Monday, February 21, 2011
Overwhelmed by Newborn Cloth Diapers
When I tell people this, some ask me, "Aren't you overwhelmed by the thought of a newborn in cloth diapers? All that laundry?! Three kids to take care of, and cloth too?! And two kids in cloth diapers?! I am overwhelmed by just thinking about that! Are you sure you're not?"
I wasn’t sure. So, I did a lot of research and a lot of thinking in preparation for our newborn-in-cloth journey, and learned a lot. I must say, from what I've learned so far, they were right, I am overwhelmed!
I'm overwhelmed by how amazingly affordable cloth diapering a newborn can be! I was surprised to learn how much people loved "old-fashioned" prefolds for newborns. Sure, they were inexpensive, but don't you get what you pay for? (Personally, I never thought of them as cute, or convenient, but I decided to order some anyway. Have I mentioned I'm cheap?). When I got my Bummis Preemie size and Infant size unbleached prefolds, I actually loved watching them fluff up with each pre-wash. Prefolds may be the least expensive standard of cloth diapering, but they definitely aren't boring or cheap! You can customize your stash with the cutest covers to reuse through several changes...saving hundreds of dollars over disposables! Besides, these aren't your run-of-the-mill megastore prefolds, they are amazingly absorbent and luxuriously soft! I'm already in love with my affordable prefolds!
I'm overwhelmed by how easy cloth diapering a newborn will be! It never occurred to me that exclusively breastfed babies have water-soluble "dirties." No rinsing necessary, just toss in the wet bag or pail and wash! When I told my husband about this, he was actually excited too. "Wow, I guess it really is going to be just as easy," he said and nodded his approval, "Just toss them in with all the others? I like it!" It's not going to impact the laundry routine at all! In fact, even if you don't have another child in cloth diapers, the effort it takes to throw a dirty diaper in the laundry is equal to the effort it takes to throw a disposable in the trash (and buy more, and empty the bags, and take them down to the street, and buy more, and did I mention buy more?). Wait, it might actually be saving time and energy! So easy!
I'm also overwhelmed by the great options for using cloth with a newborn! For some reason, I assumed a smaller size meant a narrower selection of options. Larger diapers can be fully customized to each individual child's needs and the newborn sizes are no different...they are just smaller! There are pockets like XS Fuzzi Bunz and Happy Heiny's Minis that can be stuffed with just the right insert, All-in-Ones like XS BumGenius or Lil' Joeys for convenience, fitteds like Kissaluvs 0's and covers like Thirsties or Bummis to contain super-soakers and blow-outs, and everything in between! You know how I've handled having so many options? I've had so much fun stacking up all the different kinds of fluff! I imagine I'll like each for different circumstances. It's wonderful to have so many options!
Finally, I'm overwhelmed by the absolute cuteness of newborn cloth diapers! Did you know that no person (despite their feelings about cloth) can resist the adorable little fluffy bundle of a newborn cloth diaper?! I might have to keep a newborn around just so I don't have to part with them! (Kidding! I think). Those tiny cloth diapers are absolutely irresistible!
So there you have it. I will readily admit to everyone that I'm definitely overwhelmed by cloth diapering a newborn. I'm overwhelmed by the money we'll save, how easy it will be, the options I have, and how cute my itty-bitty newborn will be in his little cloth diapers!
I never thought I would be one to say that I’m actually excitedly looking forward to all the diaper changes having a newborn means. I have many diapers to try, in all sorts of fun colors and prints. Above everything else, cloth diapering a newborn is just overwhelming FUN! :)
By Julie G.