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post #21 of 67
I've been cloth diapering ds since he was about 6-7 mos I think? Now he's 21 mos. I just started out with the regular pro-raps covers and unbleached cotton prefolds. I've been very happy with this solution and it's cheap. From time to time I have tried out other things (fitted diapers, pocket diapers, all in ones) and nothing is absorbent as the prefolds and pro-raps. I do have a couple of hemp prefolds and I do like them, they just get less soft with use rather than more soft like the cotton does. I also added a Nikky wool cover and LOVE it. Esp for sleep.

Anyway, since I didn't start til Ian was already eating solids, I missed the yellow bm poops/blowouts and am a little nervous about that this time around. Not sure what to start with. I think I will try a few kissaluvs and some newborn pro-raps/prefolds and see what we like.

We are also finally going to spring for a high efficiency front load washer soon so I'm very excited about that and think it will help cut costs and maybe even clean better than our piece of crap washer.
post #22 of 67
I washed nappies alone and it came to no more than 3 extra loads a week, I washed every third day on average. I mostly used a clothes horse when she was little as I used flats and didn't want to trek outside as she was such a full on babe, so I needed to double up my nappy hanging with TV time for my own sanity LOL

This time I have a bunch of fitteds as well so I'll be more likely to hang them outside to dry, plus it'll be warm and sunny here for a few months anyway.

Anyway, I know it's not the same for everyone, but I found cloth a walk in the park, so if you haven't used it before don't be nervous!
post #23 of 67
Well, I'll be honest and admit that I do a blend. With the cloth, I HATED dealing with the breastmilk poo diapers, and DS's little digestive tract had him pooping each time he nursed (which was every 2 to 2.5 hours night and day) until he started solids at 6 mos. I will admit that I just gave up!:

We live a relatively green existence (i know this should mean we would be even more likely to stick it out , so I forgive myself this one waste. If this next baby's digestive tract is anything like DS's, I will be using disposables until solid poo at 6 mos.

Then we use an awesome collection of AIO's I got super cheap in a closeout sale on e-bay! They are so easy and awesome! CD's rock!!

Have to run, DH and I are headed out to see "The Police" tonight in concert!!! I Sting!
post #24 of 67
I'm afraid to say that I'm not feeling totally awful today. I hope this is a pattern!! This afternoon I was walking downtown and it occurred to me that I almost felt NORMAL. (almost) I had a baby dream last night, first once since discovering I am pregnant! It was a little girl, and I kept getting distracted by dream tangents and then going back to "my house" where my Mom would hand me my baby and I'd be like "oh yeah!! I almost forgot!!" I was breastfeeding her and really working hard to get her latch right, using a "c" hold, very serious and intent on getting breastfeeding right. It was great. It got me through a morning of pretty awful nausea, remembering that there's a baby at the end of the tunnel!

We are going to CD. It's a bigger upfront investment but should save us money in the long run. I got an umbrella clothes line last month and we'll use that to dry the diapers as much as possible. I still don't know exactly what stuff I will want to get but I'm very interested in wraps w/ prefolds for newborns and then the pocket diapers for later on. Livejournal has a really active cloth diapering community where people are constantly selling stuff off fairly cheaply. I bought some kissaluvs and 2 small AIOs just yesterday for the wee babe. I can see us mixing in disposables during travel or whatever, but if our babe has sensitive skin like her dad, they probably won't work very well long term at all. I'm sure my fam will think I'm nuts but I have friends down here who are doing it as well, so, screw the fam.
post #25 of 67
Cloth all the way!!! I have cloth diapered both my babies. My son I used a service for the first few months, then started buying my own, so I've used everything from prefolds to fitteds. In fact, my newborn dipes have been making the rounds, my DD used them, 2 friends' DD's, and my friend is about to have her first is going to use them for her DS! Then back to me LOL. And I bought them used. The best thing about newborn dipes is you can get them used, and chances are they have hardly been used at all (especially on kids like mine, they were used less than 2 months bc they grow so fast), and you can sell them for what you paid for them. All my newborn dipes cost about $120, and if I hadn't kept them and passed them around, I could have sold them for the same amount, and in the end they would have been basically free. Diaper laundry has never been a big problem for me, every 2-3 days I wash them, no biggie. Also, I dry pail for ease, and where we used to live I washed with only baking soda, so no detergent was even used. It was great! Our water here though does not react well with the baking soda. And I don't understand the problem with washing bf poop dipes??? That's the easiest there is to clean! Drop the whole dipe in the pail, that's it. No rinsing or dunking...I found that to be the easiest stage, personally.

