Monday, July 2, 2012

Diaper liners, traveling, and improvising

Parents improvise to survive. It's a skill you learn early on, and perfect around 3 a.m., when your newborn is screaming their head off and they aren't hungry, won't go to sleep, and the diaper has just been changed.

What do you do?

You improvise.

You dance around the house, singing, kissing, and enduring the screaming until it subsides, because whether you like it or not, that baby is going to cry until it's decided to stop.

Well, this post is not about how to soothe a fussy baby. I'm no expert. I know my daughter, and what she likes. Babies are like snowflakes, and pissed off babies are unique little bundles of concentrated fury that only can be mastered by patience and copious amounts of vodka love.

With all of this in mind, I'm going to segue into something completely different, diaper liners. By now, you may have noticed that your child doesn't just pee in diapers. They also do something else that I'm going to refer to now as poop. Birds do it. We do it. I'm not sure if bees do, but Ella, I apologize for soiling your song. I found myself two weeks ago packing for a little vacation for two to the grandparents’ house. I was faced with the question, did I want to cloth diaper while at their house? I have in the past, but this time, we would be flying instead of driving, and I had to weigh the cost of paying for an extra suitcase with buying disposables. I quickly decided to stop doing that because it involved math and committed to cloth diapering so I could blog about it.

I packed up the little one's suitcase with the usual necessities; diapers, wet bags, and clothes for the sahareque temperatures. This time I brought a second large wet bag instead of my pail liner, and I have to say, it was a lot easier because it doubled as a wet bag, which was convenient when leaving the house. haha...However, I had forgotten one of the most important things you mustn’t forget if your child is eating some solids, on formula, or no longer on breast milk.

Diaper liners.

Oh dear lord, I was screwed. If by some freak accident you have arrived at this post and you have not changed a gooey, smelly, peanut buttery diaper lately, let me just tell you that it is not shall we say, not messy. That's right, I just wrote that sentence and I'm not taking it back.

Needless to say, when I arrived in Houston I had a little moment of panic, followed by an epiphany. Why not use paper towels instead?

(For those of you who do not know what diaper liners are, let me enseigner you into the finer points of poopy diaper management. Diaper liners are god's gift to mothers who cloth diaper and whose children have not yet been potty trained. They come in biodegradable and reusable. Personally, I don't see the point of the reusable ones, especially if you use the Bummis brand.*)

So, did it work?

Yes they do, and they were a convenient solution. I honestly would not have been able to do it without them as I was also without my diaper sprayer. The only thing I didn't like was that they were not as sturdy and some of the fabric would break down and stick on my daughter's bum.

Now on to the greatest part of this post-The Bummis liners that I use can be washed and reused at least once, sometimes twice. How cool is that? I had read a review on Amazon when purchasing these in which the reviewer explained that she had done this and I thought to myself, how stupid. Are you really that frugal that you need to rewash disposable diaper liners? You're cloth diapering already. Seriously? Well, by accident some of the liners got into the diaper pail and what do you know, they survived the washer and dryer! I actually prefer the washed ones because they are softer and the weave becomes tighter.

Above you can see a picture of three liners. The first is new, the second has been washed once, and I don't know what happened to the third one. My daughter has had some pretty violent reactions down under, but I haven't noticed anything that could produce that kind of damage. (Just for a little perspective, the middle one is plenty wide and long enough for the diaper. These are the large ones, and the width is quite a bit larger than the actual diaper.)

That's all I have about diaper liners. Until next time!

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