i know, i know. friends don't keep secrets from friends. don't be mad, ok? i'm ready to talk about it now.
for the past few weeks we have been cloth diapering.
whew! –oh wait, that wasn't it.
not only have we been cloth diapering (part time), i have been sewing my own diaper covers.
my secret is out.
i made these. because i'm awesome.
other parents who have looked in to cloth diapers will know- covers are expensive. usually between $15-$30+ dollars per each cover. and obviously you need quite a few to get started because they are poop catchers, and things that catch poop tend to get... dirty. it's in the job description. but! i can sew my own for about (clickity-clackity-calculations)... $3-4 each. so i've been working away, making my own pattern and sewing elastic and velcro.
i think they're getting pretty damned good!
(fleece and microfiber cover)
cloth diapering sounds so intimidating. when i read about it online it seemed so complicated! with the wet pail and the dry pail and all the washing instructions and special soaps and what kind of everything you need and blah blah blah. it was overwhelming. but i've got another secret for you- IT'S SO FREAKING EASY and also, THERE ARE NO "RULES".
here's what we do:
1. put a few layers of folded cloth in the cover. maybe extra if it's nap time.
2. fasten the cover just like a disposable.
3. go about your business.
4. when child is wet/dirty? remove folded cloth.
wet- toss it into the laundry basket.
poop- rinse in sink, wash your hands, toss into laundry basket.
5. see if any got on the cover. lay new fabric inside cover and replace.
5. do the laundry when you feel like it. light on the detergent.
6. the end. seriously. that's all i do.
people build it up to be this huge deal when it's really not. especially since we are only doing it part time. jude still wears disposables at night or if we are going out and about. night time is a real challenge with cloth diapers, or so i've heard. we haven't even tackled that issue yet.
i had this whole image in my head of all the things you need and have to have and what to use. you know what they don't want to tell you? virtually anything will work. tie a t-shirt around their butt then wash it. DONE. you've made a cloth diaper. it doesn't have to be complicated unless you want it to be.
(PUL water resistant cover)
it blows my mind to have these realizations that all those things marketed to parents are really pretty silly. this is not rocket science. it just seems like a nice idea to wrap that little baby bottom with soft cloth and not chemical paper. i don't like the way it feels to wear absorbent pads in my underpants, why would he?
crunchier by the day, i know.