I am done buying all of my cloth diapers. Anyone want to share our stashes and what you are planning on doing through the meconium days?
wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.
For the meconium days...I am planning on using disposables. I am pretty much going to be THE ONE responsible for diapers...and I know the first two weeks DH will not be washing diapers. SOooooo we will be using 'sposies for the first week at least. Then it is my goal to use cloth.
I respect all of you for using cloth for whatever the reason...mine is purely financial. I have educated myself about all of the chemicals...etc...but ...well...frankly it is cheaper to cloth diaper and THAT is what makes me want to do it this time around.
Tabitha...I sure wish I had an extra 10 or 15 bucks lying around...ha!...but I don't. I will wish you mucho money vibes though!!!!
Take care all!
24 Lukes Drawers newborn hugs
10 firefly SOS diapers
2 newborn fitteds from a freind
6 hemp prefolds
4 Bummies SWW newborn
2 AJ wool soakers in turquiose and violet
2 Buckeye Bottoms custom cover
and these are sorta inbetween sizes
10 SOS hand dyed prefolds
3 Bummies SWW in prints
3 Buckeye Bottoms custom fitteds
1 Buckeye Bottom custom AIO
4 fitted from freinds
4 Lukes Drawers
Then I have a ton of larges from tehe girls, so I don't have to buy anything else except some more mediums! We are going to use disposables for the first week or so.
wife - mother - midwife
The more you know, the worse it gets.
We have done about half and half, just because I have never found really satisfactory cloth products. I tried a bunch of commercial covers from Ecobaby -- hated them all, which was demoralizing since I'd spent so much money on them. Finally I found Polar Babies covers which are not by any means perfect, but much better. Then the diapers, the best fitting and softest ones were used cheapo polyester-filled prefolds that had been washed a million times, but of course they weren't at all absorbent. I had some chinese prefolds but they were too big and bulky and not soft at all. But, I am optimistic, I have since found that there are SO many WAHM products out there, some of them have got to be good. It is just exhausing wading through them trying to decide!
Roland (2 years):
-Wants to help his daddy cut the cord (I'm not entirely sure he knows what he's asking... he just likes scissors)
-Wants to play in the sprinkler while I'm labouring in the yard (I might take a few passes through it, too!)
I'll be using disposables, at least to start. I tried cloth diapers with Roland. He just had a slow leak, he'd be wet after 15 minutes!! I ended up using disposables with him until he was nearly 1, and since then we've gone back & forth several times. I have a whole suitcase full of cloth diapers, so I'll give them a try again.
My husband isn't supportive of cloth diapering. No, thats wrong... he's willing to talk about how great they are with his mom, and let her pick at the disposables, and the wipes, and tsk tsk at me over it. However, he's not willing to do any of the work involved in cloth diapering, or take any of the blame for us not using them, even though he's the one who insists on going back to disposables every time we try cloth.
I've got to pick up some small diaper covers. I only had the crappy pull-on-like-underwear kind when Roland was a baby. I like the velcro Kooshies ones better.
~Teresa, raising DS (Jan. 02) and DD1 (Jun. 04) and DD2 (Dec. 11) with DH.
Well, I have about 4really nice pull on wool soakers, a bunch of pre folds, a TON prowraps and some freshies trim wraps (which, in my opinion are the BEST!).
24 uncpf (DSQ)
7 Kissaluvs 0's
4 newborn hemp fitteds from SPB (one's velour, 2 are prints, one plain hemp)
1 newborn hemp fitted from BizzyBHive
2 medium AIO's from LL
2 Prorap covers (one snap, one velcro)
2 ME Airflow small covers -- these seem way too big
I can't believe I'm 11 days over. COME OUT BABY!
oh amyrobynne, your baby will be here so soon!! great diapers you have for him or her.
i've been feeling too gross to post much, but i think i am now starting to feel somewhat better.
uh oh, poopy bottom, more soon
amyrobynne -- Labor Vibes to you.
