness this pregnancy, yet, but I was wondering about it now that my 13 month old's poo seems to stink worse than before
Date: 5/15/2015
this is a great article to keep close with every pregnancy!
Mary Schuh
Date: 6/16/2015
Luckily, both times my morning sickness wasn't that bad, but there's always next time. I'll keep these tips in mind!
Date: 7/2/2015
Re-read this as we are still hoping for baby #3 soon and my #2 is still in diapers. I'm alittle nervous about the ammonia diaper pail smell that hits me as I throw them all in the wash... hopefully it won't be too terrible!
jilliann moulton
Date: 8/21/2015
If we have another I'll definitely be enlisting big sister's help. :)
Lindsay Nuttall
Date: 1/28/2016
Oh man I'm totally going through this right now. But I can handle the poop and the laundry. I just can't handle the urine smell. And my nose is so sensitive I can't tell if they DO have ammonia build up or if they're fine and I'm just pregnant. Oh the things we do for our children.

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