Sunday, October 19, 2008
Converting to cloth diapers
(well, yesterdays plans fell through when I got the stomach flu. Thankfully, with help from the husband and a lot of medicine, I am feeling better today. So, we have all week to enjoy yesterday's list.)
I have wanted to write this post for a while. I want to warn you. It is a full-on, shameless act of proselytization. I am trying to convert you.
now, with that said, cloth diapers have been amazingly easy. I was ready for the worst. I had thought, well, I destroyed the planet enough with big M's disposable diapers, and so I am ready for my punishment. But the truth is, its not such a big deal.
We bought the bum genius diapers, but I think there are many out there that would be great. I love that these ones are adjustable, so we dont have to buy a second set when little em grows. Also I like that they fit really well, and the inner lining is some sort of micro fiber that really doesnt feel wet. I dont like that they are made of all poly-type materials and if I get really picky, sometimes putting the liner inside the diaper is annoying...just because we do it like 12 times a day...but thats really being picky. And one draw back is that they are expensive, but this was a plus for us. When you invest that much in them, you cant just go out and buy a pack of disposables when you get lazy...and overall it ends up cheaper...
Anyways, We do laundry almost every day,(sometimes every second day as I have a set of Kushies diapers that takes up the slack...) I have historically not been much of a laundry person. I just really only do it when we realize that no one has any socks...Im sure some of you out there do that too... But now I wonder why I didnt do laundry more regularly...I mean you really just throw it in a big machine that does the hard part for you. (Granted, those trips to the basement at 3am when I had forgotten to put the dipes in the dryer are always a hoot.) - oh yeah, Im trying to convert you...
Anyways, I believe in these things. I really dont do many more changes than I used to, and I have found I actually enjoy the changes more. My babe is gassy (what babe isnt?) and one way to calm him down and get him to let out all that hot air, is to take his diaper off. I done know why, but it works. Also, touching baby and changing his clothes and diaper are wonderful ways to remind me of how beautiful he is, and let us share a little love. I mean what do little girls do for hours and hours with their dolls? - change their clothes! Its instinctual!
OK, so maybe I havnt sold it so well, but if you look at all the other reasons to do it... (like I mean that nice green and blue thing we call earth...) hopefully you'll take the plunge...
ok, thats all. we get our diapers at babes in arms in calgary. they have cloth diapering classes too.