Originally, I wanted to cloth diaper Logan from the beginning. Having been researching all manner of organic and natural baby products for months during my pregnancy, I was ready to be an earth friendly mama. Imagine my disappointment when everyone told me that it would be too difficult to do while I was sleep-deprived and that I wouldn’t have any time to keep up with the extra laundry. As conflicted as I was about this decision, I decided that being a first-time mom, I would heed everyone’s warnings. I dropped the cloth diapering idea & thank god I did because we had every poop problem under the sun in those first few months. Acid reflux mixed with food allergies (given to Logan via my breast milk) made everything so much more complicated. I was exhausted, starving from being on an elimination diet, and stressed out. I think I could’ve managed cloth diapers, but I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed the experience. Everything happens for a reason.
This brings us to this weekend. I had decided about a month ago that I was ready to stop spending $100+ every month on disposable diapers and was ready to once again push forward with my idea to attempt cloth diapering. I had proposed it to my husband and he was on board, so I treated myself to a day of investigating my options. The staff at Go Baby Go in Alamo Heights were extremely helpful and I left that day ready to tell Eric (DH) all about what I had learned. Eventually, my plan was to drag him in there one weekend so we could pick the diapers we wanted and he could be involved with the decision making process. After all, I’m not the only one who changes diapers. Most of them, but not all. So, finally, all the stars aligned and we headed to Go Baby Go where the staff once again helped us from the moment we walked in till we finally made our decision. The ladies in there are willing to work with you and really listen to your needs. Their suggestions are so helpful. For instance, my son has super chunky thighs, so they suggested Applecheeks covers instead of Best Bottoms because they’re more roomy. Finally after about an hour & a half (WAY more time than my husband wanted to spend in there) of deliberation in which I soaked up all the information I could get, we finally left– a bit poorer , but ultimately very happy with our purchases! The start-up cost can be a bit steep, but the ultimate savings make it so worth it!
When we got home, I organized our diapers by type so that I could begin the prep washing. I’m not going to lie, I was so confused about the prep washing instructions that I had to take to the internet to figure out what fabrics I could wash together and how many times they needed to be washed. When the internet failed me because people list too many variations, I looked to a friend that cloth diapers her daughter and took her advice. The prefold washing instructions were pretty straightforward however. Thank god Go Baby Go gave us a handout, which is still posted on our wall just for reference. I needed to wash them 3-5 times to help them reach max absorbency and I had no idea how long that would take. I had twelve prefolds to wash, so I figured it was fine to do a load as is. I used the Country Save to do our prepping and was surprisingly pleased with the soap. We have well water and to say it’s hard as a rock is an understatement. It took me the rest of the night to get everything prepped, but I did it!
Two hours later, the beautiful diaper was soiled with poop. Figures, right? However, committed to our cause, we pressed on. A new cloth diaper (Applecheeks pictured to the left and below) and lots of scrubbing in the sink later, we were done with that changing. The good news is the rest of the day was a breeze! I’m very much in love with this new experience!
One day *almost* done–successfully! Many, many more successes to come!
This mama is signing off.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. 🙂