12.10.2011

On Cloth Diapering B.B.B. (Before Baby Bee)

We decided very early on to go cloth with our baby bee. Between the two of us S and I have changed maybe a dozen diapers in our lives, so we're starting from scratch here. Why not go for the more cost conscious option? And I work from an office in our home, so taking five minutes to put on a load of laundry every few days is really not a hardship. Plus, I love laundry. Love it.

I spent much of the summer researching cloth diapers, how to wash them, their pros and cons and preferred brands for different stages in a  baby's pre-potty trained life. I chose a half dozen or so brands and sought out sales on deal-a-day sites and found excellent deals on "used" diapers returned perfectly clean and barely used from sites that offer 21-day trials. A washing and a few hours on the line in the sun removed any sign that the diapers were ever used, even on the ones sold in "fair" condition. We intend on re-selling any of the diapers that don't quite work with our baby's physique since some brands are apparently better for chunkier v. slimmer babies.

We weighed the pros and cons of using disposables until baby fits into one-sized diapers, but because of the 21-day "used" diapers, it was more cost effective to go for cloth right from the start (minus the first week or two of tough-to-clean diapers). So we bought diapers for both the newborn and one-sized-fits-most stages. We should have enough of the latter to do laundry every three days and every other day during the newborn months.

Our diapers are all prepped, organized in the dresser and ready for baby bee's arrival. Newborn suitable on top and 12+ pounds on bottom:
Because we'll have three adults in the house when baby arrives and only one of those adults did all the research on cloth, and because that adult will be responsible for all the feedings and will not be responsible for the changings too, I used the label maker to avoid mistakes like "no I didn't use a cover with that diaper" when asked why the cradle is soaked, for example. In addition to "needs cover" and "doesn't need cover" there are also little hints like "always use liners with rash cream" - even though we bought a cloth safe diaper rash cream.

We've had several lessons with Mr. Bear using a few of the newborn suitable brands like the Thirsties duo wraps, Kissaluvs, prefolds and Fuzzibunz and I have to say, as with everything else around here, S is ready for the challenge; how hard can it be?
My mom, on the other hand, is going to learn on the fly...but this whole baby thing is like riding a bike, right? It comes right back after 30-some-odd-years, right?

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11 comments:

  1. Hi! I've been reading for awhile, but this is my first comment! First off, congrats - you are so close to meeting your little one! Secondly, I'd love to know more about how you chose the brands you did (particularly for the one-size). I'm 20wks and starting to do the research - it's so overwhelming! Looking forward to seeing which you like the best once baby arrives too! Good luck!

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  2. I've been using cloth diapers on my LO for over 2 years now and I love them. We mostly use prefolds with covers but I send pocket diapers when other people are watching him. I'm curious to see how you like the different brands. We didn't go with much variety b/c we didn't have a lot to spend when we started. But baby #2 is due in Feb and I'd love to hear what you think works best for your newborn. Good luck and congrats!

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  3. Anonymous12/11/2011

    Great job! Just want to make sure you know that the older cradles have to be checked. Make sure that you can not put a pop can between the rails. If so it is not safe. Not sure if you new that but just wanted to check. Being and ob nurse I just had to make sure you know. It is in my blood. LOL. Enjoy that bundle when he/she comes! Congrats! Angel

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  4. Thanks for the tip! We checked out all the current safety standards before bringing the cradle home from Maine this summer. Someone posted the same concern in our nursery post. We're definitely focused on safety first around here :)

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  5. I'm confused as to which brand you went with.
    My husband and I have been researching since
    the Spring as well and just game across a new
    brand. I'm interested in what you chose.

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  6. We have all those brands listed and Charlies for when he's small, plus for when the baby is bigger we have a few of each of BumGenius 3.0 and 4.0, Grovia, Blueberry and Flip. Our intention is to try them out, see what works best for us and then sell whatever we decide against on Craigs List.

    Right now though, he's too small for any of the newborn covers that we have, so we can't use any of the Thirsties or Kissaluvs.

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  7. Hi Congrats! I love your set up! :) I have 2 questions. 1. where did you get your dresser organizer bins/dividers? They look perfect! And 2. Where did you get your fabric for the curtains and basket?

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response! The dividers are from Ikea, which is also where we purchased the dresser. The fabric is from fabric.com although I can't remember the designer.

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  8. I love your set up. Where did you get the drawer bins/dividers from? And also the fabric for your curtains?

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  9. Oh I have one more question what brand is your cloth safe diaper cream? And do you like it?

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    1. We have CJ's butter but honesty, I've never really used it. Most cloth diapered babies don't get rashes, from what I've heard. Baby M just doesn't get diaper rash despite having very, very sensitive skin. He did have a diaper rash once when I was taking antibiotics (he's breastfed) and because that was caused by yeast we had to use lotramin to clear it up. It was clear in a couple days and we just used disposables for those few days.

      In hindsight, I wouldn't have purchased any diaper rash creams and no special wipes solution (we just use water) either.

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