This was awesome.
31 bums, lots of babies, toddlers, diapers and cake. Awesome.
The Newfoundland location was hosted by Bellies and Bundles Maternity and Baby Boutique, a fabulous eco-conscious shop in St. John’s. The shop was unrecognizable when we got there, all the displays had been moved to the storeroom or pushed against the walls, foam pads and blankets were spread on the floor, soon to be populated by 31 babies 31 parents. The clock counted down to 2:00 NST, and off came 31 disposable and cloth diapers and on went 31 cloth diapers.
It was the first time I’ve had to keep an eye on my dirty diaper wet bag for fear it would get mixed up with any one of the other dozen similar bags! And so many adorable diapers! So many moms and dads discussing laundering, style, fit, brand… and so many sweet diapered bums!
I chose cloth diapers for largely financial reasons. We have about $500 worth of diapers and diaper accessories (liners and wet bags) and they’ve lasted since Sylvia was 3 months old or so. I fully expect them to last until she’s out of diapers, and for any brothers and sisters she may have. I’ve seen a number of figures thrown around on how much the average baby’s bum costs to diaper using disposables, and even the most conservative estimate I’ve seen ($1,800 for three years’ worth of disposable diapers) is more than four times what we’ve spent. It is a large up-front cost, but in the first year alone they have more than paid for themselves.
Washing them is not a problem. Toss them in the washer, wash, rinse, hang on the line or throw in the dryer. No more trouble than a load of towels or clothes.
Yes, you can argue that the extra laundry uses extra water, but the amount of detergent (1/8 to 1/16th of the usual amount for a clothes load of comparable size) is negligible. I’m keeping 50 to 60 diapers out of the landfill every week, and all sorts of bleaches and chemicals out of Sylvia’s body.
And, they are just so damn cute!
The Guiness Book of World Records certificate will add a certain something to Sylvia’s baby book, don’t you think?