Jun 26 2009

Leased Land Rovers and cloth diapers

I was at the mall this morning. There was a new Land Rover parked inside. You could lease it for “only” $799 per month for 36 months! And only $1,500 or so down, or a trade-in.

Oh my stinkin’ word.

That’s more than I pay for rent. And it’s just a car. I don’t think it even looked that cool.

So you could pay $28,800 + the down payment over a period of three years, but be sure you don’t go over 10,000 miles per year or you’ll pay extra. At the end of the lease, you’ll have to return the car.

If there’s anyone out there who thinks leasing a car for that amount of money is a good idea, please smack ’em.

I was at the mall today to buy some cloth diapers from a mom. I picked up 18 new or like-new prefolds and 6 doublers for $25. I think I got a pretty good deal, as I could have paid $50 or more for the lot if I bought it new.

I have six pocket-style diapers (two Happy Heinys, one BumGenius one size, and three Smartipants). I have some covers that should arrive in the mail shortly.

So far, I’ve been underwhelmed with cloth diapering. My baby has soaked through his diapers and it looks like I’ll definitely need to double up on the inserts. Hopefully that’ll stop the problem!

Also, though I’m still breastfeeding him, he’s also eating some solids. His stools (sorry! TMI I know!) are kind of sticky and semi-solid. It’s not easy to get the stool off the diaper in a non-gross way. I haven’t yet purchased a diaper sprayer but it looks like I need to. Or, I might get some flushable diaper liners. Once he’s mostly on solids, I expect it’ll be easier to get the stool in the toilet. Right?



8 Responses to “Leased Land Rovers and cloth diapers”

  1. yah, I hated prefolds. we had lots of leaks. the happy heinys inserts (in my opinion) are terrible, if you are going to stick with it, I highly recommend bumgenius inserts, they work way better. a cheaper route that might work is getting the bumgenius doublers. just add one of the doublers to the inserts you have and you can go longer.

    It does take some getting used to changing more often, we had to change every 2 hours with prefolds or everything was wet. with our pockets we can go about 4 hours (except the happy heiny is about 2-3)

    Anyway, the poop will get easier once he’s totally on solids. I remember the days before the diaper sprayer, having to swish the diaper in the potty. ICK! We never tried liners, I know others who have and love them though! not sure what is cheaper in the long run, probably the $35 sprayer.

  2. It will get better :)We use prefolds and homemade diapers when we’re home but uses BumGenius when we are out and about as well as at night. I double up the inserts to prevent leakage.

    I have a handheld bidet which also works as a diaper sprayer. It makes things easier. I read somewhere that you can keep a spatula in the bathroom to help “scrape” the poop out of diapers.

  3. The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: “if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn’t wipe it off with paper, would you? You’d wash it off” Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won’t know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we’re talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html

  4. I have found that the most economical and easiest cloth diapering for my family actually was from prefolds, used with diaper pins and nylon pants. I’ve diapered 3 children with these, with occasional leaks, but I have had leaks even with disposables while on trips, etc… I did invest in very good prefolds with the most layering I could get, which avoided the use of doublers. After several washings (none with fabric softener, of course) they become so absorbent and fluffy. I also dunk in the toilet, but I don’t ever touch anything other than a clean corner of the diaper, hanging on while I flush it, so I am never sure why a sprayer is less gross? I keep a bucket handy to transport from toilet to diaper pail after flushing, for the poopy ones. Every baby is different though and makes different kinds of poops. I bought 3 dozen infant prefolds, 3 dozen regular prefolds, and about 6 newborn, 6 small and 6 medium nylon pants and they have really held up. In fact, I was able to resell my infant prefolds and nylon pants as they were still in great condition. My husband can get a prefold on with pins tighter than 2 coats of paint! I still don’t know how he does it!

  5. Keep feeding the monkey bananas. It will make the “result” more solid and easier to just shake off.

  6. I have great success with the hemp inserts. We double for our son’s overnight diapers and rarely have a leak.

  7. Wow! That leasing deal sounds ridiculous. My friend was dating someone who traded in a perfectly fine newer car he owned (or paying to own) to lease a higher end Mercedes. I knew he was officially stupid after that point.

    Don’t know much about diapers but good luck!

  8. I didn’t really like the whole swishing in the toilet part of cloth diapering either, and then my mom pointed out that the sink and the toilet drains both end up in the same place (as long as you’re on a city sewer system – this might be different for people who have a septic tank with separate grey water drainage). Our son still nurses, but he eats all of his meals with us, and his poops are solid. I drop the solid chunks in the toilet, and then scrub out the diaper in the sink under running water. I wash the sink when I’m done, and the relatively clean diaper goes in the pail. Our diaper pail never stinks, and my sink is cleaner than it’s ever been, since it gets a quick wash after each diaper.

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