Monday, July 31, 2006

Cloth Diapers?

So I've truly discovered cloth diapers. Now, those of you who actually know me, don't think that I've gone mad or earthy on you. It's not like I had never heard of them. I mean, how many times has my mother and/or mother in law casually mentioned all the hard work that they were plagued with before all these modern day baby conveniances. I'll admit, it all sounded like hard, unappealing work to me. I would definately pass on an award for their bravery. What I've discovered is that cloth diapering is not what it used to be. There is no need for pins and oragami diaper folding classes. These are not your momma's cloth diapers! When I say, that I have done research...Ask Jason what I have done for at least a week straight every night after Mercy goes to bed! I have truly studied these new diapers. And I accept. I accept this new challenge. I have only purchased the basics (the very best of the basics) and plan to construct the rest of my rotation on my own sewing machine!

Naturally, my new desire to save every possible penny led me first to this endeavor, not to mention the complaining from my husband about the mounds of trash he was lugging to the dumpster daily. So, here I am...anxiously awaiting the arrival of my ebay purchases; 10 chinese prefolds (4x8x4) won at 2.25 before shipping, 4 Proraps diaper covers purchased for about $15 including shipping, and 4 WAHM all in ones,2 overnighters and 2 AIO's with all the "industry standard" materials; windpro malden mills, hemp, PUL (all the things I've been looking up and trying to figure out). I think my only other purchase may be one of those lovely sprayers. I'm not really the dunking type, but believe me I'll do what I have to. My only hope is that Mercy doesn't really even notice.


Anonymous said...

This is Chad Berry. I was looking at Jason's blog and saw the link to your site. Your entry on cloth diapers caught my attention. Mallie and I have been using cloth diapers with Isabella since the beginning. Like you, Mallie did tons of research.
So far, it's paid off (overall).
The pros:
- defintely saves money
- healthier (?) - I think so.
- Baby can feel when they're wet sooner. I suppose this could be a pro or a con. When it's potty training time, I think it will be a pro.

- For awhile there, Isabella had persistent diaper rash problems due to the increased wetness. We actually put a disposable on her at bedtime now.
- A little more messy to clean up.
- More effort to wash the diapers and covers.

Hope yall are doing well. We just had Isabella's first birthday party last week. Can't believe she's already one!

Take care,