Well, we must be doing something right.
Just this last weekend we celebrated our 1,000th diaper. I say celebrated, because Dagny insisted on screaming throughout the entire change, and I did a little dance with my arms in the air.
It’s also significant, because it shows that my daughter has survived my fathering (so far) and her output is significant. This means that her input must also be significant (more on that later) and the difference is showing in inches of growth and pounds of weight.
It’s no secret that we’re using the local cloth diaper service and loving it. <soapbox>With cloth diapers, we experience few blowouts and are happy to be utilizing reusable items and not to be loading landfill with tons of diapers. I can change a cloth diaper as fast as a disposable, too. The few times we’ve had to resort to disposables (because we ran out of the week’s allotment), Dagny fails to recognize that she’s wet and will sit happily in a dirty diaper. While a content wet kid sounds convenient for parents, there are 2 things to be aware of: (1) non-breathing disposables and a wet kid = diaper rash, (2) children raised in cloth diapers tend to “train out” of them about a year earlier on average, most likely because they find a wet diaper uncomfortable!</soapbox>
Anyway, with cloth diapers, we hang on to the entire load in a plastic hamper, and it gets picked up every week. This enabled me to take a little data a few weeks ago. First, I weighed a load of 80 fresh diapers, and then took the weight of 80 soiled (ready for return) diapers. Here’s what I found out.
- We’ve been averaging around 75-80 diapers per week (10-12 per day).
- Dagny’s weekly output is something like 28-30+ pounds. (This is probably lighter than actual, as evaporation during the week has to play somewhat of a role).
- A pint’s a pound the world around — so let’s say there are at least 32 pints of weekly input.
- 32 pints is 8 quarts.
- 8 quarts is 2 gallons. My daughter is getting at least 2 gallons of input every week.
- Holy Cow! (pun intended) In order for Dagny to be drinking 2 gallons a week, Steph is outputting at least 2 gallons of milk per week!
Steph is doing someting right, that’s for sure!