OK, so I am sure the vast majority of those who read this will think I’m nuts… but I’ve decided to switch to cloth diapers for the babies. I thought about this in when I was pregnant, but quickly realized that I was far too intimidated by the thought of three babies, much less dealing with the extra laundry, and the upfront expense of cloth diapers. But, (for now anyway) I feel like things are under control, and its something I can handle. The amount we spend monthly on diapers/wipes is something like 150 bucks.. and we have a lot of months of diapers ahead of us. If the kids are in diapers until they are 2, thats another 2700 dollars. No, thank you:) As long as I don’t mind doing an extra load of laundry every day- (I already do it everyday anyway) we can get the cloth diapers we need for waayy less than that. Not to mention the amount of space we are saving in a landfill- the amount of garbage generated by our household is insane! Anyway, if you still think I’m nuts, check out this website and see the actual cost analysis:
Through another triplet mom, (thanks Pam!)I found a website that gives a really good discount to moms of multiples, so I can get them even cheaper, and- get this- you can SELL them when you are done.. ebay or craigslist, or diaperswappers.com, and depending on how well you take care of them, get half or more of your money back in the end.
And, as if I need another reason… they are super cute. They have little cow prints, all different colors and patterns, and they are also much softer on their little hineys. Have I convinced you yet? Well, I’ve convinced myself anyway.
OK, so there are a couple drawbacks. I’m sure you’re thinking.. what about the poo? I can still use our diaper champ for dirty diapers, but the poo (or, shadoobie as we call it) has to go elsewhere. They have a little spray hose that you can attach to the toilet, and spray off the particularly messy diapers, or you can use flushable liners. Due to our temperamental septic system,. I think we will opt for the spray hose. I think I will call it the “baby bidet”:)
Drawback# 2 is that they are a little fluffier (bulkier)than disposables.. but not too bad. Think of it as extra padding on their butts when they start walking/falling.
So there you have it… green babies.
And one other way that I’m transitioning into a hippie-mama… since I’ve been making their baby food, I have found its hard to find organic fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, so I found a co-op in Orlando for organic food that I’m thinking of joining.
That way I could order good, healthy, locally grown fruits and veggies for them once a month, make it all up into baby food and freeze it in one big batch and be set for a whole month!
OK, thats all for my big eco-changes. In other news, I had a developmental specialist come over today and assess the babies. It was a free service that we were referred to because the babies were premature, which I never intended to use, but then I changed my mind. I just wanted to make sure that they are progressing appropriately for their age (or adjusted age), and if not, that we were doing everything necessary to help them get where they should be.
The therapist was a little late, so the babies were getting sleepy when she got there, but she played with them a little and watched how they move and how they use their bodies, and overall was very happy with their skills. According to her, they are doing exactly what she would expect a normal 7 month old baby to do. There was one slight issue that she noticed, which was their tendency (mostly Ben’s) to arch their backs.. basically, they are extending more than they are flexing. She said it was very minor, but if we don’t do small things to discourage the arching, it could become an innate habit when they get older. For example when they get upset, they would be very likely to arch their back and throw themsleves on the floor to get their way. Right now, when we hold Ben, and he arches his back, we “give’, we change his position or move him someplace else, and by doing so, we are teaching him that this is a way of communication.. we don’t want to do that. So, instead, from now on when he arches his back, we should gently “block” him from the motion with our body, and also hold him in such a way that discourages it. Also, he has a tendency to roll by arching his back instead of by drawing his legs in and then turning them to the side, so we want to encourage him to do it the second way by gently moving his body the right way.
So basically, they are doing great and very happy and healthy. Sort of what I expected, but it gave me peace of mind to hear a professional say it.
Coming soon: pictures of the new fluffybutts! Well, I better get going, I have a PETA meeting (fur is murder!) Just kidding:)