One Month of Cloth Diapering
|May 20, 2011||Posted by Amber H under Observations, Rambling Thoughts|
Well, six days ago Oscar turned one month old. Granted, about half of that time he was either in and out of cloth diapers or not in them at all, so I think my savings tracker is a bit off in terms of what to expect when you have a baby in cloth diapers. Plus there have been changes where I’ve gone “Did I enter that diaper change into the database?” or “Crap, I forgot to enter in the last two changes!”
So, this next month I am going to be much more diligent about including the diaper changes. In addition, I need to have Jeff update my money invested into the database to include the extra Happy Heiney as well as the snappis I bought for when he was in prefolds. However, that is going to cause a setback in terms of where the tracker is currently, but I feel like I HAVE to be honest about it.
Confession time.. I actually have to set alarms to remind me to change his diaper. He’s so content and relaxed, so even when his diaper is super soggy, he’s still as happy as can be. I blame the stay dry fleece The bright side is that he does NOT get rashes like he did with the disposables, and I’m not having to change them more. Don’t get me wrong I don’t leave him in his diaper for hours on end; but the disposables seem to fill up and then leak out faster than 3 hours which is usually when I change his diaper unless I hear him pooping. At that point he gets a change within a few minutes.. usually however long it takes for me to walk from wherever I’m at to his changing table, and provided I don’t need to
fulfill demands set upon me by Zoe and Ruthie make pit stops along the way. When he was in disposables, I noticed I had to change him every 2 hours or when I was able to smell his poop, and in addition I was also having to change his clothes about 3 times a day due to leaks. It was a major hassle.
That’s the other thing. Leaks. I’ve got to admit, I have experienced leaks. BUT NOT POOP BLOWOUTS. The leaks are ALWAYS when he’s wearing his Happy Heiny, and he’s laying on his side because I brought him into bed with me to nurse in the wee hours in the morning and I never woke up to put him back in his cradle. He has chunky-ish legs, but they aren’t chunky enough to stop leaks from when he’s on his side. However from what I gather, this can be an issue with cloth diapers.. as to whether or not it’s common among ALL cloth diapers or only certain kinds, I don’t know.
Speaking of poop blowouts, I’m grateful everytime my friend tells me about another poop blowout her baby’s done.. apparently sometime last week, when she was at work and her husband was home with the kids, he heard some horrible noise and then their 7 month old son crying.. apparently his blowout was SO BAD it had gone all the way up to his neck on both sides.. that poor baby! My girls only at the most had rooster tails when they were in disposables. I can’t help but feel a bit smug when I change his diaper and see that the poop is on the gathered legholes and stop right before the TPU or PUL (depending on what diaper he’s wearing; those are the waterproof outer fabrics that my diapers are made of) because that means I didn’t just have to experience a blowout.
So now on to a mini-vent. One of the things I was looking forward to with Oscar is having a baby born in the springtime was to be able to sun and dry my diapers outside. Sadly, we’ve been lacking in the awesome spring weather we typically have this time of the year. Instead of having hot, warm super sunny days, we’ve been having cold, chilly, wet overcast days. So Mother Nature, please cast some warmth and sunshine over Utah. I would like to, along with all the other cloth diapering mamas, be able to sun and linedry my diapers.
And I can’t leave you without any cute pictures of Oscar wearing his diapers. Granted, these are more for sizing purposes.. just to show you what my little guy looks like at roughly 4 weeks to one month old wearing his cloth diapers.
Keep in mind that Oscar weighed 8lbs, 7oz at his checkup that he had on May 2nd. I estimate that he was probably close to the 9lb range, if not over. But these are pictures just to give you an idea of how they fit on an approximately 9 pound baby with semi plump legs and a cute little potbelly. Also, the gaping you’re seeing on the BumGenius on the front is due to the fact that it has a snap down insert in there, and I’m using the folded over side in the front, since that’s where he wets… obviously in the front.. since he’s a boy. Maybe I’m using it wrong, I don’t know.