I'm in serious catch-up mode at work, around the house, and on personal projects. This includes some long-overdue updates on various topics here at snickollet. While I know the tattoo update is probably more interesting to more people than the cloth diaper update, I'm at work right now and I don't have my digital camera here to take tattoo pics. So that will have to wait. The next planned update is on my tattoo, then I have posts in mind about John Edwards, a new look for and commitment to my blog, and my Grand Master Life Plan. Anything else you want to hear about? Leave me a note in the comments.
For those of you who could not care less about diapers and poop, read no further 'cause that's what this post is from here on out. I really appreciated all the excellent advice you gave me on cloth diapering, and wanted to let you know how things were going and what I finally decided to do. It ended up taking forever to make the switch; just as I decided to go for it, the kids got what turned out to be a month-long case of diarrhea (two weeks for Maddie followed by two weeks for Riley), and I just didn't feel like making a change during all of that. Ugh. Then we traveled to Oregon for the holidays, and it was just easier to travel with disposables. Then we got home and the kids spent the weekend with friends and I didn't want to ask them to wash dirty diapers. Then, finally, things were relatively calm (emphasis on relative) and we made the change.
What we're using:
Chinese prefolds as inserts
Imse Vimse flushable liners
I chose the FuzziBunz based on reader recommendations and the fact that they were quite affordable thanks to someone tipping me off to fuzzibunzseconds.net. I ended up buying twenty covers there, and the quality is excellent. I only paid $10 per cover, although I just checked the website and they are currently $12 each. Still a bargain. I use the liners to make poop cleanup easier and also to allow me to put a bit of diaper cream on when needed; the liner shields the actual diaper from the cream, and occasionally both kids need a little something-something for a rash. I have incredibly sensitive skin and so did John, so Maddie and Riley are cursed with the same.
My only regret about all this is not making the switch sooner. Seriously, it's so easy, and while I'm not going to turn into some kind of crazy cloth-diapering evangelist, it's a great choice for us. I'm inherently cheap, and I love the fact that I no longer buy diapers. It's awesome. And even though the Union of Concerned Scientists tells me that the environmental impact of cloth v. disposable is equivalent, just different, I feel like I'm doing something good for the planet.
So there you have it. I bought enough diapers so that I only do laundry every other day. I'm still figuring out the laundry thing. I've been doing a straight wash in hot with cold rinse, and the diapers smell a little . . . off. Not like poop, but almost musty. It's strange. Maybe I need a presoak? I'm using Seventh Generation liquid detergent. I've read that a few drops of tea-tree oil in the rinse can get rid of any weird smells, but I'm horribly allergic to tea tree and worry that M and/or R might be, too. Other ideas?