Cloth Nappies Leaking at Night

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We’re seven nights (and eight days) into the 24/7 switch.

The first two nights?

Brilliant.

No leaks, happy baby, happy mum.

The last FIVE nights?

Leaks.

Every morning.

All over DS2’s pyjamas and all over the sleeping bag.

And this morning – oh my.

Poor DS2 had pooed at some point in the night and because cloth nappies don’t wick the urine away as well as disposables do he had a completely red bum this morning from nappy rash.

Red raw and sore all over.

I felt awful.

I’ve ordered (at great expense) MORE bamboo boosters and a couple of little lamb bamboo nappies (on offer) to try overnight.

DH wants to switch back to disposables for overnight, but (as with so many things in life) I really feel that it has to be all or nothing.

However, I’ve pretty much tried all my combinations of booster and nappy and it isn’t working.

I’m going to try 3 boosters tonight, if I can get the nappy and wrap over them.

Maybe I need a bigger wrap??

It means I have less boosters available for daytime use, so more frequent changing, but only until the new stuff arrives.

Failing that I’m going to have to do a nightly nappy change at 4am or something ridiculous!

Economy Drive: Cloth Nappies

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Well, I’m now in my fourth month as a stay at home mum and I have officially run out of money.

Not only that, but when I reconciled my accounts last night I was £200 overdrawn.

Ouch.

So we’re onto a bit of an economy drive now to see if I can claw that back over the next few months.

No.1 on the list of money saving activities is: WASHABLE NAPPIES

I have a great pile of them upstairs, half of which were bought for DS1 and half for DS2. I’ve chopped and changed and sold quite a few of my original ones on ebay and have settled happily into a combination of the tots bots (both all-in-one and the nappy+wrap system) and a pile of bambinex bamboo nappies with wraps.

However, I am really rubbish at using them all the time. I tend to use them for a few days at a stretch, then switch back to disposables, then swap again, then swap back.

There are a few reasons for this:

1) I’ve never been brave enough to use them at night, so the last nappy of the day is always a disposable. Then, when I get DS2 up in the morning if he’s wearing a disposable it just seems easier to reach for another one…

2) I send him to nursery in a disposable nappy two mornings a week. Nursery do deal with washables, but the thought of having to unwrap a poo along with all the other lunchboxes and bags when the boys get home really puts me off. And when he comes home in a disposable it just seems easier to reach for another one…

3) If you don’t build up a decent pile of dirty nappies every 1-2 days then washing them seems really wasteful, so if I know I’ve got a nursery day it’s a good reason for me not to use them at all.

SO

I reverted back to washables yesterday and tackled problem no.1 immediately by putting DS2 in a washable overnight. And this morning? No leaks!!

He’s older now, and not drinking tons of milk every day, so his nappies aren’t anywhere near as wet.

This is great news, as I really have had a terrible phobia of leaked wee overnight and poor DS2 (and DS1 when he was wearing nappies) sleeping in a wet bed, etc., etc. so have never, ever put either of them in a washable at bedtime.

Of course, my added incentive this time around is that I have no money to buy nappies and I have a perfectly good pile of reusable ones upstairs, so let’s see if I can stick to them this time.

Spending Scrutiny

Something I’ve been thinking about doing for a long time now is tracking every penny I spend.

I already use a program to track my banking transactions (Moneydance for Mac), and have done for years, but I can be a bit non-specific about spending, for example, listing hundreds of pounds worth of “cash withdrawals” over the course of a year. I have no idea where all that cash goes.

And my categories have fallen into habit rather than specificity – I tend to put a lot of things under “child costs:other” and “groceries” simply because I can’t be bothered to tailor the categories now I’ve been using it in a particular way for so long.

So.

I’m going to start afresh tomorrow, and record every single penny. Daily.

Every. Single. Penny.

This will help with the goals of paying off my credit card debt and in saving for when babe no.3 arrives. It will also help us in the long run, as DH and I agreed the other day that we are almost certainly going to start feeling the squeeze in our current house once babe no.3 is running around as a toddler. I know this is a couple of years down the line, but during at least one of those years I will be bringing in hardly anything and we are already unsure how exactly we would ever be able to afford to buy something bigger than we already own.

I need a revised selection of categories, and I need to add a cash account that records literally the cash in my purse.

Lots to do.

Cash Poor

Steve and I have been proper gym-goers this week. I managed to get there and get to work before 9am on Thursday, hurrah!

The traffic where we live is so bad at the moment. An extra couple of sets of traffic lights have been installed at the bottom of one of the main roads we use and there are bridge works on the other main road. Part of the appeal of going to the gym is not having to sit in stagnant traffic for hours before work (this morning was awful, even though I tried two short cuts, both of which probably took longer than sitting in the traffic).

I’ve been trying to think of ways to get incredibly rich this week. I’ve come up with the following:

1) win the lottery
2) start my own business
3) become a famous actress/musician/sportswoman

And that’s it. Out of ideas now – apart from a life of crime (hitman, money laundering etc.) which I’m not really up for.

Since odds are that I probably won’t win the lottery, and I’m probably not going to end up singing or acting on telly, and I’m probably past the point where I could compete with athletes the world over at anything, it’s got to be start my own business.

Ideas…?

Not one so far.

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