Hey guys! Just wanted to check in real quick and let you know about a couple of things that have worked very well for us, and a few that we don’t love.
Okay, first up is disposable diapers. We were given some Pampers Swaddlers at the hospital, and we didn’t like them at all. Their tabs have both velcro and adhesive, and we stuck Gryff’s tiny leg with the stick once or twice. We’ve been getting Huggies Pure and Natural since then, and we like them a lot. They do have a tendency to leak a bit, but everything I’ve heard and read says that newborn disposables just leak, regardless of what brand you get. Since we’re not planning on being in the disposables long term, we haven’t done a lot of exploration into other brands or styles to see if any fit him better.
Next is disposable wipes. We like Pampers Sensitive, and also the Costco brand wipes, Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes. The Pampers are nice because you can get a plastic dispenser (which also fits the Costco brand, we found) that fixes the one issue I had with the Pampers wipes. Their wipes stick together in a big way, so it’s really hard to pull just one. If you put them in the plastic dispenser, that really helps a lot. The Kirkland ones come in the foil pack dispensers which work pretty well, but what I’ve been doing is just to pull open one end and slide the whole mess of them out so I can put it into the plastic dispenser. They work very well that way, and they’re pretty darned inexpensive. I wouldn’t mind trying the Huggies Natural Care wipes since we like their diapers, but we bought a giant box of the Kirkland wipes (of course, because it’s Costco) and haven’t even really put a dent in that yet.
Now, cloth diapers. I have to say, we like the prefolds. We have some All-In-Ones from Thirsties, but our boy goes through a lot of diapers in a day. Sometimes, he’ll go through 4 of them over the course of one diaper change. There’s the dirty one he’s in, then we put another one on him and before we have him all wrapped up, he pees in it. Then we put another on him and he poops in it. Then we put another on him and he waits 5 minutes and pees again. With prefolds, at like $2/ea, we can have three dozen of them pretty darned easily, and it’s no big deal if he goes through a ton of them. With the AIOs it’s much harder to have a big enough stock to manage our boy’s prolific nether regions. So anyway, we love the pre-folds we got from Green Mountain Diapers. They’re great diapers, and I don’t think we’ve had a single leak from any of them. The whole diaper may be soaked, but everything is absorbed by the cloth. The other awesome thing about the pre-folds is that they can serve as burp rags, “landing pads” (put them on some kind of surface before putting him on it, to avoid liquid transfer) and a bunch of other things. I’ve also heard you can put them into an AIO diaper overnight as a ‘doubler’ to increase absorbancy. So really, the versatility and price are plenty to endear those to me. We’ve used the Thirsties AIOs a few times but not enough for me to have a strong opinion on them yet. I will say that we love the Thirsties covers like crazy. We have the Thirsties Duo Wrap for our prefold covers and they’re great. Like I said, no leaks at all with them. That’s nice because it means a lot less laundering of his blankets and clothing.
We also have some cloth wipes, and I like them as well. We only got one pack to try them out, but I’m going to see if Jenna’s up for picking up some more. They’re nice now, but I think they will be invaluable once he’s eating solid foods. There’s just a lot more meat to the cloth wipes, so you can clean up big messes with just a couple. We got the two-sided wipes from GMD, and I think it’s a great design. I know there are some sprays designed for use with cloth wipes, but I just used warm water with ours. We have sinks almost within arm’s reach of our two primary changing areas, so that’s an easy thing to do.
Gryff has been struggling with some diaper rash, and we’re scrambling a bit trying to get his little butt figured out. At first we were doing disposable diapers with A&D Ointment with Desitin on top of it. If it sounds like it would be hard to put two layers of ointment on top of each other, you’re right. Then we decided to put him into cloth and use CJ’s BUTTer and that actually worked very well. We were also cleaning his butt in the sink instead of with wipes, since we’d read/heard that the friction of wiping the butt could aggravate the rash. We changed so many things over the course of the rash (it has cleared up pretty well at this point) that I don’t think we really know what worked best. It was either some or all of the following, either alone or in some combination: disposable diapers, cloth diapers, disposable wipes, cloth wipes, CJ’s BUTTer, coconut oil, A&D ointment, Desitin Ointment,tap water and “Yes to Baby Carrots” baby wash. See why I’m confused? It was a completely non-scientific endeavor.
Anyway, things are going great. Gryff is sleeping well, eating well, and growing like gangbusters. We talk to him a lot, both by reading out loud (he’s listened to almost all of the John Carter of Mars series and we’re going to move into Tarzan next) and by telling him he is a pretty baby and a good baby. He likes to look at high-contrast objects like the clock faces and the dark wood ceiling fan in our bedroom. He also really likes to be jostled gently. I’ll lay on my back in bed and prop him up against my legs and read to him, and if he gets fussy, I just kind of wiggle my knees a little and he calms right down.
Sort of like that. Being a dad is about multitasking. Entertain the boy, entertain the dog, try not to produce too much laundry.
He’s also getting pretty good at lifting his little head up to look at me when i put him on my chest.
Honestly, he’s a really easy keeper. He only fusses when he’s got something identifiable going wrong. It’s usually gas, as he doesn’t really fuss too much with a dirty diaper and when he’s hungry he mostly just chews on his hands and starts trying to grab phantom boobies with his little mouth. The gas is tough because there’s only so much we can do. We try to burp him a lot, but he gulps milk so vigorously that he always just gets a bunch of air in his little system.
He also loves Winifred, our dog, and she loves him.
Thanks for reading!