Just thought I'd start an elimination communication thread to "chat". So how's it going for everyone?
Every year I suffer from "post Christmas letdown" (ok, this is going somewhere on topic, believe me). I love the whole season so much, I usually start looking forward to it in the summer. And it never disappoints, it's always a blast. So then, Dec 26 every year I get a MAJOR case of the blahs.
So this year, Dec 26, I was just so down I wasn't really paying good attention to my kids (sad, but true). I missed pee after pee after pee. I was soaking wet, lol! I finally gave up (not for good, just for the day) and put him in dipes even tho he usually doesn't wear them at home. I was really feeling down about it and how many pees I was missing. Then I realized in the month we've been doing this, we've had ONE poopy dipe (and one poop on my hand - funny story
). Hey, that's pretty dang good! So I think we're doing great despite a few bad days here and there.
So - the environment! We still use cloth diapers but I tell you, EC has still been good for the environment in our house. With cloth full time I was washing every other day (because I changed as soon as he peed so I had a lot of dipes - guess I was a natural for EC anyway, huh?). I had a pre-rinse to get off the poop, a full wash and then an extra rinse to get out any lingering soap.
So, since starting EC, I now wash once or twice a week. We still use diapers as backup, and I use my prefolds for spit and drool, so I still have diapers to wash, but not as many. Because we no longer have poopy diapers, I don't bother with the pre-rinse (1 entire agitator full of water saved!). AND, since most of the dipes going in the wash are not even piddled on (mostly drooly, or just dirty from falling on the floor and getting dog hair on them), I've stopped bothering with the post rinse. Who cares if I get a detergent buildup? Since they never get soaked with urine (just mildly piddled on) it's not an issue. So another agitator full of water saved! To be honest, I did not start cloth or EC for the environment, but hey, I still feel good about it
So, who's out there? How's it going?