Perhaps this is too lofty a goal, but I would really like to start cloth diapering my future kids from the very beginning. I mean fresh out of the oven, before we leave the birth center, cloth and cloth alone will touch my baby’s bottom. Challenging? Yes. Impossible? Definitely not. And because I am such a stubborn weirdo, I’d really like to be able say things like “When my kids were little they never once wore a disposable diaper.” As much as I’d like that to happen, I’m not sure I’ve met a single cloth diapering parent who has managed to avoid the dreaded we’re-visiting-distant-relatives/we’re-going-camping-for-the-week/we-messed-up-our-laundry-cycle-again and at least once had to resort to wearing a disposable. If any of you have who are reading this, let me know: I’d love the inspiration!
So maybe I won’t be able to avoid using a sposie just once over the course of my child’s three-year stint with diapers, but I KNOW I can at least get the newborn diaper phase under control. I think what intimidates people the most about diving in head-first (butt-first?) to cloth diapering their brand-new babies is the idea of the meconium tainting one of their gorgeous new diapers. I concur. Many manufacturers claim that the meconium won’t ruin your diapers, but that stuff is frighteningly unreal and I’m fairly certain that if it can damage a cotton t-shirt, it can damage a cotton diaper. I tend to error on the side of caution when it comes to stuff like tar-poo, so luckily for me biodegradable liners were invented and are here to save the day. These little God-sends line your diaper and protect it from things like aforementioned meconium and diaper creams, and clean up is easy as 1-2-3: (1) Fold liner over and pick up by the corners (2) Throw in toilet (3) Flush toilet. Bing, bang, boom, done…and no dealing with trying to figure out how to scrape that yucky stuff out of your diaper.
Another thing I’ve heard people say is, “I don’t want to spend a bunch of money on a newborn diaper that’s only going to last me a month before she/he grows out of it.” This is a totally legit concern. Not one that I may necessarily have to worry about, as both my and my husband’s families have a history of big, deliciously fat newborns (I’m actually more concerned with the possibility that I’ll eventually have to deliver a ten-pounder, but that’s neither here nor there). That makes the problem easily solved for me or any one else who delivers bigger babies, as most one-size diapers fit 8-35+ pounders. But fear not: if you’re one that tends to deliver on the light side, Rumparooz OS pocket diapers fit all the way down to 6 pounds! Hopefully you’re not going to deliver a baby that weighs too much less than 6 pounds, but plenty of beautiful, healthy children are born at that weight or less and if that does end up being the case for you, then newborn diapers will be there to help you out. Since they go from 4 pounds all the way up to 12, they will last your little blessing for a nice long while. The cool part is that since they will be worn for a shorter amount of time, your resale value on them will be incredibly high (if you’re done having babies) or they’ll be in like-new for the next one (if you’re not). And I’m sorry but how unbelievably cute is this?:
This is the Lil’ Joeys by Rumparooz, a no-hassle all-in-one that even has a precious snap-down button to make room for the umbilicle cord stump. So yes, with this option you’ll spend about $15 per diaper and only be able to wear it for about three months, but between the resale price you’ll be able to charge or the low cost-per-use you’ll be able to get by using them on multiple children, it ends up being a money-saver. Another solution for wee-babies is to go the fitted route, especially the Thirsties brand. Their Size One Fab Fitted goes from 6 to 18 pounds and will fit for a nice, long time 🙂 If you deliver a baby that weighs less than 4 pounds, then no one is going to fault you for not giving a flip what diaper is being used on your baby: chances are your priorities are going to be elsewere.
So wish me luck. If their fluff-obsessed mother gets her way, my babies’ brand-new tushies will never know what it feels like to sit in a disposable diaper.