02 November 2011

Baby's Got a Green Bum

One surprising effect being pregnant had on both me and the hubs was that it brought out our crunchy, inner granola.  Among our other efforts to reduce our impact on the planet as we cultivate new life, we decided to explore the possibility of cloth diapering our kiddo.

Light blue bum pictured here
It's official: baby's got a *mostly* green bum.  We've officially made the switch to cloth diapers, and it's pretty fab after just a couple of weeks << this coming from a girl whose mother taught her to recycle before it was cool to recycle, when the cheesy "3R" commercials were still in rotation >>.

Maybe you've heard it before, but it bears repeating: cloth diapers today aren't your momma's cloth diapers... no pins, no folding, no need for the use of a diaper service.

We started out with a pack of 12 bumGenuis 4.0 All in One diapers. The idea with this particular style is that the diaper can be snapped down small enough to fit a newborn rump and then unsnapped big enough to fit a potty training kiddo.

In theory, it's the only diaper you'll need.

We turned our little dude's bum green when he was 8 weeks, and so far, so good.  We have had exactly ZERO poop explosions << someone please knock on wood >> and  just a couple of damp onesies while in the cloth.  When I'm in on diaper duty, if he happens to be in a disposable (for day care, 2 mornings per week) and decides to poo, I almost always end up changing his whole outfit.  If he takes a dump in cloth, the poo stays right where it's supposed to.

The only downside we've identified is that if he's got a really wet diaper, the area around his legs can get a little bit damp.  Our solution has been to either double up with the liners or change him a little more frequently (which is still *not as frequent* if he were in a disposable).

Before we switched, the hubs would empty the diaper pail on a weekly basis and it just about took both of us to haul the load out the curb.  Easily 35 pounds of waste was being sent to the dump every week. Now, taking into account his day care diapers, we're probably talking 3 - 5 pounds in the landfill, tops.

Also, it doesn't hurt that the diapers are so stinkin' cute.  Little man's monthly "watch me grow" photos are going to be in these. Win!
2 months and he's already working on his Buddha Belly

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