Interviewed a couple midwives these past few days, and really liked the one I met today. I think she could be the one, but I have a couple more to talk to on the phone just to be sure!

Been feeling a little off here and there, a little nauseated but not too bad (I won't even tell you however about the port-a-potty I had to use on Saturday....I thought I was going to have run out and puke, it was BAD). Very very tired all of a sudden today and yesterday though...I think I'm actually going to go to bed in a few minutes!!! I'm also starting to feel fat and my pants bugged me today...I need some with elastic waists LOL. Not gaining but maybe my belly is poking a drop, don't know.
post #26 of 67
I'm so frustrated today!!! I thought I was doing good, because I had *two* doctors in mind to go see. Bah - that did me no good! (We just moved here, which is why I can't just go to my regular ob/gyn)

I also have two hospitals in mind here. My first choice is Methodist. My second choice is Memorial Hermann. The doctor that comes most highly recommended to me though, only delivers at my second choice. So I said okay, a doctor is a lifetime, a hospital is like two/three days. So I emailed the first choice doctor last night - her website said all requests for appointments would be responded to in 24 hours. I didn't hear anything this morning, so I called around noon. Got voicemail, assuring me the new patient scheduler would call me back by the end of the day. Guess what, it's the end of the day, and no call back!

So about four p.m., I decided to take the second recommended doctor, who delivers at hospital choice number one. Called her office, she's not seeing new patients until December. Does this February momma no good!

Now, I'm not sure how much comfort I have with doctor number one. I do understand it's a holiday week, and the scheduler could have been out on vacation. But her voicemail said nothing about it. And she could have been sick, but shouldn't they have a back up in place? I also know that if I had pressed the non-new patient option, I'm sure I would have gotten a live person, not just voicemail. But still, if this is how they treat their new patients, I'm left with uncertainty over how they treat their existing patients. And, I don't even know if they're taking new patients!

So, doctor number two who delivers at hospital number one, has another slightly recommended doctor that I guess I could go with. I'm going to give first choice doctor until noon tomorrow, then I guess I'll call *third* choice doctor and see if he is taking new patients.

ARGHHHHHHHHHHH! I feel better now!
post #27 of 67
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Well, I accidentally let the cat out of the bag in front of BeanBean. "Pregnant?! Did you say you're pregnant? Are you pregnant mom?!" He was SO excited. "Oh my gosh! I'm gonna have another sister! You're gonna have another BABY!" : Honestly, he couldn't have been more pleased if I'd told him I was buying him a brand new Mini Cooper. He's already talking to the baby; "Hi! I'm your brother!!" : "There's a baby in there, mom! She's in your uterus! That baby is kicking!" :

Yes, 'she'. He's convinced that the baby is a girl. Whether this is preternatural knowledge or simply his (well-known) preference is unknown. Mike said, "It might be a boy, you know." Bean said, "Yes, but it might be another sister!"
post #28 of 67
We'll be doing cloth again this time 'round with the odd disposable thrown in. My dryer died When Michael was a few months old and air drying the diapers on drying racks throughout the house got old real fast. We stuck it out until he was almost two but the thing that really killed it was the fact that I was using snappis or pins with the gerber pull-up vinyl pants because I could never get the money together at once to buy the half-dozen prowraps I would need to make diapering him easier.

For the bean, I have had my eye on this lovely green flannel at our local chain fabric store for months and as soon as I hit 12/13 weeks I'll be buying several yards along with some microfiber towels and turning them into fitteds. I'm also planning on getting some nice jersey so I can make some tie-nappies as well to get more use out of my prefolds and dappi pull-up pants. I'm planning on knitting a whole bunch of soakers for this babe (didn't learn w/Michael until he was well over a year) and my best friend's son should be outgrowing his proraps about the time the bean arrives so I'll have those as well. Last but not least, my mom has generously offered to pay for our dryer to be fixed as a birthday/anniversary present for us too. I should be in CD heaven for this babe

The one thing I'm really planning on buying would be a few one-size pockets for when we are out and about. I've been out of the CD loop for too long - any recommendations?
post #29 of 67
Hi Everyone! Just popping in to say hello.

azyre - I'm in Melbourne too!

