What a dramatic title. Probably overly so, but this is one of the biggest topics I've had to get a hold on since we even got pregnant in the first place. Yeah, THAT big.
We've been putting off using cloth diapers for a bit of awhile for a couple of reasons.
#1. We wanted to get the hang of H.A.'s feedings (yeah, sometimes I just feel like calling him "H.A." as if he'll one day be a fancy schmancy author or professor who goes by his initials. Plus, I gave them to him, so I can call him what I want. Fartypants McGee. Poopsalot Poutyface.)
#2. The confusion of what dipes to choose has been a tiiiiiny bit overwhelming.
#3. (singing) Time, time, tiiiiiiime. Time-time tiiiiiime. Time.
Yeah, those're about it. We recently discovered the VERY encouraging option of purchasing a $10, 2-week trial at a local diaper store but thought we'd put it off until we have lots of time with Hads, ourselves. It wouldn't be fair to make his caregiver do all the testing, especially since she's got a pretty active 1-year-old on her hands, too.
Then we heard about the whole Japanese plant explosion that may cause a shortage of disposable diapers (read: jump in price)...and upon reading about the lack of chemical that will be causing the shortage, it was hard for our brains not to jump straight to "Mmmmmaaaaybe we need to switch over sooner rather than later." I guess it was easy to force ourselves into a world of conveniently ignorant bliss, but to think of the chemicals we're subjecting his "lil' bidness" to...shiver.
In regards to the above challenges...#1 - we've pretty much figured it out, with exception to his uncomfortable gas situation. #2 - the trial helps here (and just jumping in with the ones I've purchased...although I'm up in the air as to whether I should just wash 'em all since the first time is an undertaking or just do a couple so that I can resell 'em if they don't work out). #3 - while things are still hectic (or, shall we say, difficult to schedule?), once we get the hang of it I foresee it taking as much time as the disposables...maybe a tad more laundry time.
Up until this point, we've tried several kinds and found a favorite. While I'd like to say we've been Seventh Generation-ing it up, we haven't. Pampers Swaddlers (not the other kind...and, strangely, it does make a difference) has been our go-to. It's what FEELS the most like cloth. The other brands feel like, well, paper. I'd LIKE to make the switch to SG for those as-needed times (they weren't HORRIBLE...just not what you'd like to put on your newborn's sensitive bits), so we'll see how that goes. A little at a time.
So, we may be finally picking up that trial package soon to get an idea of exactly what kind(s) we want to invest in -- most likely to be tried over the following couple of weekends and overnight as not to overwhelm the sitter. And, when the moment strikes (ie during my next sudden burst of energy; that's the only way I get anything done lately), I'll be laundering the dozen organic bumGenius dipes that I bought pre-Hadley that have been sitting, in their packages, in a corner of the nursery. I'm nervous yet excited to get them on his bum and see if/how they work for us.
And, of course, I'll be stopping back with my *honest* opinion of all the goings-on. Oh, and I suppose a "final" (is it ever really finished? And is there ever NOT an incoming bag of outfits messin' the place up again?) nursery tour is in order. Especially now that he's in the crib and we're able to call it HIS space. :-) Now, we just have to determine where to hang a few final pieces of art...the hardest part.
*BTW, totally off-topic. Whatchya think of this font vs. my usual? Snazzy? Better or worse?*