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June 21, 2010

The first week: doubt

After cloth diapering my 2nd son (first son in cloth) for about a week I suddenly got struck with this feeling of doubt.

"Oh no, what did I get my self into? Is this really what I want to be doing? I just dropped how much money into cloth diapers and now I'm not sure I even like doing it! "

So many thoughts were passing through my mind. I was so tempted to just give up on the whole idea of cloth diapering but I knew from the start that once I committed I had to stick to it. I had made an agreement with my husband before any purchases were made that once I started I had to keep with it, mainly because its a large up front cost. I had regrets about wanting to cloth diaper. I had regrets about the kinds of cloth diapers I had chosen. I had regrets about not doing a trial to see which kind of diapers I liked best. Instead I just jumped right in and made my purchases after a brief 'class' about the different kinds of diapers out there now days. I had made my purchase of covers and prefolds, the cheapest option, and good option for a new born.

After doing my many washes to prep the diapers before their first use I was finally able to use them on my little boy. I got out my cute new cover and neatly folded the prefold to fit perfectly inside and velcroed it on his little bottom. HOW CUTE! Slowly the doubts, the worries, the regrets disappeared and I started looking into other kinds of diapers to try out on my little guy. We have now switched our oldest who will be 2 in a few months over to cloth and love it just as much.

I now have prefolds, covers, AIO's, Pockets, liners, inserts, doublers, cloth wipes, wet bags, special laundry detergent, wipes solutions and probably more than listed! I now find myself constantly researching new diapers that I haven't tried and reading reviews about them. Cloth diapers are constantly on my mind, probably because I am constantly looking at how cute they are on my little guys bottoms!


Starting Off In Cloth

After much researching and debate My husband and I decided to give cloth diapering a try. This was a hard decision to make because I didn't want to have a baby wearing a huge bulky diaper and honestly, shaking a poopy diaper above a toilet does not seem that appealing to me. (and it still doesn't) We are hoping this will get us one step closer to allowing me to be a stay at home mom by helping us save some money. I have been keeping track of the amount of diapers used since Ezekiel was born. We used around 190 newborn diapers and around 100 size one diapers in a mere 4 and a half weeks! Now granted I did get great deals on those diapers and didn't pay full price for any of them, but I don't know if I will always be able to get the good deals in the future. So anyways we are taking the great adventure and are trying out cloth diapers. There is a local company in town called EcoBun (www.ecobuns.com). It is ran out of a ladies home and she has great insight on all the items she sells. My Sister in law and I went over to her house one day and she gave us a mini diapering class and explained all the in's and out's of cloth diapering. She showed us all the different types of diapers and how they worked and shared the pros and cons of each kind. We ended up being there for almost two hours going over things and trying to decide what way we wanted to go with for our diapers. I ended up buying prefolds and covers and SIL got AIO (all in one) diapers. So far we both love our diapers and have purchased more. I will still be using disposables for long days away from home and when we go camping just because we don't have the supply needed to make it through the longer periods.

There is a new way of cleaning off poopy diapers too, Its a sprayer that hooks to your toilet. It is kind of like the sprayer that is in your sink but it is hooked to the water behind your toilet and you can spray off the poo into the toilet rather than having to shake it out and worry about dropping the diaper into the toilet.

Elijah is still using disposable diapers at this point. We wanted to see how it goes first with Zeke and then make the decision to switch over with Eli or not. I might buy a couple of nice AIO's for him at night though instead of buying overnight diapers.

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