Before my son was even born, one of the very first reasons I ever considered cloth diapers was because I know just how uncomfortable the feminine hygiene equivalent to disposable diapers — maxi pads — are. As if all the other aspects of “that time of month” weren’t enough, I have always dreaded wearing these things.
My thought process went something like this:
1) Ew, gross.
2) Well, actually, this might not be so bad.
3) OK, I am going to have to try this.
As for the gross factor, when you are doing dirty diaper laundry anyway, it’s nothing to rinse out the pads and throw them in the wet bag, then wash with the diapers. There’s no additional grossness at all, really. If anything, I find it a little less gross to wash them than have them piling up in the wastebasket in our bathroom. As for how it went, I can definitely say that cloth is much, much more comfortable and seems just as functional as whatever mystery material makes up disposable pads. Additionally, feminine hygiene products are expensive! So I like that by spending around $30 I have basically enough to get me through the foreseeable future.
A couple of years ago I never would have imagined I’d be here, using cloth diapers and “mama cloth” – something I hadn’t even heard of before. But here I am, and it really isn’t that big of a deal to me. Though I must admit, my husband was a little weirded out by the idea and because of his reactions, I haven’t been bragging about the fact that I’ve made the switch for my baby and ME to people in our day-to-day life. But, when it all comes down to it, it isn’t exactly something that comes up often in polite conversation anyway. I can be more comfortable, and it can be my little secret! It only helps that the cute, little Planet Wise bag is the perfect size to keep things discreet.
By Jessica W.