I could probably just slap this baby up here and call it a day:
Why, yes! Thank you for asking – that is, in fact, a spreadsheet for cloth diaper supplies.
I am very lucky to have a husband who supports my crazy to the fullest extent and puts up with my antics (for the most part). When I asked if he’d be willing to go the cloth diaper route, he was more than happy to jump on board – especially when I laid out how much money we’d save as a result (approximately $1,500-$2,000 per kid – cha ching!).
Once I delved into the world of cloth diapering though, I quickly realized you need a PhD in eco-friendly, hippie crunchy baby speak to understand what any of it means. AIOs? Snappis? Indian vs Chinese pre-folds? a POOP SPRAYER?! Errrr……
We ended up taking a class at a local cloth diaper boutique and it was so incredibly helpful (and slightly comical as Sean accidentally hosed himself down with the aforementioned poop sprayer, which we now affectionately refer to as a diaper bidet. So posh of us!). I won’t bore you with all the details on the different types of diapers (I’m already learning from my last post!), but feel free to email me if you’re interested in completely nerd-ing out over it. I’m all too happy to oblige.
We’ve decided to use a combination of all the styles, ranging from cheapest (but most work) to the most expensive (but more convenient).
Our plan is to use the old school cloth pre-folds for ourselves because they require a little more manhandling and save the easy, breezy all-in-ones for family/friends/daycare/I’m-so-tired-I-want-to-die type situations. We’re also stockpiling a few super-absorbent ones for nighttime, known as “fitteds”, in hopes of curtailing those all-night dance parties she currently hosts in my stomach.
“They” (meaning people who have an actual clue what they are doing) recommend stockpiling 24-36 diapers to start, so I’ve been slowly starting to collect them when I find good deals online. I’m also trying reeeeealllly hard to be practical and order gender neutral colors so that kiddo #2 can use them too. A few pink and purple may have snuck in there, though.
Can I please admit that there is a very strange addiction to buying cloth diaper products? It’s thrilling when you find a good deal and the patterns are just so stinkin’ cute you almost forget how stinkin’ they are going to get (See what I did there?). It’s not just me, either. There are entire forums out there dedicated to other crazy-cakes like myself discussing these things. I’ve found my people.
Over the next few weeks, the real fun will begin. Washing and organizing these puppies.
Yep. That’s what constitutes fun at 7 months pregnant.