You sound ready. Now, let's hope that baby is ready, too! There's some interesting reading about "overdue" and "postdate" babies that makes it sound like a GREAT thing. How that extra time in utero makes the babe smarter, healthier and happier than earlier born coutnerparts. Since my son was born before his due date, I'll choose not to believe it all, but... if I went overdue, I'd be telling myself, "My baby's going to be smart, healthy and happy!"
I do cloth diapers. I do it for cost reasons. I don't have anything fancy per say. (Allthough, I dream of cute little girl dipes to be used in the summer by themselves)
4 NB covers (A Better World and Wisper Wrap)
6 Small covers (Wisper Wrap)
6 Medium covers (Wisper Wrap)
6 Large covers (Wisper Wrap) will probably buy ones with snaps though, when we get to that size. My DS pulled his off so much we switched over to sposies.
Bunch of prefold diapers
1/2 Bunch of "vintage" prefold diapers that my DH wore
We'll use the "vintage" prefolds for meconium days. My DH is well versed in cloth & he'll probably be doing the dipes for early postpartum.
We will use disposables for travel or long errands or new babysitters. Seems to work best for us.
Lots of ctx over here. I'm wondering when I'll know I'm actually in labor. I suppose I'll know it's labor sometime before I'm pushing the baby out! :LOL
Harriet, how fun about Roland playing in the sprinkler while you are in labor! What a great plan!
I am planning to use cloth from the first diaper. Like Amy, I'm going to buy a bunch of fleece and make liners. If they're too yucky with meconium I'll just toss them. With Noah I had planned to do cloth after the first week or so and just never got around to it. I didn't start using cloth with him until he was 8 months or so.
I've been buying little diapers for awhile now since it took a little while to conceive and here is what I've got for the new baby so far:
2 newborn Nanipoo's
1 size 0 First Class Baby
5 newborn Bizzy B Hive
6 small hemp diapers made from the Honeyboy pattern (not AIO's, just diapers)
1 small Firefly
18 size 0 Kissaluvs
12 size 1 Kissaluvs
24 infant cpf's
8 xs Mother-ease Sandy's
3 small Mother-ease Sandy's
1 Polarbabies fleece cover
1 small wool cover with a leaf applique on the butt
1 small Angelwraps fleece cover
3 small Nikky wool covers
1 small Bummi's
4 small El Bee Baby wool covers
1 newborn Bizzy B Hive AIO
1 small Ella's Pocket
2 small Fuzzi Bunz
Phew, that's a long list.
So, I had an appointment yesterday at the Birth Center. I was hoping they'd do a few backup appointments for me for any labwork I needed. They said no. Oh well. I had a quick u/s which made it all seem so real to me. I hadn't really had a period since before Noah was conceived so I couldn't really get a handle on the fact that I really was pregnant. I kept wondering if it was all in my head. So it was great to see my little baby alive and well with a beautiful beating heart. I was 10 weeks exactly and she (trying that out) measured 10 weeks 1 day. The midwife was nice but I did not connect with her like I did with my real midwife. Also she said a few things that kind of freaked me out. Oh well, I'm not going back.
Tabitha, I'm going to take a belly picture tonight and email that and my u/s picture to you for the site, okay?
It is so sunny and beautiful here today! Hooray for spring!!
Today is dd's 3rd birthday! Gotta go plan dinner and what, if anything, we are doing tonight.
R~mama to 3
I have about:
36 infant prefolds
5 various nb covers, one wool soaker
12 kissaluvs 0's
2 prorap AIOs
1 bumkins AIO
1 fuzzi bunz
2 happy heiny
Most of this was purchased on the MDC TP, and I wanted to try some different things. I'm finally getting into a good system with ds, and really liking it. Dh even commented that he likes it. Wait until he has to deal with a prefold and a snappi! I also have probably 5 or 6 size M items, also purchased on the TP. And I'm buying very boring things for ds (white bumkins, white fuzzi bunz) that dd will be able to use as well. I probably should practice the prefold/snappi thing on dd's dolls.
Some of you read my post this morning about my mw, and the miscommunication about our visit. I'm in a much better place about that now, and comfortable with how things are. I am going to her house on Friday morning, w/o the kids, and will get it all worked out.
