Friday, October 12, 2012

The Official Tour

Welcome to our home!  Today, I am going to show you part of how exactly my family does cloth diapers.  At this time, I have one child - Adelle - who is nine months old as of yesterday :)

Here's our "changing station".  This is actually a dresser that the hubby has had since he was a kid.  After moonlighting as a makeshift computer desk for six months, this dresser hung out in our garage for years until Adelle was born.  It now serves as a perfectly sized piece of furniture to store all of Kiddo's diapers.   It also matches the wall color a little too well, which was not on purpose. That paint job was there when we moveed.

Since Adelle was born, I have split our stash of cloth diapers evenly into two baskets.  Each basket lasts 2-3 days before I run out and need to do laundry.  Having all the diapers separated evenly really helped my new-momma-foggy-brain remember to wash diapers on a regular basis.  Instead of having to try and remember if I had done laundry on Monday [or was it Tuesday?], I would just keep using diapers until I ran out of them in one basket.  Then, while those diapers were washing, I had my other half ready to start using.

Adelle wears prefolds with covers while she is awake, and then sleeps in all-in-ones [both naps and bedtime].  We use two covers with the prefolds throughout the day [alternating them each time we change her], and use a new pair of covers for each day.

See the basket hiding on the bottom shelf, with the pink ribbon?  I store our extra inserts in there.  While Adelle doesn't pee enough to need the extra absorbency right now, I am sure the time is coming soon enough.  But for now, they hang out on the bottom shelf.

I have two sets of wipes on top of the changing station.  One is filled with disposable wipes, the other with cloth wipes.  Why?  I really like using cloth wipes [Sometime in the next couple weeks I will explain why cloth wipes are a good idea].  However, I am not as big of a fan of using them to wipe Kiddo after she poos.  Basically, the cloth wipes are for the pee, and the disposable wipes are for the poo.

The spray bottle goes with the cloth wipes.  Inside it is a concoction of water, baby soap, and baby oil.  I personally like to keep my cloth wipes dry while they are being stored.  When I need to use a wipe, I just spray it a few times and use.

Also up on the dresser is a jar of diaper rash cream.  Here's the scoop on diaper rash cream - you can not use regular diaper rash cream with cloth diapers.  Why?  Because regular diaper rash cream [Desitin, Boudreaux's Butt Paste, etc.] is designed to create a waterproof barrier.  This a great when trying to keep a tiny tush dry, but not so great when it gets in fabric that is supposed to soak up urine.

Hence, the need for a special "cloth diaper safe" butt cream.  I use CJ's BUTTer cream. I use the cream every time Adelle's rear starts showing signs of irritation.  I'm pretty vigilant about it - maybe even a little too much so.  She has only had one full-blown diaper rash since she was born - that was over the summer and was due to detergent build-up. While we were problem solving and getting all of our diapers a thorough rinse, we used Boudreaux's with disposables.

Quick note: The price of CJ's creams can be a little shocking for how small of a jar you get.  However, I have had our jar since Adelle was born, and I barely just used half of it up at this point.  Just a little bit of this stuff goes a long way.

On the other side of Adelle's crib are the two trash cans.  One is for the cloth diapers and cloth wipes; the other one is for disposable wipes.  We have two waterproof trash can liners for the cloth diaper trash can.  That way, while one liner is being washed with the diapers, the other one is is available to use in the trash can.

We also have two travel size wet bags, which both live in my diaper bag.  That way, I almost always have one available for dirty diapers while out in public.

Well, there you have it!  This is how we do the cloth diaper thing is our house.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the comments section below.  I would love to hear from you!

Hope you have a fun weekend planned!  Josh spending the weekend doing National Guard stuff, so I'm looking for ways to keep myself as occupied as possible.

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