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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

A day in the life...

At the moment the bulk of my stash is made up of Hipkiddo pocket diapers.  I have four Intelligently Hip diapers, 18 Classically Hip diapers, and two Naturally Hip.  I will post a review of these diapers soon.  

This is my diapering set up
For the first change in the morning (usually 5:30am/6:00am) I switch out my microfibre insert and replace it with a bamboo insert (soaks up 3x more). We were having leaking issues with this change before, we haven't had another since (I also use the bamboo inserts whenever I'm going to be out for a while).  Then baby goes back to sleep for a bit.

I tend to change her after every feed (approx every two hours). Until this week changing the diaper was just switching it out for another and covering her bum with powder (pure cornstarch kind). The powder just keeps her bum that much drier and helps prevent any redness from moisture.  We introduced solids about 2weeks ago and a few days ago her poop changed to real poop.  Breast milk poop is water soluble and can be rinsed off in the wash.  Anyways, now I place a flushable liner on top of the microfleece layer of the diaper, that way I can just peel off the liner and flush it....no extra rinsing needed.  

Diapers go straight into my Rubbermaid pail lined with a wetbag, there is no liquid in the pail. Right now I'm still using disposable wipes, but I'd like to eventually switch to cloth because I feel like I'm cheating by using them. It really wouldn't be much more work. On average we go through 8 diapers/day. 

If you have any questions about my daily routine, leave me a message.  If you like what you see, follow my blog and recommend it to your friends.  Watch for my next post....The "wash routine". 

Monday, 25 February 2013

Cloth diapers? Really?

When I found out that I was pregnant, I was pretty shocked as well as scared.  How would we afford to provide our little munchkin with the best of everything she needed?  All the frugal, thrifty mothers out there recommended cloth diapers as a way of saving money and so the research began.  I spent months reading and watching videos, yet it only took minutes to fall in love with the oh-so adorable fluffy baby butt.  How could something so cute save us money, especially when each diaper costs an average of $15?  Easy, it's a one time purchase (or multiple purchase addiction-but I'm talking about saving some money).  I read somewhere that it costs roughly $2000 to diaper a child in disposables for two years, cloth diapers are roughly $500 for the same amount of time and can be used for multiple children.  So we saved about $1500 right there.

Most people scoff when I mention cloth diapers, or say something like "they are so much work, I don't have time for that".  I doesn't take me any longer to put one on my baby, or take one off and it's just an extra load of laundry added to the countless loads I do already.  The only extra time I put into them is searching for cute new prints to buy and stuffing and folding them, which I enjoy because I get to admire my collection.

On top of all that I feel like I'm doing a good deed for my babe. Today is her five month birthday and in the three and a half months that I've cloth diapered, I have yet to have a blowout or a diaper rash.  What made you decide to use fluff? Or what's stopping you?

Look for my next post chronicling my cloth diapering routine.