I can’t believe that my Peanut is turning one this week! How time flies…
At this time last year, I knew he would be coming soon , I just didn’t realize how soon. He was due June 6 and lo and behold, he showed up on his due date, albeit not his choice. I’d been having contractions for two weeks so I was ready or so I thought. That morning, when I started to leak, I began to have second thoughts about being ready. My bags were packed, including the small-sized WAHM diapers I had purchased, thinking they would fit. I knew the BG that I got had no chance of fitting him at first, so I didn’t bother to bring them. 9 1/2 hours late after a cesarean that wasn’t necessary (read about that here), my Peanut was here.
He was a tiny 6 lbs 10 oz angel. Naturally, none of the diapers fit him. After two weeks in the NICU, he was only 6 lbs 12 ozs, so nothing fit still… I decided to wait it out. I didn’t want to buy newborn diapers that he would grow out of quickly. So after about 2 months, the diapers I bought finally fit, well enough to get by. I really, really hated the WAHM moms I had and never used them again. But, I quickly realized I didn’t love any of them and I really couldn’t afford more.
So, I turned to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope. I was blessed with a huge package of diapers that helped get us through most of the first year, so I was able to build a stash at my own pace. I made diapers and bought any ones I could that were in my budget from Craigslist. Plus, I even got a few for reviews. I have a very random stash. Mostly one size diapers, because they are the most cost-effective. I even participated in the Flats and Handwashing challenge, and quickly learned that it’s not for me. I did get a few sized FuzziBunz Diapers. I love them. I am going to be so sad when he out grows these. I like not having to deal with adjusting the rise and they fit well. I will be trying the one sized FuzziBunz Cloth Diapers though.
I’ve been able to send back all the diapers to GDGH and send a few others that just never worked for us. So now my very random stash contains mostly diapers I have made, including hybrid fitteds, pockets and covers. I have some FuzziBunz, BumGenius, Glow Bug, Imagine, Bumbledoos, Sunbaby and Bottom Bumpers.
So how was your first year of cloth diapering? What did you learn?