Wife was at work all day today and I was home, so what better time to have some diaper fun. I went into the back of my closet, looking for something different, maybe a sample not yet tried and forgotten. I then came across a box that had all my cloth items, one pre fold (already washed once and had shrunk), 4 pins and some nice white plastic pants. I proceeded to watch several "how to" videos which showed various folds for babies. I figured the "newspaper fold" would work for me. Now I gave it try, had to to re-pin a few times to get the right fit and feel and put on the plastic pants. I will say they were quite comfortable and did not make we sweat as much as a plastic backed disposable would have. I had left these in the closet all this time thinking they had shrunken too much to use. I was wrong. My first release felt a bit strange at first and then the wet diaper was nice and warm. By the time a went again, maybe an hour or so later, when I sat down, I had a leak. I realize now that the cloth takes some time to disperse around. When left concentrated on the bottom, after standing and then sitting immediately, I had trouble.
I proceeded to do some gardening outside (figured with the hose, if I leaked again, I could camouflage the wetness with my watering). No one would know if anyone saw me. I proceeded to go several more times, always standing, but no more leaks. Even sat down to eat and went on line, nothing. I was really amazed how every inch of the diaper eventually got wet, back and sides as well. The plastic pants did well and I was off to a fun and productive day.
I still think the cloth when wet is interesting, but as a DL, I never got that real squishy feel that a thick disposable gets when really wet. I ended up rinsing it in the shower with some mild soap and now have it the washing machine with a drop of mild soap, hoping to get it somewhat done before my wife gets home. Not sure if I should machine dry or just hang it up. Looks like a rectangle rag, so it shouldn't get much attention if I do hang it in my bedroom.
All in all, a nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon.