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We’re making the plunge!!

A while back I mentioned that I was thinking about cloth diapering.  One of the things that needed to happen for this to be a reality was for the “I” to change to “we.”  In other words, I needed to make sure that DaddyMort was behind the idea as well.  When we first started talking about it, he sort of had a glazed over look in his eyes and said, “Uhh, okay.  If that’s what you want.”  I could tell he wasn’t thrilled with the idea.

Then he started doing his own research (thanks Google!!) and decided that it was a fantastic idea!!  My husband is so smart 😀   We’ve had sporadic conversations about it over the last few weeks, but hadn’t made any concrete decisions, figuring we still had plenty of time and there as no rush.  But, as I’m sure I’ve said several times before, I’m a planner!!  So, after a lot of time on Cloth Diapering chat boards, looking at diaper swap websites and retail websites, I think we’ve come up with Plan A.  I’m not convinced that it won’t evolve into Plan Q by the time we’re done, but for now, we have a plan!!

We’re going to get some of the BumGenius 3.0 One Size Diapers.  We plan on using these when we’re out and about, at Grandma and Grandpa’s house or at a sitter’s.  We can easily get them stuffed and ready to go, so if someone else is changing BabyMort, it’s really no different than a disposable diaper (except you better now throw it away!!).  They are also adjustable, so they should fit from about 7 pounds all the way through 35 pounds, making the additional cost a sound investment.

For hanging out at home, we’re planning on using prefolds (what a lot of people use as burp rags) with covers.  I’m getting some Proraps in the Newborn size from www.diaperswappers.com to use at first.  I’ve gotten mixed messages as to whether diaper pins (or the more updated ‘Snappis’) are necessary with this type of  cover or not, so we’ll have to figure that out.  I’d prefer not to mess with pins, but I’ll have to see if that’s a possibility.

For now, that’s as far as we’re going with our plan.  We can decide if we like the Prorap covers or not, then either order them in a larger size or try something new when BabyMort outgrows the newborn size.  The benefit to prefolds and covers is that they’re a lot less expensive.  You can often use the same cover several times before washing it, therefore not needing as many of the covers – which are the expensive part – but they are a lot more intimidating!!

If you, or anyone you know, cloth diapers, please chime in with your opinion (or words of encouragement!!)  Even though I know this is the right decision for our family, a lot of people give me strange looks when I bring up the idea of cloth diapering, so I’m not exactly full of confidence.

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Approximately 31 weeks to figure it out…

I’m thinking about cloth diapering.  There’s environmental concerns, health concerns for BabyMort (none really proven that I’ve seen, but I think exposure to as few chemicals as possible is a good thing) and money concerns.  But…I don’t know many people using cloth diapers these days and from what I understand, they’ve changed a lot in the 20+ years since my mom used them on me.  So as excited as I am about the idea, I’m also very intimidated by the whole experience.  Luckily, I have a while longer to figure it out!!

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