Monday, May 9, 2011

Week 16: Cotton Babies

Kyle and I spent this past weekend in St. Louis celebrating a graduation and Mother's Day with our families.   As part of the celebration, we took the graduate and the mothers to the Cardinals game.  The Redbirds beat the Brewers 3 to 1; it was a great game and an excellent present for our moms! I received a few Happy Mother's Day cards and text messages yesterday.  My reaction was to freak out.  It was so weird getting them. 

Our project for this weekend was to learn about cloth diapers.  We are using cloth diapers for two reasons.  #1.  They are environmentally friendly.  I don't even use plastic sandwich baggies, so how could  I send dozens of disposable diapers to the dump each week?  #2.  They save money.  Initially, there will be a high cost, but then we won't have to rely on buying diapers at the store each week!  Those two reasons are why cloth diapers are a must for our little babe.

To learn about diapers, we visited the store Cotton Babies next to Whole Foods in Town and Country.  Cotton Babies sells three diapering systems.  We learned about all of them and were very tempted by the Econobum system where you could diaper a baby from 7 to 35 pounds for $100.  Quite economical.  However, the sales consultant was honest about those diapers being economical, but not necessarily the best at preventing messes.  YUK.  We learned about two more systems and have decided to go with the BumGenius Organic.  These diapers can be adjusted to fit a child from 7 to 35 pounds (that's what all the snaps are for!).    They are also good at keeping messes contained (A MUST!) and we have friends who use and like this system.  Plus, John and Sherry from Young House Love use them.  They wrote a Everything About Cloth Diapers post that basically sold me on these diapers.
Those are the diapers we are so much looking forward to using on our little babe's bum!  Kyle and I even practiced changing diapers in the store with a doll on a changing table.  It was one of those amazing moments that I totally regret not having my camera for!  Kyle seemed to enjoy changing a fake diaper (let's hope that enthusiasm stays with him for say, the next two years.)

Check out The Bump page- my stomach is def. growing.  The baby is the size of an avocado this week which seems huge!! I've been feeling good so far this week, except for my seasonal allergies which have arrived in full force.   I'm hoping to get through them without taking medicine, but we'll see how long I last!


  1. Cool! We've never tried these...we have the bum genius one size but the 4.0 pocket style. a good tip someone gave to me was to get a couple of different styles to see what you end up liking best and then buy more of those. We've found that having a pocket diaper at night is good because you can stuff it with hemp inserts and make it super absorbent so they sleep longer...we also have some made locally here called rump a rooz that are my favorites.oh man, I could go on and on with unasked for advice, sorry I'm being one of those people now! I think you'll like it whatever you get! Let me know if you ever want to chat about cd ing :)

  2. My friend Beth is trying these too!! She's using the Kawaii diapers, but they look pretty much exactly the same as yours. You can even get really cute ones with butterflies on it! :)

  3. I wish I could see Kyle changing the baby doll's diaper. I bet it was priceless. :)

  4. That's awesome that you are using cloth diapers. I can't wait to hear more about that. We're thinking about kids in maybe a year or two (probably more like two), so all reading about pregnancy and stuff is all really interesting to me!