I just read on our March thread that Saturday is a full moon. Hmmm, that would be a good night to have a baby, no? Dh said this weekend would be perfect, and I agree (except that the person designated to help with ds will be out of town).
Amy, you sound so "OK" with being 10 days over. Good for you! You know it's going to be any minute now, literally!
Sarah, that is quite a routine you've got there! I am pretty organized, and dh is super helpful, but we're not that routine about things. I do laundry every other day or so, make dinner just about every night, and keep things pretty picked up on a regular basis. Lately, I've been working on stocking the freezer and pantry with meals we can eat after the baby comes. Now, I'm trying NOT to get into them before the baby comes! I've also been keeping up with laundry on a daily basis.
I had a massage today, which was wonderful, and scheduled one for next Wednesday as well, assuming I'm still pg at that point.
I've been having ctx every 10 minutes since 7pm last night. I slept reasonably well, waking to some ctx, but hopefully things will really get going today. Thank you baby for not waiting until tomorrow when I'd have to go in for an u/s!
I haven't posted here on the Homebirth Mama's thread before but I'm due to homebirth baby #1 in oh, about 2-3 weeks! I'm so excited about the experience to come! I'm getting a little nervous since the whole laboring process (not to mention the caring for baby process!) is so unknown. I have been so confident and had such a wonderful easy pregnancy. My only worry is that labor and delivery will surprise me to a point beyond what I can handle. I will be fine though...just the "I just realized this baby has to come out at some point" syndrome!
About cloth diapers...
I bought my stash a couple of months ago. That's another area I'm hoping I'm prepared for.
3 or 4 fitteds
about 6 various covers
and cloth wipes
I bought a bit of everything. Figured I see what works the best and go on from there.
My only delima is how to use the wipes? My bathroom is waaay
too small to have a diapering station in there so I'm trying to think of a way to wet them. Spray bottle? But then the wipe will be cold.
What is the big deal with meconium diapers? It sounds like the "meconium days" pose problems from cloth diapers...at least that's the impression I got from previous posts.
Why is that?
Hope everyone is having pleasant pregnancies!
wow amy i hope its happening for you today! youll have a babe to hold real soon!
of course were cding from birth. doesnt make any sense for us not to- ds was in a cd first thing in the hospital. meconium wasnt a problem for us? its dark & sticky but i found it washes out much like everything else. i look forward to putting soft cloth on cassi's bum first thing!! along with countless other things i cant wait to do for the first time with my baby girl!
so,since i sew my own diapers, i cant really say i have a cool stash but here is what i have/ plan to sew:
what i am making:
48 newborn fitteds
24 small fitteds
5 newborn wool covers
5 small wool covers
what i have/ bought:
12 unbleached infant prefolds.
1 nb hand knitted wool soaker from Cass's Cozies (i have 2, one nb and one toddler that match for tristan and cassi!)
various diapers & covers handed down from tristan, a couple of SOS and so on...
One small Squash Fuzbaby Diaper Garder Fitted! (i got banned from buying diapers for purchasing this on ebay! :LOL)
and.. we use cloth wipes for ds and for us in the bathroom so i am just doubling our supply if those.
we dont use synthetics, so its all wool for us. we may make some thin silk liners if we feel we need them.
its good to hear a lot of you say your cding! i mdc! i have found cloth to be pleasing on every level. a lot of people ask me about it like it is a chore- but it pleases my soul to wash & reuse soft cloths for ds's most sensitive area. it is pleasing to hold him in my arms with my hand on a cloth diapered butt than a rustly paper & plastic one. there are just so many reasons i love it.
thanks all for your kind words & thoughts pertaining to my sitiuation and my thread about the stress i am feeling. i am trying to be easy w/myself and recover from this sinus cold (ds has it,too ) before i think about it too much. karl is out of town now as well so i need to be gentle with myself. thanks again!
~Teresa, raising DS (Jan. 02) and DD1 (Jun. 04) and DD2 (Dec. 11) with DH.
