Saturday, August 06, 2005

We had a big day today! We started off by going to Mother Nature's to get some cloth diapers for Samuel. We also stopped by Children's Exchange to get Samuel a few new outfits. However, I bought them too small! He is growing faster than I can keep up! After this, we headed to Mike & Susan's so I could work on Tracy's birthday present. We stayed there while I worked on the glass for a couple of hours. Landon even got Samuel to sleep on his own! That was nice, because I was able to keep working. I got everything done except for the soldering. At 3pm, we went to Keary & Francesca's baby shower at Matty & Jody's house. We stayed for about an hour and a half, then had to leave for Joel & Andrea's wedding, which was all the way out in Beavercreek. It was about a 40 minute drive, but we got there in plenty of time. Landon played during the ceremony, and did a great job! Everyone loved the music. The ceremony was about 10 minutes long, then there was food & music. We stayed until about 8:30pm, then left and came home very tired after a long day!

Here is an e-mail that I sent to the moms today with the info that I gathered on cloth diapers:

I tried cloth diapers on Samuel yesterday for the first time, and I really like them a lot! We got them at Mother Nature's on 23rd and SE Clinton St. First of all, we got the Kissaluvs brand for the cloth diaper. These work great for babies that have large thighs. We also got the hemp lining for added absorbancy. For the covers, we got the Imse Vimse brand. We only got 3 diapers and 2 covers and 3 hemp liners to start out with, but Samuel went 9 hours last night (during the night) without a diaper change, and it didn't leak through. By that time, a disposable always would leak through. Now, I'm not advocating going for 9 hours w/out changing your baby's diaper, but sometimes during the night, we do that, because even though Samuel is waking up, he isn't fully awake, and if I changed his diaper, he would become fully awake, then we'd have to start over at getting him to sleep again. But, the point is that these diapers are really well-made, more absorbent than the disposables, made from completely organic materials, super comfortable, easy to wash/clean/hang-dry, better for the environment, and will make your baby look like he or she has a very abnormally large butt!
I would like to try some of the plain old square cloth diapers that you fold into thirds. They are so cheap that I think I might try some of those, and then some of the Bummi Whispers brand, which are a little cheaper, and also come highly recommended.
From what I understand, it is an initial 250.00 investment if you get the really nice ones brand new, but then you end up saving a lot over time. The brand we got goes from 20 to 40 pounds. We have size 2 in the Kissaluvs brand. So, theoretically, Samuel might be in this size for at least a year or more. That is definitely worth the money you invest, especially if you can save them for baby #2 and are doing the laundry yourself. I think they recommend you have about 10-15 diapers and 6-8 covers. Quite expensive, as I was saying, in the beginning to buy that many brand-new, but the long-term savings is quite a lot if you compare what you will be spending in disposables.


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