I only have one question... do we really need to spend so much time talking about poop?
Don't get me wrong. I completely agree that we need to make wise decisions for our children and the environment and diapering IS an important decision. We must also bear in mind that we moms spend endless hours of our lives up to our elbows in well, crap, so we want to do it as painlessly as possible.
But having 4 boys means that I am constantly surrounded by smells and strange noises (actually my hubby is the biggest culprit) and when I finally get a moment to relax with a magazine, I really don't want to be wasting any of my precious moments deliberating over diapering options - I mean come on, I'm ALREADY locked in the bathroom (where else would I get a free moment? Duh.), isn't that bad enough?
SO, my advice, as a mom who has been diapering 7 years plus straight.... is to do the research, make the decision as quickly and wisely as possible, and then try to manipulate your husband into doing the dirty deed (I find bribery and tears work well for this).
I admire you mothers who do the whole cloth diapering thing... you are AWESOME and my hat is off to you, but by the time I heard about the wonderful options out there (hmm.. I guess I should have read that magazine after all), I was on my fourth and set in my ways.
For you who use the disposables, I have a few observations that work well for my boys:
- Use the expensive diapers when they are newborn to 6 months old, when they are most sensitive and susceptible to diaper rash. After that, switch to the generic brand.
- Use petroleum jelly for the first week of a baby's life. It REALLY helps with removing those "sticky tar" poops. After that I chuck the stuff out.
- The only extra items I buy for diapering are Penaten medicated cream, and baby wipes. Penaten - I only use when a rash is present. Wipes - You can find aloe, alcohol free, hypoallergenic wipes in generic... BUY IN BULK, and keep the plastic tubs so you can get refill packages.
- Keep a bag packed with extra diapers, wipes and CLOTHES in your car. You will need them, trust me. Yes, clothes for the kids, and clothes for YOU (especially if you have boys, and even if you don't).
- Newborn babies' diapers leak. Sorry. If you've found a way around it, please feel free to share, but don't look at me, 'cuz I'm not having any more babies.... hubby would like to but I have an appointment booked for him at the doctors soon. Shhhh.- and finally AND MOST IMPORTANT***** I keep a clothespin attached to the change table. No, it's not for clothes. Yes, it's for my nose.
So that's it. What a crappy post eh? LOL. Motherhood is SO glamerous, I always say.
ttyl friends! :)