When Blythe was just a little peanut wiggling in my belly, I opened up a package of newborn diapers. They looked so very tiny. I didn't know she wouldn't even fit, snuggly, into those diapers for several weeks after her delivery. At six pounds five ounces I still folded the tops down for her, even after the unsightly belly button fell off.
I loved the smell of the diapers though, filling my still baby-free nursery with a plastic-y, powder-y scent everyone associates with babies. I stacked them neatly in a basket on her changing table, the entire package
At the hospital, right after she was born, she was clad in Pampers Swaddlers. These specialty diapers had a yellow line that ran vertically across the diaper, but would "magically" turn blue to indicate she needed a diaper change. Newborns don't really get soggy, so these diapers were quite handy, especially in our sleep deprived first days. I had received some Huggies that had the same "technology" [is it technology when it's on a diaper?], so we used those up as well.
Due to gifts, I only had to buy one package of newborn diapers, and so I tried Luvs. Thus began my Luv affair. Get it? They seemed longer and more narrow, which fit my baby girl's long and narrow-ness quite well. We had several packages of size one diapers gifted to us, and I had also bought some HUGE boxes of Pampers when they were on sale. I liked the Pampers, but unfortunately Blythe's little bottom did not. So I exchanged them out for Luvs and we have lived happily ever after. I use Luvs unless someone gives me leftovers of something else. This has worked well.
But back to Blythe as a peanut inside me. I knew of several friends from college who had gone the cloth diaper route. This peeked my interest, not because I'm a "green" person [please don't chastise me for this...I still use styrofoam and we don't eat Organic and we don't plant trees...though I think my dad has planted enough for our entire town], but rather because I thought it would save our soon to be one-income- family a little cash-o-la. So I contacted one of my friends. I picked her brain. I asked her what the best "system" was in her opinion [yes, they have systems now! And all the mothers from my mom's generation and before cry out in jealousy!]
Then I showed my findings to Brent- my husband who always knows me a little too well. His response? [I'll paraphrase]:
"Kels, I think if you really wanted to do the cloth diaper thing you could figure out a way. And I would do it if you wanted to. BUT...since none of your friends close to us have used them, and since they've changed a lot since our parents, I don't know that you'd like being the lone ranger in this. And would it really save us that much money?" So I started crunching numbers. It would cost about $1000 up front for a cloth diaper system. I asked around, and figured I could diaper Blythe for about $40 a month in disposables. This would mean, if I potty trained her around age two, I'd be at about the same place I would have been with cloth diapers...and I would have had to have done a whole lot less laundry.
For the first 9 months, Blythe was unfortunately constipated. I was always super excited when I got to change a poopy diaper. Then she became more consistent, and the blow outs ensued. I was happier than ever that I was able to just ball up the mess in a diaper and throw it in the garbage. I no longer need a line to tell me she is wet-- I can tell when it's been too long when her waggling little crawling bottom is drooping!
I spend about $30 a month on diapers. I know this will go up a little bit when she needs a little bit bigger diapers, but I can almost always find a coupon or two to use. To me, this is so very, very worth the ease and convenience.
I want to know your story though. Did you use cloth diapers? If you CHOSE to do this, why did you choose this path? [And if you are a tree-planter than that is okay! :)] If you didn't really have the choice, would you have chose disposables if you could have? If you use disposables, which brands do you like and why did you go this route?