I cloth diapered about 75% of the time last time but am determined to full-time it this time around. I feel like I never fully got my system right so I think I need to plan it all a bit better this time!

I also just wanted to say that I cant BELIEVE how much better I feel after starting a higher dose B6 the last few days - my morning sickness is so much better - it is such a relief.

I haven't been to a dr yet - am going to look at a birth centre this week!
post #30 of 67
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Originally Posted by Gracecody View Post
Anyway, since I didn't start til Ian was already eating solids, I missed the yellow bm poops/blowouts and am a little nervous about that this time around. Not sure what to start with. I think I will try a few kissaluvs and some newborn pro-raps/prefolds and see what we like.
I thought the yellow bm poop stage was easier than later when ds started eating solids! He's a big pooper, but we had almost NO blow-outs with prefolds and proraps/BSSW. DD had way more blow-outs using only 'sposies. Plus you can just toss the whole thing in the washer without rinsing/spraying/dunking like you have to do with solids poop. I actually miss that stage. I'm ready to give up cloth diapers everytime ds has a disgusting, gigantic poop full of corn and black beans.:Puke I just want to throw it all straight into the landfill!!!!
post #31 of 67
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Originally Posted by miss_honeyb View Post
I thought the yellow bm poop stage was easier than later when ds started eating solids! Plus you can just toss the whole thing in the washer without rinsing/spraying/dunking like you have to do with solids poop.
Maybe it has something to do with the AIO's that I have. I don't have to rinse/spray/dunk at all for the solid poop, just for the wet bf poop. For the solid, I just shake it into the toilet, flush and the diaper is ready to be washed. Maybe if I had another kind, I would have found solid poop more difficult than bf poop rather than the other way around.

I am having a "more rather than less" m/s day , but ds just went down for a nap, so I think I will join him. More sleep can't hurt, can it
post #32 of 67
You lucky! See, you have an actual "solid" pooper. My kid doesn't give my a nice firm one that I can just shake into the toilet. It's somewhat firm, but goopy and thick. It's so gross.

Before I became a mom, I always wondered why mothers talked about their kids' bm's all the time. Now look at me... Don't I have anything better to talk about?!
post #33 of 67
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post #34 of 67
Yay - I have my first appointment set up!

I'm so excited - July 31st. I know it's forever a ways off, but I'm just glad to have it settled and done with!

And it's with an MDC approved doctor!
post #35 of 67
we will be using cloth here. With dd I used cloth but not until she was 8 months, and we lived in MA and used a drying rack in the house. It worked out well, the dipes were a little stiff but would fluff up in the dryer.

I cannot wait to use them although I will still need to buy a bunch, I will probably do mostly prefolds but some fitteds and aio for dh's sake.


I have been feeling better, however I have had horrible nausea at night and I am still not sleeping well. I just started to get more tired during the day. and I have no umph...i start cleaning the house and stop after one or two rooms or start the laundry and not put it away. I cannot wait for the nausea to be over...plus I am sure dh could go for some intimacy soon.

I went for a walk the other night with dh and we didn't go far but I felt horrible afterwards. I was so nauseas it was awful.

Oh anyone else having a hard time brushing their teeth? I cannot do it well with out almost throwing up, it sucks b/c I really like to have clean teeth but the idea of brushing is horrible.
post #36 of 67
joshs_girl That sounds great!! The time will go by fast.! Can't wait to hear what you say about him!!
post #37 of 67
Well, we told my 19mo about the baby: she was holding my ponytail out of the toilet yesterday and asked "what wrong?" So I told her. The eyebrows went a LONG way down and there were great big expressions of concern
post #38 of 67
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Well, we told my 19mo about the baby: she was holding my ponytail out of the toilet yesterday and asked "what wrong?" So I told her. The eyebrows went a LONG way down and there were great big expressions of concern
Awwwww. What a little sweetie, how did she take it? Did she understand??

My dd (12) is starting to rub my belly when she walks by me. Very cute.... :
post #39 of 67
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Well, we told my 19mo about the baby: she was holding my ponytail out of the toilet yesterday and asked "what wrong?" So I told her. The eyebrows went a LONG way down and there were great big expressions of concern
Is it possible she's just worried because mum is so sick? And she's not going to like anything that makes you sick?
post #40 of 67
It's possible : or, knowing her, she could have immediately leapt to the conclusion that she wasn't going to be littlest and spoiltest any more She refused to nap today, and ignored me throwing up, so ???
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