Friday, July 9, 2010

Cloth diapers and baby wearing

I'm really considering cloth diapering this go around.   I've been over the pros and cons numerous times and the pros really outway the cons. I believe the decision not only will have a great impact on the babies comfort and health, but also on the environment and our finances.  Did you know that the chemical used to make the super-absorbency of disposable diapers is Sodium polyacrylate, which has been linked to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome) and can cause allergic reactions?  A baby's skin is so sensitive it soaks those chemicals right up!  Overall, making the decision to use disposable diapers or cloth diapers is a personal one. There is no one right answer for everyone. You simply have to chose what is right for your family.  I've purchased a few different brands of cloth diapers already, but will definitely have to buy several more before January.  I'm also wondering how to handle the first few days when the baby poops the meconium.  That will surely ruin some diapers, so if any of you have an idea about that let me know!  I would assume you would just use some regular prefolds or something, but I'm no expert! 

Ok, and I know you've all heard of babywearing!  I'm pretty into this too!  After adopting and all the information we learned about babywearing during that time, I plan to wear this baby too!  There are so many awesome reasons for wearing your baby, but the main reason is for bonding and the emotional security of the baby.  Babies who are continuously held actually initiate separation faster. They also cry less, smile more, are less prone to vomiting and spitting up.  I could go on and on but those are just some of the perks of wearing your baby!  I've bought the ergo baby carrier so far, and plan to buy the moby wrap.  Those are the ones that have been recommended so far.  If any of you have any other suggestions feel free to share!!  Below is the carrier that I've bought.

I'm curious to hear all your thoughts on these!! 


Karen Wall said...

I could not live with out my ergo carrier! :) I used it with both my son who came home at 14 mos. old and my son who we adopted at 2.5 mos. old. Just make sure to get the infant insert when you buy it so you can start using it right away! I have turned many of my friends onto this and they all say the same thing- How could you ever live without one!

Laura@The Oily Cupboard said...

i did the cloth diaper thing w/#4. i loved them,....but gave up after she was 4months. the amount of laundry w/6 ppl let alone extra b/c of cloth diapers literally took my sanity away from me. haha
we even have 2 washers and dryers but it was more than i wanted. i was disappointed b/c i fell in love w/Fuzzi Bunz diapers. i had over 20 of soon as she outgrew them i sold them to friend.

i also was horrible at prefolds and had a good number of cute covers too!!! hubs wouldn't change her if she was wearing cloth either and he insisted she wear disposables when we went out.
he was no help..haha

let me know what you choose!

but i loved her cloth bum...

Baby N's Mom said...

Which brand is in the pic? I've looked into g-diapers (not that I need them at this point) and they look pretty cool, but the ones you pictured are adorable.


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