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Managing Shit

06/18/2013

Belle

I'll let you guess which cat is the one that loves a good stanky bum...

I’ll let you guess which cat is the one that loves a good stanky bum…

I have always intended to cloth diaper. Not only does it appeal to my inner tree-hugger, it is also slightly less expensive (when you do the math with Kentucky utility costs, detergents, etc it actually is not a tremendous savings, but does save some), it avoids all the crazy chemicals that are in disposable diapers, cloth diapered kids potty train sooner and it is better for kids with sensitive skin/allergies.

NOTE: I’m preparing for my kid to have my allergies and when he/she does not I will throw a party with real non-vegan cake at a petting zoo, something I still can’t go too without a massive allergy attack.)

When the Professor got word we were going to NYC I started to question my cloth diapering hopes. I emailed a blogger buddy who lives in the city and asked if you can wash cloth diapers at public laundromats and she said, “Sure. It is really no one’s business what you wash so more power to ya if you want to haul dirty diapers to the laundry every few days.”

Ugh, hauling diapers to the laundromat every few days. I HATE doing laundry and I really hate public laundromats where it’s hot, you can smell people’s dirty socks, and your socks and undies mingle in the vat where that totally skeezy guy’s socks and undies had just been hanging out. I know they are WASHING MACHINES and thereby clean, but still. The thought of putting Chicken’s diapers in a public washer was just to much – both for me and the next horribly OCD person who was waiting for the washer. I just can’t do that to my fellow Adrian Monks in the world, you know?

My mother-in-law kindly offered to pay for a diaper service for us in NYC but the prices are just too high. There are also lots and lots of other ways she can use that money to help us outside of shit management. I suggested she take that money and instead gift us a year-long membership to the Jewish Community Center a few blocks from the new place. Here we can exercise, attend group functions with other young families, continue our yoga practice and hopefully find some fun Mommy and Me classes. The social time and exercise will help us stay fit and sane and hopefully help me deal with some of the stresses of being a first time mother in a new city.

Another downfall to cloth diapering when you don’t have your own washer and even if you use a service is that dirty diapers will hang out in the pail for a few days. For normal households this might not be a big deal. In mine, though, it poses a particular problem. We have a cat who LOVES her some stanky butts. Her nose is like a heat seeking missile with the other cats’ rear ends and ANY time one walks by she buries her nose in for a good deep whiff. She will joyfully run into the bathroom after your morning constitutional to smell the rank air. It is, hands-down, the most disgusting thing ever. Well, it might be tied with her sister’s love of eating fresh cat vomit from the others. Anyways…Β Having a pail full of turdy diapers would be like having a pail full of crack in a halfway house. It would drive this cat mad.

I also learned that not all day cares will accept cloth diapers, meaning Chicken would have to be in disposables during the bulk of the day anyway. We are going to have enough of a struggling finding childcare last minute without adding in the diaper complexity, you know?

I think the final nail in the cloth diaper coffin, though, was simplicity. Seriously. That was the deciding factor.

I’m dealing with a lot of metaphorical shit in my life right now – a new baby after infertility and loss, a c-section after a planned natural birth, a move to a new city without friend or family support, learning to live a completely different lifestyle without a car, finding my way around this huge city with my very bad sense of direction, making ends meet on one salary for 6 months (or more if I go back to school), and so on. There is a lot of overwhelming shit going on right now and, honestly, washing shit out of cloth diapers every few days might be too much for me. I feel a little bit of control knowing that when I change Chicken I will just throw some shit away and can proceed with life. I like that I can take the kid and cat shit out twice a day with disposable diapers. I like that despite all the challenging metaphorical shit I’m facing, I will at least have the real shit managed.

How about you? Anyone decide to go the disposable route after being strongly pro-cloth?

Also, lots of y’all have asked for an update on our co-op purchase. I really wish I had some awesome news but I don’t. We are still waiting on financing approval after hitting about every speed bump known to man. The entire process looks like it won’t be wrapped up before our move date, either, which is causing even more stress. I’ll definitely let you know when we get the green light from the financing and co-op board and we’ll all toast long distance with our current vice of choice – be it ice cream, whiskey or Pinot Noir!

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  1. June 18, 2013

    I was always very pro cloth diapering but the reality for me is that it is too hard to do it all the time. I do it nearly 100% during the day and then we use disposable at night and when we leave the house. Disposable is way more convenient for us and sometimes convenience trumps the environment and cost. I’ve also compromised by using a hybrid diaper, which helps a lot with the laundry issue. I feel like there are other aspects of raising and caing for my child that I would rather make a priority than what diapers I’ve used on her bottom πŸ™‚ There’s no rule book. You might find a way to incorporate them into your life even part of the time.

