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I Has A Sickness

So a few weeks ago, I told Jason that I wanted to switch to cloth diapers. He was all for it, of course -- I mean, we have an ENTIRE DRAWER of Gerber pre-folds that we use for burp rags! We'll just go to the store and like, buy some pins.

(He's so cute, really. He is. Precious.)

Of course, I quickly schooled him on the Modern Cloth Diaper System, with its space-age absorbency and inserts and snaps and the fact that Noah and Ezra can actually wear the SAME SIZE, like oh my God, we can finally stop spending all our booze money on Lightening McQueen Pull-Ups (the prices of which are totally the diaper manufacturers getting all passive-aggressive on you: Oh, you want to potty-train your kid? You just need something for naps and nighttime? Oh, let us HELP YOU with that! And reward your years of faithful diaper purchasing with a totally extraneous product that inexplicably costs twice as much. Fork it over, suckers, we ain't done with you yet.).

I pointed out the number of times already that we have Totally Forgotten To Buy Diapers and driven to the store in a panic begging the baby not to soil himself (a second child phenomenon if I've ever seen one -- there was exactly one time that I ran out of diapers with Noah and had to slap a too-small swim diaper on his butt and drive all white-knuckled to the store). I pointed out that Ezra's bottom is always a little irritated and the earth and whatever and blah blah blah and Jason was all, "I said I thought it was a good idea, why are you still talking?"

And at that point I jumped up and down like I was getting a goddamn puppy and promised to always keep the diapers clean and washed and folded and take them for walks EVERY DAY, I SWEAR.

Jason eyed me suspiciously, as he damn well should have, since you'll notice I left out two pieces of info:

1) That the initial purchase cost of a decent number of decent cloth diapers is mumble mumble approximately eleventy frajillion willion dollars oh look a PONY, and...

2) OH MY GOD THEY ARE SO CUTE I AM GOING TO DRESS THE BABY TO MATCH HIS DIAPERS ALL THE TIME NOW RIGHT DOWN TO HIS SOCKS OH MY GOD STOP ME THIS IS GETTING WEIRD.

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(After I went through both of the yellow diapers I put him in a sage one that matched the design on the t-shirt. Although I did have to change his socks. Last night he wore a periwinkle diaper and a blue t-shirt with purplish lettering and then oh my god, these argyle legwarmers that totally matched and yes, even when he's wearing footie sleepers I still like to make sure the diaper sort-of matches.)

(You might wonder if I have a similar tic when it comes to my own underwear. You might need to go mind your own fucking business.)

(YES. I DO.)

Comments

Delany

My underwear and bra HAVE to match...and most days, I make the effort to coordinate them with my outfit.

I am a sick person.

Jenny

I was at a fabric store not too long ago, and the woman in front of me at the cutting table was getting some sample materical to try and make her own cloth diapers because they were so expensive to buy. I do some clothes sewing myself, so my first thought was, yea! good way to save money! Then the more I thought about the dynamics of make a diaper that would fit correctly and stay on and not leak made my head hurt. I've never seen one, and don't have kids yet, so I have no idea how difficult it might really be. I almost got her number just so I could find out it came out. The amount of sewing work alont might be enough to make the $20 price tag worth just buying them.

Andrea

Me too! Me too! I totally match my underwear to my outfit...doesn't everyone? ;)

Emily

>>>I pointed out that Ezra's bottom is always a little irritated and the earth and whatever and blah blah blah and Jason was all, "I said I thought it was a good idea, why are you still talking?"<<<

This is exactly something my husband would say. In fact, he says it to me at least once a day.

Also, fluffy butts are SO CUTE. I'm so excited to use cloth on the one that's due in April--our 2 year old is still in disposables, but I did not want to buy two sizes of cloth when who knows how long he'll actually be in diapers for anymore?

I have some BG 3.0s that I'm really excited about. We're mostly using contours and covers here, with a smattering of fitteds, but I'm sort of envious of all you pocket-exclusive ladies.

CJ

We use prefolds with covers and they are SO much better than any disposable for containing blowouts! I swear every time I have to use a disposable the baby ends up with poop up his back, and this almost never happens with prefolds. BumGenius are awesome too - if you have rice paper inserts they will make cleaning out nasty toddler poop so easy you will cry.

