We’re saying goodbye to a cute little bum covered in this…
and saying hello to a lot of coupon clipping for diapers and the diaper genie for containing odors (or something just as good).
We’re giving up cloth diapers for our time in Chicago, and I’m really sad. The reason it took us so long to find an apartment is that I was holding out hope that we could have a washer/dryer in our apartment, but that just wasn’t an option based on what we found. We have laundry facilities in our basement, but there are two reasons why I’ll be converting to the dark side of diapers (ha! I really don’t judge anyone who chooses to use them, really I don’t!).
First, I don’t feel right about washing the massive amounts of poop and pee that we put in our own w/d in a community set of washers. I’m just not committed enough to change our habits, and I think sometimes we need to think about what others would say if we are going to share a space with them. Just like I don’t play DDR late at night or early in the morning for the sake of my neighbors, I don’t want to be washing my dirty diapers in the same machine they will be using without their knowledge (I guess I could post a sign, but then everyone would hate me and I want to be liked you know? ) Yes, he will still poop and pee so much that it gets on clothes and blankets, but it will never be close to the volume we are putting through the washer right now.
Second, I will be living something like 30 floors up, and though we have an elevator, I don’t want to be visiting the laundry facilities every other day. I want to keep the house up, and blog, and edit photos, and cook, and sometimes sit on the couch with TH and watch 30 Rock. I can’t do any of those things while I’m sitting in the basement waiting for the diapers to dry.
I would love to do a diaper service, but if we want to graduate debt-free that isn’t something that fits in our budget. I’m going to keep the 6 gDiapers we have in medium and large, and we have some disposable inserts for those, and you’ll probably see those show up in photos from time to time (I refuse to take pictures of him just wearing a disposable diaper, I think they look really ugly). We’re also thinking about getting some bigger Thirsties covers in white and putting them over the disposables.
At least while we’re living in our new fabulous new high rise apartment, we’re going to be a disposable family. I love, love, love cloth diapering though. And if the reasons I listed above weren’t issues for me I wouldn’t be switching. If you’re curious about them, you should try the 21 day cloth diaper trial program from Jillian’s Drawers. I just sent mine back and I loved it! Very easy, and with tax and shipping cost us like $30. Now when we go back to cloth in a few years, we know what kinds we want to buy (or maybe we’ll try it again to see what new CDs they’ve come out with since then).
I have so many questions about disposables though!
1. If you have a long and slim baby (T1 is like 90th percentile for height and 50th percentile for weight) what type of diaper do you like best? Where do you buy them? Do you use coupons? What is your coupon system for diapers?
2. What made you choose a certain diaper brand over the other (bazillion) options?
3. Do all disposable diaper parents use diaper cream? We don’t with our cloth but I’m not sure if he just isn’t prone to rashes.
4. Do you have a diaper genie or equivalent diaper oder management keeper?
5. We’re thinking about buying some more Thirsties covers, and putting them over the disposable to help prevent blowouts, since he’s never (ever!) had one in cloth. Has anyone heard of people doing this?