  2. June 18, 2013

    I really would have loved to do cloth but only if we had a w/d in the unit, and we don’t. I think cloth diapers come in such pretty patterns, plus I hate the idea of throwing away so much – especially with twins, we go through 10-14 diapers a day even now at 9 months. But disposables have been so easy. And now that I see the reality of the laundry situation, even without cloth diapers I am doing a load of laundry every day at least, I just can’t imagine also dealing with the poopy diaper laundry on top of that. And some of these poops, now that they’ve started solids, are just rancid. RANCID. SO DISGUSTING.

    • June 19, 2013

      Oh man, baby laundry even without diapers is going to be a serious adjustment for me!

  3. Amanda #
    June 18, 2013

    I am a staunch cloth diaper-er, but I used disposables for the first 2 months of my son’s life. No way I would cloth diaper if a laundromat was my place to do laundry. I will only do it with an in-unit washer and drier.

    My sister lives in Sweden and was trying to cloth diaper with no drier. That was getting out of control, so she is now using disposables.

    Look into honest company disposables. Those are safe from toxins and come in cute prints, too.

    • June 19, 2013

      I’ve not heard of Honest Company but MAN are they cutie! Kinda expensive, too, but definitely something we’ll remember for when I go back to work!

  4. Melanie #
    June 18, 2013

    I was very much pro cloth, bought everything that went with it, cost me lots… I have lots of allergies/auto-immune problem and thought this would be the best thing for my baby girl. Well allergies went the other way, every time I put a cloth diaper on, she had a massive rash that took days to heal. I tried at different times in the first year and always the same thing. When I put on a paper diaper, everything went fine. So I chucked all the cloth diaper stuff equipment to the basement and just enjoyed the easiness. The nice thing is that paper diaper can also be found in the biodegradable version! πŸ˜‰

    • June 19, 2013

      I’ve heard from a few moms that cloth really irritated their babe’s bums. Not sure if you are interested, but I’ve seen barely used cloth diaper bundles on eBay go for a shocking amount. You might be able to recoup some of your investment!

  5. Sara #
    June 18, 2013

    I really want to cloth diaper and use cloth wipes but I have been getting some negative feedback from others when I mention it. We found out we are pregnant with twins (after 3 IVF’s), we are very excited but I am not so sure that I will be able to cloth diaper twins. There is also the daycare issue, hard enough to find affordable daycare and add to that a daycare that allows cloth diapers and we may have a problem.

  6. June 18, 2013

    Recently stumbled across your blog. And I love it. Insightful, honest and somewhat amusing.

    Just read your latest post. I will apologise upfront for the silly question I am about to ask, but please keep in mind that I am an Australian, married to a British soldier, living in Cyprus, and so I just don’t get it. OK, here goes – Why can’t you just put a washer/dryer in your NYC place once you move?

    • June 18, 2013

      Lol! perfectly legit question πŸ™‚ There are no hookups for these in the places we can afford, and there are rules about installing them to protect from water damage. And welcome to the blog! So glad to have you following along!

      • June 18, 2013

        Oh wow. That’s a bummer. I didn’t know that.

        Hmmmm. Well, in that case, I would definitely explore the possibility of using Eco-Friendly disposable nappies. We get free samples over here. Frankly, I’m so tight, that I would be writing to every company who makes such beasts and attempt to get a good start-up supply made up of freebies! I wish you luck. x

        P.S. Glad I found your blog. I am a fellow blogger. I haven’t yet reached my happy ending, but I hope to get there…one way or another.

  7. June 18, 2013

    Belle, I am a hardcore cloth diaperer and I can tell you that no way would I be schlepping to a laundromat with cloth diapers. Hell no. Plus, as much as they can be easy – it takes figuring out. Like if you use a soap that doesn’t work with the chicken and need to wash them all again….and part of the great thing about cloth is the convenience of never having to go out to buy diapers – which is totally undermined if you have to go out to wash!
    As to the diaper service – I am a diaper snob and want to use only certain diapers…and it doesn’t work that way with a service – you use theirs.
    Use disposables and enjoy it!

