But What About the Poop?

So, my husband and I plan on cloth diapering. Ok, I knew that in the event that we ever had a baby, I would want to cloth diaper. When the time came, my husband was, much to my amazement, on board. I “know” lots of people on the internet who cloth diaper, but only a handful of people in real life. I’ve had my family give me all the usual reactions, smirks, telling me that it will be harder than I think, and of course, the question, what about the poop? Well, technically the directions on a package of disposable diapers tells you to dispose of any solids in the toilet. I think it might be illegal (I could have also made this up) to throw human waste in the regular trash. Maybe not illegal, but you aren’t supposed to.

Anyway, for THOUSANDS of years women cloth diapered, because it was the only choice. Don’t get me wrong, I realize that disposable diapers make life much easier, but two main things about cloth are important to me:

1) the cost savings over time–a family will typically spend 2000-3000 dollars per child for diapering years

and

2) how much better they are for the environment. We’ve all seen pictures of the great pacific trash island right? Disposable diapers do not bio-degrade.

I am due in a little over 5 weeks (oh dear lord) and as of now, we only have 9 diapers. 9 is not going to cut it. I would ideally like around 18 to 24 diapers.

The diapers we have now are:

– 3 little gpants in size small.

These are for babies 8-14 pounds. They have a snap in plastic liner that come with the outer shell, and then you buy the inserts seperately. I recieved one as a gift, and purchased two more, with 6 inserts. I am confident that our child will come out weighing between 8 and 14 pounds, so I’m hoping that these will be useable as soon as we get home from the hospital.

-3 bumgenius 4.0 one size

I have two of the black print, and one of the yellow. These were a gift from my cloth diapering best friend. These are pocket diapers, and in theory fit 8 pound babies through potty training. I’ve read lots of things that say they are better suited to 10 pound babies. My baby might come out weighing 10 pounds…we’ll see!

-2 Marvels Kissaluvs all-in-ones one size.

These were also a gift, from my registry on diapers.com.  Here is a tip, if you don’t have cloth diapering friends, don’t register for cloth diapers, people will not buy them for you. Or maybe ONLY register for cloth diapers. Ha. I have this exact diaper pictured, but what I didn’t know (because I didn’t do SUPER thorough research) is that this diaper does not have a water proof cover. D’oh. It’s an all-in-one diaper, so other than needing an outer shell, it’s just like a disposable diaper, no stuffing, no un-snapping an insert. And the part that goes against the baby? SO SOFT.

And I have one, one size diaper that my very crafty, cloth diapering best friend MADE for me.

I plan to order 12 more diapers, from www.cottonbabies.com. Right now, my plan is to order the following from them:

6- bumgenius 4.0 in various colors

6- fuzzibunz one size diapers.

1 diaper pail liner

and 1 cover for my two kissaluvs.

I don’t really have a reason for getting 6 of the bums and 6 of the fuzzibunz, just that I think I might like them for different things. I’ve read several posts from different bloggers who use ONLY bumgenius or ONLY fuzzibunz, but part of me is afraid to put all my eggs in one basket so to speak.

Also, I would like to use cloth wipes. I can’t decide if I should just make them myself, or buy them from Etsy. I’m pretty sure they can be made by cutting and hemming flannel. Anyone know?

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “But What About the Poop?

  1. So easy to make if you have access to a sewing machine! I didn’t make mine, but my sewing machine is broken. But you can really use anything for cloth wipes. I bought about 20 Charlie Banana ones. They are kind of expensive and I’m not really thrilled with how they’ve held up. I was also afraid to put all my bags in one basket. I have a variety of brands and like/use almost all of them! I’m not very picky. For example, my friends don’t like BG because they find them bulky. I don’t care as long as it works! I love your idea of registering ONLY for cloth diapers. That made me LOL. I registered for cloth and only got a few :(.

    Anyways, I love FB for daytimes but BG is so much better for us at night! I think you’re doing the right thing getting half and half. I had a small baby and started using the OS pockets at about 3 weeks (she was not 8 pounds yet). Some leaks, but mostly fine. We used prefolds and covers in the beginning for a snug fit. BUT she’s a small baby (5 lb 15 oz).

  2. So easy to make if you have access to a sewing machine! I didn’t make mine, but my sewing machine is broken. But you can really use anything for cloth wipes. I bought about 20 Charlie Banana ones. They are kind of expensive and I’m not really thrilled with how they’ve held up. I was also afraid to put all my bags in one basket. I have a variety of brands and like/use almost all of them! I’m not very picky. For example, my friends don’t like BG because they find them bulky. I don’t care as long as it works! I love your idea of registering ONLY for cloth diapers. That made me LOL. I registered for cloth and only got a few :(.

    Anyways, I love FB for daytimes but BG is so much better for us at night! I think you’re doing the right thing getting half and half. I had a small baby and started using the OS pockets at about 3 weeks (she was not 8 pounds yet). Some leaks, but mostly fine. We used prefolds and covers in the beginning for a snug fit. BUT she’s a small baby (5 lb 15 oz).

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s