“So, why do you cloth diaper?”
My daughter was 7 months old when I really started to seriously contemplate cloth diapering. Before she was born, I looked into it, but every time I mentioned it to anyone I heard, “Why? Yuck! What a pain! You’ll get poop on your hands! They leak- eeeeuw! I know you’re kind of a hippie but this is ridiculous!”
All the negativity just made me want to do it more. The two things that truly held me back were initial cost and fear of the laundry. With a family of 4, soon to be 5, our laundry chute is more like a black hole, and I already felt like a slave to the laundry. I didn't want to stress myself out with feeling like I had to wash diapers too. Besides, we didn't have the $300 I figured it would take to get started. So I decided against it.
When our daughter was born, my husband and I could not believe how many diapers we went through- and threw away. It got to the point where we felt guilty every time we threw a diaper in the trash. Not only was it more garbage going into our environment, it was human waste (breastfed waste, but still) getting thrown out. Talk about eeeuuuw! Not only that, she got blisters on her legs from the elastic! Red, fluid-filled, welty-looking blisters. Every time I saw one pop up I wanted to cry. We tried switching to another brand, and she got the worst rash ever. We switched to some environmentally-friendly sposies, but they were rough, leaky, and didn't fit very well. All of this just led me back to my initial interest in cloth. I told my husband I wanted to go for it. He was skeptical, and still thought it was kind of weird, but shrugged and said “If you really want to…”
And yes, I really wanted to. So we did.
-Angie L., Blog Contributor