    • June 19, 2013

      I am a diaper snob too! The services all use prefolds and I REALLY didn’t want to go that route. I like the nice trim AIO or the pocket diapers. I think disposables are the way for us to go right now. As with everything else, we can always change our mind down the lind πŸ™‚

  8. June 18, 2013

    G diapers have cloth reusable covers and disposable, flushable, biodegradable inserts. Its something I once considered using as a happy medium. Just a thought.

  9. June 18, 2013

    Yep, I really wanted to do it but I changed my mind. I live in a six-unit apartment complex with shared laundry facilities in the basement. Hubby said it would be rude to the other tenants if we washed diapers in those machines. I didn’t completely buy that argument. After much thought though, the nail in our diaper coffin was that it would NOT be cheaper using coin-operated machines! I have a hard enough time keeping enough quarters around the house to do my own laundry. It’s not like I make regular trips to the teller line.

    Now that I have seen some of those diapers I am glad I can just throw that shit away.

    I am considering switching to cloth when it’s time to think about potty training and after the BMs firm up a bit.

    • June 19, 2013

      I had thought about the sheet expense of using coin laundry for diapers, too. Between that and the time it just is not going to fit into our schedules. So glad I’m not the only one facing parenthood with shared laundry!

  10. June 18, 2013

    I very much wanted to use cloth diapers with our little guy, but it’s becoming apparent to me that it’s just not going to happen and that it probably wouldn’t be realistic in the long run. My stumbling block is my husband. He is just not on board with it at all. He said that while I’m welcome to use cloth when I change the baby, he won’t. He’s disposable all the way. Given that we plan to use disposables for the newborn phase and that I’ll be going back to work in 6 months, leaving him alone with the baby for a good chunk of the day, it just doesn’t make sense to buy a couple of hundred dollars worth of cloth diapers that will likely only be used for two or three months. It’s a battle I’m willing to concede on since he’s conceded on the breastfeeding issue. (He wanted to formula feed so he could feed the baby as well, but I very firmly nixed that idea.)

    I have to say that if I had to rely on a laundromat to do laundry, I wouldn’t bother with cloth diapers either. There are more earth-friendly, non-toxic disposable options available these days, and I’m sure you’ll find other ways to raise a low-impact baby. πŸ™‚

  11. SM #
    June 18, 2013

    No way in hell would I be lugging dirty diapers down to the laundromat every few days. No way in hell I could cloth diaper if I was working outside the home. I’ve started trying a little cloth diapering with Penny. We do disposables at night but during the day she’s rocking a cloth bum. But even just doing them during the day can be crazy. My stash is kind of small so I’m doing laundry every other day. I hate laundry. If I was working there would be no way I’d have the time or energy to do this. I’ll probably cloth diaper Turkey when he comes but not until the first few months are over. Plus, the thought of cloth diapering two kids (if Penny is still around then and still in diapers) is starting to freak me out. I write all of this long rambling nonsense to say that disposables are awesome. The cost savings is nothing compared to the sanity that disposables save.

  12. jak #
    June 18, 2013

    laundromat + cloth diapers = no way.

    look, i recycle everything. i compost like a motha. i’m an earth nut. but looking at being a working mom, when i get home from my 1.5h train ride on crunchy green public transit, do i want to see my baby, or do i want to stare at baby’s 6 dirty diapers from daycare, washing out turds in the toilet, then lugging wet rinsed, still stained, dirty nappies to the laundry then making sure everything is ready to go for daily poops the next day? and i have a washer and dryer and place to hide stinky nappies from my pets. you will be in a very small flat without a basement. and that’s on top of washing out the day’s bottles and preparing frozen breastmilk and fresh bottles for the next day at daycare…

    also about potty training – once the kid is that old, you can give them some time in cloth diapers with rubber panties (or whatever the modern equivalent is called!) to get them used to the feeling of wetting their pants and hating it. chicken is probably going to be smart and might even get a math name like the cats. he/she will figure it out;)

    • June 18, 2013

      “chicken is probably going to be smart and might even get a math name like the cats.” HAHAHAHAHA! I gotta tell you, when we were debating names every name that the Professor proposed I would have to ask, “Is that a mathematician or physicist?” and about 75% of the time he would look bashful and admit that yes, it was. As much as I love him and his mathy prowess, I just can’t have our kid named after a math dude AND our cats πŸ™‚

      But yes, I’m in the same boat as you – I do lots to minimize my impact on the environment. I refuse to let the guilt of throwing away poo diapers overwhelm me!

