When I had my first baby, my parents and others told me how lucky I was that disposable diapers were so easy compared to the cloth diapers of their day. At the time, I didn’t know anyone who was cloth diapering, and I didn’t give it a second thought. I used disposables with my daughter though potty training and with my son for the first 16 month of his life.
Without any conscious decision on my part, I gradually felt little nudges to look into modern cloth diapering. Initially, someone I knew registered for cloth diapers for their baby shower; so I spent time exploring them online. Then, some of my sister’s friends started cloth diapering. Finally, a good friend of mine came for a visit and was using cloth diapers. She asked me if I ever thought about it, and I said, “Yes, BUT here’s my reasons why I don’t…” Following is my list of reasons why I would NEVER cloth diaper:
1. I don’t want to have to swish poopy diapers in the toilet
2. I don’t want to have to carry dirty diaper around with me when I go out.
3. I have enough laundry as it is. I don’t want to add anymore.
That very night after my friend visited, I was up all night thinking about the benefits of cloth diapering and how cute her baby looked with his fluff. I spent the following week doing research and by the end of the week I had purchased 9 bumGenius 3.0 One Size pocket diapers, a diaper sprayer, a FuzziBunz hanging diaper pail liner, a small wet bag, bumGenius bamboo wipes, and some flushable liners. So… how did I overcome my 3 biggest hesitations?
1. The diaper sprayer: This is the most amazing cloth diapering tool. I don’t know how people cloth diaper without it. I can tell you I definitely would NOT!
2. I keep a small wet bag inside my diaper bag so I always have a place for wet or soiled diapers. I also try to use flushable liners when I’m out so I can just drop the mess in the toilet.
3. I know it probably sounds strange to some of you, but I really love washing my cloth diapers. It’s different than regular laundry because I don’t have to do all the folding and sorting. I just sit and stuff them and they all get put away in the same spot.
My friend urged me to just buy one or two cloth diapers to try it out. She also advised me I could still use disposable at night or when I went out. Instead, I just jumped in with both feet and haven’t looked back. I haven’t purchased any disposable diapers or wipes since my son was 16 months (he’s now 22 months). Now I always encourage new moms to try cloth diapering.
My only regret? I wish I had started sooner!
By Megan W.