I don’t mean to plan ahead so much. Really, I don’t. I’ts just that once I start thinking about something, it eases my mind to be able to do what I need to do about it so I can simply move on.
When I was planning my wedding I didn’t understand why my friends/bridesmaids didn’t seem eager to help me with planning and crafts four months in advance. It wasn’t until the month of the wedding that everyone seemed to gear up. By that time, I was already on my honeymoon in my mind and the crafts were mostly done.
I’ve been trying not to do this so much with baby stuff. Ya know, I’m doing my best to just go with the flow, despite my inner programming that tells me that I need to start preparing now. What can I say? I like preparing for stuff. I like packing for trips a few days in advance. I like buying economy sized packs of Q-Tips at Costco so that I’ll never ever run out. And if it was up to me I’d have my baby shower next month just so I’d know exactly what else I need to acquire on my own.
On the other side of the spectrum, I’ve also been known to be ridiculously spontaneous. I think spontaneous happens for me when I get super sick of planning ahead. Makes sense, right?
Well, I did give into planning and buy one baby thing already…just because I couldn’t help myself. 🙂
Cloth Diapers. My mom used them. Jon’s mom used them. I’m determined to use them in an attempt to save some money (oh yeah, and to save the planet too!) They showed up at my doorstep on Saturday morning and I couldn’t stop admiring the glorious little pieces of fabric.
I bought one dozen infant sized prefolds (the prefold is the plain cloth diaper pictured above that gets put on before the diaper cover) and two dozen premium sized prefolds. Little Lions sells them and sometimes you can buy them on clearance too.
I also ordered some diaper covers from Thirsties. Actually, they are Thirsties brand but I ordered them from Green Mountain Diapers. I ordered four size 2’s of the Duo Wrap and one size 1. The great thing about Thirsties (according to my friend Kelli who told me all about them) is that because of the different levels of snaps going down the front of the diaper you can continue adjusting the size to fit your baby as he/she grows. Therefore, less diaper covers to buy! Size 1 fits babies from 6-18 pounds. Size 2 fits babies from 18-40 pounds.
The trees pattern was my favorite diaper so I bought two!
Lastly, I bought four snappi fasteners from Cotton Babies. They are easier to use than regular old safety pins and they hold the prefold diaper in place better too.
I’m excited to use cloth diapers, although I am planning on using disposable ones too for times like car trips when cloth would be less convenient. Learn more about why cloth is great!
I figured I should share my findings, seeing as learning about cloth diaper options felt like researching for a thesis paper. But to me, the extra effort will be worth it in the end. All my purchases only amounted to $147.70 (including shipping).
$15.80 for the Snappi fasteners (Cotton Babies has free shipping)
$61.70 for 3 dozen prefolds
(each one can be used 100 -150 times before they wear out)
$70.20 for 5 covers
And the great thing is that I’ll be able to re-use these same diaper covers and snappies for baby number two!
Now, only six more months until I get to use them…