Friday, February 27, 2009

Provident Living: Cloth Diapers

Cloth diapers have come a long way since the bulky folds and pins and plastic covers our moms used on us. I had heard tell that this was so, but didn't have much reason to take interest until I was about ready to have my baby . . . and I started counting up the cost that this little munchkin was going to put us back. Totally worth it mind you, but when there is a huge addition to your finances, you start to rethink things a bit. So I did some investigating. Lucky for me I was on bed rest, so I had LOTS of time on my hands. I spent about a week reading blogs and websites and user reviews for different products, pricing each one, and comparing it to the disposable alternatives. I looked at Costco diapers and Walmart's prices . . . and gulped. Especially when I read how many diapers a baby went through per day. Yowza!!

I also didn't want to kill myself. This was my first baby, and if I was going to be in tears over folding a million diapers and pinning and washing etc, it just plain wasn't worth it. But I read a lot of good reviews on the BumGenius 3.0, and the price was right, so I decided to give it a shot.

It has gone really well for us. The diapers are really gentle on Wes' sensitive skin, and he doesn't have any problems with rash like he did with the disposables I tried (I was given a lot as gifts). Plus, they are so easy! They look pretty much like disposables, so Randy hasn't had any problems with them. They are easy to wash, and they are saving us by my estimate close to $600 this year alone. Next year, it will be close to $1000. The great feature to these is that they adjust for different sizes, from newborn to 25lbs, so you don't have to keep buying different sizes. You just snap or unsnap depending on the size. Great also if you have 2 kids in diapers at once.

I also switched over to cloth wipes, which is saving me tons as well. You can buy fancy flannel wipes online, but I just got out my rotary cutter and some extra flannel I had lying around, zigzagged the edges, and voila! Cloth wipes. There are a million recipes on the internet for wipe solution, but here is the one I use:

1 1/2 cups water
2TB baby oil
2TB baby wash

It does mean a little more laundry, but the trade off for me is well worth it. So far, we are really happy with our setup!

Here are the three sizes:
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