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When I was first married, a coworker of mine was pregnant and we chatted on a daily basis about her children and all things baby. She had decided to use cloth diapers and I was fascinated by the idea of reusing diapers. You really just wash them and put them back on the kid? It was a mind-boggling idea.

Fast forward about three years to my pregnancy with my first son. After a bewildering online research rampage to decode the many acronyms of the cloth diaper world, I purchased 17 all-in-one diapers on clearance and stored them in the closet. We jumped headfirst into parenthood with the idea of using them after the initial new baby phase calmed down. (Um, wait. Is that an oxymoron?)

Keeping the Green in My Pocket

I’m going to start with a disclaimer: My husband and I differ on this point. Here is the math as I see it: A $50 box of disposable diapers from a popular online retailer lasts about 1 month (using an average of 10 diapers/day, which I figure rounds itself out with newborns using more diapers and toddlers using less). Kids average at least 3 years in diapers, so $1,800/kid. We have 2 kids in diapers, so $3,600. Plus disposable wipes, add $80/year, or about $500 for 2 kids for 3 years. So I’m pretty sure I can buy cloth diapers for less than $4,000.

Talk to the daddy at our house and he’ll say the opportunity cost of my time to wash, hang, and stuff the diapers should factor into the equation. A valid point; but I don’t think surfing online or watching TV is really a better use of my time anyway.

The Not-So-“Cute” Reason

When our first son was about 5 months old, the pediatrician added “acute eczema” to his chart. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), “acute” is actually a medical term meaning “extreme.” Our poor little baby was covered in red, bumpy patches, some that were so bad they almost looked like scabs. Since this was our first child, my husband and I had no idea that the patches we saw all over his precious baby skin were actually eczema patches that were begging for more moisture, not less. We had tried a few petroleum-based creams to try and clear them up, but we didn’t know that we should be using lotion on his skin from the day he was born.

Since he was so young and had such an extreme case, the doctor initially told me he must have an allergy to a food I was eating (as I was exclusively breastfeeding). So I switched to a gluten-free, dairy-free diet and started the other recommendation, a steroid cream. (Which I was pained to use, as the directions stated to use sparingly, as thinning of the skin may occur. Are you kidding me?) Our doctor also recommended daily 10-minute baths and an emollient cream three times a day.

Cue second online research rampage. I read voraciously about the best ways to help keep his skin healthy, and the main theme of all the reading was “less chemicals, less irritation.” My father-in-law and husband both had eczema as children, so I concluded his eczema was probably a genetic predisposition, not an allergic reaction to a food. I decided to change everything I could about his environment to keep his skin clear. Gone was the mainstream “free and clear” detergent. No more fragrances in lotions and body washes. We said goodbye to synthetic pajamas, blankets and bedding. The eczema was also in his diaper area, which made it very difficult to treat. Enter cloth diapers. I started the lotion regimen and dropped the steroid cream. These fluffy beauties literally saved the skin of my little guy and put us on the road to what my husband calls my “hippie” lifestyle.

So now the serious conversations at our house are about the consistency of poop, how double gussets are a lifesaver and who slept less the night before. Cloth diapering changed our world of parenting. It’s had its challenges. But the health of both of our boys makes it worth it to me.

Bio: Tiffany is a full-time working mother of two cloth-bum baby boys, ages 23 months and 4 months. Yes, she gets lots of wide-eyed stares when others find out her kids are 19 months apart.
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Why I Chose to Cloth Diaper: Nothing "Cute" About It

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It’s early, too early. I throw back the covers and stumble over to my babbling 4 month old. Even in the dark, I can see the huge grin spread across her face when she sees someone has finally acknowledged her at this hour. No matter how exhausted I am, I can’t help but smile back. Then I reach down, and that sweet moment is erased by frustration at realizing her, her pajamas, sheets and blanket are all soaked.

I’ve loved cloth diapering both my daughters. They’re cute. They save money. But I can’t lie. When it comes to bedtime, I hate cloth diapering. Some nights I just heave a tired sigh, and grab a disposable. But I hate that, too.

I don’t want to change sheets in the middle of the night. I want a bullet proof cloth diaper that will last for 12 hours. I know. Does that exist?

I have two hurdles. The first is that my daughter still wakes up once, okay occasionally twice a night to nurse. The second (and biggest) is she still lies on her back all night. I realized with both my girls, many times they’d leak out the back of the diaper, when the front stayed completely dry. Insert frustrated mommy scream here!

I never found THE solution with my older daughter. I wrapped her in so many prefolds, I could hardly stretch her pj’s over them. I used wool covers my mom made. Sometimes that worked, sometimes it didn’t. But she always woke up in the morning reeking of pee. It was gross, and eventually I just succumbed to the call of disposables.

When my younger daughter was born, I vowed this time I was going to find something that worked. I didn’t worry about it in the beginning. We were changing diapers night and day. Bumping up one size in prefolds held her for 3 hours. Around 4-6 weeks old though, I was forced to start looking for other options.