Lisa

HA! (That's all. Just very funny!)

sarahmichal

I have never tried cloth diapers before, but you ladies make me want too!! I love love love cute baby diaper butt!! Jelly Bean is 4 months old now and is already outgrowing her size 2 diapers...and...I still have 3 packs in my closet. I wouldn't have to worry about these things with cloth!! Unfortunately, I work full time and my daycare wont accept cloth diapers, so I'm stuck with the disposables. I'm torn between finding a new daycare that would accept cloth (which would be hard because the one she is currently in only charges $125/wk in comparison to $180-$220/wk)and just letting it ride with the disposables. Money wise it all works out to be the same because of daycare fees going up! AARRGGGHHHH!!! Oh well. I will just continue to do what I can:-)

Alias Mother

I use prefolds with a cover, because I think it is a little more flexible than the insert ones (though I own a few inserts, as they are easier to keep in the diaper bag). Also, a suggestion that may save your life: diaper liners. Trust me.

Don't you love how you can get assvice on anything, including poop containment systems? The internet is amazing.

Sarah @ BecomingSarah.com

Good luck with the cloth diapers! When this baby is born, we're hoping to cloth diaper as well and it's so helpful and encouraging to see that there are other moms out there who not only cloth diaper but somehow manage to make it work!

Out of curiosity, which type of diapers are you using?

Jessi

I match paci's to the outfit. And I hate white socks because while the rest of the world thinks they match everything, I find that they match nothing.

I have to admit though, I don't even know what color panties I'm wearing right now. I do that part of getting dressed while still mostly asleep, so I'm lucky to have any on at all.

Susan

Hooray and congratulations on the cloth diapers! I use BumGenius and really like them, although I do still keep disposables on hand for outings. Cloth really is easy, and I think that more people would switch if they understood how simple it is! It's a little overwhelming at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's just as easy as disposables. And my brain makes a little "Kaching" sound every time I change my daughter's diaper!

Samantha

Yay cloth diapers! We use g-diapers and love them, but I am in a bit of a pickle about what to do with the disposable inserts when we are out or Ophelia is at the sitter's. Right now we still send her with Pampers. At home we have a nice place for the inserts right by the changing table. Someone above mentioned a cute tote bag that she sends to day care. Do elaborate! I want one!

Danielle

Wow, I just use unbleached prefolds and white Prowrap covers. (My son does have Snappis in a couple different shades of blue, though.) But then, I spent $300 on a whole babyhood's worth of diapers, so cute colors weren't really an option.

wealhtheow

I love cloth! We use prefolds with cheap covers cause we are POOR. But I had a couple FuzziBunz which I loved, and now am hooked on my single BumGenius. I know what I'm spending my tax refund on! My one recommendation is to definitely get a diaper sprayer--they make life so much easier and less yucky.

good idea

If you want to really go crunchy, here's a recipe to make your own wipes. They are easy to make, easy to use, cheap, and my son never had diaper rash.

1 big roll Bounty (brand is important here!)cut in half

3 Tbls. oil (Burt's Bee Apricot oil is nice, but you can use olive oil, vitamin e oil, etc.)

1 Tbls. babywash

2 1/4 cups warm water (maybe a little less, depending on how moist you like the wipes)

Mix the liquid in a tall round tupperware that fits the 1/2 roll of paper towel, insert the non-cut end of the paper towels into the liquid for 30 seconds, then turn over and set the other end in the container. Pull the cardboard roll out of the middle (it should be soft and easy to remove) and voila! Pull the wipes from the middle.

Alicia

ohh fun colored diapers! I like them, and I also like very much the matchy matchy of it all.

I need to get some better underwear I think?

Karen

De-lurking. Just wanted to wish a cloth diapering newbie luck! Also, wanted to say that I've really enjoyed reading your blog. Especially the 2nd time around breastfeeding entries. Lovely and inspirational...

jodifur

I'm beyond impressed by the cloth diapering. Seriously. Something that never occurred to me.

Becky

Someone already mentioned the hemp inserts, but I want to second that for overnights! If you use one regular microfiber insert and one hemp insert, it works pretty good for overnight pees. The microfiber soaks up quickly, and the hemp soaks up more slowly but holds a ton.

The second thing I wanted to mention - great invention ever and probably the only reason I still use cloth - are flushable diaper liners. Do you know about these? My kids both were prolific poopers (runny ones, besides) and I got so tired of trying to get the diapers & inserts free of stains. I was thrilled to discover the inserts. I know, that takes away a bit of the eco-friendliness but it also takes away a lot of the ick factor!