      • jak #
        June 18, 2013

        oh brother, hehehehe! prof really did go there…

  13. Erin #
    June 18, 2013

    Honest Company is a little more expensive but, I find, well worth it! You can feel good about them being completely natural and biodegradable but still have the convenience of disposables. They are free of all the chemicals and the prints are so cute that I let my little one run around in his diaper and figure I’m saving on clothing costs. πŸ™‚ They deliver monthly but if you don’t need them that soon, you can adjust your delivery date (I find I can go closer to 5-6 weeks between deliveries). I also see the “cost” of these diapers as a vote in favor of the natural/chemical-free/biodegradable diaper movement. They’re expensive now but hopefully when enough people are on board other companies will follow suit and costs will come down- perhaps not in our diapering lifetime but in the future!

  14. June 18, 2013

    We are 18 months into cloth diapering, and we still use CDs probably 90% of the time. Some nights Stella is in disposables now (absorbency is an issue sometimes lately), and if we’re traveling it’s just easier to use disposables. Thankfully, our daycare has no issue with them (once I showed her how truly easy the AIOs were – she just tosses the dirty diaper in the wet bag I provide instead of the trash can). That being said, no way in hell would I have cloth diapered if I had to use a laundromat. That negates about 80% of the “it’s so easy” speech I give my friends who are contemplating trying it! You definitely have to choose your battles, and it sounds like this is the best option for you based on your new living situation!

  15. Kathy #
    June 18, 2013

    There is an environmental impact to using cloth diapers too. In your situation, disposable makes total sense. There are not many things stinkier than a diaper pail, just sayin’.

    • June 19, 2013

      The diaper pail terrifies me… I invested in a shamefully expensive one that we will dispose of both kid turds and cat turds in. I’m hoping that with twice daily emptying we can keep the poo smell from taking over. I’m sure I’ll have lots of posts in the future about poo management with six pooping creatures (three cats, one baby, two adults) in 900 square feet and one bathroom!

  16. karaleen #
    June 18, 2013

    I am totally pro-cloth. And sadly…some people think that automatically puts you in the sposie-hater group…but that just is not true. I cloth diapered because I really loved it. My babies had sensitive bottoms….my son was a super wetter and needed some of that additional fluff, it really did eliminate a lot of waste in our trash can…and gosh darn it…they are freaking CUTE!!!! I am bummed for you that you won’t be able to do it. Especially with your sewing skills…you could make your own and totally have the cutest baby bum ever! BUT…I totally understand your position and it makes total sense. There are some sensitive, non-cholorine type dipes out there that will work just fine for you and your baby…or there are hybrids like g-diapers or the FLIPS which allow you to use a disposable insert with a cute, reusable cover. The covers are easily rinsed out and washed every few days with no smells.
    So…go with what feels right for your family. I’m sure it will all work out and the Chicken will be just fine either way.
    kd

  17. June 18, 2013

    Pffft. I considered cloth but I’m sorry – we have twins. Disposable for us! No judgement here friend!

  18. SRB #
    June 18, 2013

    Before we moved, I CDed for 20 months with coin laundry, BUT it was in the basement of our building. Not ideal, and definitely not the best (or even a good) washer, but it got the job done. But if I had to go to the laundromat, I don’t think I could have done it. You have to do what is the best for your time and sanity.

  19. June 18, 2013

    Belle, I was a cloth diaper advocate. We have 30 of them. We used them for 11 months total before they started to leak and after buying every “solution” under the sun. At 15 months, we gave it up (we used disposables for 4 of those months early on). We will use them again for Bryson once he’s a bit bigger and until they don’t work for him, but then we’re done. And I feel just fine about it.

    You do what works for you! And if we didn’t have our own washing machines, we would have NEVER done it. Just saying!

  20. Nene #
    June 18, 2013

    My husband and I had every intention to CD and it just didn’t happen. Everyone told me to wait until the baby was born to select a CD system because some brands fit well on babies with chubby little bottoms but are a guaranteed leak-fest on long, skinny babies. They said, wait until the baby is born and then take him to the shop and find the brand that will fit him best. Then the baby was born and he was a screaming colicky disaster and we spent the next six months literally just trying to survive. We breast fed and cried all day and slept in 45 minute bursts and ate nothing but cold Thai food, and by the time he came out of the colic and my husband and I became functional again the financial advantage was just no longer there. Yes, I feel bad about the environmental impact but we take out the poop twice a day and it is never smelly and always easy. We already do at least one load of laundry a day and if I had to soak and wash and air-dry diaper insets in our 900 square foot apartment I would probably lose my mind. So I give myself a pass.

