Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cloth Diapers--Sunday, May 22

Over the weekend, Jesse and I spent time going through Jackson's clothes and diapers. 

When I was pregnant, my sister demonstrated how to use the different types of cloth diapers (flats, prefolds, fitteds, pockets, all in ones).  Jesse and I preferred convenience over cost and decided to go with more user friendly diapers (i.e. no safety pins or folding).  I liked the fitted diapers for newborn because they have an indention for the umbilical cord stump.  My sister-in-law generously gave us some Thirsties covers so we only had to buy some newborn fitteds to get us through the first month or two.  After lots of online investigating we decided that a one size pocket diaper would be the most practical and cost effective once Jackson grew out of the newborn size.  Seven hundred dollars later and we now have a large enough stash to diaper Jackson and any future children.

We had still been using newborn size fitteds up until this weekend.  The newborn fitteds are supposed to fit up to 15 lbs, but they aren't long enough to cover Jackson's front and back.  The past few days he has leaked urine from the front a handful of times.  We made the switch to our BumGenius 4.0 One Size Pocket diapers.  They are so much easier and fit great!  I spent half an hour snapping all 24 diapers to the right size and stuffing them with inserts.  The diapers are much more absorbent, are vibrant colors, and easy to use with only one step. 

I don't know why anyone wouldn't consider cloth diapering with these!  You have to pull the insert out of the pocket diapers to wash them, but after a dozen diaper changes, I have yet to touch any urine or feces.  In fact, after washing dozens of diaper loads, I have never touched any poop and rarely had to directly touch a saturated diaper.  I don't know why cloth diapering is so taboo for some people???  It saves money, is less irritating on baby's skin, easy to use, and environmentally friendly.  The upfront cost is overwhelming, but it only takes a few months to match the price of disposable diapers, and then it's basically free.  Our water bill only increased by $4 last month with washing diapers every other day and Jackson's clothes/linens twice a week.  It's amazing to think that we won't spend a penny on diapers with our next child. 

Going though Jackson's clothes was sentimental and humorous.  We have not purchased a single outfit as we were blessed to receive HUNDREDS of clothes in all sizes from our siblings.  It's amazing how many outfits Jackson has already outgrown.  We replaced most of the newborn and 0-3 month outfits with 3-6 month outfits.  Some of the outfits were absolutely absurd!  Our favorite was a rainbow speedo with a matching visor and shoes.  
Don't Even Know What to Say!  Hahaha

As we pulled out the newborn outfits we began discussing another child.  Jesse and I both want a daughter so badly.  (Of course, I wouldn't be surprised if we have a house full of boys!)  I thought it was adorable that Jesse said, "We're going to have to formula feed Amelia so I can spend all my time with her."  As much as Jackson is a momma's boy, if we are so blessed to have a daughter, she is destined to be a daddy's girl.

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