Making life easier or at least better - Five month Baby recap
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We had our first child five months ago. A beautiful little boy- Remi. We’re lucky enough to have good friends around us who have also recently had children and we received lots of baby clothes, toys, and items donated or on loan.
This post is written not with any advice in mind, but around some of the repetitive tasks we do daily and items we found useful each day.
Let’s dive right in.
Full body Onesies
A cute multi-piece outfit is great for pictures, but when you’re tired and on your nth diaper change of the day you don’t want to deal with multiple clothing items. Taking the pants off, undoing the tuck flap button. Maybe removing a sweater. Most days a full body onesie will save you time and effort.
Socks & Shoes
They end up kicked off within minutes. We own only a few pairs and I’ve put them on him maybe three times in these five months. They’re cute, and again make for great photos, but usually impractical.
As part of the full body onesies ensure they have footies or attached booties. This goes for pants as well. Of all the pants we have I mainly use the ones with footies attached because I never put socks on him.
Just have lots.
Remi suffered from reflux so he may have spit up more then normal in the beginning. Every morning I had to put three to four wash cloths in the living room to clean up spit up and drool. Most days all the wash cloths will be soiled by bedtime. They don’t need to be decorative or fancy you just need them in quantity. He does have a preference for softer clothes when wiping his face though 😄.
Reusable Baby Wipes
If you like to be more eco friendly I highly recommend these reusable baby wipes. It comes with two boxes that you keep water in. A clean box and mucky box. The package also comes with essential oils. A few drops in the clean box for a fresh smell. A few drops in the dirty box to cover up the smell, as well as to begin breaking down the spoil.
I found I had to use 2-3 disposable wipes every cleanup. These reusable wipes clean more efficiently. I can use a single wipe per diaper change. Then just toss it in the “mucky” box, and about every two days we wash everything in the mucky box. At this point because he’s not eating solids infant stool is water soluble and can be thrown directly into the washing machine. After the wash the wipes are still completely white. It’s worth noting that when we washed them at 40°c they left a little staining. When washed at 60°c even the previously stained ones came out perfectly clean.
There’s a lot of variation in the realm of cloth diapers. All-in-ones, inserts types of inserts, bamboo, hemp, microfibre, cotton. Different babies of course have different needs and which type you need will vary. We spent our first two days trying cloth diapers without success. We had to change his onesies with every diaper because he had peed completely through them. It was time to do some tests. We had bought everything second hand and had a mixture of cotton, hemp, and microfibre inserts at different sizes, with a couple differently sized diapers. We tried each liner in each diaper and ran them under the tap. We realized that the cotton liners held water fine but they absorbed far to slow, causing the water to runoff the side of the diaper and leaking. The microfibre and hemp liners absorbed initial flows much faster and we decided they were preferable to the cotton liners.
How long they last
Then comes duration of use. If a normal diaper lasted 2-3 hours, a cloth diaper lasted 1.5-2. They just don’t hold as much. Which means you have the new task of keeping track of how long they have been wearing that particular diaper. On the other hand more changes isn’t really a problem because they’re mostly waste free! Once he started approaching 3.5 months we started double-lining the diapers. One microfibre closer to the body, and a cotton layer behind it. This helped extend the usage per diaper by about an hour.
When to use
We don’t use them all the time. I think they’re great and we like using them. It’s less waste in the bin, and babies get use to a “wet” sensation which supposidly helps them recognize peeing habits down the road when it comes to potty training. We still don’t use them all the time though. I don’t want to deal with carrying a bag of soiled cloth diapers around outside. If we’re going out and we know we’ll be out for more then a couple hours we will use a disposable diaper. If we change him while we’re out we can toss it in any bin. We also don’t use them overnight. As I said the duration for them is 1.5-2 (now 2.5) hours. He can’t sleep through a night and not end up peeing through his pjs.
Although we bought them early, we didn’t start using them until about 1.5 months because infants are just to small for them, and the extra effort in those early weeks is just not something you need to be focused on.
Cloth diapers in brief:
- We still use disposable diapers when we take him out for a long time.
- We still use disposable diapers when we put him to bed at night.
- We like microfibre and hemp inserts.
- We’re down to 1 disposable a day, and 5-8 reusables a day.
It is more to think about and do but to me it’s an excellent trade off. Both for saving money, and preventing environmental waste.
That’s it. We use these things every day and a few simple variations makes dealing with them easier and the three of us happier.