Hi all!! I see new faces here. It took me a week or two to realize I've accidentally unsubbed from this thread. But this post will remedy that
I'm still here and plugging along at almost 20 weeks. Still not really showing, not feeling a ton of movement, and still in awe of how different this pg is. At the MW this month, I was measuring 14cm and was almost 18 weeks along, so I'm much smaller with this baby than I was with Samuel. Weird. DH thinks it'll be a petite little girl. I know it'll be a girl, but hesitate to comment on the petite part! We have a sono on March 11, so I'm hoping to find out we're right. Otherwise we'll have to deprogram Samuel b/c he already points to my belly and says "sister."
As far as cloth goes, yep! I'm doing it. Samuel just potty trained himself today, insisting on no more diapers, so I'm packing his size 2 kissaluvs away. There are quite a few posts on the diapering forum right now about diapering a newborn, and I've posted my stash on most of them
. The one I'm most excited about is having my prefolds tie dyed: pictures
. I don't physically have them in my house yet, but I can't wait to see them IRL and snappied on an itty bitty little baby. I'm also buying some fitteds.
Maudlin, I know some of the mainstay posters at the diapering forum use public laundry facilities, so if I were you, I'd hop over there and post a question about it. You'll get lots of input, I'm sure!! The only thing I'd warn you about is the drying time of all those cute fitteds you're no doubt admiring. A good option might be pocket diapers like the ones from www.happyheinys.com
You could machine wash them once (and maybe only machine wash the poopy ones...pee diapers can be washed in warm water in tbe sink if you want) and then air dry them over your shower curtain rod in a matter of hours. Stuff them with a microfiber insert or a couple of gerber flatfolds (the big gauze squares you find at places like babies r us...not the "burp cloth" diapers, but the others) and you'd have a REALLY fast drying system on your hands, and it would be cheaper than a diaper service when you figure in resale value.
I also like the quick dry AIOs from little lambs
. Her soakers wouldn't dry as fast as the flatfolds, but the shell of the diaper would dry SUPER fast.
Anyway, there are definitely cute options out there. Like I said, I'd post at the diapering forum asking specifically about using public washing machines/dryers. Ohh...and an added benefit of line drying your stuff in the house would be that you don't have to worry about fabric softener residue in the dryers, which can make your diapers waterproof.
Or...you could consider elimination communication. A search at the diapering forum will turn up a ton on that. Talk about a money/energy saver. I wanted to try with Samuel, but just never did. Now that I've been through the potty training ordeal, I DEFINITELY plan on trying it with this baby.
I hope that helps a little bit!!