For all of you who are impressed with Sarah's cleaning organization/routine, you should just see her house- it's beautiful and just as clean as one would expect given the effort she obviously puts into it. Me on the other hand, if I can walk through the living room without hurting myself by stepping on a lego, I'm pretty happy. I'm not exactly embarrassed by unexpected company, but sometimes I feel like I should be:LOL .
Had my appt/home visit with my mw on Mon. Can't remember if I've already posted about it. Don't think so. My BP is up a bit, but when I lay down it's down dramatically. My MW thinks I get really really nervous when I get it taken (this is what I think as well), and I don't have any other signs of PIH, so she's not worried at all about it. The CNM I saw with my first pregnancy really did a number on me about BP, ever since then, it goes up the instant I see a white coat or a BP cuff. Grrrrr.
I woke up early this morning and seduced my dh then when I got up for real and went to the bathroom and wiped, it was a little bloody! Yay!!! Maybe that means something is finally starting to happen. I can't remember how close I was to having Athena when this started happening, but it makes me feel closer than I felt yesterday, iykwim.
A friend was going to take dd off my hands for a couple of hours today, but instead we are heading out to an indoor playground for a few hours. I'm a little disappointed, but I will live.
R~mama to 3
My belly was totally rolling around last night too!
I had the most amazing birth dream last night. Unfortunately there was a very sad part too...
In my dream, DH died and I was just devastated (as I would be). 2 days later (in my dream) I gave birth to a little girl with dark hair and eyes (???) named Sarah. I gave birth in a hospital with the OB/GYN that treated my ectopic (which means I gave birth in Minnesota). I just told him to F off and I gave birth by myself in the middle of an emergency room exam room on the floor and I just lay there. I remember telling him I wanted the cord to stop pulsating and it took like 30 minutes for it to stop!!! I was just so enamoured with the new life and so sad DH wasn't there.
It was a happy but very sad dream. I'm not sure what to make of it. But the birth part was AMAZING. I just squatted down, caught my baby and burst into tears.
So, it's interesting, amyrobynne is perfectly lined up for this labor prediction site based on weather. She's north of the epicenter is, but still within the higher probability of labor. Check it out... http://www.intellicast.com/Local/USN...x&prodnav=none Hmm, I wonder if it really works. Another woman on March boards started labor today and she's in the area, too.
I could not get Jude's meconium out of his diapers. Maybe I'm just tar poop deficient! We ended up with stained rags.
heres hoping this is your baby's birth day! what a great day to give birth!
imliving vicariously through you mamas so ready to give birth. soon, it will be our turn, cassi & me!
Oh well. Everyone else will find out anyway. Besides, my dh's dad was born in 1930! So there is a chance he could have been born at home.
Thanks for the wellwishes, everyone.
I'm sorry you have a date hanging over your head.
I have been here, reading a lot, and everytime I start to post, one crisis or another pops up that needs immediate attention....:
Amyrobynne, I hope you are doing well today. I am sure oyur body was doing some wonderful work, and is doing exactly what you need to do to have your baby.
Abby, Speaking of dreams....I had one last week. I had given birth to a beautiful chubby baby girl with lots of brown fuzzy hair, and rosy pink cheeks. but there were so many people around, they kept passing her from one to another, and I kept chasing them, asking for her. This went on for days in my dream. Finally, a very big, fat man that I didn't know took her and handed her to me. He said "This baby needs her mama." I took her, and she started screaming!!!!! I was so sad because she didn't know who I was because I had never held her. Interesting, because my ultimate plan is to not have ANYONE except my kids and maybe one or two close friends come over for the first two weeks.
Tabitha, I read your other thread...I hope things are looking better for you now. I will respond over there too.
I have been using cloth diapers for 17 years. Up until my last baby I only had prefolds and covers. I had quite a nice stash for Gunnar, but I gave away a lot of my little diapers. So far I have:
8 newborn fitteds
1 small AIO
1 small pocket diaper
I am planning on making
10 more newborn fitteds
18 small fitteds
24 medium fitteds (my babies grow big fast)
5 wool covers in each size, more if I have time
I never had any problems with meconium either. I used cloth from the time I first put a diaper on my babies born at home. Anything that didn't wash out was easily sunned out. Honestly, I even had yellow stains for a while from breastmilk poop. The sun worked great for those too.
