So when he does fall asleep, even if it's for 10 minutes, I take a nap if I need one...or shower, or fix myself lunch, or use the bathroom. That way, if he does wake up 10 minutes later, I can feel like I've at least taken care of my needs somewhat and that keeps me from getting too frustrated.
|He who does not take naps!|
Diapers. So let me say first of all, that I admire all you Cloth Diaper mommies out there. I really do. I wish I had the gall to step that far outside of my box, but I just wasn't ready to be that adventurous this first time around. I'd love to know that I am being responsible and minimizing my carbon footprint, I would. But as a nanny, I always used disposable diapers...it's what I know, and it gets rid of the poop and pee fast without having to deal with extra laundering. So there you have it... I'm not as eco-friendly as I'd like to be (maybe next baby).
Now that I have that out of the way, let's talk about brands. I think I've figured out the scam of the big name brands. They get you with the super nice newborn diapers...that's their trick. They pull out all of the stops and give you the best product they have for those first 2-3 months so that you're hooked on their brand...and then they pull the whole bait and switch. Yep! Uh-huh I've got you figured out Huggies and Pampers...don't think you can fool this mommy. Pampers swaddlers are soft, super thick and have this amazing mesh layer that pull wetness away from the baby's bottom. Huggies newborns have a neat little cutout for your newborns healing belly button, they are also soft and super absorbent. But once you move up to size 2...all the bells and whistles are gone. Now I can't say that I've tried Pampers size 2. My family has sort of sworn off Pampers ever since their new Dry Max formula burned my nephews skin and made his poor little bottom bleed. From what I know from my sister, this new Dry Max is stamped onto the diaper, which as I understand, is the chemical that is causing babies to bleed (yes, it's happened to many many babies: read for yourself). We were using Huggies (size 1) and Costco brand (size 1-2, which apparently are also made by Huggies) until we hit a growth spurt about a week ago and needed bigger diapers. We had a small bag of Seventh Generation Diapers Size 2 waiting in our closet so for about a week we used those until we could get to Costco for a big box of Huggies.
For one glorious week we had no blow outs, no pee throughs and less diaper rashes.
Two days ago we ran out of Seventh Generation's and cracked open our new huge box of Huggies size 2. Right away, just from feeling these diapers...they felt cheaper. And sure enough...from the minute we switched guess what came back: The blow-outs, The Pee thru's and major diaper rash. Hmmm coincidence? I think not. I feel cheated. I thought I was paying for the same product just one size bigger...but instead I got a cheaper, less absorbent product. And now I'm stuck with 216 crappy diapers (pun intended).
Well I'm sold on Seventh Generation. Not only are they great soft diapers but they're chlorine and bleach free and they're made from wood pulp which is bio-degradable. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, like I am...you can order a 4 pack of 40 diapers from Amazon with free shipping for almost the same price as a case of Huggies from Costco. $39...about 25 cents per diaper.
If you use something different, I'd love to know what you use and why you love them.