Monday, February 15, 2010

Lots to Tell....

Okay... I've got tons to blog about this week. I'll save that for later though. Lantz and I are going to use cloth diapers. We've heard alot of positive things and it's something we think we can do to help save money & the environment. There are tons of easy and affordable brands out there... which is a big problem. How do you pick? Just didn't know if any of you fabulous readers out there had any insight. I'm not sure if you use cloth diapers, or if you know someone who does- but I'd love to hear any advice that you may have on the subject.

PS. They say that 12 cloth diapers & inserts cost just about as much as one month of disposable diapers. They say that cloth diapers can save you anywhere from $1500- $2000 PER KID depending on when your little one potty trains. With us... this seems to be calling our name. So yeah.... any advice when trying to decide which ones to use?
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10 comments:

  1. I have no experience here, but I can say that disposables are very expensive! I know my cousin Kyle and his wife Courtney Mayfield use them, you might ask her what kind they use.

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  2. Ok, so we were gonna use cloth as well .Tons of reasons why, but one of the main ones was that your child can be potty trained up to a year early!! Anyways, I bought everything we needed and was set to go. Once Remi was here, my aunt said she wanted to buy all our wipes and diapers every month for Remi. So I of course couldn't refuse and haven't used anything we bought. I do have a friend who uses cloth and loves it-- her little girl just turned one. Let me know if you have any questions. If you do decide to go this route, I'd sell you some of the things we bought if your interested. Good luck and think its a fantastic idea!

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  3. Hey Jessica--my mom cloth diapered (way back before it was popular) and I want to when we have kids, for so many reasons, but don't really have any advice for you yet! :) I have a good friend who does though--Leah Holoman (her husband, Brian, works for Love and Care Ministries in Abilene, which I think you brought your youth group too, so you might have met her...). Anyway, she's on FB and I'm sure would love to give you advice about it if you asked--she had the whole system down. :)

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  4. We have some towels in the closest that will work great we just need some pins.

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  5. Hey Jessica--
    Landon and I are going on a Mediterranean cruse this summer and I remembered that you and Lantz went to Europe this summer, so I was reading back through your blog about it and had a question (or two!). We're wanting to do the food tour that you guys did and were looking at it on Trip Adviser. Did you like it? And, do you remember how much it cost? Also, anything in particular that you would say is a must do in Paris or Florence/Pisa? Reading your posts about it made me excited to go--it looks like you guys had an awesome time!

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  6. Jessica...long time no see! so, i found your blog site off of someone else's that i read (i'm sure an old siggie, although i can't remember now), and i saw you were pregnant, so i thought it would be fun to follow it. i don't tend to comment much on blogs, but i thought i should let you know i read your blog and that i have some minimal knowledge in the whole cloth diapering arena. :-)
    i didn't use cloth diapers with my first, but i have a 6 month old now, and i use them for him. honestly, it is MUCH easier than it can seem, and i think it is a great idea for you to try them.
    we bought 18 of the All-in-one (AIO) diapers, and as long as i do laundry every 3 days or so, that is PLENTY. I have the Mommy's Touch brand, and they work really well for me. Here's a link you can put in your browser to the site we ordered from (http://www.nurturedfamily.com/searchresult.aspx?CategoryID=83).
    I would say my favorite thing is that we bought the AIO kind (they are so easy, and you can throw the entire diaper in the wash without unsnapping or unzipping anything), and they are the one-size-fits-all kind (7-35lbs). They also have built-in inserts (as well as one that comes with each diaper that you can snap in and out of the diaper depending on how much absorbency you want. Corban's thighs were just a tiny bit too small at first, and he would leak a little out the sides (just his pee), but after a few months, we were golden! Our daughter is almost 3, and i even tried one on her one day when i realized i had no diaper to put her in for her nap, and they fit her. so, i know they will last us a long time with Corban. Feel free to look me up on FB if you would like more info...i would love to try and answer any more ?s you might have. I hope this helps some. Blessings as you continue your pregnancy! (sorry this was so long!)
    Alison (orozco) Thompson
    www.thethompsonfamily.wordpress.com

