Saturday, July 24, 2010

Why I love

More cloth diapers, at awesome prices!

Thanks to a wonderful local cloth diapering mom who is updating her stash and getting rid of lots of cloth diapers, I got an awesome deal today!  She advertised the lot on craigslist as 19 pieces, but she counted the inserts as part of the pocket diapers, and then she threw in 2 extra bumgenius pockets that had stains and needed to be sunned.  So I actually got 25 pieces for $25!  Here's what that included:

- 6 bumgenius one-size pocket diapers
- 2 bumgenius one-size pocket diapers (need to be sunned)
- 2 happy heinys pocket diapers
- 2 other pocket diapers that I'm unsure of the name of
- 1 diaper cover
- 5 doublers/inserts for pocket diapers
- 7 fitted cloth diapers

I'm super excited about these, as I think this gives us a pretty full stash!  Along with what we had before, this gives us the following:
12 pocket diapers
7 doublers/inserts
35-40 pre-folds (not sure exactly how many)
2 diaper pins
2 snappis
7 fitted diapers
9 diaper covers (4 that I bought new, 1 from today, and 4 'plastic pants' that came with the pre-folds)

I'm not convinced that the fitteds will fit Pooh - I think they are smaller than he is.  But I'm washing the lot tonight (after the cloth from the last 2 days finishes - the smell in our non-ventilated laundry room was becoming unbearable), and I'll try them tomorrow.  If they don't work, then my sister D will get them for her youngest, who just celebrated her first birthday.

Another reason I'm excited about these is that I'm hoping they'll help P-daddy feel more comfortable with cloth diapering.  He likes the idea, but he seems to think that putting on the pre-folds, pinning or snappi-ing, and then covering, is just possibly more trouble than it's worth.  He's all about simplicity, and cloth diapering so far is simply not fitting into that philosophy.  But I'm planning to use the pre-folds we already have to stuff the pocket diapers we just got, and then they should be just as easy for P-daddy as a disposable would be! 

One last reason for excitement about these is that we are getting sick of blow-outs with disposables.  We have yet to let Pooh out of the house in a cloth diaper, mostly (for me at least) because I was dreading the thought of changing one when we are out.  So we have been using disposables for the last couple days when we've been out of the house, and we've had several blow-outs:-(  Last night, I went out after work with a few friends, and P-daddy got Pooh ready for bed, so he just put a disposable on him.  We awoke to crying at 2am; Pooh had completely reached the absorbency limit of the disposable he had on - everything was soaked, and the beads in the diaper were literally spilling out (not a problem for Pooh, cause he loves playing with them!).  With the new stash, I'm hoping that we feel comfortable enough to start using cloth in public.

Yay for recycling, for craigslist, and for clothdiapering mommies who clean out their stashes and don't charge "new" prices!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

lessons in cloth diapering

So we've been cloth diapering for a week or so now, and in my mind (though perhaps not in P-daddy's) I'm committed to trying this for 2 months.  Really, in my mind it's that I'll try it until October 1, and if I'm not finding it's working at that time, I'll go back to disposables.  But so far, I kind of like it!  I've now received all 4 of the covers that I ordered (I'll be posting more reviews in the next few days), and I'm starting to learn a few things along the way that are making this experiment more user-friendly:

1) Get some snappis!  I didn't have these for the first few days, so I was using pins, and the snappis are way easier.  Also, to this point, P-daddy had refused to put a cloth diaper on Pooh - he'll take one off, but then put a disposable on.  I'm hoping that the snappis will help convince him to at least try it.  Update:  so far, this hope has not been realized:-( But I'm hoping the new stash will increase his comfort level even more.

2) Use a doubler at night!  Last night was the first night we did this, and when Pooh got up this morning, the back of his diaper was not even wet (it's typically wet front to back and side to side.  We only have 2 doublers, but I'll definitely be using them in his nighttime diapers (or trying other kinds of things to absorb more than just the cloth diaper does alone).  Update:  second day to try this was not quite as successful - still wet from end to end and side to side.  But  I can only imagine how bad it would have been without the doubler in it!

3) Change on a schedule.  Changing Pooh every time he is wet is impossible - he seriously pees at least every half hour.  But I've been trying to make sure that he gets changed every 1.5-2 hours, or when he poops, and the wetness isn't nearly as bad as what it was before.  I think we were changing him pretty often, but not necessarily on a regular schedule, and for some reason, this is working pretty well.  Update:  Pooh is going to be mostly in disposables this weekend, as our agency worker is coming on Monday and we want the laundry room to smell clean and fresh and not like urine and feces.  Today, I noticed that we are changing disposables every hour to 1.5 hours.  The boy drinks a LOT of water, lemme tell you!  But knowing this, setting a 1.5 hour limit on a cloth diaper does not seem unreasonable at all.

4) Find a diaper cover that fits (you'll read more about this in the reviews to come!).