Since before I had the boys I'd been planning on breastfeeding and using cloth diapers. How eco-chic right? After seeing how many disposable diapers we throw out each week, my guilt that I'm abusing the planet grows with each stinky diaper. I didn't want to start cloth diapers right away because I thought maybe getting the hang of raising twin infant boys would be a journey in itself. I also started out breastfeeding, so breastfeeding, and cloth diapering twins seemed a little too much. Well, the breastfeeding didn't exactly pan out how I'd originally dreamed up in my pre-mommy "everything is going to be perfect" visions. So now I think I'm ready to try the cloth diapering thing.
I've done lots of research and decided to try gDiapers. For the most part, moms seem pretty happy with them and they have a couple of cool options. You can either use the cloth inserts they make (no folding or pinning required) or the flushable refills. As far as price goes, the flushable refills are the same price as disposable diapers, so I haven't really decided if we'll keep up with those. However, after the initial investment in the pants and inserts, cloth diapers are both more eco-friendly and cheaper. (And with twins drinking formula, saving money is definitely something we're looking to do.) Even supplementing cloth diapers in with disposable diapers will inevitably save us money so either way I'm doing something positive here.
So far, I've changed one cloth diaper on Julain. He wore it for about 3 hours and seemed to get a little fussy earlier than usual. Upon changing him I immediately noticed his back was a little wet. When I opened the diaper, the entire pad was wet and the band on the back of the pants was wet. I also noticed a little bunching of the pad in the center. I'm not sure if it was because he was so wet or if it was due to how I put the pad in. So I put a new diaper (pants and pad) on him for now. Isaiah is still sleeping so we'll see how his is when he wakes up. I obviously assume there will be a small trial period with these as I learn the best way to use them.
Saturday I tried the disposable refills inside instead of the cloth. I wasn't around to change the diaper but Chikezie left the pad for me to flush. You rip it open and dump the inside stuff in the toilet. They give you a stick to swish it around so it breaks up the absorbent material. I flushed that and then the cover it was in afterward. Everything went down pretty well. It was one less diaper in our garbage can...but could be more in a water bill.
I have a lot to discover and figure out on this cloth diaper adventure! So far it's kind of fun to have something new to try! We'll see if I have this same enthusiasm after a poopy diaper!