I am posting this weeks Infant Diapering guest post a day early – and it is a good one. Dana from The Sears Fam shares her story of diapering her 3 boys. Here is her adventures in her own words:
I was a first time Mom to Joshua at 21. Cloth Diapers never even crossed my mind. I was so new to Motherhood and being so young I didn’t have other Mommy friends who had any ideas to give me. So I read everything on Motherhood, babies & needs that I could get my hands on. This being five years ago there was nothing in the Magazines about cloth diapering at least where I lived. I thought nothing of Cloth diapering, it was just something my grandmother did. All the Magazines told me how many diapers I needed to buy for the newborn stage, so I did. And then I just kept buying disposables. (Read I never even gave cloth diapering a thought.)
We used Walmart Diapers, cheap and they hit the garbage as soon as they were “used”. I never thought twice about it, that is until I became Pregnant with my second Son, Mason.
Again I read the Newest Parent Magazines, cloth diapers were all the Jazz of the moment. I thought about…Do I really want to deal with Poop and have to keep the nasties around? Not really. What would I do when I was out? I didn’t want to have a “Jazzy” smelling vehicle. So being a Perfectionist I decided to write down the Pros & Cons, then do more research. My biggest personal issue with Cloth Diapering was when I was out. So after becoming OCD over cloth diapering, driving my husband insane all the while, I decided I would do it. I started looking at all the different brands, in Vancouver there weren’t to many cloth diapers for sale anywhere. So I took to looking online and in the US. Cloth diapering was just so “new”.
After looking online I found so many different kinds, but one fit what I dreamed Cloth Diapering was “The gDiaper”. At the time it was really new and they only offered the Flushable inserts. But I really liked gdiapers, after researching even more online I decided to get some cloth inserts and give them a try. I went with newborn disposables as per recommendations online and then planned on using the gdiapers as soon as they fit. I actually quite liked the gdiapers, but I ran into problems.
Mason was born healthy, but within 5 days of his little body’s life he began having trouble breathing. Mason got really sick and was hospitalized. After the first week in the hospital we went home, only to return the following week. This was the cycle of his first year. We went on to find out Mason was Special Needs just before his first birthday. Throughout the first year we used the gdiapers when home and then we would end up in the hospital again where they wouldn’t let us use them. When a baby is in the hospital they like to measure & weigh the “inns & outs”. I was disappointed, I had spent so much time on learning about cloth diapering and I had really wanted to. Eventually we also started to have to measure his “inns & outs” at home and there were too many variables with Cloth Diapering. With Mason’s health and the fact he never stopped having “formula poops” I gave it up Cloth Diapering. The gdiapers went to someone else who used them for two years. Loved them and she recommends them for everyone. The flushable inserts make them an option for almost anyone.
I went onto have a third baby. I decided to stick with disposables as I had one using them already. I secretly think about switching the third to gdiapers, but just the inserts. They are too cute and I wish that we could have done more for the Environment, it kind of makes me sick how long diapers take to break down.
Currently I have two in diapers and I think we have at least another two years of diapers. Disposables can be expensive, but I use all the coupons I can get. Generally I get boxes of Pampers for a couple dollars each. Coupons ROCK!
Whatever you choose to use, it needs to be right for your family and guilt free. I have learned that Cloth Diapering doesn’t work for everyone, but I support anyone around me that goes for it. I believe that there aren’t enough humans who support Cloth Diapering. So if their is nothing else I have learned from my own experience, I have learned to support those who have made the choice to Cloth Diaper.
Cloth Diapering isn’t just an old day experience. Cloth Diapering has come so far, if can work for your family I say do it. Good luck on your Diapering Journey!
Dana has an incredible story to share and her son Mason has a medical riddle that Dana and her family have been struggling and fighting to solve. You can read more about Mason’s medial riddle here. Mason’s medical care is quite costly and Dana is in the process of trying to secure funding to pay for all his needs. Since Mason does not have an official diagnosis she is finding it quite difficult to secure any assistance from the government to help pay for his needs. If you are able to financially help out – even a dollar or two I know would mean so much to her and her family. She has set up a paypal account for Mason’s Story Society which can be found below:
Disclaimer: please note that i am a HUGE supporter and friend of Dana but i am not in charge of this paypal account. if you have any questions please contact Dana at SearsFam@shaw.ca