I admit, I’m kind of a disaster freak.
Not like, “Oh no, the apocalypse is coming, gotta store 500 lbs of wheat in my cellar” type of disaster freak (mostly because we live in a top floor apartment in the middle of a large metropolitan city). But, you know, I live in the Pacific Rim of Fire and that top floor apartment gives me a dead on view of a volcano that’s been overdue for an eruption for a few hundred years now. I will at least get a National Geographicesque high-resolution closeup view of a volcanic eruption before I die a terrible, burning death.
Mountains: A pretty sight, until they blow up on you
However, more realistically, my decision to live a life on top of the area where two giant continental plates smash against one another means I’ll probably get caught up in an earthquake one of these days. The county has a suggested disaster preparation list of things that every family should have on hand in case of a disaster, tailored slightly to earthquakes for the area. You’ve got your usual water bottles and emergency blankets and ponchos, emergency food bars (have you ever actually eaten those? They’re, uh…definitely only something I’d eat in an absolute emergency), and then, almost as an afterthought, the list adds “specialty items for kids and pets.” This is important, but it begs the question of what the absolute essentials are for children in a time of disaster.
I was a little worried when I decided to try cloth diapers for the first time. They look complicated. Especially the ones that I got. Mine were of the snapping variety that have removable pads. I was worried about how my son would deal with the new feel of cloth rather than disposable diaper on his rump. I was even worried about not being able to snap them properly and them falling off of my son. I shouldn’t have worries.
Why Snap Diapers
I chose snaps for one reason. I wanted to save money, so I wanted to know that the diaper would grow with my child. I didn’t want to use the most basic cloth diapers because I had no desire to use safety pins that near my child’s skin. Although the velcro diapers may have been able to adjust in the same way, I could see it with the snapping diapers. They looked like they could adjust from our second child being a newborn all the way through the toddler years when it was time to potty train. There were snaps to fold the diapers to the proper size as well as snaps to make the leg holes and waist smaller. Also, they were visually appealing.
The pads that came with the diapers were made of bamboo microfibers. They were much softer than I expected. I was relieved about that. A child goes through about six to eight diapers a day. I only had the six inserts that came with the diapers. I ordered thirty more so that when my second child came I would have enough for both of them. It would be enough for me to rotate in the laundry without an interruption in my diapering.
My Child’s Reaction
My son loved the diapers and would actually hold still for a diaper change. I know that this may seem like a small thing, but he usually tried to squirm away from a changing as soon as the old diaper was off. He had endured some skin irritation due to his disposables in the past, and wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of having another diaper put on him. I liked the way that they breathed. I noticed that he didn’t try to take it off. I also liked that he would immediately come to me when he needed changing because, while absorbent, the removable pads still felt wet. This was ideal for preparing him to potty train. In fact, the only thing he seemed to miss was the sound that his diaper made when he was walking. He got over that fast.
The Down Side
I noticed that my son was getting a little red down below. It may have been because he was having stomach issues that week. It may also have been because he was chafing. Either way I would recommend stocking up on your favorite diaper rash remedy, just in case. That is the only down side that I experienced. All in all I enjoy our new cloth diapers, and so does my little one.
I have had two in cloth since I started using it. When I switched from disposables to cloth diapers, I had an 8 month old and a 2 year old. I finally got the older one potty trained but then I had my youngest just a few months later. And now, I have a 3 year old in cloth and a 1 year old. So I have had a lot of experience cloth diapering two at the same time. I have put together a few tips to help you out if you are cloth diapering two kids at the same time.
Tip #1: Simplify your diaper stash. I do understand the desire to have several different types of diapers, with each one specific to given situations. One diaper works best overnight but maybe not for a long car trip. But when you have two in cloth, having all different kinds of diapers multiplied by two makes it all overwhelming. So stick with just one or two kinds of diapers if you can.
Tip #2: Go One Size. Having diapers that you can put on either child at any time is important. Even if you have some diapers that are sized, a selection of one size diapers is invaluable. It’s great for those times when you have to quickly grab a change out of the dryer the moment they are dry. And it can help reduce the number of diapers you need in the diaper bag.
Tip #3: Gender Neutral. Obviously this only applies if you have 2 in cloth who are of opposite genders. But if so, just like one sized diapers, it’s really helpful to have diapers that you can put on either child at any time.
