I've been planning my transition back to full 24/7 for some time - anyone who's been unfortunate enough to be in the IRC channel while I'm there over the past few weeks has probably heard. :P Originally, I was going to go with disposables, but I've since provisionally decided to switch to cloth because it's cheaper in the long run, significantly more babyish, and apparently more comfortable. However, I have the following questions before I invest in cloth:
1. How effective are plastic pants at waterproofing, in general? I've been told that I may need to change clothes even after a #1 in well-fitting plastic pants, and that seems a little odd.
2. Part of the problem with sleeping in disposables is that wetting while lying on your back or side will often leak. Does this problem still happen with well-fitting plastic pants over cloth diapers?
3. Does having snaps on the sides of the plastic pants compromise the waterproofing at all? I understand it's easier to change with snap-ons because you don't have to take your pants completely off, but I'm also worried that the obligatory gap between the snaps will compromise the absorbency of the diaper.
4. How bad is the diaper bulge compared to disposables in general - is there some kind of general rule of thumb I can use to convert between the thickness of disposables and cloth of equivalent absorbency? I'm aware I'll probably have to upsize my clothes, but I want to know if it's going to be by one size or five.
ADDENDUM: 5. What would be the disadvantage of picking one diaper weight and sticking with it? I understand a lot of providers provide night weight and day weight diapers - what's the disadvantage of wearing day weight 24/7, night weight 24/7, etc.?
Thanks in advance!