Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Cloth Diapering *almost* 2 Years Later

Several people who come across this blog land on my cloth diapering posts. The story really isn't complete yet as the way I use them seem to be constantly changing. I figured since we are on the eve of Ethan's 23rd month now would be the perfect time to do a little updating. 

We are still using Fuzzibunz diapers. I have a mixture of mediums and one sizes and honestly don't prefer one over the other at this point. I don't think we will have a problem growing out of them before he is potty trained (or at least I hope not anyways!). Before we moved back in April, I had began getting a little frustrated with the diapering situation. I'm not exactly sure when the problems actually began, but Ethan would always wake up wet in the mornings and sometimes after naps. In fact, it got to the point where I just let him sleep pants-less for nap time so I didn't have additional laundry to do. There were also times that he would leak in the carseat so I was always sure to change him right before we got in the car and then again before we got out and it was getting a little time consuming. 

I tried stripping them (which did help some) and I double stuffed with hemp liners and even triple stuffed at night time. I adjusted leg holes and what not but nothing really seemed to be working. A friend suggested I switch to bum genius, but we had one which I had bought from the beginning and I still didn't find a solution with it. I'm sure I could have bought a selection of different types of diapers to try and maybe found a solution, but really at that point in the game I had no interest in reinvesting. 

Once we moved in April I quickly found out I would have to give up cloth diapering for a little bit when I was unable to install our diaper sprayer in the rental house. Yes, there are other ways of getting poop off a diaper, but my first trimester nose just couldn't handle any of those other options so I went to disposables. 

I'll be the first to admit that disposables are for sure much easier and really 100% dependable (at least in our case), but the downside is that they are expensive. I could tell the toll it took on our budget pretty quickly and honestly money was the number one reason I had decided to cloth diaper in the first place. While we didn't have any leak issues, I knew that I would be going back to cloth once we moved into our new place.

At this point we are doing a mixture of cloth and disposables and I couldn't be happier. He wears disposables at night and at nap times. I also always put him in them when we leave the house so I never have to worry about bringing him a spare outfit. While we are at the house though? I put him in cloth and am always sure to double stuff with a Hemp Babies liner. No, I'm not saving as much money as I did before, but I'm still saving. We buy one huge box of diapers a month (like the 120 count size) which I just order online to save a little money. Any disposable money saving tips would be appreciated as I'm new to this!

As for baby Jackson? I will be doing more of the same. I plan on cloth diapering him as much as possible. All of the diapers I have for Ethan will still work just fine for the new baby and perhaps the one after that! If he begins leaking I'll just do a mixture of cloth and disposables again. I believe you have to do what works for you and your family and this seems to work for us. 

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