Sunday, January 9, 2011

Baby Got Back

Oh, my, and how. Our little one is quite the prolific poop-er and pee-er, keeping this drying rack in regular rotation.

When he first came home from the hospital, he was so very wee that not one of the numerous cloth diaper systems we'd stored up for use fit. Fortunately, as he filled out, we're now able to swaddle him up in a variety of diapers, from G Diapers, to Imse Vimse, and the locally-made, Roly Poly. I like them all, for varying reasons. And Huxley? Well, he seems to be an equal opportunity cloth diaper user, making deposits with pleasure and abandon in them all!

Stay warm, ya'll. Round two of Snowpocalypse '11 is slated for tomorrow!

8 comments:

Kristina said...

This is fabulous Ashley! I've been so curious to know how the cloth diaper adventure is going for you (and Hux, of course) and so admire your efforts. Do you feel like you're doing laundry constantly? Or is it worth the extra work knowing you're keeping all those diapers out of landfills?

Ashley English said...

Kristina-Well, I found pretty quickly that, the more cloth diapers (and pre-folds or other inserts) I own, the less often I have to do laundry. That's the real secret to cloth diapering, I think. In the beginning of their lives, infants go to the bathroom constantly, requiring around 12 diaper changes daily. That's why it's imperative to have lots of cloth diapers on hand, which I didn't early on. I had around 10 and was doing laundry every day. I found a wonderful woman from the Asheville Mamas Yahoo group I'm part of that was selling off her son's very well kept cloth diaper collection and that has made a world of difference. Of course, I work from home and am one of those types of people who truly enjoys cleaning, laundry included, so it doesn't bother me at all. If, however, I lived in town and/or had a full-time job away from home, I'd most likely use a cloth diaper laundering service.

Mamawolf said...

Hi Ashley,
I'm wondering if you have heard/read about elimination communication? It requires a lot of attention and work in the very beginning, but if it works it DRAMATICALLY reduces diaper use. I did it with both my kids (less successfully with my first, more successfully with my second). It saved me a world of time and diapers and both my kids were fully out of diapers by 18 months. It's definitely not for everyone, but with your lifestyle it might be something you would be interested in. If you are interested, I'd be happy to send you an email telling of my experiences.
Happy diapering! And stay toasty warm!

Tina said...

Uncanny how this was just on my mind yesterday! I used cloth diapers when my three were babies and was thinking about getting some for the grandbaby to use when he stays here during the week. I'm sure he's an equal opportunity disposer as well ;)
I have a drying rack just like yours andI still use it by the stove just about everyday in the winter months. Worth it's weight in gold n then some!

Heather said...

I tried the cloth diaper thing when my son was wee. Perhaps I had the wrong kind of diapers, or maybe I was simply too young because we deemed it a failure and went to Pampers. My apologies to the environment and whatnot and kudos to you. Snowpocalypse...I like (the name, not so much the cold).

Jessica said...

My little one is 7 weeks old, and also too tiny for cloth diapers (just 7lbs)...but I have a nice selection of cloth diapers ready to go when she grows a little more. So glad to hear that it's working well for you. Thanks for sharing your experience!

Helena said...

Enjoy being able to leave the diaper laundry a little while. :) My dd, now 2, is still in cloth diapers, and we have plenty, but the downside of the babies transitioning from nursing to eating solids (even if still nursing some, like she is) is that the diapers get so rank you can't leave them more than a day or so, so no matter how many one has, one is back to doing frequent diaper laundry.

Ashley English said...

Mamwolf-I'd love to know more about EC. A friend of mine did it with her child and I was always quite curious about it. Feel free to write me directly at my e-mail address. Thank you so very much for the offer of info.
P.S. Hubs and I are quite envious of your location. Where exactly on the Puget Sound are you? I have fantasies of running off to the San Juan Islands, or, at least doing a short-term house swap there. I'm hoping to take us on a vacation there in June, flying into Seattle, renting a car, heading out to the Olympic peninsula, and then doing some ferrying over to the San Juans, perhaps hitting Whidbey Island on the way back to the airport.