Tuesday, July 28, 2009

My first experience with cloth diapering

I have always wanted to try cloth diapers. When Gavin was little I had wanted to but never tried it. When Gage came along I decided to give it a try. I tried the old fashioned

white ones where you have to fold it and use the diaper pins. I didn't like it at all. I was terrified of hurting him with the pins and every time he would pee, it would soak everything near him. I quickly decided against it and went back to disposables. After that I didn't really think about it anymore. Until I started seeing the really cute, easy to use cloth diapers. I thought, 'I could do that.' Combine that with all the wonderful mom blogs I follow that talk about how great cloth diapering is and my mind was made up.
I bought my first diaper from Monkey Snuggles it was sooo cute with little turtles on it! That same day I bought another one from Kelly's Closet. This one a blue bumGenius. I also bought another one on ebay but it hasn't come yet! So that's all I have now. I'm going to have to start small and work my way up. I can only buy a couple per week so we'll do part time for now until I can get a good stash built up!
This morning was the first time Gage wore one. He wore the bumGenius first. As soon as I put it on him he rubbed it and giggled! It is so soft on the inside he loves it! He did keep pulling it the velcro on it though. Hopefully he'll grow out of that. Or else he'll be naked most of the time! Within the first 30 minutes he pooped in it! Part of me was excited, my first poopie cloth diaper! And the other part of me thought eww... my first poopie cloth diaper! Anyway, after I changed him and put the poop in the toilet, I put the diaper and insert in a bucket of warm water with some tide in it, I thought well that wasn't bad at all. Nothing leaked out whatsoever! YAY!!! I put the second one on him and he wore it awhile and when he did wet it, it did leak a little but it didn't get on anything. It was just the outside was a little damp.
I'm already washing them and ready to go again. I can't wait to get more so I can go full time. I know it's cheaper in the long run but it is pricey to get started. I really wish I would've started with my first son on cloth diapers. It's a little late to be starting with Gage. He is already a year old but better late than never. I'm glad I at least get to experience it.
I did the same thing with breastfeeding. I regretted not breastfeeding my 1st and so when the 2nd came I said I'm going to try it no matter what or else I'll regret it for the rest of my life. Even when that meant not being able to take medication for my arthritis. I made it 6 months before I had to stop so I could take my medication but I wouldn't trade those 6 months for anything. I loved breastfeeding and wish I still could. To everyone thinking of trying something new, DO IT! You'll regret it if you don't. Try new experiences even if you don't like it and quit, at least you can say you tried. You might never get a second chance so whatever it is... go for it!


Molly said...

Yay for taking the cloth diaper plunge! There is definitely a learning curve at the beginning, but stick with it and you'll love it as much as I do...if that's possible. ;-)

Sara said...

Congrats on getting started! It is so fun to try out new diapers on a little one, isn't it? :) I just wanted to note that you don't need to put your diapers in a wet pail. If you just keep them in a dry bag, you can dump them right in the machine. After a while, the water and detergent in the wet pail will actually speed up the break-down process on the diapers. Plus, when you get more, that will be a really heavy bucket of really dirty water to try not to spill on your way to the machine! Can't wait to hear more of your cloth diapering adventures. :)

Upstatemomof3 said...

Oh yay!! I love cloth diapering. It is expensive to get started but so much cheaper and WAY more fun in the end. I simply love it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts as time goes on.

Denise said...

Congrats on getting started!!! If your son is already undoing the velcro, I highly recommend looking into diapers with snaps as you build your stash.