Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Cloth Diapers at 18 - 21 Months

I had the plan of slowing down these diaper posts, because I assumed that after a while, I would just be repeating myself with the same old boring nonsense.  And then the last three months happened.

So our child.   She is busy.  She is growing up.  I thought the time of rapid development was over once she turned 1 1/2, but I guess I was wrong.

Talking.  A lot.  Over the last month she has spoken at least one new word a day. Granted, most of them require some sort of translation, but hey!  Another job skill I get to add to my parenting resume.

Growing.  She finally is big enough to register weight on our scale at home.  So far she's gotten to a whopping 23 pounds.  She's also starting to fit in 2T size clothes.  [I believe this is the first she's ever been ahead in clothing sizes.]

giving the cat a good wipe down

Activity.  She loves to climb. on. everything. Unfortunately, she is still too short for most things in the house, but she has taken to climbing up and down the one chair she can for 20 minute stints on a daily basis.  I don't complain.  She also has taken to slides, and finally figured out how to scramble [slowly] up playgrounds and down slides all by her little lonesome.  Again, no complaints.  One thing we know for sure - she is not gifted in the area of physical prowess.  Slow and awkward is the name of this game.

bringing dinner to some friends.

Mimicking.  She wants to do everything I do.  Put dishes away, carry groceries in, pick up dog poo.  [I'm not kidding.  She was wandering around the house with a grocery sack pretending to pick up imaginary poo this morning.  Hilarious.]  Its made some things more fun, like singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider"and "Wheels on the Bus," but other things not so fun, like chasing me to the bathroom yelling, "Potty! Potty!"

Speaking of Potty.  I've sort of started the potty training process.  I think I got a little gung-ho about it when I read about moms completely potty training their 20 month old genius babies in a weekend.  We do have a potty, and I do have her sit on it regularly in hopes that sometime she'll accidentally potty in it, and then magically decide to potty train herself in a weekend.  I'll be happy to supply the bribery and wipes.

helping pin laundry
Cloth Diapers.  This kid has started soaking through diapers quite a bit.  I am storing away a couple brands [Fuzzibunz is the big one] because she leaks through them within an hour.  Night time leaking is a consistent issue.  We use the most absorbent diaper we own and stuff it with two hemp inserts in order to keep her sheets dry in the morning. Unfortunately, that system only covers one night of each wash cycle.

So we're starting to use disposables for the other two nights.  Maybe over Christmas we'll ask for more inserts to get back to completely cloth diapering.

Or maybe our kid will be potty trained by then.

In your dreams.

Adelle - 18, 19, 20 & 21 Months 

# of Children: 1

Gender: female

Size: 23 lbs, 32 inches tall

Average # of Diapers a day: 7

Laundry Schedule: Every three days.

Routine: pre-folds used during awake times [changed every 1.5-2 hours], all-in-ones during nap, all-in-ones with two hemp inserts at night or disposables

Diaper Size: One size diapers - middle/large settings, Thirsties covers - size 2, middle setting, Disposables - size  4

Leaking?: At night, sometimes during naps, and sometimes if she's in a diaper for too long.  We've worked through some solutions, including more regular changes, extra inserts, and using disposables, if need be.

How's the Poo?: Wildly variant, thanks to a couple colds and some weird meals her mother made her eat.  I've also had a few unscheduled bathroom clean-ups due to an over-pressured diaper sprayer and bad positioning on my part [if you catch my drift.  If you don't, its for the better.]

Did you Use Disposables?: Yes, two out of every three nights, and whenever she rashes up really badly.  Currently, we are fighting eczema around her lower back, which happens to sit right at the elastic on her cloth diapers.  Unfortunately, we have no choice but to put her in disposables until it completely clears.

Any Changes: She grew a whole lot, and because of that all of her diapers have gotten readjusted.  Did I mention she pees a lot more too?

Any Issues: Leaking. Ha.

Still Like Cloth?: Indeed.  Sometimes the leaking and the stinking and the changing sheets and pants gets old, but, man, I sure like not having to budget for diapers every couple of weeks.

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