In my pre-child days, I never would have dreamed so much of my time and energy would be centered around pee-pee and poopy. As a mommy of two (one in cloth diapers; the other in cloth trainers at night), a significant portion of my life is dedicated to tending to the “ins” and “outs” of my little ones. And the funny part is, a lot of the time it can downright…comical!
Seven truths that I’ve come to learn so far include:
- Keep your mouth closed when spraying diapers! This high-powered contraption is a life-saver for cleaning poo off of diapers before washing. However, even on a modest setting, it can really blast your diapers and shower anything else that happens to be in the vicinity. Yep. Learned this one first-hand.
- Compression leaks happen. It’s particularly—how shall we say?—stylish when babywearing and mommy’s shirt becomes the canvas. Thankfully the Moby Wrap makes a very fashionable shaw when leaks of this nature happen in public. Yep. Been there, done that on this one too.
- Just because blow-outs are so uncommon with cloth doesn’t mean one should become lax at the changing station. Flailing baby hands are a reality for cloth and disposable users and they invariably land in just the places you wish they wouldn’t!
- Girls are masters at the “sneak-a-pee” while being changed. My daughter had a knack for soaking the changing pad without me knowing it. I’d have a new diaper on and be in the midst of getting her clothed again when suddenly I’d realize her outfit was soaked. Boys are much more obvious. My son has sprayed me, my husband, the changing table, the floor, various standers-by, you name it. This is where a stack of pre-folds nearby comes in super-handy. The best pee-pee blockers EVER!
- Your bathtub will become home to all sorts of things you never dreamed of. Right now, we make lots of “diaper soup” in ours as it is the perfect place to pre-soak cloth diapers and trainers before running them in our front-loading washer.
- You will become intimate with poopy in a whole different way when using cloth. I now understand not just what my son’s “outs” look like when they happen but what they look like at the end of the day when color and consistency give even more clues as to how mommy’s diet, vitamin drops, medicines or the introduction of rice cereal impacts baby. It sounds gross, for sure. But interesting nonetheless. Cut back on the carrots, Mom!
And my favorite for last:
- It is inevitable that the potty-learned child will need to go poopy on the potty at the least inopportune moment. Mine is a huge fan of needing my help with wiping at exactly the moment when I am nursing baby. This has made for some interesting juggling, I can assure you. If anyone has the solution to this one (aside from growing a new set of hands), I’m game!
With the recent introduction of solids into my baby’s diet, I’m sure our home will continue to be filled with many new lessons and lots more make-you-belly-laugh, “I can’t believe that just happened” kind of moments!
What are your favorite truths?
by Nicole C.