I'm truly trying to stick the gender neutral (aside from a few pinks) as much as possible. If we want to continue saving money then I really want to be able to use these on the next kiddo, God willing.
|These days, trying to change her diaper is like trying to wrestle a leprachaun. . . impossible. Her feet are too cool to be busy with diaper changes.|
So we started with about 15 dipes, and I've purchased a few here and there. . so we're closer to 20+ now. I've gotten 6 free ones thanks to Kelly's Closet's fun deals and several brands having "buy X amount and get 1 free." I wouldn't mind a few more just because I do launder every other to two days, but sometimes I'm up to my VERY last ones before the clean ones are ready and dry. Ro's grandparents are offering to buy a few for Christmas, so that'll be perfect this year. She's probably not going to remember it anyway. :)
We're using mostly One Size Pocket diapers like Bum Genius, Fuzzibunz, Sunbaby, and Kawaii. I just got a couple of Econobum because I've heard several great things about them, and we do have one Flip. Each one I like or dislike for different reasons, but I'll do a post about that another time. I feel like the pockets are an easy start for first time CD parents. It's been a nice transition for us.
|Miller is making sure they smell fresh and clean.|
My wash routine, like I mentioned before, is an every other day sort of deal. You aren't supposed to go longer than three or you'll start running into ammonia build up. If I'm paranoid about one thing it's stinky diapers. I do a cold short wash without detergent at first, a long hot wash with detergent. Then an extra rinse and air dry. I am currently using Rockin' Green detergent in the Motley Clean. At first I was paranoid about adding too much detergent and getting a build up issue. However, the diapers weren't coming out smelling fresh and clean. They didn't really have a smell (which was ok!) but I like when things smell GOOD! So I finally started using the recommended amount. :) They smell clean now!
The big concern from inquiring minds has been the stains. "How do you deal with all the poop and the stains?!" Well, I LOVE my diaper sprayer. Love it. You technically don't really need one while they EBF. Breast fed poop is water soluble. All you really have to do is throw them in the wash and when they're done, put them in the sun and WA LA! Bleached white inserts and dipes. When I was in TTown for so long I showed my parents my "magic." :) They would look at the yellow stains and question my sunshine magic. The next day I would show them that after just a few hours in the sun, my inserts were pretty and white again. It's pretty amazing.
Like I said, you don't technically need a sprayer until they're eating solid food. However, I like getting the extra junk off. The wet bag doesn't smell as "strong" when you spray them off and it just makes me fell better. :) Plus it's pretty fun. . . I just had a thought. I bet a cute little sassy pants is going to think its fun too. HA Guess I'll have to keep an eye out for that, or just wear my swimsuit around the house.
The other concern is the smell. As I mentioned before I try to be very diligent with my washing routine. I don't go more than two days, I don't add too much detergent and worry about dealing with a build up of residue, AND I have a sassy wet bag.
|Planet Wise Wet Dry Bag: Meadow Tweets.|
This bad boy holds about 18 diapers, it zips up nice and tight so it's not smelly , and it has a handle so I can hang it on the back of the nursery door. I also have two small wet bags for my diaper bags. I really want to get one more big wet bag so we can use them in a rotation. I've heard amazing things about Planet Wise's products, but just to lengthen the life of this cute thing, I would like to have another. Plus when I'm washing this one with the diapers, I have to put the dirty diapers "off to the side." It would just be nice to have an extra.
We still haven't "braved" the over night cloth diapers yet. Partly because I don't have enough over night supplies and partly because I'm a big weenie. :) I have been loving our sleep length the last few months, that I don't want to resort to having to change bedding, PJs, and getting a bambino back to sleep because she's a pretty heavy wetter. However, the 12 hours in a sposie, usually ends up with a diaper rash that I battle the next day.
The diaper rash does amazingly clear up, though. :) Within a day of us doing cloth, the horrible rash had cleared up considerably. So if a dry cloth dipe doesn't clear it up, I do have some coconut oil on hand just in case. With cloth you can't use any zinc based diaper rash cream/most creams on shelves. I have found a few new brands of cloth friendly creams, but I've heard amazing things about coconut oil and they sell it at my HEB. It's not the cheapest there, but it'll last for a while. Plus it smells YUMMY!
We are also still using disposable wipes. I don't know why it's so hard for CD parents to make that switch, but it seems to be a general ordeal with everyone. The disposables you have to separate from the wet bag and throw in the trash. It would be so much easier to have a reusable wipe and wipe solution and just throw it in the wet bag with the diaper. I've heard several Mom's have used old receiving blankets, cut them into squares, and hemmed the edges. I'm thinking I'll bust out the sewing machine and practice sewing straight lines. HAHAHA No seriously. Anywho, it just makes sense to do the cloth wipes as well. That will be our next goal.
I keep drilling Tom about how he likes the CD. He seems really pleased. I don't know, he may not tell me otherwise. I'm so happy
|Look at that cute fluffy butt!!!|
My family was a little shocked when I told them we were making the switch. Lots of ladies I've talked to said this was a "BIG PROBLEM" when they switched as well. I think most people just think of the old white diapers and safety pins and wonder why you wouldn't make your life easier with sposies. Don't get me wrong, some people still use those and are very happy with them. But when they have so many modern cloth diapers that are SO much easier, I wanted those. I have come across A LOT of people who deal with judgement from others just because it's not in the "norm" and it's different than what a lot of people are used to seeing. Our family gave me that "ick" look I talked about before, but they're being very supportive. :)I feel pretty lucky to not be judged by the ones I love. My sister is probably the one that gives me the hardest time about them, but she is the only one, so far, that has actually changed her with the new cloth. That's what sisters are for. . . giving you a hard time but doing what you tell them to do anyways. :)
So all in all, it has been a success. I'm learning new things daily, and I have a few things I wish I had known before I started. That's why I'm doing these posts. So IF
when I convert one of you, you'll have it a little easier. If you are thinking abut cloth diapering and have any questions let me know! That would be a fun Q&A post. I'm no expert, but I can direct you to a lot of my favorite CD blogs that I follow. There are so many awesome ones. Plus almost every Monday and Tuesday there are usually cloth diaper Twitter parties at 8 PM. Just search #clothdiapers, and if you can keep up,SOAK IT ALL IN.
|Rowyn helping me with the fluff laundry. :)|
Never mind my mismatched child. I sometimes channel my childhood obsession with Punky Brewster through my daughter and her clothes.
Hope you are all having a fabulous week.
Lots of Love,