I admit that I have a problem: I am obsessed with diapers. I couldn’t be more happy cloth diapering, and now, I just love them! Weird, huh? Yeah, I know. I comfort myself by remembering that some women are obsessed with shoes – which go on feet. Which can also be stinky. So, really, diaper love isn’t that strange, right? I mean, which sounds nicer: a soft, cozy, fluffy diaper – or a stinky ol’ shoe? (Just work with me, on this one.)
It started out innocently enough. When The Muffin was a little over half way through her diaper days, her skin was reeeaaaallly bad (still is – she suffers from fierce eczema). My cousin & his wife had just had a baby & they introduced me to today’s cloth diapers (I blame this all on them. 🙂 It all seemed so easy -and it would save us soooo much money over disposables. And no more diapers sitting in landfills. And the kicker: it would be better for The Muffin’s skin!! I did some research & bought a bunch of FuzziBunz Seconds. They were great! However, her skin ended up still needing creams that would have ruined the nice cloth diapers, so we ended up being part-time cloth users. So, when Yum-Yums came around, I thought I’d once again be a part-timer. In fact, I started out with only 4 Fuzzi Bunz (The Muffin’s stash was all size Large & still on loan to a friend). Then after a string horrible (& embarrassing) blow-outs, I decided to completely switch over. Some other family members bought us a few (as baby gifts), and I borrowed some newborn sized diaps from the cousins that started it all. When Yum-Yums outgrew the borrowed newborn sizes, that’s when the obsession kicked in.
It all started with some Bum Genius seconds I got to fill in the diaper stash gaps. Then I HATED the idea of going back to disposables when camping and on our Austin trip, so I got a Flip diaper trial pack (with disposable inserts). I loved the idea of using pre-folds in them when at home, so I got a handful of those, too. Then started my quest to find the perfect nighttime diaper. (Yum-yums, as it turns out, is a super heavy wetter & nights were proving to be a problem.) Then came the Bamboozle, and the Kissaluvs. And the Pumpkin Butt hemp and cotton insert/liner. Then the Trend Lab, Earth Mom & Baby’s Bumboo Bamboo diaper, and the Tweedle Bugs diaper covers. Then the Kawaii bamboo minky diaper, and the Mother Ease cotton one-size. They all have their pros & cons, and some are my favorites, but when it comes right down to it: I love them all! I promise to include a page full of my reviews very soon. (probably tonight or tomorrow)
I am currently lusting over the Australian Bumboo side snap diaper covers & luxuriant bamboo terry flats. They’re currently having a buy 2, get one free deal. Even still, the shipping will come to $10.50 & that’s what is giving me pause. You see, out of the family budget, I have only spent $75.00 on diapers. Yes, you read that right: our family has only spent $75.00 on 8.5 months of diapering!!! And the best part is that I don’t need another single diaper. We are totally set. Well, when we go on Vacation, I will probably have to buy a pack of disposables, because I won’t have access to washer/dryer. Or at least a pack of Flip disposable inserts (only 5.00, though, at Soft & Cozy Baby – our friendly neighborhood diaper shop) – but you get the idea.
So where has the money for all the other diapers come from? Well, many were gifted, and the remainder have come from a very generous gift card I was given for the holidays. (And a little of my gig money.) That’s right. I have spent my gift money, not on clothes (which I desperately need – I look a little raggedy these days), or shoes (like some women might), or even coffee & chocolate (which is my usual M.O.), but diapers.
I told you I have a problem.