Melissa

Have you seen these: darlingsdownunder.com.au They're in Australia, but so cute. And you can get really cute covers on Etsy.com

JP

I am SO excited to read that you are using cloth. I am due in September, and I am seriouly considering it. C U T E and a money/earth saver.

Yellow Baby = Adorable

Amber Mc

That is so stupidly cute!
And you totally just gave me a reason to consider cloth diapers! (Ummm... oh yeah and the earth and stuff too.)

Gina

That is exactly why I chose to buy only white cloth diapers. Not matching would have driven me insane. And I am sure that it would drive my two year old nuts as well - we have the same personality.

And a fuzzibunz tip: the viscose dishtowels at Trader Joe's make a perfect diaper doubler insert when folded in half (and are much cheaper than actual inserts).

Loralee

I never used to get bothered by not matching underwear but then I saw Liv Tyler strip down to her skivvies in "Empire Records" in front of the skeezy rock has-been she wanted to give her virginity to.

Her bra was red and her panties were white and OMG it just LOOKED WRONG.

So? It totally bugs me more.

And while I don't think that the same standard applies to the grinning little butter lump on the couch (who would be adorable no matter what)? It's totally adorable.

(Just make sure there are no skeezy old rock has-beens near by. Shudder. Hurl.)

Jenn

I LOVE our cloth diapers! It can become an obsession...I have sock monkey embroidered dipes, Obama logo embroidered dipes, a "Born at Home" embroidered dipe for the 2nd babe due in May, camoflaugue minky dipes...I use mostly pockets, Bum Genius primarily...Let me know if you want some WAHM custom names...(*cough* *cough* Kiddie Winkles Designs is great, dipes are WAY soft and reasonably priced, and customer service is A+++++!!!)

Yes it is pricey up front, but you quickly see the cost benefits, the reduction in trash...The benefits quickly surpass the hurt of the up-front cost! (Except when you decide to strip your ENTIRE stash at once and a cloth wipe gets jammed in the front loader and a $140 service call later, you can wash your diapers again--oops!)

As far as resources for advice, help, washing problems, rash deciphering, etc, LiveJournal's clothdiapering community is FANTASTIC!

Jenn

Oh and I just saw your comment about both boys currently being in the same size--that's the beauty of Bum Genius, Blueberry, etc pocket dipes: ONE SIZE! Woo hoo!

Also, I bought extra inserts for our Bum Genius and double stuff his night time diapers. No leaking and he FILLS those things with pee!

I'm a mom who works outside the home and daycare uses the cloth! Once they saw how easy they were (Just like disposables! No pins!) and I provided a little trash can there and bring in a fresh wet bag every day, all was cool. Yes, it can be difficult at times, esp if I am working late and I get home & need to wash the diapers--I end up staying up pretty late sometimes--but it is do-able, for any work outside the home moms out there!

Oh and Whole Foods sells Bum Genius ($17.95) if you want to try them out...then I bought a bunch from 1-800-Diapers.com :-)

As for the environmental impact...it's WAY less than the impact on a landfill, not to mention that most people who use disposables don't dump the poop before tossing the diaper. Even with the water and energy usage, which is pretty minimal in the grand scheme of things, it's nothing compared to dispoables in a landfill that will never break down. Plus, you have to use pretty environmentally friendly detergent for the dipes, which makes it even less of an impact! I love Planet, personally. Our energy and water bills have not gone up since we started using cloth nearly a year ago.

ameliorate me

You totally have Fuzzi Bunz, huh? I use them on my 5-month-old and it is AWESOME not spending that much on diapers anymore.

