Tuesday, 13 May 2014

100 Days of Pregnancy: Day 47

When we first found out we were pregnant, we were in shock. Once the shock wore off, we started to think of ways we would be able to save money with a second baby. One of the ways we came up with was to cloth diaper. When you tell people you plan to cloth diaper, their eyes become wide and they give you a worried look. Most people associate cloth diapering with big messes and a bunch of work. I was really nervous about this and I spent hours researching. Who knew there was so much info out there on cloth diapers?! 

Before we jumped into cloth diapers, I bought one to try out. I was so excited to get it in the mail. It's green and has a cute safari theme on it...so much cuter than Elmo and Winnie the Pooh. J was definitely my little guinea pig. The diaper seemed to work well (I had J in it twice during the day and one time at night). With 3 successful attempts at him wearing the diaper, we decided it wouldn't be such a bad idea. But since this baby wasn't due for a few months yet, I was hesitant to invest our money on diapers (I was hesitant to even buy a car seat and double stroller!).

I finally decided about a month ago that it was silly to keep spending between $60-$80 a month on diapers for J. Why not buy him cloth diapers that his little brother will be able to use once he's done with them? So that's exactly what we did. 

Here's a list of what we have in our stash:
7 Applecheeks (AC) size 2 Covers (can be used as pocket diapers or AI2)
About 20 AC microfleece inserts 
2 AC trifold bamboo inserts (I use a trifold with a microfleece insert at night)
1 AC trifold bamboo insert cut and sewn into 3 pieces to use as boosters for day time diapers
2 AC Bamboo boosters
4 Gigglelife (GL) ultrasoft pocket diapers
4 GL hipster pocket diapers
6 GL bamboo pocket diapers
16 GL microfiber inserts
12 GL bamboo inserts

We have quite the collection of cloth diapers which means I only have to wash diapers twice a week...bonus!! The reason we have so many inserts for the Applecheeks is because if we use it as an AI2, we just have to lay the insert on top of the diaper cover and then change the insert when the diaper is wet. You can reuse the cover 2-3 times. But now since we have a good stash, I just use each diaper once. I also like to have a lot of inserts because I like to double them up (J can be a heavy wetter) unless I use a bamboo booster with the microfleece inserts. 

The Gigglelife cloth diapers are a one size fits all which is great, but the Applecheeks have two sizes...size 1 and size 2. So I still need to stock up on size 1 for this little guy. 

Tomorrow I'll talk about my wash routine and how to avoid the terrible ammonia smell from the wetbag that is strong enough to knock you off your feet. 

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