Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cloth diapers

Today is a Thursday, but we have the day off work. Why? Because September 16 is Papua New Guinea’s Independence Day.

It’s only 10am, but we’ve had a busy morning already. In-between feeding and changing and bathing the baby, We’ve baked a few loaves of bread, had a Skype conversation with Brian’s parents, given Brian and haircut, and done three loads of laundry.

Laundry is a tricky thing during the dry season, because you just can never be sure if the sun while shine or not, and we don’t have a clothes dryer. This has become more of an issue now that we are using cloth diapers for Greg. I have about a three-day supply of cloth diapers, but if the sun isn’t shining they may not dry completely, which means that I’m washing a load of diapers most days, just to play it safe!

Cloth diapers have come a long way from when my parents used them on me. Nowadays you can buy many different types of cloth diapers – it’s not just rubber pants any more. When I was pregnant, I asked around with other moms here in PNG to get the scoop, because the variety available is overwhelming. Today’s cloth diapers are pretty nice – they are shaped like disposables and even have Velcro. The only difference being that you wash and re-use them. And it sure saves us a bunch of money. So, today I’m saying “yay for sunshine!”

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