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So we’ve officially made it one month using cloth diapers.  How’s it going you ask?  They are fabulous.  Perhaps we just had a bad experience with a certain named brand disposable (HUGGIES) but before cloth we experienced some kind of leak (pee or poo) once a day (on average – more with Huggies – less with Pampers) – we tried all sorts of things – making it tighter, less tight, pointing certain things down (if you catch my drift) -still B and I routinely got wet.  It definitely wasn’t fun.  You sit there holding your adorable baby wondering if you are having a weird hot flash all of a sudden…nope…you just got peed on. Since starting cloth diapers we’ve only had maybe 4 leaks – and half was because he was a bit small for them in the beginning – the other half user error. I’ve also noticed that we haven’t had any rashes…yes I know at 8 weeks he’s a bit young for rashes – but in those first two weeks of using disposables I will admit that during that middle of the night feeding he didn’t always get his diaper changed – the choices are change it before feeding him and listen to him scream because he is hungry (which is not an option since Daddy has to get up to go to work at 4:30 so we try to be quiet) or change him after he’s eaten which in the middle of the night normally means that you are gonna wake him up.  Now idk about you but at 1 a.m. I normally choose letting him sleep over changing his diaper.  So I noticed during those two weeks his bum getting a little redder than normal 😦 which definitely made me feel awful for choosing sleep.  Well since switching to the cloth we haven’t seen any red on the bum and he is normally in the same diaper from 10pm-5am because I still don’t want to wake him up after our 1 a.m. feeding. Our stash is made up of BumGenius 4.0s.  They are a pocket style diaper which just means there is an insert you put in it – this cuts down on drying time and allows you to customize absorbency.  Fancy Shmancy!  We like the ones with snaps because they don’t collect stuff like velcro does (by stuff I mean dog hair – ick) So you take the diaper off – and put it in the diaper pail – which is lined with a pail liner (or wet bag) – from here you just throw it all in the washer – once he starts eating real food – things get more complicated.  But for now you just do one wash on warm – another on hot – and an extra rinse – and all done!  Well ya gotta dry them and stuff them – then all done!

IMG_0032   Here are the diapers ready to go (for some reason all the blue ones got used in one day (I have two of almostevery color 🙂 ) IMG_0033   The diaper changing caddy holds my cloth wipes (cheap washcloths in a disposable wipe container with a mixture of water, baby oil, and baby soap), coconut oil for rashes, and hand sanitizer.  The scissors are to remind me to take the labels off of his toys 🙂 IMG_0034   The diapers hanging to dry – the top right is one of the pail liners drying.  It’s super water proof so really the water is just dripping off of it 🙂 – and the bottom left are two baby wet bags for my diaper bag.  They are pretty small but still can hold about 8 diapers each as I found out on my trip to Cville this weekend. IMG_0035 The diapers are cute enough to wear without clothes 🙂 – but seriously who does love a naked baby. photo (20) photo (21)   This weekend we went to visit a friend for her birthday and LB ended up in only his diaper at one point.  We got so many compliments on them 🙂 – guess it’s nice to have pretty underwear.

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I’ve noticed that when I tell people we chose cloth diapering…I don’t always get a positive reaction.  Actually, most of time time I get disgust or at the very least confusion.

So I thought I’d take the time to explain why we choose to cloth diaper.  I’m pretty excited about it 🙂  We are registered for a combo of Bum Genius, FuzziBunz, and Charlie Banana pocket diapers.  All three of these brands have very faithful followers but we will only wash a few of each initially to see if we prefer one type in particular – then we could always exchange the others.  And if i’m washing diapers, I might as well wash wipes too!! Last week, we bought five Lotus Bumz brand diapers because Zulily was having a sale!

1) Money

This is how I convinced Brett that cloth diapering was for us.  I’ve read tons of articles about the price differences between disposable and cloth.  This is one of the easiest to read.  http://www.squawkfox.com/2012/07/09/cloth-diapers/

Basically using disposable diapers costs about $2,000 during a child’s diaper using age, while cloth diapers costs around $750.  In my case, I’m hoping to lessen that $750 by getting most of my cloth diapers at showers.  So the only diapering costs we’d deal with would be those costs to launder the diapers.

These costs are even more dramatic when multiplied over multiple children.  I plan on having a few 😉 and most of the good cloth diaper brands hold up very well for multiple children – so you can just reuse them!

2) Skin Care

Cloth diapers have been shown to be much better for babies with sensitive skin.  I think it has something to do with the breathable cotton next to babies bum instead of disposable diaperstuff.  I have a pretty bad case Eczema and have since I was very little.  Brett also has dry skin.  Disposable diapers contain something that converts pee to a gel – in my experience any contact with chemical goo normally causes a eczema flare up for me! So we are pretty sure our child will have skin issues of some sort so this is an added bonus for cloth diapers.

I’ve also read where cloth diapering helps prevent diaper rash…so we’ll see!

3) Environmentally Friendly

Think of all the trash you are saving.  I can’t lie and tell you that Brett and I are the most earth friendly – We own a Keurig coffee maker and definitely create extra trash that way.  And we aren’t the best at remembering to recycle.  However, I hate taking out the trash and I love doing laundry so I can’t say that I will miss the trash of disposables.

4) Blowouts

Having not had my baby yet, I can’t say that I’ve experienced this.  However, my niece (best friends little girl) has had a few so I’ve heard.  So I did some research on how cloth diapers handle the poop explosions.  I was worried that their elastic might not be able to handle poop as well as that stretchy stuff in disposables.  From what I’ve read cloth diapers handle those fun poop moments a lot better than disposables.  So fingers crossed that we won’t have too many episodes of a poop covered baby.

Other Reasons to Cloth Diaper

– These are not your mom’s diapers.  Their are no pins or folding – they are basically like a Rolls Royce version of a disposable diaper

– Whether you cloth diaper or disposable diaper, you cannot avoid the poop.  So the extra minute of spraying off poop and dumping the diaper in a diaper pail to wash later – really isn’t that much extra work!  And that time washing diapers (which really you put it in the washer and turn it on…not that hard) – will be saved because you won’t have to cut diaper coupons or make late night runs to the store!!

– Lets be real – the cloth diapers are so much cuter!! AND they come in pretty colors.  So excited.  These are a few we ordered from Lotus Bumz.

So I know that Baby Boy isn’t here yet, but I’m so excited about cloth diapering.  I will definitely do a follow up post after he’s here and we’ve used the diapers to let you know how things are going!

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