CD-ing a newborn…
|October 28, 2011||Posted by Mabel under Cloth diapers|
…well, almost a newborn.
Cloth diapering a premie isn’t exactly easy – for me, anyway. The small sized diapers that I bought are too big so forget about squeezing him into one size diapers. Those are meant for babies above 3.5 kg and Noah is no where near 2.5 kg let alone 3.5 kg. I could stick with what I’ve been using all this while which are disposable diapers for premature babies but those don’t come cheap. At €7.50 for 32 pieces and going through eight a day, they cost me nearly €2 a day. So far, I have finished up 96 pieces and it’s not even two weeks!!!!!!!! At this rate, I would have spent about €120 on diapers by end of December!
So a couple of days ago when I was sure that Noah was nearly 2.5kg or at least making his way there, I started hunting around for cloth diapers for premature babies. I had initially planned on sewing up my own cloth diapers but Noah’s early appearance plus the lack of time and space makes it difficult to add anything to my stash. Buying would appear to be the better option for now. My criteria was quite simple – I wanted an all-in-one system (since the hubs would be helping out with diaper laundry and he HATES pocket diapers to boot because it confuses him) and something that starts from 2 kg onwards. I could settle for prefolds and covers but with no space outdoors and limited space indoors for line drying, it wasn’t a suitable system plus we are now heading into winter which means little to zero sun. I needed something that wasn’t going to crowd my bathroom – which is where I hang my laundry. Already with Eva’s cloth diapers, my bathroom doesn’t quite look like a bathroom on some days.
Rumparooz Lil Joey and Grovia’s AIO for newborns seem to be pretty good options and they were easily available here in France at a good price so I jumped at getting those two for a try. So far, first impressions are that I shouldn’t be lazy – prepping cloth diapers for use is very important but in my haste to start using them, I overlooked that these diapers become more absorbent after a few washes. First try resulted in leaks around the legs (Grovia) and waist (Lil Joey). O’well…
Then of course, I forgot about one thing – stains. Breastmilk poo stains just about everything and one way to get rid of the stain is by sunning. Unfortunately, unlike in Singapore where sunlight is plentiful and I had some outdoor space for line drying, I’m heading into winter now here in France and sun isn’t all that plentiful. As if that wasn’t enough of a problem, I have no outdoor space for line drying – all my laundry is hung in the bathroom. So I’ll have to think of something to combat those yellow stains. I read somewhere that it fades away after a few washes so we’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, those first try diapers are getting a sun tan tomorrow…if there is sun! (Autumn here is crappy…really.)
Despite these problems, I went ahead and ordered some more Lil Joey and Grovia diapers. The prints are just too cute to resist!