There was nothing I hated more when Jaxsyn was a baby then to go to change a diaper and realize that I only had 2 or 3 left in my pack. I hated it. I hated having to run to the store to buy more and that was if I had enough money in the bank account to afford a pack. It wasn’t too bad in the beginning and I even remember asking Justin why people complained at the cost of diapers. Jaxsyn either wore the Luvs brand or the Target equivalent and at less than $7 a package it wasn’t too bad. I mean size 1 diapers (because Jaxsyn was too fat for NB size) came 50 in a package. Now I’m no math whiz, but I felt like I was definitely getting a good deal. I didn’t realize how quickly we were flying through a package because I was so caught up in my new baby boy that I didn’t have time to even notice I hadn’t showered in 3 days. But as time went on, and as Jaxsyn got bigger (which he did rather quickly) I started to notice just how much of a drain buying diapers really was. I never added up how much money I spent and I couldn’t even come up with a fair guess, but all i know is that it was a lot. a lot, a lot. And so when I found out I was pregnant with Adelaide I knew that I would be exploring different options. Luckily for me my best friend had already started exploring for herself and had become quite educated on cloth diapers. She gave me the pros and the cons and I knew that it was a strong contender. I wanted to talk it over with Justin because he would be changing diapers too and so I wanted to make sure that he was okay with whatever choice we made. I mentioned it to him and at first I got the look. To anyone who has ever cloth diapered before you know what look I am talking about. It’s not so much letting your baby wear cloth diapers, but it is the look when people start thinking about what goes in those diapers and how those diapers get clean. I explained to my husband that all he would have to do is instead of putting the diaper in the trash, he would simply put the diaper in a trash can with a pail liner. I would do the rest. I could tell he still wasn’t convinced and so I started talking numbers. Fathers, or soon-to-be-fathers often cringe at the thought of cost and its association with a baby. New baby=money sucker. My husband felt no differently. he was already worried about how we were going to afford our sweet daughter and so I had to hit him with how much diapers cost. I explained to him that we would just be throwing our money away on disposables. I reminded him how often we had to buy diapers and how sometimes we just didn’t have the money and what would we do? I could tell that he was starting to get on board, and so I had to strike while the iron was hot. “How much do cloth diapers cost?” I dreaded that question. I knew it would be coming, but I dreaded it because the upfront answer does nothing to ease the precious mind of the father-to-be. Each mother is different and if you ever find yourself researching cloth diapers, you learn that they vary a lot. They vary in sizes and styles. You have one size diapers, diapers that can adjust from the time your baby is a newborn up until your baby is a potty trained champ. You have all-in-ones, pockets, prefolds, covers. You have organic, indian, hemp. You have WAHM diapers (Work at home mom). I have never experienced so many choices than when I started searching for the right diaper/combination. Thankfully, my friend helped me along the way and aided me in making my choice. I explained to my husband that the initial cost would be $350. I could see the panic in his eyes. I knew it sounded like a lot of money, but then I asked him how long he thought it would take to spend that same amount on disposables. He knew I was right and so he gave me the okay. Luckily we had our money from our tax return and so shelling out $350 wasn’t that terrible, don’t get me wrong, it hurt, but it only stung for a minute.
Adelaide is now 4 months old, am I happy with my choice to cloth diaper? Absolutely. I kept my stash simple and I haven’t purchased any more diapers since my first initial purchase. I decided to start Adelaide with 6 Newborn Kissaluvs and 6 Thirsties covers. I also bought 12 Bum Genius 4.0. And then I bought 12 flour sack towels from Walmart to use as cheap prefolds. I thought since I had such a small stash that I would be doing laundry every single day of my already busy life, but I haven’t. I usually wash diapers every 3 days and that’s without me running out. Not only do I always have diapers on hand, but I noticed that when I used disposables with Adelaide in the beginning (she was so tiny) she got terrible diaper rash, once I put her in cloth, rash was gone. I haven’t noticed any tremendous leaking, especially overnight where she will have a diaper on for 12 hours and she sleeps with me and so it’s important that she doesn’t leak. There are still days (and poops) where I wish I could just throw them away, but I’m still really happy with my choice and there is nothing cuter than teeny tiny fluff butt, I promise!