Monday, December 14, 2009

Diapering My Active 9-Month-Old


Sweet Pea is a very active baby right now, working hard at becoming a toddler. She wants to move move move all the time, unless she is very tired. She pulls herself up to standing maybe a hundred times a day right now. This incessant activity makes it difficult to change her diaper at times. I blow raspberries on her tummy, hand her toys (usually safe ones unless I am desperate - nail clippers are OK, right?), and talk to her nonstop to try to get her to remain laying on her back. But she is like an alligator and can flip right over in half a second. So, I end up changing her while she kneels, while she crawls, while she stands, or while I hold her pinned in my lap. All of this means that diapers that are easy to put on are a top priority for us right now. Are we switching to disposables? Of course not! My love for cloth continues unabated, and I am just using a particular type of cloth diaper more often than before. I have found myself relying on my BumGenius 3.0 and other pocket diapers mostly because they are one step to put on, and have elastic in all the right places to fit snugly even with a rushed dressing. You can see them front and center in the photo of my changing table. I also want to use my snapping fitted diapers more right now, and think that wool longies would be a great match for the current cold temperatures around here. Unfortunately, I only have 5 fitted diapers (3 Goodmamas, which are super adorable and soft) right now and one pair of wool longies so that only gets us through about a half a day. Now I'm trying to decide, is it worth the cost to buy more fitteds and longies, or more BumGenius or similar pocket or AIO, or should I just tough it out through the wrestling matches when I run out of those types and need to use prefolds and covers, which take two steps? Making me lean more towards buying the fitteds and longies is how absolutely ADORABLE they are (check the Goodmama site, or Bagshot Row Bamboo for holiday prints), and the fact that Sweet Pea is hitting a new size right now and her 9 mos. clothes are no longer fitting, 12 mos. fits great but I bet not for much longer so we will need some new pants for her soon anyway. Soooo, should I start doing some online shopping? I can also make some recycled wool longies from some wool sweaters that I have and save myself a bundle. I have made soakers before that came out OK, so I might give it a shot. What do you think?

Here is Sweet Pea, age3.5 months old, in a cashmere soaker that I made for her.

3 comments:

  1. For us, the wrestling stage didn't last that long. I remember those days fighting to get diapers on, and have a vivid memory of doing it once on your couch. But, now, E stays completely still and even patiently waits for me to run and get a wipe (which sadly happens often, because I'm so forgetful) However, Sweetpea is more active in general, so who knows.... I'm all for making stuff though, especially out of reused materials!

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  2. Are you planning on having another? If so, it wouldn't hurt to have a few extra diapers lying around...plus, you could resell or regift them when you're done with them, right?? It all depends on how difficult/frustrating it is to do diaper changes. (The cherries diaper at goodmama is soo adorable!)

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  3. oh, I vote for more fitteds and wool covers! they are my all time faves! i wouldn't use anything else...in fact I don't! :)

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