Posts Tagged ‘flats’

Pining for pins

Friday, August 19th, 2011 by by JM Guest Blogger

I decided earlier this week that I would give flats a go - that was all well and good until I realized that the fabric of my [single] flat is an ‘unsnappiable’ fabric, therefore I would need to do something I had refused even try… I would have to use pins.

Thursday, the girls and I traipsed around the mall, trying to find what I presumed would be an easy to find item - considering that up until awhile ago, they were the MAIN form of fastening a diaper.  But no.  Neither of the supermarkets had them, the two department stores didn’t have them, nor did the first baby store I tried.  I was shocked a BABY store wouldn’t stock them… Baby and pin seem to go hand in hand for me [of course, not literally]. Apparently, they are now an item that there isn’t a lot of demand for.  Interesting.  Fast forward to the last shop on my list - Baby Factory - and FINALLY I found the longed for pins.  Hallelujah.

my first prefold pinning attempt

I got home and couldn’t resist having a go at pinning a nappy for the very first time. I got Emersyn ready, said a quick pre-emptive pin-stabbing  apology, took a deep breath, and away I went.  It was surprisingly easier than I imagined it would be - I remember watching my Aunts when I was younger, and it seemed like there was a lot of force require to get the pin through the actual fabric, but it seemed quite effortless when I did it.  I did need to re-pin a few times to get diaper tight enough and even, but I eventually got there.

I have been using only pinned prefolds for basically three days now, and I have to say I REALLY love using pins.  I am not sure what it is about pinning, but I think it’s to do with the fact you get a snugger fit around the waist, and they seem to bunch a bit less.  Today for the first time I didn’t have to re-pin to get the right fit, so I think I am starting to become a little more skilled at pinning… not that that is a huge accomplishment that I expect praise for, but I am proud of myself, because it’s a little bit of the ‘back to basics’ which seems to be something I am fond of right now.

I have even started to enjoy using the prefolds and pins so much that I have been having vague ideas of selling most of the rest of my stash, and then buying some more refolds and extra covers. I don’t know if I can bring myself to part with my stash, especially with all the effort I’ve gone to to build it [aka, after all the money I have spent on it].  I think there are some I would definitely keep - but maybe I should go through and get rid of the diapers that I don’t LOVE.

Food for thought….

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