I also want to make some kimonos, I have a pattern, but have a hard time finding cute, neutral 100% cotton knits. I love sewing, it is very stress-relieving for me.
Is anyone taking any supplements? I haven't been, since I am a big believer in getting what I need from my food. However, in the past week, I have had some leg and foot cramps on occasion. I mentioned it to the midwife, and she recommend a calcium/magnesium supplement. I am just reluctant to take it, because my feeling is then I will likely end up with more in my body than I am supposed to have. (All the supplements I looked at say they have 100%-150% of daily recommended amounts) Just seems like it would be an imbalance to me. Any thoughts?
On another note, I have seen a dr for some lab work. I put it off and put it off until last week. Well, they dr's office called me and said I needed to take an iron supplement because my iron was low. I said "Oh, really...what was it?" She said "11.6." I thought, that doesn't sound low to me. So I asked her "What shoud it be?" She said "12". : Oooookaaaaayyyy. Needless to say, I am not taking an iron pill for *that*! :LOL
I hope everyone is doing well today!
The dream before that, I gave birth to an 8-lb, 10-oz cat.
at this very moment, things seem ok, but thats just cause we just got home from a walk (ds and i ) and hes passed out cold and i have a box of (organic) oreo cookies and a big glass of milk and i feel allright...
i have had it so bad with dh out of town. poor tristan is emotionally wrecked without karl and i dont blame him, so am i.
anyway,i too had a dream. i dont think i posted about it? maybe i did, i dont remember. anyway,at the risk of being redundant, i dreamt:
i had a baby girl at home. suddenly our whole family is in our room. i am holding her, her hair was still wet from birth but it was short and fine and reddish. i notice she is small, no more than 7 pounds. (ds was 8 10) her skin is light and translucent at her eyelids and she looks like she will have freckles in a few years. she had the sweetest little lips and smile.
it was a good dream.
donna,you might consider using some homeopathic remedies for your leg cramps (hylands and boiron both make ready to go multi remedies). i know a lot of mothers that they have done wonders for. (i dont know if you are versed in how homeopathy works, im not trying to be patronizing but you dont have to worry about the quinine in homeopathic form, it is not possible to overdose) i dont take supplements for the same reasons you mentioned. leg cramps CAN occur due to a calcium/ magnesium imbalance, but taking arbitrary superdoses of those minerals doesnt correct an inbalance.
this is my 2nd pg. wow i feel full term! i mean, i am having symptoms that i ONLY had at full term with my son... when i walk, i waddle (already) and i feel intense pressure on my pelvis and cervix. it isnt painful, its just there. i have tons and tons of 'braxton hicks' type contractions. its just so different formlast time, yk?
I haven't posted on this thread before. We're planning a homebrith for our first, due at the end of June.
I've been collecting diapers since we started TTC over a year ago, so my stash is getting pretty big. I'm getting ready to start pre-washing alot of stuff soon. My stash so far:
24 kissaluvs 0s
2 FLAM Rightous Baby
1 xs berry patch hemp
3 small fuzzibunz
2 small AIO starbunz
6 infant cpfs
5 small fireflies
5 newborn prowraps
1 newborn Rightous Baby wool cover
2 small kiwipie wool covers
1 small wooly bottoms soaker
3 small sugerpeas wool covers
1 small lizcloth wool cover
and 2 Rightous Baby wool sets (size 1)
I went a bit overboard on small covers. I have some larger size stuff too.
12 kissaluvs 1s
2 medium fuzbaby Wool-in-ones
and one SOS diaper that should be here soon.
I had to stop hanging out in the diaper forum.
Amy, I hope everything is going well for you today.
Donna, when I get foot/leg cramps it's usually because I'm not getting enough potassium. Eating a banana or two (or five) usually fixes that problem for me.