So, I’ve mentioned the irony that Graham is on a disposable diaper box even though we cloth diaper. I definitely don’t mean to sound like there isn’t a place for disposables. In fact, we used disposables exclusively with Violet for good reason. As promised, here’s one clueless crazed mom’s journey from disposable to cloth diapering:
When Violet was born, to say I was overwhelmed was an understatement. She was not an easy baby, and I don’t think I was a ready-made natural mommy. I knew that people used cloth diapers back in the day; you know, ones with pins and rubber covers and whatnot. But, in all of my reading during pregnancy, I never once heard anything about the new kind of cloth diapers; ones with snaps, velcro, pockets and whatnot.
A few months after Violet arrived I finally figured out that those cute diaper covers I saw on some baby butts were actually the diapers. A mom in my mom’s group even started a store catering to cloth diapering. But I didn’t jump on board. The truth is, I was freaked out. Every day seemed so hard, seemed such an exhausting learning experience, I couldn’t imagine voluntarily adding a new skill. Plus it seemed awfully expensive. I just ignored the possibility entirely.
Luckily, when Graham was a few months old, a friend of mine passed on her cloth diapers to us. I know what you’re thinking, “Eeeww! Used diapers!” I thought so too, at first. But that’s the thing about this new generation of diapers; they’re made so well that they last and last and very rarely get permanently stained. This is good to know if you’re trying to justify the initial cost. To mitigate the expense you can a) buy used b) buy new and sell them when you’re done c) realize that they’ll pay for themselves very quickly.
Graham was such an easy baby (and I had a bit more experience) that trying out something new with him was no problem. Now I wish I had done it with Violet; it’s that simple. Don’t be spooked by all the lingo. For anyone thinking about taking the plunge, this is all you really need to know:
- get about 20 diapers and you’ll wash a diaper load every 2-3 days
- cold rinse, hot wash, hang dry, no fabric softener or bleach
- gently shake the diaper over the toilet (don’t even worry about getting everything off) and store in the waterproof diaper bag until laundry time
- dealing with cloth diapers rates far down on the list of Gross Things Parents Must Endure
We still use disposables at night, and when we’re out of town. But I’m just saying, if this lazy freaked out mom can do cloth diapers, anyone can. Plus, they look cute hanging on the line.