I have a few questions for you... Do you still have 3 in diapers? Do you use all prefolds? I read in another post you had that as first you didn't CD, at what point did you decide to CD? How long, or how many children, would you guess that your diapers will last through? Have you considered elimination communication, or would it be more work than it's worth?
I love to entertain questions! It is my nature to always ask, ask, ask because that is how we learn--about life and about each other.
Thank you for your question, Genevieve!
So, do I still have three in diapers--No. * Only* two. ;-) Ruby (2) and Ivy (9 mos.) Do I use all prefolds? Yes. I use Chinese prefolds; I have both 6 ply and 8 ply. These are certainly the most economical for cloth diapering. I also think their design allows them to get washed more thoroughly. I have not had any problem with buildup or stink. I have tried one fitted diaper much like this one and two contour diapers and I prefer the prefolds because they won't stink! I have used a snappi, but I have found a fold that works well and then I don't need the snappi. (just fold down the top of the diaper as much as you need for length and then fold it in thirds, lay it in the cover and voila! I have not had problems with them bunching down in the cover...if it becomes a problem, just use a snappi or a pin.)
I use Thirsties covers and LOVE them. Again, very economical. And cute.
I vividly recall when I decided to cloth diaper. I was expecting child #7, and putting #s 5 and 6 in the tub. I was just thinking things in my head and literally caught my breath when I did the math--realizing that when Ruby was born I would have THREE in DIAPERS. I cried. Seriously. For like 5 seconds, but still.
It just so happened that I came across an article in a magazine about a mom who began her own business selling cloth diapers. Within the article was an invitation to order her free catalog--so I did. I showed it to my mom; she had also read the same article! I thought if anyone would say I was crazy, she would. She said, "I absolutely think you can do this."
I literally read through that catalog a bazillion times; it contained many helpful articles about cd-ing.
How long, or how many children, would I guess that my diapers will last through? Well, I'm on the 4th child using the diapers. They are showing some wear, but still do the job very well. I wash every other day and I just store them dry in a garbage pail. I don't soak the diapers because then they are stewing in sewage. I do soak the covers, just in a small rubbermaid storage container in the laundry room. I wash diapers and covers seperately.
I keep some disposables on hand for just-in-case...like if for some reason I'm out of covers (I need to get some more with two girls wearing the same size). I would say I buy a package of diapers at Target about once every two months, if that. Cloth diapering does require a bit of an investment up front, but it is so worth it to not have to be buying diapers all the time! And you can't argue with the savings of having several children be able to wear the same diapers! I wish I would have started sooner!
Have I considered elimination communication, or would it be more work than it's worth? I have only considered it very briefly--as in, for about 2 seconds, if that. My friend has done elimination communication, and I feel bad that I haven't asked her more about it. Obviously with as much consideration as I've given it, I have zero ground to stand on on which to offer an opinion.
Again, thanks for the question! I hope you found my answers to be helpful!
I'd like to think I'm well-read, that much of what I write is well-thought-out, but that's most likely a matter of personal opinion. (as in, mine.)
I feel awkward in social situations...I make stupid jokes and feel like it's my obligation to fill silence with words. Call me Chandler.
I'm getting better than I used to be, but still slip up from time to time.
This past week was no exception.
We were at our church's Christmas party, standing in line to eat. My older boys were just ahead of me in line and we were visiting with a couple that was next to us.
Dennis had given the boys the night off from chores so that we could go to this evening at church...we were explaining that to the couple. Isaiah happened to mention that Dad is really good at getting the calves off the bottle and onto a pail. (We feed baby calves via bottle for roughly 2 weeks, then they are weaned off the bottle and taught to drink milk from a pail. The calves are Isaiah's responsibility and he says Dad has better results when trying to wean from bottle to pail.)
So what do I say after Isaiah's statement?
You'll like this, I know.
I said, "Dad's a good wean-er, isn't he."
(Now say that out loud.)
Isaiah could barely contain himself, but he did well.
The man we were speaking to tried hard, too.
I felt like an idiot and my face turned several shades of red.
Maybe I should just stick to reading and blogging.
Many people get overwhelmed with gift buying during the Christmas season.
A dear woman shared with me (and some other moms) how she handles gift-giving for her five children.
They get three gifts.
Now, before I launch into this any further, I want to say this:
I don't care how much you spend on your child(ren) for Christmas.
I see/hear so many parents trying to "out-do" how much they don't do for their kids at Christmas.
"Oh, we don't give our kids hardly anything..."
"We only volunteer at a soup kitchen for Christmas. NO gifts."
Again, I don't care how much you spend! It's not up to me! That's up to you as a family. It's not my business what you spend or don't spend!
Whew! What a relief.
Also, if you volunteer instead of gifts, good for you! But don't make others feel selfish for giving gifts to their children. We do it in honor of the the Greatest Gift.
I think that gifts should be meaningful.
What this mom told me (us) was that she gives her children Three Gifts: one for their body, one for their mind, and the other for their spirit.
Body, Mind, and Spirit.
Let me show you what that looks like for one of our kids.
I have to pick one who can't read because my bigger kids all read my blog...so I'll do Ruby.
For her body, I bought her a pair of fuzzy pink pajamas. These will keep her warm this winter in our drafty house.
I will package that up together with the little cup I found that has her name on it and a matching bowl for the cereal that nourishes her body in the mornings.
For her mind, I bought her some lacing puzzles. These will help with her fine motor skills and give her something to keep her busy during school time.
For her spirit, I bought her some darling little cowgirl boots when they were on sale at Target this fall. She loves to dress up and wants to be like all the bigger kids who wear cowboy boots.
Obviously, were you to implement this within your family, it would look quite different. Different budgets allow for different gifts. Different children have different needs for their bodies, minds and spirits.
I needed to do this more for my own sake than for my kids'.
I hear many people talk about how their kids make atrocious statements after opening gifts (ie, "that's it?" or "Is this all I get?") Praise God, I have never encountered such a thing. My children have always been very gracious about what we've given them.
It was me who was finding all kinds of little "perfect" gifts for them and wanting so much to give them these things. This helped me to focus my thoughts and look for something specific and to fulfill a need that they have.
I would love for you to share your thoughts on how your families handle gift-giving!