Anyway, back to diapering... With our second daughter, we have noticed that we have the diapering system down to a science. This, along with other experience from the first child, really made those first few months go smoothly, so I thought I would share.
Before the first baby Alyssa, we got 22 Tiny Tush one-size diapers, which are actually still made in the USA! They cost about $17 each at the time, and we were able to register for them through a local store, Eco in Chico, so we got some help with the up-front costs. I just looked up the website to get the link, and the style we chose (linked above) are now only $13 each through the website because they've come out with a 2.0 version (they are currently still $18 on Amazon.com). We elected to get all snaps because I just can't imagine that velcro could maintain its stickyness after all the washing, especially through multiple children! As shown in the instruction card below, the rows of snaps along the front make the size adjustable.
|My daughter in a Tiny Tush diaper at 18 days old
You should probably skip this paragraph if looking at poop bother you (but no, I won't be showing you any!). :) The other reason I will always be glad that we used cloth diapers from the start is that having to separate the poop from the diaper into the toilet before washing affords you an opportunity to acquaint yourself with what is a "normal" poop for your child in a way that you might not if you just fold the whole thing up and toss the disposable. At about 3 weeks old, I started to notice little tiny flecks of reddish black in Alyssa's poop, which turned out to be blood. The saga of trying to diagnose the problem is the subject of another post, focused on being your child's own advocate and learning that doctors don't know everything. In the end, because I absolutely refused to stop breast feeding, we found out that Alyssa had an intolerance to milk protein (as well as soy protein, since the two have very similar biochemical structures) and we were able to correct the problem by me eliminating dairy and soy from my diet. I really believe that since Alyssa didn't have any other symptoms (yet) besides the little tiny flecks of blood in her poop, we may not have noticed until much later if we hadn't used cloth diapers... Alyssa outgrew the intolerance by the age of one (YAY!).
There are two things to know about cloth diapering (at least these types of cloth diapers)...
First, we were advised by Eco in Chico to use a particular type of soap in washing the diapers and were warned that "normal" detergents might destroy the leak-proof part of the covers over time. That suggested soap was Charlie's Soap. I know at least one person to whom the cover destruction happened after using the Costco brand Free & Clear soap, so I have always used the suggested soap for all of our laundry. Switching back-and-forth and only using the suggested soap for diapers is said not to work because "normal" detergents leave residues in the washer. I probably will never go back to "normal" detergents after using Charlie's Soap anyway because I happen to love it! It ends up being a bit more expensive than "normal" detergent, but I am very chemical-conscious, and I buy it in a 4-gallon bucket that lasts well over a year, so I don't mind any small additional cost. I'm able to get the 4-gallon size through another eco-conscious local store, Cathy's Sew & Vac. I think now there are several options for laundry soap that will work safely, but I've never investigated those.
I ended up having much more to say about cloth diapering that I had anticipated, so in the next post on this topic I will show you our diapering system specifically.
Please know that while I welcome the opportunity to be involved in the official review of products, the manufacturers of the products I have discussed today have no idea that I exist, and these opinions are 100% my own and I have in no way been compensated or provided with complimentary test products. :)
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