Ok everyone, prepare yourselves! I’m about to say that awful, horrible, word that is despised in the cloth diapering community! DISPOSABLES!!! ****GASP****. Oh yes, I did just say the ‘D’ word on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer. If we are all being honest, we would admit that we have all used disposables on our little ones tushies every once in a while. And if you can proudly proclaim that you, in fact, have NEVER used a disposable diaper, then I am here to deem you to be Super Mom!
So, what about the rest of us? The ones who get too busy to do the diaper laundry and suddenly realize that you have run out of cloth diapers? Well, it happens to the best of us, whether caused by stress, busyness, or just plain laziness, we all reach for that papery nappy every once in a while. The problem is that once we get in the flow of using disposables, it gets harder and harder to get back into using cloth again. Well, at least it is for me! So, let’s talk about some practical ways to get back into using those cloth diapers again!
The most obvious way to kick the disposables once and for all is the Stop buying them! I know, I know, easier said than done. In my own kids closets sits the ‘just in case’ pile of disposables that, all too often get used. But if you are really serious and ready to go 100% cloth, just don’t buy any more disposables! For our family, we use disposables at church on Sunday, so I guess you can say that we use cloth 95% of the time!
Another great way to get back into the swing of cloth diapering is the Set up a diaper washing schedule. I am totally a schedule person. If it isn’t Wednesday, I’m NOT scrubbing the toilet! But every Wednesday, I roll up my sleeves and get that porcelain throne so sparkling clean that you could eat off of it! Diaper laundry is one of those things that you have to keep up with. I wash our cloth diapers Tuesdays and Thursdays. So, pull out a pen and paper and plan your schedule around your family’s needs and get yourself organized!
Keep yourself motivated! Do you find yourself feeling discouraged and burned out from cloth diapering? Well, keeping yourself motivated will help deter that feeling. The Cloth Diaper Whisperer is a GREAT way to keep motivated! You can read hundreds – maybe even thousands? – of stories about successfully using cloth diapers, and if that doesn’t make you feel motivated to pull out the cloth again, than I don’t know what will! If you really are in need of some motivation, then grab a dry erase marker and start writing yourself little love notes on your mirror. Your hubby may think you are crazy, but there is nothing like waking up to seeing “Cloth Diapering Goddess” written above your head on the mirror!
One more thought for you busy moms and dads out there: Give yourself a break! If you really think about it, it isn’t the end of the world that you used a disposable diaper, or ten! It happens to the best of us, and if you beat yourself up over it, you will be more likely to not even go back to cloth. So, cut yourself some slack, get motivated, set a schedule, and get back in the game!
Bio: Tara is married to the love of her life, and is a Stay-at-home Mom to two little ones. She blogs about her family at tarayousef.blogspot.com.
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