But with Nolan, things changed. I felt more comfortable being a mom. I knew that having one baby surely would be easier than having two. And even though I was still going to have three kids to take care of, I figured that doing an extra load or two of laundry a week wouldn't really be a big deal. And have I mentioned, I was going to save MONEY!!! My evil mind began to spin, and I made a deal with myself. If I could cut it with the cloth diapers then all the money I was saving each month would be my "fun money", you know to buy cute things like this. So the research on cloth diapers began. I have to wonder if this is the step where people decide that cloth diapering isn't for them. Because there is so many types of diapers out there and so many opinions- it's overwhelming to say the least!!! To help me decide on what type and brand of diapers to use I consulted a few moms who were current cloth diaperers, a few first time expecting moms (who you know are very zealous with their research on what is best for their new baby), and threw up a post on Facebook requesting opinions on pocket vs. hybrid diapers. The one diaper system that received the most accolades were the BumGenius pocket diapers.
A little about BumGenius diapers. These diapers are designed to fit baby throughout most of the time baby will be wearing diapers (score!). There are snaps that adjust the length of the diaper to accommodate baby as baby grows.
|One diaper, multiple sizes|
Now a little bit about what happens after we put the diaper on Nolan. First, to wipe those sweet cheeks we use soft and reusable cloth wipes (more saving money- yeah!). I also make a homemade wipes solution that I have in a spray bottle and each time I change a diaper I just wet the cloth wipe with this solution. The solution has soap, olive oil, and tea tree oil in it so it glides over Nolan's sweet cheeks and the tea tree oil acts as a natural antiseptic.
|Cloth wipes and homemade wipe solution|
|Wet bag hanging from doorknob|
|The cloth diaper stash|
|Cloth diapers drying in the sun|
Okay, so this post has turned into exactly what I hated to read when I was contemplating cloth diapers. The post is crazy long and makes cloth diapering seem like a daunting task. Believe me, it is quite the opposite. Cloth diapering is just slightly more work than using a disposable diaper but once you get into the groove you'll be diapering like a pro. I was really worried when we started this that my husband was not going to be on board. You see, he is a creature of habit and when he figures out how to do something he is very resistant to changing that. And after having twins, he was really good at changing diapers. So I worried that throwing these new diapers with snaps and velcro and different types of liners at him would throw him into a tailspin. But he has embraced the diapers and even said that they are easier than he thought they would be. Another thing that worried me when considering the cloth route was the upfront expense. The BumGenius diapers run about $18 a piece new and when you need at least 18 diapers to make it through two days, you're looking at $324 for diapers. But remember, these are probably the only diapers you will buy until potty training! And you will spend considerably more on disposable diapers. And for first-time mom's, these are great to put on your registry. Since Nolan wasn't my first (and probably will be my last) I hated to buy all new diapers. I got a few of mine off of Craig's list, a few from ebay, a few from my coworkers :), and I bought 6 myself. All together I have probably spent $300 on diapers, wipes, and wet bags- a drop in the bucket compared to the amount I spent on the twins' sweet cheeks. Add in breast feeding, making my own baby food, and staying home with Nolan- we are seriously saving MONEY!!! Looks like mama needs a new wardrobe!