Friday, October 19, 2012
Trial and Error Cloth Diapers: Month 3
Raegan's transition to day care was a breeze. She goes twice a week, and I get to stop by and see her on my lunch break. I nurse her when I drop her off, during lunch, and when I pick her up.
She doesn't like the bottle, and she gets enough time nursing during the day, so her teachers use the milk I pump to make cereal for her. She's loves the cereal!!
Nursing less and eating more has changed our diapering routine a little. Raegan can go days without a BM.
Not that dirty diapers were much different from wet diapers (I don't dunk or spray dirty diapers, just an extra rinse in the washing machine) -- but it does mean less stains, now that it's cold and I'm not using my clothesline as much.
The way the sun bleaches diapers still amazes me. And, I need to figure out a way to keep doing it through the cold winter months.
Raegan wears disposables at day care, which usually amounts to about 3 diapers each day. The day care is very nice about letting her wear a cloth diaper in the morning so I don't have to keep a pack of disposables at home.
Speaking of disposables... we had to travel, unexpectedly, this week to be with family a few hours away from home.
I thought about taking the cloth diapers with me. It wouldn't be difficult. I had access to a washer and a dryer. But, I was tired and we didn't know how long we were going to be staying when we packed.
So, I ran out and bought a pack of disposable diapers to take along. Raegan had a rash within 24 hours of leaving the house.
The weird part was, the rash wasn't wear the diaper covered. It wasn't a rash from not getting changed or from the chemicals inside the diaper. The rash was down the inside of her thigh, from where the plastic-ish outer layer of the diaper rubbed her legs.
Some diaper rash cream and snug-fitting leggings cured her quickly.
One night, we were all snuggling before bed, and Landon said, "Raegan needs her diaper changed. It smells." I checked. She was dry. Disposable diapers smell. I notice it when I walk into the nursery at church. I can't explain the smell, but it's there. It's something we weren't used to.
Maybe I should have taken the cloth diapers. At least it was a learning experience, and it gave me time to think about more important things. But, it was a good reminder that we use cloth diapers for her benefit, not just for ours. Yes, it saves us money, but it's also much more comfortable for her.