Iconoclast

Hi Amalah,

Long time lurker, first time commenter. (I first read your IKEA dresser of doom column and laughed myself so silly I insisted on reading it to my husband. He cracked a smile, but only barely, because he's been the one to deal with all the IKEA assembly in our house..LOL. BUT I digress)
Regarding the cloth dapers: good for you! I have been using them since my son was born, and he is now 2yrs 4months old, and not yet potty trained (We're working on it, but he really couldn't care less if he craps his pants.) Besides the whole environmental thing, my motivation for going cloth was money. I have had excellent results and would do it all over again. I have been working full time since he was one year old and have had no problems keeping up with the laundry either. I've been using the good old fashioned pre-folds with the Super Whisper wraps diaper covers(all white, thanks, no patterns or colours needed for us.)and the Snappi fasteners. I did try a couple of the fancier diapers at the beginning, fuzzi bunz and bum genius includud, and did not find any difference in usage, only a breathtaking expensiveness. (they are for peeing and pooping in for goodness sake!) For the sake of our budget, there was no way we could get the fancy ones. The prefolds I got were in two sizes: the infant one, which you can use from birth to about a year or so, depending on the size of your baby, and the toddler size, which you use after the infant size until you toilet train. The only thing you change as the kid grows are the covers, and they last a good long time too. I started with the "newborn" size, but my boy was 9lb3oz, so you know they didn't last too long. At about 3 months we switched to the "small" size, and they lasted until he was about year old, when we switched to the "medium" size which he is still wearing. these covers do not leak , EVER. They are amazing.
I bought two diaper pail liners (in sage, to match his room of course) and I alternate those. I also bought a batch of cloth wipes with the diapers which I use in a wipes warmer and wash with the diapers. I make a solution for the wipes using those little natural soap wafers you dissolve in hot water, but you can go a lot simpler too. I find the cloth wipes way better at their job than those flimsy disposable ones.
My husband has been completely on board and uses them faithfully and quite expertly, the only thing is I do have to maintain the system (ie wash, fold, make wipe solution, refill warmer, etc) but that was our deal from the beginning and I am happy to do it.
I don't remeber off hand where I got them from, but I bought almost everything from an on-line store which I found super cheap. If you are interested, e-mail me and I'll look it up for you.
Anyway, good luck, don't get overwhlemed and paralyzed at the massive amount of information available on-line, I did that and endured far more sterss than I had to. My solution was to go with the cheapest and simplest solution, and it worked like a charm. On top of all that, we can use them if we decide to have a second baby, and because everything is white, we don't have to worry if it's a girl.
Let us know how things progress!

Iconoclast


Hi Amalah,

Long time lurker, first time commenter. (I first read your IKEA dresser of doom column and laughed myself so silly I insisted on reading it to my husband. He cracked a smile, but only barely, because he's been the one to deal with all the IKEA assembly in our house..LOL. BUT I digress)
Regarding the cloth dapers: good for you! I have been using them since my son was born, and he is now 2yrs 4months old, and not yet potty trained (We're working on it, but he really couldn't care less if he craps his pants.) Besides the whole environmental thing, my motivation for going cloth was money. I have had excellent results and would do it all over again. I have been working full time since he was one year old and have had no problems keeping up with the laundry either. I've been using the good old fashioned pre-folds with the Super Whisper wraps diaper covers (all white, thanks, no patterns or colours needed for us) and the Snappi fasteners. I did try a couple of the fancier diapers at the beginning, fuzzi bunz and bum genius includud, and did not find any difference in usage, only a breathtaking expensiveness. (they are for peeing and pooping in for goodness sake!) For the sake of our budget, there was no way we could get the fancy ones. The prefolds I got were in two sizes: the infant one, which you can use from birth to about a year or so, depending on the size of your baby, and the toddler size, which you use after the infant size until you toilet train. The only thing you change as the kid grows are the covers, and they last a good long time too. I started with the "newborn" size, but my boy was 9lb3oz, so you know they didn't last too long. At about 3 months we switched to the "small" size, and they lasted until he was about year old, when we switched to the "medium" size which he is still wearing. these covers do not leak , EVER. They are amazing.
I bought two diaper pail liners (in sage, to match his room of course) and I alternate those. I also bought a batch of cloth wipes with the diapers which I use in a wipes warmer and wash with the diapers. I make a solution for the wipes using those little natural soap wafers you dissolve in hot water, but you can go a lot simpler too. I find the cloth wipes way better at their job than those flimsy disposable ones.
My husband has been completely on board and uses them faithfully and quite expertly, the only thing is I do have to maintain the system (ie wash, fold, make wipe solution, refill warmer, etc) but that was our deal from the beginning and I am happy to do it.
I don't remeber off hand where I got them from, but I bought almost everything from an on-line store which I found super cheap. If you are interested, e-mail me and I'll look it up for you.
Anyway, good luck, don't get overwhlemed and paralyzed at the massive amount of information available on-line, I did that and endured far more sterss than I had to. My solution was to go with the cheapest and simplest solution, and it worked like a charm. On top of all that, we can use them if we decide to have a second baby, and because everything is white, we don't have to worry if it's a girl.
Let us know how things progress!


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