I have 3 in cloth diapers; Emma 4 months, Alea 3 years, and Riley who just turned 5 and only needs them at night. I have used cloth diapers on and off for 10 years now and I am amazed and dare I say it, in love, with cloth diapers that are available today. I started out with Motherease diapers 10 years ago, and they were good but the problem with them was me. I didn’t know about laundering them in the right detergent, not using store bought diaper creams, ect. I don’t think many other people did back then either, come to think of it. I stopped doing cloth diapers when I had the twins and had 4 in diapers. I felt that it was just too much for me, at the time. But when they did get rashes, I would give them a break from paper, I would put them in cloth. But I didn’t know how wonderful cloth was. I just thought of it as an alternative. That is until recently, when I tried cloth myself.
Disposables nowadays are super absorbent. So absorbent that they suck away natural oils that help protect and balance. I recognized this during the six weeks postpartum that I had to wear disposables myself. It got to a point that it was downright painfully dry and I didn’t want to use disposables at all this time around. I didn’t care how hard it is or what mess I had to deal with, I’m finally going cloth! But when the time came, I found out that cloth not only was pretty simple, it was WONDERFUL. It felt like not wearing anything at all. It cool, smooth, soft and just plain LOVELY! I mean no wonder; I didn’t have plastic next to my body anymore. And it was in that “ah ha” moment that I realized what I was doing to my babies. I only had to wear disposable on a small part of my body, at the most for 8 weeks continuously. My poor babies had to wear that non breathable, over absorbent, plastic for 3+ years straight! How awful!!!
I didn’t care what it took; they were going cloth exclusively, even if it was 3 children at the same time. And surprisingly, it really is just an extra load a day. Oh and I did find the right detergent this time, Rockin Green, of course! I love the smell of clean cloth in the morning. I love that my babies are getting that extra love of cloth every day. I love the cute fabric nowadays. So much so, that I think that I am addicted. In fact, today, my daughter proved that I am. A package came in the mail and Alea came up to me while I was opening it and said, “Is it a diaper for me? Is it pink?!”
Mother of 8 children