When I told people I wanted to cloth diaper, several people flat out laughed (husband included, but that’s another post – he’s now a huge cloth fan!). While people were supportive of what I call “my crunchy ways,” they thought that once the summer was over and I was back at teaching the demands of a full time plus job would outweight the cloth diapers and we’d be back in disposibles.
As it turns out, cloth diapering has fit into our working schedules just fine. We have about thirty diapers (and a ton of pre-folds/covers as at-home backups) and between home and daycare we wash every other day. As soon as I get home, I throw a load in for a cold rinse. After a few songs and dancing with my son, I wash the diapers on hot with a touch of Allen’s Naturally, a locally made product that I adore. After dinner, my husband sets the hot rinse and then throws the stuff onto the drying rack or into the dryer. By the time morning rolls around, I stuff six or seven diapers and we’re off.
The routine of washing is what makes things easier for us – in fact, I think it’s much easier than it would be to remember if we had enough disposibles at home/in the baby bag/at daycare. Plus, at least everything for cloth can be taken care of at home and don’t require last minute trips to the store for purchases. And don’t’ tell anyone, but I actually find washing diapers kind of relaxing after a long day of dealing with teenagers!