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Thursday
Nov182010

Daddy And The Cloth Diapers, Part II

Here is my husband Clayton's first week impression of our cloth diaper challenge. His daddy podcast is below. He is actually liking the cloth a lot more after a full week. I think it is comical to hear him trying to figure it all out. He's a studious daddy!

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I love the part about the "water jet thing"...he totally can't envision this...it's basically a kitchen sprayer you attach to your water line by your toilet. Eh...not a necessity a nice extra...

I have to say this episode was better and funnier than the last...ack...ok maybe more than 5 diapers, but I love this daddy's perspective!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

I think the angry sperm whale is kinda funny in a totally smart ass critical kinda way! Our little one is not here quite yet and we have made the decision to cloth diaper so I hope to learn something with your trial by fire.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Ha ha--"water jet thing". I love his new cloth diapering lingo. You're husbands attitude is much like my husbands- skeptical, yet willing to humor the wife. (side note- water jet thing is not a necessity. We cloth diaper our toddler without one and have no stains or anything).

The other guy in this video is a bit "grating", but I will probably continue following- it is entertaining to watch 2 dads talk about this parenting stuff for a change.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterhappymom

This was a great segment. I think it's a very honest open perspective on a Dad's perspective to cloth diapering.. and it's funny :) I also think that all the ups and downs you experience during cloth diapering is very normal. Good luck finishing up your test run. The SoftBums diapers look nice, however I probably would've been a bit confused myself. We use the Bum Genius one size diapers because for us they were easiest to figure out and fit our baby's butt the best. The biggest struggle we had when switching from disposables to cloth was finding the right diaper. There are SO many diapers out there and each family has one or two they swear by.. but it's hard to figure out which will work for you!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmber V.

I really enjoyed your husband's comments. So funny the outside perspective since all he knows is from what you have told him from your research and from what he himself has read. The part about the SoftBums being confusing is true in the beginning. Generally I am able to show my customers in person how they work, but I could see how it would be confusing from not getting that walk through of them. I am super jealous that you guys got the Omni in the retro cars (hasn't been released to the public yet!!!). I also liked how he also noticed right away the benefit skin-wise on little Mo.


Oh and our son does watch when I dispose of the poop in the toilet. He is 17months old so he can follow me around the house (which he does). ;) Can't wait to hear more on how it is going!

Ha! Wait until your kid is old enough to walk. They'll see you flush those poops, all right. I have to close the boy out of the bathroom if it's a messy, awkwardh one, because he wants be 2" behind me at all times. :)

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrichenza

Haha he sounds like such a Daddy. Jason is sort of like that with diapers. He never wants to change the poopy ones.
He did highlight some good points. It saves a boatload of cash and it's amazing for the environment. He didn't seem to amused by the other guy but he's coming around. The other guy seemed a little dodgy when it came to answering how much he spends on disposables.

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSam

It seems like Clayton is kind of digging it, but doesn't want to admit it! I have to say, the friend -- though clearly one of the "I won't consider this ever" brigade, did look a bit piqued by the cost savings potential. And you *do* save tons of money by cloth diapering, it's undeniable, even with a stack of the pricey-est cloth dipes out there.

And to be fair, those are some really complicated cloth dipes. Ours are much easier -- a velcro cloth absorbent dipe that isn't waterproof, then a velcro waterproof cover like the Softbums one. Just like putting on two sposies.

Hope it's going well, Natali! And yay to Clayton for spreading the word to daddies. =D

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMia

This was a much more positive discussion than the last one. Clayton actually seems kind of excited about the whole thing, though his buddy is still a little condescending. I do appreciate the daddy perspective though :)
Hehe the "water jet thing" was hilariously cute. And no, at 3.5 months he won't see you dumping the poop unless you bring him in there, but eventually he'll be crawling then walking, so (if you decide to keep going with this) he will likely follow you in there and see it.
Oh, and try not to be discouraged by the diapers that are a little more complicated (and no, they are not all like that). Once you get the hang of it, you'll wonder why it was so challenging to start with. You are both doing great! :)

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKirsten

Ha ha!! I love the 'jet thing' he's talking about!! Just FYI, I prefer the flushable liners instead of the sprayer. Check out the ones made by 'Bummis' or the ones made by Gro-Via. Good luck!!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshleigh

Just wanted to add that Miles will be following Daddy to the bathroom before you know it! My daughter has been cloth diapered from birth and before she could walk, she'd crawl after me to the bathroom and watch me "Plop & Flush." At 2, she immediately goes to the bathroom after I clean up a dirty diaper, opens the potty & flushes it her self. She gets mad if I don't let her have the honor of flushing. LOL

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah M.

I still don't like (get) Mike's humor, but your husband has a wonderful attitude towards cloth diapering - good for him! I absolutlely love Clayton's little tutorial on SoftBums. Try your FuzziBunz, pockets are so easy and so the best! Or an even easier option are the 'all-in-ones' EXACTLY like a 'sposie' diaper. P.S. Burning diapers with flags? Have we really come to that, get a grip, Mike! I know you're joking, but geez! P.S. Clayton 'water jet things' aka diaper sprayers - are a MUST if you two keep on with CD'ing. It does take a bit of practice!!

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Who knew cloth diapering would be so good for his numbers? lol

We started using cloth as soon as the meconium passed, and I *love* it. My husband humored me, mostly because we were gifted with a ton of diapers from friends. At 6 weeks he confessed that he figured I would have quit by then. Then he thanked me for saving him some cash!

While I like the fancy pocket diapers, I don't enjoy the All-in-ones, they take too long to dry and bunch up funny in my expirence. It really is a matter of what works for *your* baby. Mine can't wear Happy Heineys because the leg holes are too big and they leak. So when I find something like Fuzzibunz where I can adjust the leg hole I get excited.

As cool as the modern diapers are, I have had the best luck with fitted diapers (Kissaluvs) and a thirsties cover. My 11year old daughter prefers to use the prefolds and a snappi with a cover, so it's really what works for you.

Enjoy your challenge. I never thought I'd have so much to say about diapering, I'm sure you didn't either!

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

I thought this was a great "from daddy's perspective" podcast... I'm sending this to my husband, I know when I went to him saying "I'm going to start cloth diapering" he said two things... first was "You're doing what?!" and the second was "I'm NOT changing cloth diapers" lol! But as time went on he got more accustomed to it, and Clayton reminds me of how my husband was the first couple weeks we started cloth diapering :D

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKitrina

Congratulations for you two on taking the cloth diapering "challenge!" I applaud your decision to do so publicly and hope you will find it an eye-opening experiment! My husband was even more eager to try cloth diapers than I was, and 15 months into it, we are both enthusiastic - it is much easier than people imagine, saves tons of money, and becomes even more convenient than you think at the start.

I wanted to echo other poster's suggestions about the flushable liners (Bummis) for when baby starts on solids. I could not stomach the idea of spraying poop off of diapers and having it spray everywhere, so we went with the liners which are so easy and relatively inexpensive. Check it out - and good luck! Thanks for keeping an open mind through all this.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

You are such a good sport about this all! And its great to get a REAL opinion and perspective of CDing.

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermaelismomma

Way to go Daddy! You tell them. He looks like it id all growing on him. A everyone else I LOVE the "water jet" thingy!

November 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVilate Thacker

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