When I wrote my post about cloth diapering at 3 months, I planned to write a follow-up post a few months later, but wondered if I would have anything to say. The answer, if you hadn't guessed, is yes, I do have something to say.
E just turned 7 months old (how did that happen?!) and we are still using cloth diapers. Some things have changed since 3 months, and some things have stayed the same.
BumGenius are still my go-to diapers. They just work really, really well. Although we have a good variety of other diapers, he's typically wearing BumGenius when we leave the house and at night. I've continued with the CottonBooty subscription even though we don't really need more diapers (I hope my husband isn't reading this!). It's fun to get new diapers to try, including some that I've liked a lot (like a Happy Heiny's one size and a Kissaluvs fitted and cover, which is what he's sporting in the photo above).
I can't remember when I stopped changing E's diaper at night, but at some point he started sleeping ten hour stretches (and then stopped, because babies can be cruel like that; but don't worry, he recently started sleeping through the night again), and even when he didn't, diaper changes were too disruptive (they made him really, really mad, and since I was mostly interested in getting back to bed myself, I didn't press the issue). Since he's a bit of a heavy wetter, absorbency became an issue. What's working lately is a BumGenius (go figure) with a doubler. It took a few soggy mornings for me to work that out, but we haven't had any leak issues in awhile.
My washing routine is still the same, though I now wash in the evenings. I'm not sure why it took so long for me to work this out, but I was sometimes running out of diapers because I was doing the diaper laundry in the morning, and the covers weren't able to air dry enough before I needed them again (or sometimes I'd forget to start the second wash cycle because I got caught up doing everything else). Now I usually start the laundry around bathtime, and make sure to pull the covers out to air dry overnight (sometimes I don't dry the inserts until the next day).
One of the biggest changes is that we introduced solid foods around 6 months, which means no more wonderful water-soluble breastmilk poo. To deal with the poo (which needs to be rinsed off before the diaper goes in the washing machine), we're using the bumGenius diaper sprayer. This is working really well for us. The nursery has an attached bathroom, and I specifically set up the changing table right next to the bathroom door. It's super easy for me to spray the diaper off and then toss it in the diaper pail.
We did use disposables when we were out of town in May. I tried (and really liked) Seventh Generation diapers-- no leaks, and no yucky chemicals in the diaper. We're hoping to go out of town again at the end of the summer, and I'll be buying another package of Seventh Generation for sure. Of course, I still prefer cloth over disposable any day, but it's not really practical when we're away from home for extended periods of time.