  21. Manda #
    June 18, 2013

    Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive with Amazon Dubscribe and Save – best.compromise.ever for hypoallergenic, absorbent, and unstinky. Because are you really saving anything if you use 3 organic disposables to every one of these?

  22. June 18, 2013

    Belle, I know everything is happening at once and you are feeling like stuff is spinning out of control, but I am so. proud. of you. You may not feel like it, but you are handling all of this beautifully. It’s a lot to deal with, and you are dealing.

    I definitely agree that disposables are worth the sacrifice if it will save your sanity and make the transition to NYC any easier. I promise no one will revoke your tree-hugger card. At least I won’t.

    • June 18, 2013

      Also, you mentioning how your kitty likes to eat kitty puke reminded me of my husband’s favorite method of cleaning up kitty puke: letting the puppy in so she can lick the floor clean. No joke. When I found out that he has been doing this for months, I was completely grossed out.

      • June 19, 2013

        Ah, thank you for the kind words! I’m doing the best I can and throwing away the poop is what is going to make life a tiny bit easier for me πŸ™‚ Also, the Prof used to let the barf eating cat just clean up the vomit, too, but then she started getting FAT from the extra calories. Which is incredibly disgusting when you think about it, so now he tries to intercept but sometimes she is just too fast!

  23. June 18, 2013

    I wasn’t 100% cloth diaper or disposable, but thought I’d give cd a go…my MIL, bless her, even went out and bought me 5-6 diapers and inserts! I’ve only used them a handful of times and mostly in recent months (boy is almost 10mo) when he has just recently gone poo and I know he won’t be going again, so it will only be pee on the diaper. We have a washer, but no dryer…ugh. My MIL wondered why I wanted to spend/waste so much time with cd when I had disposable available, but didn’t say anything until I said I just couldn’t be bothered using them.

    That said, I do not think just because you use disposable diapers that Chicken will be delayed in potty training. I started my guy sitting on the potty at 4 months (when he was sitting, with assistance). I know this is way early!, but a friend did this with her girl and she was out of diapers during the day by 13 months and out of diapers by night also by 2 years. I never made it a stressful thing and followed his lead. If he had ever fussed or made his displeasure known, I would have stopped and waited before trying again. So far, my guy doesn’t mind sitting on the potty, in fact he has lots of fun on there playing with the bear on the front of the potty, playing with the rug on the floor, a toy I let him have, himself, etc. Some days he will go pee and poo several times on the potty, other days it feels like why do I bother because he eliminates right after I put a new diaper on. LOL.

    Do what is best for you and your family. That is what good parenting is!

  24. June 18, 2013

    Prior to the whole infertility/loss journey, I was completely pro-cloth. Especially with the new design of the diapers and seeing the attachments to the toilet that make rinsing out dirty diapers easier. Then we found out we were expecting twins. And though I’ve met twin parents who use cloth diapers, the advice I’ve gotten is to not rely on this method until you’re out of survival mode and in a place where the babies will tolerate experimentation.

    Hence we’ve been looking into alternatives. Some commenters have mentioned G diapers. I’ve heard they either work out great or are a complete flop. Add in the fact that there’s ~$300 startup cost (buying the outer liners, investing in inserts, etc) and it seems like too much of a gamble at this point. So instead we’ve been exploring biodegradable diapers. One coworker swears by a brand called Bambo (http://www.bambo-nature.com/). Her son has sensitive skin and they are also very concerned about exposure to toxins and allergins. He’s been in these diapers for 5 months and has only developed diaper rash once when they had to put him into a pair of Huggies for a night (they ran out and have made sure never to do that again). We’re exploring some other brands too (Seventh Generation, etc), so I’ll let you know what we hear.

    Finally, at the end of the day, do what works best for you. For some children, cloth diapers are very easy to incorporate. For others, their parents use half and half. And then there are those who go the disposable route and find other ways to be environmentally friendly. The point is, do what is best for you. And no guilt.