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  7. Hey Jessica! First off let me say congratulations if I haven't already! Second, I could go on for days about cloth diapers. We have tried two kinds, Bum Genius and Fuzzi Bunz, and we LOVE the Bum Genius because they are a multi size. We used disposables on Leighton for the first month because the Bums are pretty big on a newborn and we also keep some disposables on hand because we have to have them to send Leighton to the nursery at church, etc... We have not actually purchased disposables on our own though. We got a big pack of each size as shower gifts and the Bums have covered us for everything else. Honestly, we cringe when we put her in a disposable now. The Bums hold so much and I don't ever worry about her having any accidents. Especially now where she has 1 big dirty diaper a day the Bums hold it all in better. Plus, we can put her in one at night and she is fine all evening with little or no leaks. She's never been fussy in them because the liner wicks away moisture really well. Whatever cloth you do I HIGHLY recommend getting the sprayer that hooks up to your toilet tank. The Bum one is $40 I think and is very much worth the cost. When you have dirty diapers with not much in them you can throw them straight in the wash, but the bigger poops need to be sprayed off and the sprayer makes it SO easy. (Are you planning to breastfeed or use formula? Leighton's poops are thinner because she's on breastmilk, so that is the perspective that I am coming from.) Just pull the liner out and throw it and the shell in the wash and you're good to go! We wash them either on cold or warm with regular detergent and use color safe bleach once a month. I think the tags say to wash them twice, but we do not do that. When we change her we keep the wipes in the diaper, fold it back in half and stick them in a diaper pail until we wash them. I spray the dirty ones off right before I throw them in the wash and keep plastic shopping bags in the laundry room to throw the wipes away then. You have to get a system that works for you, but this is how we do it. You definitely have to really want to use them to get yourself started, but after that they become SO incredibly easy. We have 18 diapers and wash about every two days. We feel so much better about using them because of the environmental benefits as well as the fact that they are better for Leighton's skin. They don't have all of the chemicals in them and she has NEVER had diaper rash. The cost of investment is a little scary, of course, but the overall savings are wonderful especially considering you can use them for multiple babies. The only complaint I have about them is that they are bulky (so is the Fuzzi Bunz), so sometimes her booty looks huge. They really are so cute on her though that it doesn't bother me much. If you have any other questions just let me know. Like I said earlier, I could talk about them for days. We really just love them and cannot say enough good things. They are not for people who aren't willing to take the extra 2 or 3 minutes to get them in the wash or 2 or 3 minutes to restuff them after they have been washed. They are also not for those who can't handle poop since you have to spray it off. We didn't decide to commit until a few weeks before Leighton came because I was worried that they were going to be more trouble than they were worth. I talked to a girl at the store that used them and she told me how they did it and I was sold. I just needed to hear someone explain how they worked everything. So, I'll do what I can to help!

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  8. One more thing-the reason we liked the Bums is that the insert wicks the moisture from the lining. It's an extra step because you have to pull out and restuff the inserts, but it keeps her nice and dry. Ok, I think I've said enough. :-)

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  9. We're using the Bum Genius brand, too (mainly because we've seen how well they've worked on Leighton with Kyle and Torti) and they have saved us SO much money. Lofton pees constantly, so it's nice not to have to throw a diaper away every 20 minutes or so. We started using them after we went through the boxes of diapers we received as gifts, so we've only used them all day/night for about 3 weeks, but we've put him in them at night since he was 5 weeks old, and he sleeps SO much better in them than he did a regular disposable, mainly because they soak up so much more and he doesn't leak on his pajamas.

    So--all that said, we love them--and not just because they save us tons of money!! Since we've started using them 24/7, his diaper rash has completely disappeared. The washing part does take extra energy, but it's so worth it when you know how much money you're saving! AND--I'm with Courtney on purchasing the sprayer that hooks onto your toilet, because some of the poops can be pretty messy and take several minutes to clean :)

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  10. I know yall will make a good decision for Miss K...Dee used cloth for all hers, but Robyn & Krissy have used the disposable for the convenience, I'm sure. You look really cute..That nephew of mine is quite the feller,huh, he is thoughtful....

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