Baby gear can be very overwhelming for new mommies. Definitely was for me: I spent sooo many hours researching strollers, bottles, lotions, paci's, carriers, blankets, cribs, you name it. To the point where it was a a few weeks before baby was due, I was like "I DON'T CARE ANYMORE!" The internet is sometimes my nemesis. Too much info can be a bad thing!
Also, if you don't want to be overwhelmed, stay away from Babies R' Us. I loooathe that store.
Our parenting style is pretty laid back. Yes, I do my research. If it's too complicated? Baby doesn't need it. Turns out when you have a newborn, you really don't need much. I'm his food, he co-slept with us in bed for the first month, and we had diapers. Yep, we even did cloth diapers. Didn't start our lil guy until he was about a month old. I wanted him to get nice and chunky to fit the diapers better.
From the start I really wanted to use cloth diapers! I have a cousin that did it and I loved the idea. My husband was horrified the first time I mentioned it. (Poor guy gags when he picks up the poo poo from our animal child, Jordan.) He had never changed a diaper in his life. I was determined to prove him wrong!!
My fave cloth diaper site.
Why we cloth diaper?
- hello $$ savings! (Spent a little over $200. This will take us through potty training!) Average disposable diaper family spends up to $3,000 a kid through potty training.
- less rashes
- supposedly, your kid will potty train earlier! (I'll keep you updated on this in a couple of years)
- it's green! it's nice to help the earth :)
- stinkin cute cloth diaper bottoms
The beautiful Florida sun dries the pre-folds and covers quite nicely. Drying the diapers in the sun also bleaches any stains! AND you don't have to spend money using your dryer!
I can be a dum dum when it comes to directions sometimes. What's the best way to wash these? I found tips and tricks from all over, and just came up with my own formula:
- wash diapers once a week
- pre-wash on cold with detergent
- second wash on hot withOUT detergent
- clean diapers!
My child is almost 6 months old and exclusively breastfed. His poo is nice and water soluble. I feel like it's too easy! We'll see when solids come in the picture. We're planning on purchasing a diaper sprayer in the near future.
and, um, can you resist this cutie in a cloth diaper??