Anyone know of a group for this?
Cause I’m pretty sure I need help.
I have a cloth diaper addiction.
Although, really, is that a bad thing? I’m not so sure.
This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. A cloth diaper update!
Now that we’re 10 weeks into cloth diapering, I feel like we’re really in the swing of it. CDing was never awkward for us, it came naturally. There has never been a moment we’ve considered switching. In fact, Aria’s stint in the hospital made us super antsy to get back home so she could get out of those stinky sposies. Neither of us could stand the smell of them.
We’ve had a few screw ups along the way. Like the nasty diaper rash she’s gotten twice now. We’re still working out the kinks, but it goes away as soon as we strip her cloth – which means she’s either having a reaction to detergent build up or to us not using enough detergent. Oxymorons. Me hates them. But we have sorted through it each time. It’s just what you deal with when you have a new baby, and no baby is immune to diaper rashes, even cloth babies – and especially not babies with super duper sensitive skin like their momma!
As I wrote about here, we started out from day one with prefolds and covers. This system is way easier than I thought, and has been mucho good to us. We planned to continue with prefolds for 90% of the time, and only have a few pockets for outings or babysitters.
Then CottonBabies had a sale on their BumGenius 4.0 seconds (a new diaper with minor cosmetic deformities). After a friend told me about her success with the seconds, I decided to get some.
Then CottonBabies was also having a special on the BumGenius 4.0 (not seconds, just regulars) for buy 5 get 1 free. That’s a whole diaper. FREE. How can I resist?
So I bought 6 seconds and got the 6 for 5 deal as well.
Today they arrived…squeeeee…Better than Christmas morning, I tell you!
I went with mostly velcro closure (aplix) as it is the easiest, but couldn’t help but buy three more of the snaps. No matter what anyone says, I like snaps better. Sure, they’ll be a bit difficult to get on a wiggly toddler…but they’ll also come in handy for that toddler that figures out how to pull the velcro tabs to undo the diaper.
So now, here we are, with a total of 15 pocket diapers (all BumGenius except for one Fuzzibunz) and I am beyond excited for this next stage of diapering!
We still plan to use our prefolds, and when baby girl grows out of those (soon since the weight estimate on our infant prefolds is 15lbs) we’ll buy the next size. Prefolds are just the most economic way to go, and since we like them, there’s no need not to have them on hand. But now instead of it being 90%prefold/10%pocket, I think we’re closer to 50/50, which works just fine for me.
Even after this big purchase of diapers, our total spent so far is about $400 (this includes the diapers gifted to us). Realistically, I see us spending another $50 in the future for prefolds and the next size up covers for toddlerhood…but that’s it. I think the average disposable diaper cost for ONE child is somewhere around $3,000 from birth to potty training.
That makes our investment look pretty damn good when you consider that it’ll last us through this baby, and any future children. Then we can sell them off to another cloth diapering parent and make back some of our money.
And for the record – our water bill has not increased, not even by a dollar. Oh and our electric bill. Also unaffected, especially since we usually line dry in the sun. Great for bleaching stains!
So cloth diapering. It’s pretty awesome. I love it. I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s addicting and fabulous. Even if it cost me more money than sposies, I’d still do it. But it doesn’t, and that rocks.
Just do it.