  25. Romy #
    June 18, 2013

    To me – being European – it is bizarre that a hookup for a washing machine wouldn’t be standard in all types of residential units.
    I can’t imagine hauling dirty diapers to a laundromat, so I’m with you on that. I personally intended to cloth diaper until I spent a fair amount of time babysitting my friend’s kids. The youngest was cloth diapered and it seemed that EVERY time I babysat her, she’d leak through her diapers and need a full change of clothes. And as she got older I also started to have a bit of an issue with scraping poo out of the diaper before washing it out, and the pail of dirty diapers seemed gross to me too, since it was sitting in the washroom and any visitors in my friend’s house would use that washroom as well. So that experience ended my desire to cloth diaper. I’m sure there are better systems out there that wouldn’t leak, and my own baby’s poo won’t be as offensive even when he gets bigger – but my views on cloth diapering were forever changed by my experiences so I’m happily using Pampers Swaddlers now πŸ™‚

  26. June 19, 2013

    A sane mother is a lot more environmentally friendly than one heavily medicated and locked up in a rubber room from taking on too many “shoulds” πŸ™‚

    I was totally pro cloth, investigated all the options, and so relieved I didn’t go there. I admire those who can…but seriously. Choose your battles, belle. A laundromat combined with kitty crack?? The universe is sending you a message, dear. Listen πŸ™‚

  27. Shinara #
    June 19, 2013

    How’s this for a potty training story… One of my sister-in-law’s is from China. She told me that when she was a babe (she’s in her early 30’s), no one diapered their babies. Baby clothes all had open bottoms and whenever the parents wanted the little one to poo and pee they would hold them over a gutter or toilet and the baby would do its business. All babes were therefore potty trained very early on. I have yet to ask her how they did it at night while sleeping. hmmmm… I am wondering if I should try that…hahahhaaaaaa!

  28. faith #
    June 19, 2013

    Now this has been quite a while ago..but…I used cloth and Tushies..I don’t know if they are still out there or not. I had them delivered by a case..it was great. However..I did use Huggies for the first cpl months as there was a lot to deal with having a newborn..adding the whole diaper diabolical to the mix didn’t seem sane. I tried Pampers but they didn’t work as well, in my opinion. I also used disposable at night and when travelling. Poop blowouts in public with cloth isn’t fun. This is almost like every other comparison out there..everyone has their preference..cloth, disposable, Huggies, Pampers, Seveth Gen, Tushies…Get a package of several to start and see what happens. I have heard of kids that were allergic to the scary stuff in conventional diapers and ones allergic to bleached, cotton washed in non-sensitive soaps. It may take a bit of working out but you will find what works best for you and Chicken. Sounds like there are many more options out there from when I was diapering..:)
    I agree with the no poop in community laundrymat. I did do this..lived without a washer for five years…that meant MAJOR cleaning of cloth diapers before even taking to the laundrymat..now that I think about it..it’s not very nice for the other users. “Oh boy..here comes the woman with the plastic diaper pail and babies…MOVE ON OVER!” I think using disposable is somehow morally better for the community..at least πŸ™‚

  29. June 19, 2013

    I think this is a smart decision. I only cloth diaper when we’re at home, it’s disposables all the way when we leave the house and at night and I wouldn’t bother if we didn’t have a w/d in our house, WAY too much effort to haul those to a laundromat every other day. And just like a few others have said my baby has super sensitive skin and only has a problem WITH the cloth diapers, something about the ammonia not being sucked away from the skin. Every once in awhile he’ll break out in an eczema rash and we have to quit using the cloth diapers until the rash goes away and we’ve had NO problems with the disposables and his skin. You’ve got a lot going on, this is a smart decision!

  30. June 20, 2013

    Ah…I always intended to use cloth diapers. Then, once I was finally pregnant, I looked around our 840 sq ft apt to see where I’d put the stinky diapers before laundering them, and I pretty quickly realized that it wouldn’t work for us. At least not in our current space. We only have one main room, 1 1/2 bedrooms and a bathroom, which is already filled with two litter boxes. On the upside, Amazon Mom has great deals on diapers – even the more natural brands – or, we ended up using the Honest Co. diapers, which I really like and they’re not toooo much more expensive when you sign up for the bundle. (Each bundle lasts us 5-6 weeks.)

    Good luck with these last few hurdles for your condo. Moving is no fun! (After 2 years in our current place, we’re moving again…locally this time, which feels easier.)

  31. June 20, 2013

    HAHAHAHA… omg your cats crack me up so much. I actually just watched my own kitty barf, then eat the barf, then barf it up again, then eat it AGAIN, and repeat this about four times before I finally intervened to stop the vicious cycle.

    I do plan on using a cloth diaper service (with disposable back-ups for when we’re out and about), but it is for sure expensive. My plan is to hopefully have friends donate funds to this service rather than buy us baby toys or whatever as shower presents. I also, however, am fully expecting to bail on the whole cloth thing if it gets too stinky and gross.

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