Back to diapers. Earlier in the blog I had grand notions of using gDiapers, but again, being thrown into the newborn thing so early, we just weren't prepared. The NICU got us hooked on Huggies preemie diapers, and those actually lasted for a bit. We didn't buy diapers for a long time as we inherited diapers from friends and family friends 90% of those were your standard Pampers/Huggies, and they weren't bad functionally, but did give me slight guilt with the eco-factor. Regardless, here are my thoughts on those few weeks of "tradish" diapers: don't get the ones that have the "pleasant" baby odor. I am sure they got the chemical enhancement at the same factory in New Jersey as Dreft and Snuggle use. (Sorry, I am being mean!). But truthfully, if you cannot stand the smell, then get out of the kitchen (and by kitchen, I mean parenthood). Just like the book "Everybody poops," another sequel is "everybody's poops STINKS." :) In terms of preference between Pampers, Huggies and Target natural brand diapers...the huggies worked better for us--especially for the preemie size.
We had a great few weeks with Tushies, but those proved to be too expensive to keep stocked on our own (they came to us as a gift) so now, we have settled on Seventh Generation diapers and wipes. We actually have them sent to us from Amazon with autoship and get free shipping and a discount for "subscribing" to get them every couple of months. We really like these diapers as far as disposable go. They are thin, odorless, and I would lie if I didn't say that the brown paper bag look wasn't right up my aesthetic alley.
We also use 7th Generation wipes (and get them shipped via the same Amazon subscription service). Miles has sensitive skin, and these diapers/wipes have worked wonders for staving off redness and rash.
Is this the eco-friendliest option? Probably not. Although there is compelling evidence that both cloth and disposable have serious environmental impacts. Perhaps the only way to avoid any impact is to jump on the elimination communication band wagon, but there is no way that is happening in this house, and I am sure childcare wouldn't participate(Google it). Luckily, Mama D is journeying into the world of cloth diapers and cloth wipes so that if and when a baby #2 happens, we will have some first hand information on trying cloth diapers. Given that it takes a lot of trial and error as well as initial up front costs of stockpiling different types, we are just not in a position to start midway. And although my education on cloth diapering is limited, I do know that some suggestions to reduce the environmental impact is to wash on cold (heck, wash everything on cold!), don't use the dryer and use a clothes line (better than bleach for keeping them white!), and all poop waste (even in disposable...I admit, we don't do this) should be discarded in a toilet. And, there are lots of sites out there that sell used cloth diapers. If and when we go the cloth route, I hope to find pretty much all of his diapers used.
In terms of diaper cream, we LOVE California Baby's diaper cream.
We have used it for more than just diaper changes. When Miles was growing his own science project in his neck (a homemade cheese factory), we slathered it on, and in one day, the redness was gone. (You will be surprised how hard it is to clean milk dregs from neck folds). Also, we have used it one his chin when it gets chapped from teething drooling. It is non-toxic, not too odorrific (another made up word) and we are on the same tube from birth. We don't use it at every diaper change, just PRN (an homage to my nursing readership). Again, we are the "less is more" type and think that the more junk you slather on a kid, the more irritated the skin can be.
In terms of a diaper changing station, we purchased a dresser from IKEA and just put a changing pad on top. And here is a HUGE secret--old towels on any flat surface works well. Miles gets most of his morning diapers changed on our bed on a towel. We have mastered the two feet in one hand diaper exchange, and have never gotten even the towel soiled at this point. Miles has been changed on the floor, bed, counter, dresser, and MANY times in the car's back seat. (Better than those Koala 'changing' stations at fast food restaurants that I am sure people do lines of coke off of.)
As far as disposable diapers go, I don't think you *need* a diaper Genie. I applaud the mom (at least I hope it is some mom) who is sailing on her yacht from the earnings off of her invention, but to me, it is a waste of a big hunk of plastic. Additionally, you have to buy liners for the darn thing. Maybe no one has told us, but I don't think our house reeks of Miles's bee-hind. We just empty the trash regularly, and when away from home, make sure to bring an old plastic bag from the grocery store (not the best option I am sure) and make sure to seal it up tight prior to disposing of it.
And as I mentioned before, I don't know that a wipe warmer is necessary. Just my opinion, though.
Finally, a good thing to have for diaper change is some distraction. We have a great Charley Harper print that Miles loves to coo at, or Dad will come in and zerbert his belly so that mom can do the quick changer-roo. Miles has not found his personal playstation, yet...but I hear that once little boys find it, diaper changes get even more tricky!
That's all for this entry. You'll notice that the date published (i.e. the date started) is many days ago. My whole "post every 2 days" got slightly disrupted by a chaotic work week, and a lovely weekend full of baby showerness and a visit from Mrs Schlotty!