Friday, September 5, 2014

Mama's, I Need Your Help!

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to do things a little differently.

The two main things I am thinking about are cloth diapering and homemade food.

I am definitely making my own baby food this time around. It's SO MUCH cheaper. But outside of cost reasons...

Gracie is one of the pickiest eaters on the PLANET. It's kind of ridiculous and a real big pain in my butt. How she continues to gain weight and stay healthy on the list of 22 things she eats, which has actually been slimmed down to about 12 things, I will never know.

I know that one way to help the next baby along is to expose the baby to a wider variety of baby food flavors. Plus, as it's homemade, you can increase textures at the readiness of your baby, and the taste will be the exact same.

Hopefully, the next baby will be a good eater. That will be such a relief off my shoulders to only have one baby to worry about picky habits.

I am still on the fence about cloth diapering. That's in part because I am unsure about it.

So, those who cloth diaper, fill me in PLEASE!

1. How much cheaper is it, REALLY? I know it's drastically cheaper, but how much do you save?

2. I know there are different kinds of diapers, different brands, different clasps, etc. What are they and which ones do you think are the best? Pro's and cons of each? Why do YOU use the ones you do.

3. How hard/ gross is clean up? After they poop, do you immediately wash the diaper/liner or is there a pail you keep, and isn't that kind of gross? And if so, do you just wash the pail full of liners/diapers at the end of the night or do you wait a few days.

4. Do you spend a lot more on laundry detergent? Does the cost of laundry detergent and extra laundry add extra cost to cloth diapering that would then make it equal to disposables?

5. Any other pro's & cons you can think of?

Thank you all so much!

Have a great weekend!

xoxo

Tanika

2 comments:

  1. I definitely suggest looking into baby led weaning... Lauren from The Best F Words and Brielle from Ready or Not both have great posts on it. I also read blwideas.com and follow them on Instagram. Now... Cloth diapering. All of JaiseAnn's cloth diapering supplies cost us roughly $600 total. That's less than a year's worth of diapers.JaiseAnn will be in diapers for more than one year and I can use them again with future children. We bought more expensive diapers so you can definitely do it for jess than that. We have Bum Genius 4.0 diapers and 18 of them. JaiseAnn wore disposable diapers until three months and she still wears a disposable to bed. I only do three extra loads of laundry a week and I use All Free and Clear and it works great and is not expensive. After I'm out, though, I'm going to make my own detergent. Jana at Life Could be a Dream recently posted a homemade laundry detergent that's cloth diapering friendly. I bought the diapers (which came with inserts), wet bags (to keep the dirty diapers in until washing.. The wet bags hold any smell and are washable, too). I also bought cloth wipes but that's just a preference. I make my own wipe solution. It's really not that gross. If the baby is exclusively breastfed you honestly don't even have to rinse dirty diapers. You can throw them in the wet bag and then the wash. (I usually did rinse but JaiseAnn is a very infrequent pooper so it's never been an issue). Now that she's on solids I just rinse and throw in the bag. I rarely have problems with stains but when I do I just sun dry them outside and they bleach right out. We bought the kind with snaps because I could see Velcro wearing out. I love cloth diapering. If you have any other questions or if you want more information about where I bought stuff, just email me!:)

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  2. We didn't cloth diaper, although if we have a third I will be. However, I second baby led weaning. It's scary at first but the difference in how my kids eat is incredible. My kid who had purees is the pickest kid where my blw daughter will eat almost everything. You definitely should try it

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