Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Cloth diapers--What we do with poo

Secretly, I used to make fun of the modern cloth diaper movement with all of its new-mom idealists and tree-hugging, all-natural, hippie-types. (This was several years ago, mind you.) I obviously didn't understand why anyone would want to REUSE something that housed poo. 'Throw that thing directly out the window and never see or smell it again!' I thought.
Then my favorite blog at the time, Young House Love, posted something about using cloth diapers, and a few of my Facebook friends posted thoughts about cloth, so I gradually caught on to the fact that cloth diapering wasn't as far-fetched and idealistically ridiculous as I had originally thought. I decided, after we'd settled in a bit with Brody (since we didn't have much time to plan ahead with him) to look into this weird cloth revolution. I needed to at least look into it, and thus began the research and experimentation process. Sure, cloth diapers were a cute little idea and would save some space in a landfill and--more importantly to us--save bundles of cash in the long run, but could we really handle the extra work (and poo) associated with them?

The final answer: Yes! I am loving them, the boys look cute in them (priorities, people), and they really aren't all that much more work. They make for more laundry, but when I'm already doing 37 loads a week (might be a slight exaggeration, but might be completely accurate), a few more loads isn't going to kill me.

Here's what we do (but it is just based on personal preference). We use Kawaii Baby, FuzziBunz, and BumGenius All-In-One and pocket diapers. (Tried prefolds and still use them sometimes, but those aren't great for a squirmy little guy like Brekkie.) When they're wet or dirty we wash them together in the washer with hot water in two rinse cycles, then let then air dry.

What do we do with the "poo?" We drop it off in the potty, sometimes use a cup of water to pour/drown it out of the diaper, then wad the diaper up and throw it in a waterproof bag with a drawstring. IT SOUNDS WAY WORSE THAN IT REALLY IS. Without sharing a lot of unnecessary information while still giving you the details you might want to know, the poo tends to stick together and comes off easily (truly!) when we shake it over the potty. Then we let the washer do the hardest part, which is rinsing the diaper completely clean.

Cloth diapers aren't for everyone, and you might have to search around before you find what you like, but they are a pretty good investment, particularly if you have more than one babe. We have both Littles in them until Brody can remember to tell us when he has to go...but that's a whole other post.

To sum it up, they are easier to use than I imagined, cute, and economical. (I am super pumped about never needing to spend another $50-70 out of the monthly grocery budget on disposables again.) I don't even think you need one of those fancy diaper sprayers many people add to their toilets, but that's personal preference, too.

If you have any questions about cloth diapers, I'd love to answer them for you.

Lastly, an update in the adoption front: The home visit portion of our home study went well on Monday, and we just need to get a few more documents gathered and filled out, including medical exams and a statement from a bet that Banjo, "the outdoor kitty formerly known as the indoor kitty," isn't nuts. Also received an amazing donation from an "anonymous" donor this morning. God is workin' it.

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