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June 30, 2012

When I became a stay at home mom, I knew that someway I had to make money. So far I have found a work from home job. But, mostly, I have made money in the form of saving money. I somehow feel that, because I get to stay at home – and have the extra time  – I should do everything possible to save a buck – which all adds up. So when Jude came into the world I started to consider cloth diapering as a way to save money on diapers. It has take almost 2 months to make my final decision.

At first, I didn’t want to invest the money only to find out this wasn’t my thing. Wasting money is not part of the stay at home mom deal and I was happy when my friend kindly allowed me to borrow her newborn stash. I was also concerned that our ancient laundry machine wouldn’t clean the diapers well which could lead to a nasty rash on my Jude dude’s butt. ..2 days later, laundry machine broke and in came my landlord with a new one.  🙂

I felt as though the higher powers were pushing me to try this deal. Justin on the other hand is not down to change cloth – so diapering (and feeding obviously) would be all on me… which it is mostly on me anyways. Eventually it will grow on him – right?

So I have been at it for about 4 weeks  now… clothing mostly just at home for now. They tell you  to throw the dirty diaper in a pale till laundry time, but I quickly discovered this was not something I could do.  Wet poop cloth siting in a pale for a day just sounds gross to me. I rinse the diaper and let it dry before throwing it into the wash. This worked for me – it took 1.5 longer, but so far it hasn’t been a big deal. I was concerned that my already too high of a water bill would go up but  since I am soaking the diapers before hand, I am able to just throw them with the towels, sheets and cloth napkins that I wash all the time anyway.  Then I just hang them up to dry in the sun which helps disinfect and fight stubborn stains.

I like saving money and knowing that my baby is sitting in cotton all day. Cloth diapering wasn’t as crazy as I thought. I will admit, it is time consuming and it is work – but I see at as part of my stay at home mom duties. I am also hoping it will help with potty training since cloth diapers aren’t near as absorbent as disposables.

Once I made my decision I entered into the scary world of which diapers to buy.  I thought the name brands where too expensive but also didn’t want to buy the cheap, China ones. I was thinking to buy used but, can’t seem to find what I want (one size, snaps, no stains). After sometime I stumbled upon smartipants diapers – which had good reviews, were reasonably priced and made in the USA  – they are $12 each and cost as much as the used brand name diapers on Craigslist. They are “pocket diapers” that include an absorbent insert that comes out in the wash. Just placed my order for 12 diapers and I plan to add to my stash as I go along. When Jude is potty trained I should be able to sell these and make some of my money back.

On road trips, vacations and nighttime – I think we will still stick with disposables.  But really – it’s no big deal folks  – baby poop is not that gross and there is just nothing cuter than a fluff butt baby.

 

Since Jude was born I have also been using cloth wipes. I made my own butt spray:

1/2 distilled water (I just boil mine)

1 drop of tea trea oil

1 drop of lavender oil

2 drops of coconut oil

2/3 drops of some sort of natural soap (I use California Baby)

Works like a charm and no diaper rash yet!

 

 

 

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