Monday, June 8, 2009

Cloth diaper stuff...

Okay, this post will have a bit of a theme to it, so if you are not interested or curious about the cloth diaper stuff you might want to skip this one. I found this blog called www.clothdiaperblog.com, and it appears to be full of good information about cloth diapering. There is also a weekly giveaway every Friday, which is very cool. I believe the giveaway is usually a diaper, but I am so new to the site that I can't be totally sure on that. I would be so thrilled to win a diaper. I know, I know. It probably seems very silly to get excited over diapers, but that is where I'm at these days. I now have another site that I can check obsessively to do diaper research. Maybe one of these days I will actually be prepared for this new baby!

On our trip this weekend I bought a diaper for the baby to try. It is small, so now the baby has two small diapers of his or her own. We also got two wet bags for traveling and they worked very well for this past weekend. We got two diaper pail liners and we also broke down and bought a diaper sprayer, which is like a shower head (only much smaller) that attaches to the toilet for easy cleaning of the dirty diapers. I hope it works. I feel like I am really in this now! This morning I made wipes solution for our cloth wipes. I am almost completely set up now for this whole endeavor. Who would have thought I would ever be doing this?? I still need more stuff in order to prepare for the baby, but even so, I have a fairly big chunk of my budget left to use and we will still be saving a lot of money doing things this way.

Baby is doing gymnastics right now and my laptop is bouncing all over the place! Jamie is sleeping and Cody is doing preschool games on an old apple computer in the kitchen. It is nice and quiet in here. I will do a more in-depth post about the weekend and everything else tomorrow. I am too tired right now, and I have diapers on the brain. Hm. I am pretty sure this is a nesting thing and that if I were not 8 months pregnant right now I might be able to give this a rest. I guess I better go. My house is still a disaster and it would be nice to make a little more progress before Mike gets home. I'm off for now.

4 comments:

Jeff9 said...

The best way to clean cloth diapers is to pre-rinse them off in the toilet using a Hand Bathroom Bidet Sprayer. So convenient and if you are trying to help the environment (and your pocket book) you can give it a double whammy by virtually eliminating toilet paper use at the same time as you benefit from using it on the diapers, by using it on yourself. I think Dr. Oz on Oprah said it best: "if you had pee or poop on your hand, you wouldn't wipe it off with paper, would you? You'd wash it off" Available at http://www.bathroomsprayers.com they come in an inexpensive kit and can be installed without a plumber. And after using one of these you won't know how you lasted all those years with wadded up handfuls of toilet paper. Now we're talking green and helping the environment without any pain. One review: http://jonathanandandrea.blogspot.com/2009/04/spray-it-or-scrub-it.html

CAT said...

We just installed our diaper sprayer last night, so we'll see how that goes. As for using it on myself...I don't think I'm that brave at the moment. Hehe. It is quite a forceful blast, and worse than that it is icy cold. Hm.

I see Dr. Oz's point, but on the other hand, we are not using our bums to prepare food or open doors or anything else that will spread the germs around before we bath or shower, so I don't think the comparison is completely accurate. Haha. Maybe one day when I am feeling very brave or silly I will try it out. First, I have to get the hang of spraying diapers without making a mess. I am told it takes some practice. Last night I had my first go at it, and it was the mother of all poopy diapers, so it was not all sunshine and lollipops, but it did work.

Jeff9 said...

Haha, all new things are strange at first right? The cold water aspect is definitely not enticing. I couldn't live without my sprayer and although no I don't use my bum for food preparation I sure enjoy feeling clean as a whistle! And one thing, if you ever have diarrhea, shhhh can't talk about that, it's great to shoot a blast (try to not press the trigger in all the way for pressure And you can try flushing the toilet at the same time because that can lower that pressure to the sprayer) up the pipes to get clean inside and out. Cheers, Jeff

CAT said...

Jeff, you are too funny! Thanks for the tips. I will definitely take those into consideration. My little guy did not poop today at all, so I have not had another chance to try it out, but that likely means that tomorrow he will more than make up for it so I guess my opportunity is just around the corner! I'm not sure whether my sprayer has the option of not pressing down all the way, but I'm going to try the flushing thing to see whether it helps. Wish me luck!!!