Tip #4: Keep the wash routine simple. With two in diapers, you will be doing more laundry. Well, with 2 kids in general, you do more laundry. But with two in cloth diapers, you will be going through anywhere from twelve to twenty diaper changes a day, depending on your kids’ ages and how often they need to be changed. You can go through a whole load of diapers in a single day! So having a wash routine that is simple and doesn’t take all day is obviously important.
Posted 01-27-2014 at 10:30 AM by yoliyoda
So I’m irritated. Grateful, but irritated. I recently got a few days work out of the house. Since I could use the cash, but haven’t found a sitter yet, I was happy to have my mom babysit. I actually unknowingly fell into attachment parenting before I even knew what it was. On so many levels I was nervous about leaving my son, even if it was with my mom.
The recent experiences has done nothing to quell my fears of leaving him.
Before the work days, I worked hard to pump enough milk to leave for him. Since I absolutely, positively hate pumping, this was a labor of love. I looked up information on safe human milk handling, and wrote out a detailed, yet simple, list of ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’. Also made some formula ahead of time, just in case, since we supplement. (As you shall see, this is where I went wrong). I made the maximum amount my son would have on a worse-case-scenario type day.
Also, to be considerate, since my mom was watching him and I figured she’d have enough on her plate just dealing with a baby for the first time in a while–I said she could use some of the left over disposables that were just laying around (another mistake). Since she insists cloth is confusing, I wanted her to focus on the breast milk handling. I figured that we’d have time to tackle cloth diapers since I would be asking her to watch him every now and again if I had to work.
What. A. Disaster.
Sonya Levien said it wonderfully. “Good intentions are not enough. They’ve never put an onion in the soup yet.” My mother has the best of intentions, they just don’t always translate into action.
I missed a call about 2 hours after I left home. I couldn’t return it until hours later.
“Where’s the milk?”
“What do you mean, ‘Where’s the milk?’ I showed you yesterday when we stood in the kitchen and I went through how to handle it. It’s in the bottom of the refrigerator.”
“Oh, OK. I’ll look again. Oh, and he pee’d right through that (cloth) diaper you had on him this morning, and I had to clean up his toy chair.”
“That’s because you didn’t change him mom. The diaper will always spill over if it’s so soiled it can’t hold any more.”
Click. Simple solutions, right?
When I got home my mother was
Lanolin. If you breastfeed, you probably have a tube of solid lanolin sitting around somewhere. It has a million uses, from treating diaper rash to soothing radiation burns. If you decide to use wool while cloth diapering, you will find it has another use—helping to make your wool covers water resistant.
Lanolin: As seen at baby showers everywhere
But wait! Different kinds of lanolin exist! Solid lanolin is the easiest to find—it’s at Target, Wal-Mart, all the big box stores, usually in the same aisles as all the breastpumps and bottles. Some health food stores sell liquid lanolin marked as an all-natural moisturizer for dry, scaly skin. It is thick and sticky and feels a little like honey. Cloth diapering stores may also sell spray lanolin, specifically for spraying directly on wool! Which one to use?
“But what do you do with the poop?”
This question is often asked by new cloth diapering parents, or by non-cloth diapering people who regard cloth diapering as sort of an anachronism, like dressing in Renaissance fair clothing except cloth diapers are worn every day and have more poop involved. It’s not a bad question, because disposable diaper poop goes into the trash most of the time and the rest of us use toilets and merrily flush our excrement away without much thought. So what DO you do with a cloth diaper full of poop?
It doesn’t matter what time period you are from. Babies always pull down your shirt at the most inappropriate times, such as while sitting for a formal portrait.
Posted 11-7-2013 at 06:06 AM by yoliyoda
Lets be honest, there is a downside to almost everything, including cloth diapers. I’ve learned that the hard way by making the same, irritating, mistake twice. In recent days I have taken my son out for an extended period of time to only find that I did not have enough cloth diapers. In fact, one time I didn’t even have enough wipes. Yes, I am a new mom and he is only a few weeks old, however: fool me once, shame on you–fool me twice and I’m a fool.
Even though I thought that had his pattern figured out (more stool in the evening, and urine throughout the day) he showed me. So just what do you do when you have hours left before you’re supposed to go home, you’re miles away, and your son just plastered his last cloth insert? Well, begrudgingly, twice I’ve done the same thing–go to the store. The first time we were fortunately near a Babies R Us and could get some disposable inserts for his gDiapers, along with some wipes (because he blew through those too). Most recently we were not so fortunate. We ended up buying *shutters* Luvs. Now I have more disposables clogging up space in our tiny home, not to mention that was my lunch money I used to buy them!