When we started preparing for the birth of our first child, my husband and I decided to go the cloth diapering route for many reasons, including concern for the environment and a desire for the cost savings that cloth promised. One reason for cloth diapering that has hit home recently, though, is this: cloth diapers are way more fun than disposables!
We’ve been cloth diapering our daughter since she started fitting into them at three weeks old, but a bout of diaper rash starting over the Christmas holiday had us digging out disposable diapers while we deployed the heavy-duty rash cream (and waited for CJ’s Butter to arrive in the mail!). Besides experiencing the pain of tossing out diaper after diaper, I realized how much I missed the little joys of cloth diapering. I missed the choices I got to make with each diaper change – which color should she wear? What closure do I want this time? Which diaper works best for this time of day or this outfit? I didn’t get to talk to my daughter about the different colors and patterns that she got to wear. I didn’t really get to show off our stash to my relatives in town for the holiday. I even missed the laundry – the joy of all these previously stinky, dirty diapers coming out of the laundry, hanging to dry, clean and ready to be used again.
Of all the reasons to diaper my child in cloth (and to look forward to the end of that diaper rash!), perhaps the one I least expected was that cloth diapers would be so much fun!
By Rachel N.