Cloth Diapering: Giving it a Try

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!

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Source: Thanks Mama

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!)

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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!

$25 to Thanks Mama

Disclosure: I was compensated with product and giveaway value in exchange for this post. All opinions, however, are 100% my own. 

Night Time Training Pants

Disclosure: I received a sample from Thanks Mama of the Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Night Time Training Pants in exchange for a review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

Oh, this ‘lil boy of mine. He’s been nighttime potty trained since April. I clearly remember the day I went to the toy store at the mall and picked up a toy to celebrate his one week of no peeing the bed at night. It was the same day as the Warmup on Walnut and my surprise 30th birthday, so that’s a SOLID 7 months ago. But, you see, something happened in mid-September and he reverted.

We’ve been going back and forth with letting him pee the bed (which just resulted in far to much stink and laundry) and putting him back in night time diapers. Urgh!

When Thanks Mama reached out to see if I’d be interested in working with them on a review again, I was super excited to be offered the chance to try out the Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Night Time Training Pants.

The description had me at “waterproof”, and I love that these are very much like the cloth diapers I’d really would have liked to have given a try when the ‘lil Burghers were babies. Here’s what the site says about the pants:

These Potty Patty / Potty Scotty Night Time Potty Training Pants have waterproof fabric on the outside and extra absorbent padding on the inside. These training pants are waterproof and extra absorbent and will contain the accidents better; however, they will still feel wet, so your child will know that he/she has wet underwear.

The outer shell is a very soft waterproof fabric; it is not vinyl or plastic, it is fabric, so it feels very nice to touch; The inside is lined with a layer of a very soft and absorbent terry fabric. The middle layer is padded with fiber sponge for super absorbency.

Info and Photo Source: ThanksMama.com

 

Evan was just as excited as I was to get the pants and give them a try. We ordered him the size 2-4, and they fit very nicely with the perfect amount of snug. There’s two sets of snaps, so we could adjust them if he grew and still needed them. (To give you perspective, he’s tall for his age but weighs just over 30 pounds so small for weight. If he was much bigger, I may have questioned my choice, but I can’t say for sure since I haven’t seen the bigger size in person.)

When he first put them on, he proclaimed that they were “so, so, so soft” and danced around my room a bit.

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It may have helped that we promised him a great prize if he didn’t pee the bed that night (more to come on that!), but so what. It worked. He was dry the next day!

The next night? Not so much. He peed. And he peed. And he peed. It’s like he can’t tell at all when he’s wet (or if he can tell, he doesn’t care?). Eek. But, no worries. The Potty Scotty and Potty Patty Night Time Training Pants held up to his major soakage just fine. No leaks on his bed or jammies. And clean up? Super easy. I haven’t gotten the pleasure(?) of cleaning cloth diapers, but I felt a major rush rinsing then hand washing these pants. It felt good to do something good for the environment because I knew that accident wasn’t his last.

And unfortunately, it wasn’t his last accident, but that’s ok. He’s two. Sometimes I forget how lucky we were to have a just barely two year old so interested in not peeing the bed. Now to get that back. But in the meantime, these training pants are definitely helping out!

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About Thanks Mama: 

Thanksmama.com is family owned and operated natural baby store. They offer a great selection of cloth diapering products, potty training pants, swim diapers, natural baby care products, baby carriers, bibs, toys, nursery furniture and bedding, strollers and much more. They look for innovative products that are good for the baby and the environment and they never forget that most families are on a budget. That’s why Thanks Mama offers the Lowest Prices, Free Shipping on orders over $60 within USA, 90 days easy returns; Buy Safe Guarantee and Price Guarantee. Thanks Mama does ship worldwide!

Thanksmama.com is dedicated to bringing the best cloth diapers, training pants and swim diapers on the market at the best value.  They have many cloth diaper packages that have volume discounts built in, many come with complementary products and make shopping for cloth diapers in bulk easy. Cloth diapers for parents that are new to cloth are also available; they are great for trying different types and brands of cloth diapers. Thanks Mama has knowledgeable customer service that would be happy to help with any questions or concerns.

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