Saturday, June 16, 2007

Happy Saturday!

Well, it's Saturday morning and I just wanted to say a quick hello to all. Also, I thought I would mention the prenatal vitamins that I am taking in case there are any other pregnant vegan mommies that come across my blog. They are chocked full of goodies. You can find them here:

I also wanted to ask about cloth diapers...we used disposable with our first son and that's a mistake I don't want to make again. If anyone has any helpful advice on getting started, where to buy and what style they recommend....I would love to hear it. This is all new to us and we need lots of advice.


Unknown said...

my cloth diaper tips!

Buy a pack of eco disposables to get you through the first few weeks. The last thing you need when you bring a new baby home it to try and deal with getting used to it and the cloth diapers so ease in slowly!

Buy a few secondhand diapers in a couple of different styles, enough to use for at least half a day (say 4 of each kind you're considering). Then use each kind for the timespan they last and see which one suits the shape of your baby the best. You can then sell off what you don't like (there are tons of forums with cloth diapers for sale in the States, I'm UK based so I can't remember any off the top of my head, sorry!) and stock up on the ones that you do and you won't waste your money.

You will probably need a thicker night time diaper than day time diaper, you will have time to try out a few though before your baby sleeps long enough to need them! Again secondhand is the way to go until you find what works best.

Dry pailing is easiest and smells less than wet pailing. Empty any solids down the toilet and then stick them in a bucket with a tight fitting lid.

Use about 1 tablespoon of detergent (too much is bad for the baby's skin), *no* fabric softener (it stops the diapers from absorbing) and fill the softener drawer with white vinegar to soften the diapers and neutralise the urine. I do a prewash, 60 degree wash and extra rinse with my diaper wash. You will need to wash new diapers at least 3 times each (I stick them in with my normal laundry) to get them to reach full absorbancy.

To begin with flushable paper liners are easiest to deal with but you can then move onto fleece liners in your diapers. You can make these yourself by buying half a yard of cheap fleece and chopping it into rectangles or hourglass shapes, even a cheap fleece blanket will work if you're not near a fabric store. These will last for years, we will be using the same ones for our second child as our first.

If you want to chat diapers feel free to email me annadh at gmail dot com. We have used cloth for our 4 year old and our next baby is due the end of next month so we'll be using cloth again.

Sorry if this comment is too long! :o)

Tamara said...

Looks like anna gave lots of good advice but thought I would chime in as well...

We adopted our son at 14 months so I can't really give you any advice about diapering a newborn, but I agree that it was easier to ease into using the cloth diapers; things were just too crazy when we all first came home to deal with it, but we were using all cloth within a couple of weeks.

We use Fuzzibunz and I love them. You do need to wash and dry them a few times before use, and now that they are in circulation, we have a dry pail that we use for used diapers, and a 'potty pail' that we use for spraying the poo off the poopy ones (you can search online for these; my hubby is handy and made one for us to use for cheaper than you can buy them for though). I do a cold-water (no detergent) 'rinse' cycle, then a hot-water regular wash cycle (with detergent) and another hot water rinse cycle. I feel bad about using all that hot water but if I don't, they seemed to have a little odor even after washing... not sure why.

Anyhoo... good luck, it's the right thing to do, and once you get into the swing of it, it's no big deal.