First, I used one-size Blueberry pockets stuffed with 2 regular inserts or 1 regular insert and a Hemp insert. For middle of the night changes, I’d use another Blueberry, or if they were clean, one of my GroVia shells with a Soaker pad. This worked OK. Unfortunately, DD’s thighs weren’t chunky enough (even as a 13 pound 2 month old) and the Blueberrys gapped in the legs. Leaks. When I would stuff them with more than just the 1 regular liner, they got too bulky and gapped in the back. More leaks. The GroVia’s were a good option for the last 4-5 hours of the night, but definitely wouldn’t hold up for 8-12 hours.

Here I was, reaching for the disposables again. Enough. I hadn’t spent a lot of money on cloth this time around, using stuff I already had plus a few things I got as baby gifts. I was going to find some solutions. I pulled up Kelly’s Closet and looked at their Nighttime Solutions. The first thing that caught my eye was the KaWaii Goodnight Heavy Wetter One Size Diaper. If it says “heavy wetter” in the product name, it’s got to be worth looking at, right? The reviews were good. The price was definitely right. I decided to order 2. They were so soft! The next night after getting them washed, I put one on DD for bedtime. The fit was perfect! No gaps in the legs or back. Even with two inserts, it wasn’t super bulky. But would it keep her dry? First wake up at 2am…all good. I wanted to test it, so I kept the diaper on her. When she woke up in the morning at 6am, she was happy and still DRY! If there’s a cloth diaper happy dance, I was doing it!

Of course, just one night time solution wasn’t enough for me. I wanted to test other options, too. Next I bought 1 Sustainablebabyish Bamboo Terry flat. Amazing reviews, but a little pricey for a flat diaper. I paired it with a homemade wool cover. Like the KaWaii, first wake up was good. But then DD woke up again around 4am. Wet. So no luck on the first try, but maybe it just needs a few more washes to gain more absorbency.

As long as I have a baby in cloth, I’ll probably always be looking for nighttime solutions. It’s one of the hardest things to figure out, but worth it for me and my wallet!

Kelly is a married, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, full-time working mom. She has a 7-year-old son, a 4-year- old daughter and just welcomed her new daughter to the craziness in March!
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Sleepless, Leaky Nights

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Hello there! You look a little lost... Oh, you’re looking for the Mother’s Meeting? I’m so sorry, but they meet here in the Library on Tuesdays. Tonight it is “Clothaholics Anonymous”.

What’s that – you’ve never heard of Clothaholics Anonymous? Well, we do tend to be a little shy about our, er, problem; but certainly you’ve met clothaholics before. They look just like your average citizen.

Take Molly over there, for instance. Positively glowing, isn’t she! She’s only got a few weeks left before her first little one is due. She jumped on the cloth diapering bandwagon early, just a few days after her first positive pregnancy test. Things really went crazy, though, when she hit the nesting phase. Let’s just say she is now Prepared, with a capital P – who can blame her, though. Those itty bitty dipes are to die for. Her husband realised she had a problem when he came home from work one evening and discovered her in the nursery, practising snappying prefolds on a Cabbage Patch Kid.

Then there’s Gloria, in the corner with the knitting project. Gloria started with good old PUL covers, but for her they were a gateway diaper, leading her to the world of wool. She planned to try a pair of wool shorties on her daughter “just one time”, but who can stop once they begin, right? She then tried out longies, night-time soakers and now she is busy learning to knit so that she can make her own wool covers. Don’t get too close; you could lose an eye when her knitting needles really get going. 
 
Next to her is Barry… of course men can be clothaholics too! He says it all started for him when he heard his wife say something about bumGenius’ Artist Series – it reminded him somehow of his baseball card collecting days. Now he is always muttering to himself something about “getting the whole set”. Rumor has it he stocked up big time on Bubble and Sweet, hoping than in a few years he can sell them at a profit, and that he bought his baby boy a Freetime in Lovelace, just so he could complete his collection of prints.  

 
This is Brenda… now, Brenda, pull yourself together. Brenda’s little one is Potty Training, so it is no wonder she is a little teary… What do you mean it is good news?! It’s terrible! What on earth will she have to do with her free time? Gloria offered to teach her to knit as a new hobby, but that only reminded poor Brenda of all the options she never tried. Thankfully, she can wean herself off the hard stuff by trying out some cloth trainers… no need to go cold turkey, Brenda.

Anyhow, I expect you had better be going…oh, really? Of course you can stay! Recognizing you have a problem is the first step you know.

I’m sure you’ll fit in around here just fine.
 
Bio: Belinda Lamprecht currently lives in Africa with her husband, working for an international missions agency and raising her two kiddos, one who joined the family through adoption and one…ahem…the old-fashioned way. You can read more about their experiences at www.reaboka.wordpress.com 
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