A few months ago, I became intrigued by cloth diapering. I guess it is partly because my mother cloth diapered me as a baby.
Apparently, I had a very sensitive bottom, but my bottom is fine now, thank you.
Anyway, Michael and I attended a class at a local baby boutique called The Milky Way last night, so we could learn more about the whole process and make an informed decision.
Before the class, we met up at Just Fresh where I was able to build my own salad.
It was delicious (although it still didn’t stop my pregnant belly from growling during the class).
The class was really informative… but very overwhelming. I had absolutely no idea that there would be so many options when it came to cloth diapers!
We learned that there are basically three benefits of using cloth diapers:
They are better for the environment.
They are more economical.
They help to prevent diaper rash and irritation.
We also learned that the diapers can come in different materials, such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo (with cotton being the cheapest and bamboo the most expensive).
Despite the massive amount of options, it all seemed relatively simple until we got into how to wash and care for the diapers.
You have to wash them every two days in a very specific brand of detergent (and I have a feeling you won’t be able to find it at mainstream stores), and when traveling, you basically have to carry dirty diapers around with you. Plus, there are special gadgets for cleaning off the poop and wipes that you can use.
Basically, it all seemed pretty complicated.
And my goodness, those diapers are bulky! At one point during the class, Michael turned to me and whispered, “Our baby is going to look like he has one huge butt!”
Prior to attending the class, I was absolutely set on cloth diapering.
But after the class, we came to the conclusion that using disposable diapers is probably the best option for us (at least while the baby is a newborn).
The class wasn’t a waste of time by any means though. After all, now we know what to do if our baby boy ends up taking after his mommy, and we have to go that route. And I still think that cloth diapering is a great thing.
While I’m on the subject of babies…
Since I’ve been pregnant, people always ask how I’m feeling.
Am I swollen? Am I uncomfortable? Is the heat bothering me?
I never would have anticipated this prior to becoming pregnant, but I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life.
I know they are trying to be caring, but I HATE how people always ask me how I’m feeling when pregnant. It makes me feel like an invalid or something, and then I feel guilty when I tell them that I feel great… it’s like they want to hear complaining!
I loved being pregnant after my 1st trimester. I got morning sickness like crazy. I too wanted to to cloth diapering but when I realized with working from home and keeping house that it was going to be virtually impossible. I am glad I did not do it despite how much money it would save me. From what I hear from others it is more a novelty and a big hype.
My one girlfriend was considering cloth until she went to a class and then it changed her mind completely. So she went to her local health food stores and checked out the disposable ones available and found a brand she liked to use. Might be worth a look! You want the wee one to not have a big butt – ha! Yes to Cute Rump though:)
Your bump is looking pretty good and glad you are feeling well too! Have a Great Day!
I am definitely going to look at the brands in the health food store! I know that 7th Generation makes some. So good to hear that I am not the only one who walked out of a cloth diapering class saying, “No, thank you!” Have a great rest of the day!
I’ve always wanted to use cloth diapers when I have kids but I didn’t think about travel or being out and about. That would be tricky but my mom lived through it so when the time comes I think I will try it.
I can’t keep up with the baby-clothes laundry, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle the cloth diapering laundry either. Good for you for making an informed choice. You could try cloth diapering when you’re home, and then use disposables when you’re out running errands or traveling. My sister in law went that route, and it seemed to work for her family. But You’re right. It’s about doing what’s best for you and your family.
I have cloth diapered both of my kids and I love it! I don’t really think its that much more work and you really don’t have to use any specific type of detergent, I use Tide and it works great. I have a few posts on my blog about it if you care to read them.
It’s not for everyone but I have had a great experience with them and they are so cute! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me more. Good luck and best wishes with whatever you choose to do
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