Jonathan is 24 months. Vivienne is 3 weeks. Johnny has shown several signs of being close to potty-trainable, but it could still be awhile before he’s out of diapers. So for awhile, we’ll have two kids in diapers.
I don’t love cloth diapers like I once did when we started out, when Johnny was 6 months and we moved to an apartment with a washer/dryer.
I do love the overall cost and how I don’t always need to think about buying diapers — I can just wash a load and be done with it. And the environment and chemicals and blah blah.
But there are things I can grumble about. We have a front-loader washing machine, and I don’t think our particular model (or type) is best suited for washing cloth dipes. So it can take a bit longer to get everything cleaned and rinsed.
I’ve been using Country Save detergent on all of our laundry because it’s a fantastic price, but I don’t think it’s powerful enough for our diapers anymore. It used to be ok, I think, but I just had too many stink issues lately and so I bought some Rockin’ Green and the ammonia getter-ridder and I think that helped somewhat. But still, so much work to keep those diapers in good shape! Not to mention, I live in a cave where we don’t have direct sunlight or a balcony where I can sun diapers.
Johnny has been fighting diaper changes lately, to the point where he sometimes needs to sit in time-out for a few minutes to chill out and cooperate for a diaper change. He’s also been bringing me his soiled diapers if I don’t catch him quick enough. Ick.
We’ve been using a lot of disposables for him lately. It started out as a nighttime-only thing, since the disposables are trimmer and more absorbent than any cloth overnight combo I could throw at him. And then he had a horrible rash that required a few prescriptions to clear up, so we were in disposables for that time too. When I was heavily pregnant, I didn’t want to have a bunch of dirty diapers waiting around for me after our daughter was born, so he was in disposables for awhile then.
Now it seems he’s showing a strong preference for the disposables. I don’t know if it’s a comfort thing or a power struggle or what. I’ll keep trying to use cloth on him, but it’s not worth a fight — ESPECIALLY if he gets his payback by taking off his diaper and stamping his poopy bottom on the floor. I just don’t want to deal with that right now.
I’ve been buying his disposables on Amazon, thanks to the subscribe & save, Amazon Mom, and random 20% off coupons I’ve been able to combine, so it’s not a huge expense thankfully. But ugh! It’ll be great when he doesn’t need a diaper at all.
Share some potty-training resources/ideas with me? Oh, and remember, I don’t have a yard — so I don’t think I’ll let him run around pantsless in the parking lot until he needs to potty.
Vivienne is something like 3.5 weeks old and somewhere in the 9 to 10-lb. range, I’m guessing. She was 8 lbs. 10 oz. at her 11-day checkup. We had her in NB disposables for her first week of life. I introduced cloth to her bottom on day 6 when she lost her umbilical cord stump.
We’ve had trouble achieving a good, leak-free fit from cloth with her. I’ve had cloth and disposables leak, but the worst offenders, sad to say, were some of her cloth dipes in those early days.
She’s chunked up a bit more and I’m now able to put her in some of my one-sized diapers (Flips, Econobums, and my lone BumGenius 3.0). I also have some Happy Heiny size smalls that my friend rented to us.
Of course, newborns go through a ton of diapers per day. It’s really nice not to have to worry about disposables, so long as I’m able to keep up with all the laundry. So far, so good.
But since she’s fitting into the one-size stuff, I’ve gotta say, I think it was a bit of a waste for me to buy newborn cloth dipes. I’ll explore that a little more in another post.
Gotta run — I’ve got some diapers to change!