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48 Hours In…

25 Aug

Well, we’re now 48 hours into cloth diapering and I couldn’t be happier. Granted, the dealing with poop has almost triggered the gag reflex a few times (the diaper today smelled SO BAD), but at least it’s all been easily cleaned up. I’ve got the first load of dirty diapers in the wash, so hopefully it will all wash out and we’ll be good.

I ended up having way more than I need for a 2 year old, so we might not have to buy too much for the new baby. I did find that I now LOVE flats. I like the idea of just having the diapers with the pads you change out, but by putting a flat on her (folded to catch poop) when I know she’s going to poop (yes, I usually know which diaper will be a poopy one), I make it so much easier to clean up and I don’t stain the pads. I’d rather replace flats (that I can get at Target for cheap), instead of the pads for my Flip diapers.

I was able to purchase a huge bag of stuff from a lady on craigslist which included about 8 covers (mostly Thirsties), almost 24 prefolds, a couple snappies, and a wet bag for $60. Granted, not everything is in great condition, but I can always replace as we go and I’m sure they still have lots of life in them. I still really like the Flip and Thirsties systems…just so easy to use. I’m sure an AIO would be fantastic, but not knowing better, I like the system I have going.

So all in all, I’ve spent a total of $270 ($60 on the Flip; $120 at Amazon for Thirsties, trash can, and reusable diaper pail liner; $60 off of craigslist; $30 at Target) to get us going. And like I said, we really don’t have much to buy for baby #2. I probably will try to get about 6 newborn/small diaper covers, but we’ve got enough prefolds and flats. Of course, I can see buying 1 or 2 more packs of flats….so we’ll say I may spend about $100 more. So $370 on two/three kids for diapers/training pants.

I love that I can use Melaleuca products since they are all natural. I’m really hoping that they work out completely and I don’t have to purchase extra detergent. I did have to buy (which was added into the Target amount) a different  diaper rash medicine. I ended up just getting California Baby spray stuff that also helps you clean after diaper changes. I’m not comfortable getting an ointment, so we might end up having to put the babies into disposables when they have a rash…don’t really want to risk getting something on the diapers that won’t allow them to soak up fluids anymore.

After changing a couple of poopy diapers, I’ve also decided to just do cloth wipes as well. It just makes sense, you know? I can just throw the wipe in with the diaper to get washed instead of having just two little things to throw away. And it’s not like cloth wipes are anything special…you can pretty much just use a baby wash cloth with water (or the CB spray I purchase). We don’t wipe Paige after every diaper change (it actually helps keep the diaper rashes at bay), so it’s not like I’m adding tons of laundry.

Okay…enough on diapering. Can you tell this is the focus of my every day life right now? Well, when I’m not concentrating on not puking. The meds work, but I can’t just pop a pill, especially if I’m out and about. They kind of take me out of commission for 20 minutes, so I don’t take them as often as I probably should. It is nice to be able to get out and about every now and then…but I can’t be in a store for more than 30 minutes. Apparently, it’s a trigger for me and I start feeling just absolutely horrible. I have thrown up on the meds, so they aren’t a perfect remedy.

And speaking of nausea, it’s time for me to end this because it’s been a bad evening for it and staring at the computer screen doesn’t exactly help.

~Kelley~

Adventures in Cloth Diapering

16 Aug

Our foray into cloth diapering will be starting in the next week. Granted, I’m not starting with much (2 covers, 10 inserts {though I have TONS of prefolds that we used as spit rags that I might be able to make work}), but I told Dave that I didn’t want to jump in with both feet right away. We still have almost 2 boxes of diapers left (though I MIGHT work through the one I have opened and take back the other. Hey, it’s $30! That’s 2 more covers and 4 more inserts!).

I’m starting with these: http://www.bananapeelsdiapers.com/catalog.php?item=1534

It’s pretty much an all-in-one system, but supposedly isn’t good for babies under 8 or 9 pounds, so we might end up starting the new baby in Pampers (unless it’s bigger than Paige) and moving to cloth after a couple weeks. No biggie…I can deal with one or two packs of diapers. And it’s not like Paige can’t use them. I LOVE that I won’t have to worry about who gets what diaper!

If I were to completely outfit us using the Flip diapers, I would need to spend around $350. That’s about 11 boxes of diapers and with 2 (and possibly, 3) going through diapers, it will be well worth it.

So now I just have to make sure that we can do this and the laundry doesn’t kill me. That was Dave’s biggest concern. The nice thing about the Flip system is that they do offer a disposable insert that’s considerably cheaper and very convenient for the times that you would need disposables…although I don’t know many times that I would need it. My family won’t have any problems with us washing diapers in their machines, I’d just have to bring my own detergent (since you can’t use a commercial brand…the Melaleuca I use would work though since it’s all natural, so I won’t even have to switch that!).

I’m a little nervous that I’m going to absolutely HATE it and will have wasted money. But I’ve only invested $60 so far…and hopefully, this will be a good change.

I’ll let you know how it all works out. But if you have any tips for me, let me know. I’m doing my internet research, but I’m still slightly freaked out that I’m going to mess things up!

PS. still sick, but I felt the baby kick today. It will all be worth it in the end 🙂

~Kelley~