Thursday, July 26, 2012

Much ado about diapers

Yes, we are using cloth diapers.  No, we are not crazy, masochistic, delusional, etc.  They will be far cheaper in the long run, I am willing to put up with the hassle of extra laundry, and my conscience feels better knowing that we are not adding a zillion pounds of diaper waste to the landfills, though I know that we will be using more water which also impacts the environment.

And that's all I'm going to say about the "why"s of this decision.

(If you want more information or eloquent discussions about cloth vs. disposable, check out Daily Garnish or Healthy Tipping Point).

Now for the fun part - our stash!  I've been gradually collecting diapers since the winter and I think we've managed to stock up on a good amount of a variety of types - hopefully enough to carry us through the diapering phase, though I anticipate needed to add a couple more depending on how... dirty... our delicate little flower turns out to be.  :)

So with that said, here's what we have!


Simply Cloth (One Size) - 3
       Small - 5
       Medium - 5
       One Size - 3

Fuzzibunz (small)
Fuzzibunz (one size)
Fuzzibunz (medium)
Simply Cloth (one size)

Thirsties (small) - 3
Thirsties All -In-Ones, and one Thirsties cover


Flip (snap) - 3
Flip (velcro) - 3
Thirsties (velcro, small) - 1
Inserts - 32

Yes, I somehow ended up with 32 inserts, which means if I need more diapers down the road I will be investing in more Flip covers.  I'm thinking that I prefer the snap kind to the velcro, but we'll see how I feel once I actually start changing them.

I also like the Flip system because of it's hybrid nature - I can buy disposable inserts to use if we're out around town, and I've heard that some daycares who will not accommodate cloth diapering will make an exception for disposables (I don't know why, it seems like the same amount of work for them either way.... but I digress).

My Planet Wise wet bags in medium and large are also ready to go!  I have a stash of 100 newborn disposable diapers to last us for the first week or so, but I hope to transition baby girl into cloth soon after (depending on how big she is... but who am I kidding?  I'm going to have a massive baby.  Mother's instinct).

If you stumble across this blog and have experience with cloth diapers, I'd love to know your opinion on the above!  Do I have enough to get started?  How do you feel about the Flip system?  Cloth diapering at daycare stories to share?

Happy Thursday friends!

1 comment :

  1. Sorry but I can't help you here. I have never used a cloth diaper for any of my kids so I really don't know anything about it.

    But I did hear through the grapevine (aka Charlotte's blog) that you gave birth already!


    Just wanted to say that and welcome to motherhood! Can't wait to see pictures!

    ♥ Duckie.