Tuesday, June 12, 2012

[Going Green] Diapees to Date



Although I plan on cloth diapering Ashlynn, I knew we'd be starting out with disposables.  (Check out my last diapering post here)

I wanted to invest in a cloth diaper stash built of one size fits all styles that will continue to grow with her, and maximize my savings.  Unless she was going to be a 10 pounder, the styles I bought wouldn't fit right off the bat.  I decided against investing in a newborn sized stash since I didn't know how long she'd be in them - 2 weeks or 2 months!  Ha, looks like the latter is winning and I would have gotten my money's worth!

I thought now that we will be converting to cloth soon, as A is beginning to pack on some pounds, I'd recap what we've been doing since we brought her home, how much we've spent to date (on both disposables and our cloth stash), and some of our opinions on products used so far.


A's Diapering To Date

At the hospital A was using the provided Pamper's Preemies.  The hospital showed us that Preemie sized diapers really weren't any different than Newborn sized, and that she would grow so fast it wouldn't be worth our money to invest in box of preemies.  They sent us home with a bag of 20 and after that ran out we started using the 7th Generation disposables I received at my shower.  My friend, KK, had gifted me a whole case of newborn diapers (144 to be exact).  One week after Ashlynn was born, I knew we were pretty far away from using the cloth diapers since she was only five pounds so I ordered more from diapers.com.  I used the first time buyer coupon code and got a case for $31.99.

I think we were going through a bag (36 count) every 4 days or so.  We ran out end the end of the 5th week.  I had already decided to order my next batch from Honest Company (the brain child of Jessica Alba), but I was still waiting on my delivery so I picked up one last bag at the store, this time in size 1 since 7th Generation NB weren't available.  I actually preferred the larger size, so I called Honest Company to change my monthly supply to that size too.


You can learn more about Honest Company here, but in short, it's a monthly subscription service for eco-friendly, sustainable, and affordable diapers, wipes, baby skincare and cleaning supplies.  I ordered a Free Trial of 10 diapers (for the cost of shipping - $4.95) and decided the cute patterns, contoured leg flaps, and affordable price was worth the $84.90 price for the monthly supply.  Honest will automatically send a month's supply or you can alter the settings to fit your baby's needs - more or less frequent if needed.   Once we have A in cloth diapers regularly, I plan to order diapers from Honest on an as needed basis to have disposables on hand for emergency situations (stashing extras in the car and diaper bags), babysitters, travel, etc. They just opened The Honest Shop where you can order individual items, instead of a case, this past week.




Cloth Diaper Stash


I mentioned last week I prepped about half of Ashlynn's cloth diaper stash.  Here's a breakdown of our inventory by brand and style and how much I invested in it...


...umm, have I ever mentioned I'm financial analyst by profession (and previously an accountant), no?  Well, now it's glaringly obvious.

... and, I'm also organizationally OCD. (hangs head in excel-sheet-of-cloth-diaper-brand-color-and-cost shame)


I have 22 cloth diapers, which apparently is more than the magic number of 18-20 for every other or third day laundry.

I know some people prefer to have all the same brand and I had to fight my OCD to branch out and try different ones.  After all my research, I found a lot of cloth diapering mommas found certain brands to work better for their children over others including the more popular brands.  I was afraid of stocking up on just one, only to realize it didn't work for us.  After some experience with them, I'll report back with my ratings and reviews on each style.

As you can see, my total initial investment was quite low, clocking in at just over $250.  However, since I did receive some as gifts, I thought it would be a better reflection to include their value too.  Based on the $356.43 value of the stash, each diaper averages $16.20, which if you've shopped around and have been turned off by the $20+ prices for similar styles this is proof that waiting for sales, promotions, and coupon codes can get you a full stash with some of the top rated brands for a relatively low price.

All in all, we've already spent half of our cloth diaper investment on disposables in just 2 months!


Our Thoughts So Far

So far having only used disposables, there isn't too much to compare other than brands.  I didn't mind the Seventh Generation diapers, though the "natural" color can look a bit weird.  I don't have to have diapers with lolli-pops and ice cream cones on them (although Ashlynn is wearing one right now), but the natural coloring just looks dingy compared to clean and crisp white.  However, it is nice that it doesn't show through clothing like a pink diaper with stars.


The husband is a huge fan of the Honest diapers.  He feels they are just constructed better.  We did experience a touch of diaper rash right before we switched to Honest.  I'm chalking it up to not frequent enough changes.  We change Ashlynn before feedings since it's easier on her reflux.  If we lay her down after a feeding for a change, she's more likely to spit up.  So a lot of times well do a diapee change (yes, that's what it's called in our house, not a typo), feed some milks (thanks to HR for that one), and then she'll pass out in her usual milk coma never alerting me to when she's wet until the next change.   It wasn't until about a week of using Honest Diapers and their wipes did it vanish, so maybe they do wick away moisture better.

Overall, we are now big fans of Jessica Alba - the husband always has been because she's hot, and I'm newly won over (never understood why she was treated as A-List when some of her main credits include Spy Kids and Honey) because of her efforts and initiative to start this company.  Disposable diapering is super easy and while it'd be really easy to continue with it and feel good that we are purchasing a diaper that isn't full of chemicals and has some biodegradable properties, the sheer amount we go through in terms of waste and cost, is still enough to make us glad to switch to cloth.


I'll be attempting the change after A's 2 Month check up next Monday!

12 comments:

  1. We love love love the Honest Company! Such cute diapers and eco-friendly designs. Kudos for doing the cloth diapering..we just didn't have it in our wheel-house.

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    1. No judgment here! Everyone should do what works for them, though I will spread the love for Honest to all my disposable diapering friends! If they don't care about the sustainability, they can at least get on board for the adorable designs!

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  2. Thank you so much for posting about the Honest Company! I had never heard of it before and we are stocking up on a cloth diaper stash to use for our little guy next month...but I've also read about how they tend to leak under a certain weight! This seems like the perfect solution in the mean time!

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    1. I'm so glad this post was helpful! Definitely check out the Honest Company website, lots of goodies on there and it's mission as a company is just perfection!

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  3. lol @ milks hahaha. i feel so awkward saying "time for her feeding!" like she's a parasite or something. milks always seemed less offensive.

    im going to look into Honest Company -- I read an article about it awhile back but forgot to look it up. I currently have 0 disposables, even for emergencies, which was almost a problem today when every diaper i own was in the dryer and the power went out for 4 hours. luckily they had dried, phew!

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    1. Ha, well I once referred to it as 'boobie juice' and thoroughly disgusted P. Since then it's been 'milks'.

      ...and whew good thing they were dry!

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  4. great post! this pretty much sums up my reasoning for wanting to attempt cloth diapers for our little one (due any day!!). everyone thinks i'm crazy, but the savings is huge. i'm forwarding this to my husband :)

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    1. I'm SO glad you found this post helpful! Hope your Husband jumps on board!

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  5. Thank you so much for this post! We're planning to do the newborn disposable to the cloth diaper route and this really makes me feel good about the decision. Can't wait for your cloth diaper update!

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    1. That's great! I'll definitely post follow ups!

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  6. Thanks so much for this post. We are expecting and I am planning on using the cloth after the newborn stage as well. The Honest Company sounds like a great alternative for disposables.

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    1. So glad you found it helpful! Congrats on your pregnancy!!

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