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Thursday, October 20, 2011

On My Mind: Partly greening baby

Guess cloth diapering is like riding a bike...it comes back to you. Some 28 years ago, we used only cloth on our DD, but after all those years, here's my second attempt at getting one on the grandbaby. Now, I'm back up to pro status! 
  As an at home mom those many moons years ago, with only Hubby's income to meet all our needs, cloth diapers were our ONLY option financially. When Grandbaby comes to visit, DD brings us plenty of disposable diapers to use, but I can't stand to see the dirties pile up in the trash, headed to the landfill. So, once Grandbaby gets past her usual couple of morning poopy "blowouts," I switch to using cloth.
   Using cloth diapers for the majority of the time when Grandbaby is here saves DD from buying quite as many disposables, so she's all for it! Even when they're at home, DD's not up for using cloth herself, and I can't blame her, 'cause I still get grossed out by washing out the poopy diapers. Ugh!
   When Grandbaby begins eating solids and her stools aren't as loose as they are now, you can bet I'll be watching her face for signs that it's time to hold her over the toidy. By keeping a watchful eye out when we were home, I seldom had to clean out a poopy diaper once DD was about 4-5 months old! (They even have books out on the subject now.)
Would you believe they had NO infant-sized diaper covers available locally? Finally decided to order some online but the ones I'd bought were too tight on baby's legs. Then I came across and bought this adjustable Thirsties Duo Diaper Cover online...lovin' it!! Now that I know it works, I'll order more, 'cause it doesn't take long to get one dirty if Grandbaby decides to surprise me with an additional blowout.
   Well, that's what's on my mind today. What's on yours? Hope you'll share your link here or on down-to-earth!

11 comments:

Practical Parsimony said...

Mama said she could hold me on the commode and say, "Pee,pee, Linda," and I would at three-months-old. She said she could tell when I had to go. I thought it was just sort of weird until I read similar things over the years. Can you order PUL and make your own waterproof covers? You now have a pattern.

Cute baby legs!

Mark said...

What a good Mama/Grandma you are. Your kids must have been potty trained early. Good for you!
m.

Dmarie said...

wow, Practical, I like the way you think! I'll check into that!
@Mark, nah, DD was potty trained at the usual age for girls. Had her "poop-trained" early--or maybe I was the one trained, since it involved watching her-- but did have to "teach" her to pee in the pot. (enough baby talk, eh!? ;)

alison@thisbloominglife said...

Must be so rewarding to all that loving and then hand them on back! Loved the bacon idea too. Thanks

David G said...

We cloth dipper our little girl. They are wonderful. We used disposable dippers on a trip and we had repeated blowouts, but we don't have that problem with the cloth ones. We have 3 different styles, each with pluses and minuses but Bum Genius is my favorite.

Barb. said...

Partly greener is better than no greening so good on you.
We used cloth on all 5 of ours, it's not hard but the 2 of our kids that have kids...they use disposable. Cloth seems like too much hard work for a lot of people I think.

I too need to seperate and freeze some bacon so there is some left when I need it.

Barb.

Linda said...

Good on you! That's wonderful that your grandchild is in cloth some of the time. And I can't tell you how impressed I am with your skills in reading babies. I had five children but never was aware until I smelled THE SMELL!

Practical Parsimony said...

Dmarie,
In order that I don't have a field day with bacon, I take off the cardboard and cut the whole package half into, crosswise. That way, if I eat too much, at least it is not all thawed for me to consume easily. I think I eat it more slowly if I don't have the whole pack. Plus, it is easier to get the ends uniformly brown with a short piece that can be flipped or turned.

JenMun(a) said...

Oh I tried it but... :(
but if there is any chance I will try again, I really really hate all the trash! you´re a great grandmother!:)
JenMuna

Sue said...

The new disposables are so absorbant, I'm amazed ANY kid EVER gets potty trained. It's the feeling of being wet and uncomfortable that seems to get them ready to train.

melissa said...

I read some of those books, and I was washing poopy diapers up until at least ten or twelve months. Consider me impressed - you were doing "EC" before it had a name. I love Thirsties Duo Wraps :) If you're not a fan of the pins, there's always the "snappi," too, but it looks like you're a pro!

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