Friday, March 30, 2012

Am I a hoarder?

We've gone through several dramatic changes in the last few weeks in this family. Moves, packouts, joblessness, new jobs, SAHM status, anger, resentment, elation, boredom, adventure, TEETHING. Let's just say we have all the ingredients necessary for someone in this family to go postal. Okay, maybe not postal, since my husband informed me several months ago that that expression comes from an actual event in which a postal worker went nuts and shot up his I'm assuming former workplace. Would you have kept someone like that on? He's always on-time, and friendly enough with the customers, which in this business is a rarity, but the random shooting episodes might taint the place as "unsafe."

So, anyways, now that I'm home more, I have more time to think about all the diapers I want to try, blogs I want to write, and so I do both. Except for I act on the former more than the later. I've already bought several diapers online. My husband knows about two, but not the other six that I won on eBay. I guess he'll find out when he reads this post. (Honey, if you're reading this, I want you to say Chicken ten times fast next time you see me.)

I was thinking about this last night after I was looking on eBay for deals and I came across this womens' store who makes wool covers out of recycled sweaters. In her store description she started talking about just using one cloth diaper a day, and in doing that, you would save $5 a week. Then you could save that money and invest in another cover until you had an entire stash. It's a frequent argument that cloth diapers save you a lot of money over disposables. You really can save beaucoup if you do it right.

For example. If you want to do it the absolute most dirt cheap way imaginable, you can buy a dozen prefolds for each size around $200, 3 one-size covers used for about $15-20, and a couple of snappis for about $5. This is to diaper your child from birth until potty training.

That's pretty incredible if you think about it!

So then how much would it be if you wanted to use disposables. Well, I'm lazy and don't want to do the math, so I just googled it, and it seems to run anywhere from $3,000-4,000.

Now, I'm not naive, and I know that when you cloth diaper you have to buy all of the accessories that go with it to make it more convenient. I also know there is a phenomena that happens to mothers in which they *might* start hoarding diapers, which I will happily refer to as Diaper Joy. I have Diaper Joy right now. I think the fact that I'm blogging about diapers instead of my child's milestones might be evidence on some level that I have a slight problem. I'm not getting paid for this. I'm buying diapers to use and write blogs about because I enjoy it. If  you would have taken me aside five years ago and said, "In the future you will be obsessed with cloth poop and pee catching devises" I would have smiled, thanked you for your time, and then figured you were a really, really bad fortune teller. You must have mistaken me for the future, black haired Alicia Silverstone.

Now I'm also thinking about the next baby and how much I want to have another bundle of joy to expand the family. However, I can't help thinking I'm really just wanting another baby so I can diaper two babies at the same time, with different diapers. Think of the possibilities! I want a boy next, and there are so many cute robot, firetruck, owl, and skull and bones diapers with our little munchkins name on them!

Hoarder? Let's just say not quite yet. Diaper Joy? I've got it bad. Here is some of my stash. (I've loaned out 12 diapers to my brother and sister-in-law to see if they like them. Plus my newborn stash is on loan to a friend and all my prefolds are in transit.)

This is my wool stash.


  1. Oh my word, I just saw your wool baby. :) So cute! What are the little pads on the arms? And do you use a separate cover with the ones on the bottom? I am not having luck with one of my Disana's. I think I am going to have to lanolize it again...

  2. Those are the hemp 6r soakers that go with the ecobaby fitted. The same brand as Rumparooz, but with hemp!