Yep, I know, us?
I had NO interest in cloth with Nate. I had a friend named Dana (our oldest sons are a month apart in age) who switched when her son was 6 months. Hmm... I know someone who does cloth. I became closer "Facebook Friends" with an old friend from elementary school named Dusti. She does cloth. Hmmm... two friends that do cloth. Nope, no interest. I hate laundry.
Time went on, a couple more Facebook "acquaintances" (because i don't really "converse" with these people) had made the switch. A little research here an there. Still not interested.
Got pregnant with Jackson. A friend got pregnant with her little girl, Evangeline. Meagan says, we're going to do cloth. You're crazy. No way.
While Meagan was pregnant with Evangeline, one of my best friends Veronica, someone I talk to, text, and spend time with more than anyone else (who is also pregnant) says: I'm thinking about cloth. Nope. You're crazy. You don't want to do that.
Meanwhile, I'm doing research. I'm in the closet. Denial.
Last weekend, Veronica comes over and says... "Guess who's switching to cloth?" Smirking.
I say: "Guess who's been thinking about it?"
"No way!" she says.
And there, the addiction began.
Veronica showed me a (little bit cheaper and a little less laundry) system of cloth diapering called All In Two's. From now on, I'll simply type "AI2." At this point, neither Veronica nor I were set on which "system" we were going to use, but I figured if I was going to jump, I might as well have a friend to jump in with! :)
I contacted Dana and told her about our "researching" and she offered to show us her "stash." Cloth diapering folks call these things stashes. Hmmm.... kinda like drugs. Well, yeah, it turns into one of sorts. :)
That next Monday (March 4th) Veronica and I went to Dana's house for her to show us the basics, the different types, her likes and dislikes, etc. This was very informative!
There's a huge store in Raleigh called "Sweet Bottoms Boutique" that I was interested in going to. They have the biggest selections of all the different types, even more than our local boutique (All About Baby) in Greensboro... Don't get me wrong, they're great. Since we weren't too sure which way we wanted to go, we decided to head to Raleigh with the most selection. On a whim, we decided to head there that day!
|The goods! Get ready y'all!!!|
Here are our four new "covers."
The Flip Diaper System uses something called an insert. We use the "Stay Dry" inserts. These have a stay dry top, where the baby cannot feel the wetness, and an absorbent bottom, that feels like a wet towel after the baby has urinated in it.
|Flip Inserts have small, medium, and large folds in them. Fold them to size, and (for boys) put the fold in the front flap of the cover, and the other end under the back flap. You're all done!|
One of the great things about the AI2 systems is re-using the cover. This means less laundry! After the baby has urinated in the insert, you simply take out the insert, wipe off the cover, and put a new insert in. Takes about the same amount of time as changing a disposable diaper. (Isn't this so much easier than "back in the day"?
--- when baby poops, you usually have to change the cover---
One of the great things about these diapers is they are ONE SIZE! Yep, you heard it right! Jackson will be able to wear these diapers all the way into potty training! So, after the initial cost of the diapers, we will no longer be buying them! (well, with the exception of a cute cover here and there... i tell ya, addiction.)
|Snap down to the size you need. (Jackson is at the second row right now)|
|Here is the detergent that we are using at the moment. Because of the film that regular detergent leaves on our regular clothes, we cannot use typical detergent. The cost isn't too bad though, no worries.|
Now, what do I do with all of the waste? All of the dirty inserts? That's easy! Wet bags!
We bought two. The first is our wet/dry bag that stays in our diaper bag, made by GoGreen Diapers. This has two sections: one for clean diapers/covers, and the other for dirty. The "wet" section is a PUL fabric that does not leak moisture. The monkey (way cute!) bag made by PlanetWise is our wet bag for home. It hangs on the doorknob and is larger than the one for the diaper bag.
|When it's time for laundry, you unzip, dump diapers into the washer, turn the bag inside out, and throw it in with everything else! Easy!|
|During our second trip to Sweet Bottoms, we also purchased a "Good Night Heavy Wetter" pocket diaper made by Kawaii. We are going to try this for night time and see how it works. I'll get back to you on this!|
So there you go... our new venture. I'm excited about it. I'm excited about saving money. The average cloth diapering family saves over $3500 during the course of newborn to potty training. I'm all about that!
Stay tuned for an update on our new journey!