Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's final.


Yep, we've decided.  We're switching to cloth.  I know I've talked about it before, but I've had it.  Thad has had a ton of diaper rashes lately and then they turn into yeast infections.  I've tried air, baths, creams, and I'm just tired of seeing the little guy in pain.  His poor little boy parts are so red and swollen some days and it's all because of too much moisture.  While it's been happening a lot more since he's been sleeping through the night on his belly, it's just happening too much for me to be comfortable.  Oh and did hear the cost of diapers was rising?  Yeah, I'm not cool with that.

So tomorrow I'm taking Thad and the hubs out the the only cloth diaper store near us (in the city over from us) and we're going to get our hands on some cloth diapers -- literally.  I plan to touch and feel all the cloth diapers I can so that I have a good idea of what I want.  Some of you gave me great information the last time I asked about them and I'm grateful for that.  I'm also grateful for a friend I have from high school who happens to be cloth diapering her daughter.  She has been invaluable when it comes to asking questions and getting prepared.  While I still feel a little lost, I'm a mama on a mission.

I plan to document the switch here so every now and then you'll find some updates on the process, my thoughts, mistakes, ups and downs of switching from disposable to cloth.  Now don't worry, I'm not going to start preaching to the choir.  I respect your right to diaper your baby how you see fit.  However, I will be reviewing cloth diapers and products of that nature -- so if you have any questions, feel free to ask and I'll do my best to answer them.

For now, I'm curious.  How many of you are cloth users?  How was your transition?  If you don't use cloth, have you ever considered it?  Have any of you ever used Nicki's Diapers or any other online store - if so, what's your favorite?

21 comments :

  1. Hi there! Found you through the Toddle Along Tuesday blog hop. Your little man is so cute! I've considered cloth, but am not with my son during the day and my mother in law (who watches him for us) wasn't on board. I may consider it with our next baby, though. There are so many benefits if you can keep up with it!

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  2. im your newest follower, found you on the Toddle Tuesday blog hop! Hope you will come on over and follow back! I have some great giveaways coming up! thanks!

    Ali
    www.ncbabyblog.blogspot.com

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  3. I just started CDing my little guy about a week ago...so far, so good! My experience has been great so far and no leaks or blowouts except when I used a dipe that was too small for him (turns out trying to get some use out of the XS size that I bought without seeing was a bad idea...lol). I really like the quality of the BumGenius AIOs that I bought used off eBay, and I also love the Fuzzibunz pockets that I got even though I don't have as many of them. I'd recommend getting pocket diapers when you buy because they take a lot less time to dry! I'm new to the process but seems manageable so far and no harder than disposables...just gotta remember to throw them into the washer and dryer and then you're pretty much done...plus I really prefer using cloth wipes to the disposables. I'm planning on doing a blog entry on my CDing experience soon, so check out my blog when you get a chance. Good luck!

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  4. I am your newest follower!! YAY! cannot wait to read more about you and your family!

    http://buildingourstory.blogspot.com/
    Hope you will follow back!!
    :O)
    Censie

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  5. I'm a new follower from the blog hope. I look forward to reading more in the future!!

    makesperfectsense.blogspot.com

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  6. I'm your newest follower!

    I CDed my first baby. For 2 years! We used BG3.0 that I had converted to snaps. Never had any issues. Now baby #2 is 4 months old and for the life of me, I cannot manage to go full time with her. I can't figure out if I'm being lazy, or what. I mean, I have 40 diapers sitting here not being used, and I am buying Pampers! What is that about!? You are inspiring me (and the blowouts we keep having) I need to make the switch back! btw- dd1 potty trained by age 2 and I think the diapers had something to do with it!

    http://littlepiecesofthereeses.blogspot.com/

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  7. Thanks for following! I'm following you right back! :o)

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  8. i was given 20 or so cloth diapers for free and i used them a TON early on. but for some reason blaine decided one day that he hated them. (we EC and he always pooped 95% or higher on the potty until the "great cloth diaper strike" and he pooped in the diapers all the time). we switched back to disposables and he went back to pooping in the potty. not worth the battle to me; i hate poop and would rather flush than wipe it off his bum. even if i'm killing the earth. LOL.

