Cloth diapering class & pregnancy update
A few months ago, I became intrigued by cloth diapering. I guess it is partly because my mother cloth diapered me as a baby.
Apparently, I had a very sensitive bottom, but my bottom is fine now, thank you.
Anyway, Michael and I attended a class at a local baby boutique called The Milky Way last night, so we could learn more about the whole process and make an informed decision.
Before the class, we met up at Just Fresh where I was able to build my own salad.
It was delicious (although it still didn’t stop my pregnant belly from growling during the class).
The class was really informative… but very overwhelming. I had absolutely no idea that there would be so many options when it came to cloth diapers!
We learned that there are basically three benefits of using cloth diapers:
- They are better for the environment.
- They are more economical.
- They help to prevent diaper rash and irritation.
We also learned that the diapers can come in different materials, such as cotton, hemp, and bamboo (with cotton being the cheapest and bamboo the most expensive).
Despite the massive amount of options, it all seemed relatively simple until we got into how to wash and care for the diapers.
You have to wash them every two days in a very specific brand of detergent (and I have a feeling you won’t be able to find it at mainstream stores), and when traveling, you basically have to carry dirty diapers around with you. Plus, there are special gadgets for cleaning off the poop and wipes that you can use.
Basically, it all seemed pretty complicated.
And my goodness, those diapers are bulky! At one point during the class, Michael turned to me and whispered, “Our baby is going to look like he has one huge butt!”
Prior to attending the class, I was absolutely set on cloth diapering.
But after the class, we came to the conclusion that using disposable diapers is probably the best option for us (at least while the baby is a newborn).
The class wasn’t a waste of time by any means though. After all, now we know what to do if our baby boy ends up taking after his mommy, and we have to go that route. And I still think that cloth diapering is a great thing.
While I’m on the subject of babies…
Since I’ve been pregnant, people always ask how I’m feeling.
Am I swollen? Am I uncomfortable? Is the heat bothering me?
I never would have anticipated this prior to becoming pregnant, but I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life.
Sure, I have morning sickness, headaches, and hormonal breakouts for the first time in my life. Yes, I get tired at the drop of a hat and eat so much food that I’ve pretty much doubled our grocery budget.
But I feel fantastic.
I love everything about being pregnant- both the good things and the not-so-fun things (like heartburn).
My very favorite thing about being pregnant is my belly. In the evenings when I am relaxing on the couch, I love to roll up my shirt and just watch my stomach move while the baby kicks.
He was moving like crazy last during the class!
I am quickly approaching my third trimester, and thankfully, being pregnant has not worsened my lupus pains. If anything, I have less pain.
I suppose that this little baby has already made my life better.
Mommies and mommies-to-be: How did/do you feel during pregnancy?
Has anyone cloth diapered their babies? If so, what did you think of it? I’m curious to hear some personal experiences.
Well, I have lots to do today in order to get ready for our trip to Aruba, so I’m going to close.
Have a great day!