With two babies on the way, Greg and I thought long and hard about how their entrance into our world was going to change things. One of those things will be how we diaper our babies. If you’ve been reading this blog for a few years, you might recall this post where I said:
For us, cloth diapering is just not the way to go, but it doesn’t mean that we are anti-cloth. Frankly, I wanted to give it a shot, but really, the choice needs to be up to the primary caregiver. Mr. Burgher would be that person.
I was right at the time but now things have changed. We got a diaper sprayer to help with some of Arianna’s accidents (she’s lactose intolerant and potty training was a not so fun mess). We got a few swim diapers and overnight diapers to test out with Evan. But this time? Baby A and Baby B will be all-in on the fluffy fun of cloth. Fun. Yup, I said it. I think cloth is beautiful. My mom cloth diapered me for awhile, but they just were not made the same as they are today. And Greg? This time he is all on board. Even if it means more laundry.
Because I’ll be for real – the cost to diaper two babies in disposable diapers is triple the cost to cloth diaper, even when buying at full price.
It’s worth the extra laundry.
To help us solidify our decision, I talked to Helena at Thanks Mama (a family owned cloth diapering and natural parenting store based in Boston, MA with an online presence). She listened to my questions, which may be a “Level 2” compared to a complete cloth newbie (because I did some research when we had Evan + have friends and cousins who have gone the cloth route), but were still pretty basic. My questions are her answers made us decide this is for us and thus began the quest to fill our cloth stash. Squee!
Wondering what I asked? (Helena’s answers are in italics.)
1. Can you start cloth diapering your newborn right away, or can the meconium ruin precious fluff? You can start cloth diapering right away although stains may be left on the fabric. It never bothered me though.
^ That was our biggest worry. What are we doing about it? For now, we’ll use regular diapers in the hospital and then switch when we get home or the meconium slows up. I’m a bit of an OCD freak, so having a stained diaper until the babies are potty trained will drive me nuts.
2. The AIO diapers look like a huge blesssing, but the liners seem so inexpensive and a great way to get rid of stool. Should we be pairing AIO’s with liners, or are they good with the layers that come with? Yes many parents use [disposable liners], they do make poop disposal easier. For newborn you would not need anything until you introduce solid food, the stool is very watery and has very little odor (especially if you breast feed) the diaper can go directly into diaper pail to be washed. You will know when it is time to either introduce disposable liners or shake the poop into the toilet or invest into diaper sprayer that attaches to your toilet pipes and makes rinsing the diapers super easy.
^ Our plan is to start using AIO (all-in-one) diapers with our babies and adding in the disposable liner when they are eating solids, but we might pick up some samplers to make the “final choice” – stay tuned for some future posts where I compare an AIO and a pocket – to be explained in that post!)
Follow along with us as we start our cloth diapering journey. Helena and Thanks Mama will be helping us out with future questions, and she’s even graciously provided me with a giveaway for a $25 code to Thanks Mama in case you are interested in trying out cloth (or adding to your stash or just need something special for mom!). This giveaway ends on 1/24. Good luck!
Disclosure: I was compensated with product and giveaway value in exchange for this post. All opinions, however, are 100% my own.