Earlier this month my family moved across country to join my husband in the city where he began a new job four weeks earlier. With a long two day drive between our old home and our new one, I admit that the thought of trying to cloth diaper during the transition was daunting. I would not have use of a washing machine and drier for an entire week, let alone have room in my packed minivan for my entire diaper stash. I ended up making the decision to use disposables for the move, and it all worked out well. However, after seven days in disposables, I was anxious to unpack Brendan’s fluff and start cloth diapering again. The same day our box of fluff came off the moving truck, I unpacked it and immediately began using it again.
I’ve been back on the cloth wagon for over a week now, but am doing so without the conveniences of one of my favorite cloth diaper accessories, my diaper sprayer. I did remember to unhook it from the toilet at the old house, but we haven’t had the opportunity to hook it up in our new home. Right now it is sitting under the sink in the boys bathroom, safely wrapped in moving paper (moving companies wrap virtually everything these days). Meanwhile, at every dirty diaper change I find myself sitting in front of the toilet doing the old dunk and swirl. For all you cloth diapering mommas who do this all the time, WOW – that’s dedication! I admit, after cloth diapering for a year and a half now, a poopy diaper doesn’t bother me, but I still feel somewhat disgusted when I’m actually dunking the diaper in the toilet. Furthermore, all the comments my husband makes about it doesn’t help much either! All I can say is thank goodness for antibacterial hand soap!
To help contain some of the mess until we get the diaper sprayer installed again, I’ve been using Bummis Disposable Liners when I am expecting Brendan to make a messy diaper. Of course, the few times I skip the liner he seems to surprise me and makes such a mess I can’t help but wonder if there is nothing but poop inside my toddler! When I do use the liners, they don’t always catch all of the poop, but in most cases they catch enough to make the task of cleaning off the diaper a bit easier. Now if only I could accurately predict when those messy diapers would happen, but then again, if I could I suppose we’d be working on potty training. In the meantime, I really need to get that diaper sprayer hooked up again!
By Katrina W.