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New Parent Adventures: Cloth Diaper Service

Saucy Bottoms Supplies
Our cloth diaper service has been invaluable. I’m not sure what we would do without it. None of the alternatives are very appealing – washing cloth diapers ourselves sounds exhausting (especially as we don’t have ensuite laundry) but creating mountains of garbage with disposable diapers would cause more guilt than we could handle.

Thankfully there are cloth diaper services in almost every city. We chose to go with a Vancouver company called Saucy Bottoms. We’ve been super happy with them and would recommend them to anyone in the Greater Vancouver area.

Twice a week they pick up our dirty diapers and drop off a fresh load of cotton diapers, cloth wipes, and fleece soakers. We are encouraged to use as many diapers as we need each week (the cost is a fixed $30/week no matter how many we use). Yesterday’s drop off of new supplies (shown in the picture at the top) had 65 new diapers and 60 cloth wipes. So we’re probably going through 15-20 diapers per day right now. Generally, they replace the diapers at the same rate as we use them, but if we ever come close to running out (which has happened once) we just call them and they drop off more.

Diaper Shells

In addition to the cloth diapers, Saucy Bottoms gave us six water-proof outer shells. We’re responsible for cleaning them. They’re usually good for several changes before some poop leaks onto them. Then we wash them by hand or in the washing machine and let them air dry before using them again.

When we signed up for the diaper service, back in May before our daughter was born, the Saucy Bottoms owner dropped off our first batch of cloth diapers and gave us a 30-minute tutorial to how to use them. She also has a series of instructional videos on her website (Saucy School) showing how to use their diapers in case we forget.

The diapers are easy to change, although that hasn’t stopped me from screwing it up once or twice.

Diaper Fail

The best part is our baby’s skin has done very well in cloth diapers. 3 weeks old and no sign of diaper rash and we haven’t had any need to use any creams or powders.

New Parent Adventures: Getting Ready for the Baby

Baby Shower Flowers

Emily is now 39 weeks pregnant and is officially on maternity leave, which means the baby could arrive any day, although I’m guessing we’ve got another week or two to wait. Just in case, we’re making sure we’re ready to go now.

We’ve started filling our freezer with leftovers and easy to heat up meals. Our friends from our prenatal class keep running into each other in the Wendy’s drive-thru, and we don’t want to fall into that trap (although I hear they have a good baked potato).
Frozen Meals

The baby room is all set up with a crib, bassinet, and changing table. We have a stack of cloth diapers provided by Saucy Bottoms (we’re going with a service because we don’t have in-suite laundry), plus a dresser full of hand-me down clothes.
Baby Room

We’ve added a few shelves to the baby room to hold all the books Emily got from her baby shower.
Kids Book Shelves

Now, we we’re ready to grab our hospital bags and head out the door when the time comes. (Hopefully it doesn’t look like this.)
Pretend Hospital Trip

We still haven’t figured out transportation. Depending on when labour starts, it will either be a car sharing vehicle from Evo or Modo, or a taxi. Emily has vetoed riding to the hospital in a bike trailer.

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