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  9. I think it's wonderful that you are going to switch over to cloth. I can't wait to read about how it goes for you and your little man. I hope it helps his little bottom. Nothing sucks more than diaper rash. Jake had it bad only a couple times but that was enough. It's so hard to watch them in pain. Ouch! Good luck to you and Thad.

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  10. Hey there! Thanks for visiting me! I use cloth as well and have been using them since day one. I've got a humungo stash of dipes from all different brands and they all have their plusses and minuses. Best thing, however, is the lack of blow outs! I am definitely a fan of pockets, though prefolds were pretty easy when my peanut wasn't quite as squirmy. My favorite brand changes by the day. Currently, I like fuzzibuns the best. And, I am not into velcro at all anymore, as it sticks to my clothing if she's undressed and I am holding her. Its just a huge pain in the butt, really, and not very durable.

    That said, I have to use huggies overnights at night time, the cloth dipes just got too full and overflowed- even with lots of experimentation with inserts and brands.

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  11. We've been using cloth since my son was a little over a month old. We planned to CD from birth, but little did we know, one-size diapers don't actually fit a newborn. We started out with just a couple BumGenius and then got 1 or 2 of many different types so we could figure out what worked best for us, and went from there. Now most of my stash is actually homemade diapers and we've already got our newborn size stash for the baby on the way.

    Good luck with your switch to cloth and I really hope it helps out with the rash issues.

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  12. I used cloth nappies for both my girls and was very happy with them! Even happier now years later when I still have lots of floor and cleaning cloths - they are certainly made to last!
    Good luck with your transition!

    Just stopped by from a Wednesday blog hop. I’m following you now and hope you’ll stop by my blog sometime too! Have a lovely week.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thanks for following me. Cute blog. I'm returning the follow. I look forward to reading more. http://talesfrommyjournal.blogspot.com

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  14. Hey! Thanks for following - I'm following your blog now too!

    And YAY for cloth!! :-D

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  15. Found you on Mama G's blog through the blog hop!

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  16. I also recently switched to cloth diapering!

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  17. good luck with this...hope it's the right solution for your little one. my son had some same redness and rashes, but we were able to get thru it with diaper creams and wet washcloths/warm water, instead of those strong commercial wipes. i considered using cloth just to be more economical/green, but ended up sticking with diapers. we have since moved on to pull-ups at night.

    found and following thru the wednesday hop.
    rockoomph.blogspot.com
    @rockoomph

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  18. I'm following back from the Toddle :) We CD and love it - so glad you're making the switch!

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  19. I cloth diaper part-time.. I do it when we're home, and use disposables while we're out of the house.. I just find it easier to use disposables and toss the dirties in the trash rather than throw the CD in a bag and wait until we get home. Especially if the cover can be reused.. Idk its just easier for me that way!

    My daughter also has no problems with redness or rashes with the cloth. Which is funny considering my family thought she would be worse off!

    I've always gone through the website cottonbabies.com --I've had great experiences with their customer service department and I think they have good prices.

    stayhomemomblog.com

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  20. I CD. We started when our oldest was born. We had gerber prefolds and plastic pants (oh the uninformed madness). It was a rough time. I had repelling issues, absorbency issues and leaks leaks leaks! At 4 months or so, we ended up "quitting" cloth for awhile (almost 6 months). Until I started reading cloth diaper reviews on blogs. Then I won a diaper (a BG 4.0) and was so impressed with the easy and absorbency in modern CD's. Ever since, we have been building towards my "perfect" stash. Oldest was potty trained at 26 mo, I really wanted a diapering break between kids and she was ready. After a 2 mo diaper break, youngest was born! And here we are, 2 months later, still CDing with a very eclectic stash and a beloved laundry line outside.

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