Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cloth buns

Look at those bottoms. Want to know what I see?  Money.  My husband still sees a mess.  I see cloth diapers as an investment.  My husband still refers to disposables as 'Real diapers' and cloth diapers as 'hippy pants'.  He agreed to using the boys Christmas money to start a cloth diaper stash, only after I showed him some math.  We were spending $40 per month on diapers and wipes BEFORE our newest addition arrived, a newborn could have easily doubled that number.  DN arrived in November and our family gave us lots of disposable diapers, but one wonderful cousin gave us some gDiapers. We easily had two months worth of disposables, but because I have been using the gDiapers on him during the day we still have unopened boxes stacked in the closet.  I have already noticed a difference at the store.  I don't have to make a separate trip to BJ's for diapers and wipes.  It's also easy (surprise!).

Our diaper routine is smooth. The diapers for JD (2years) are all stacked in the bathroom, so if he has an accident we go to the bathroom, the liner goes in the sink for a rinse, and the gPants get re-stuffed with a new liner while he goes potty on his big boy potty.  He is much more aware of being wet in the cloth diapers and more likely to tell me when he has to go, he is doing great potty training and stays dry most of the time.  DN (2mo) has a changing station set up with his diapers and a box of cloth wipes in the living room.  Once he is all changed his soiled liners go into the bathroom to be rinsed.  I keep a laundry basket in the shower to collect the dirty diapers, wipes, underwear and clothing (CJ still has accidents).  I end up doing a load a day with diapers, which keeps me motivated to do laundry (one of those things I always put off). 

I am using gDiapers primarily, I have four medium and two small gPants and 6 of each size liners, I also have six custom covers and nine liners I picked up on etsy, I can't go a day without doing laundry because I run out of small liners but once DN wears medium I'll be fine for two days. We still put all three in disposables at night because I just don't see gDiapers being able to handle the night time volume.  Once I get a wet bag for upstairs I will diaper DN overnight.  I still need to research and pick out a good overnight diaper for JD & CJ so we can eliminate that disposable diaper too.

If you are interested in trying cloth wipes for free follow my cloth baby wipe tutorial over on instructables.

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