Cloth and the Workin’ Mama

Posted 12-2-2010 at 03:54 PM by brewanothercup

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!

Filed Under: Cloth Diapering, General


18 Responses to “Cloth and the Workin’ Mama”

  1. Natalie on December 2nd, 2010 11:54 pm

    I completely agree with you! I’ve got a full-time job outside of our home and definitely think its just as easy if not easier than disposables! We have a very similar wash routine to you as well!

    Plus, one of the main reasons I work outside of the home is because I HAVE to… if I can save just a little more money by cloth diapering, I absolutely will!

  2. pleides16 on December 3rd, 2010 1:06 am

    This sounds familiar! I am a high school teacher and I cloth diapered while home the first summer with my daugher. Unfortunately I had some resistance from my daughter’s caregivers about cd’ing. My daughter is potty training now, but I think I have found a sitter who will be happy to cd for me when there is another little one!

  3. angelarose on December 3rd, 2010 5:56 pm

    Great, inspirational story!

  4. brewanothercup on December 4th, 2010 1:23 pm

    People seem so hesitant at first, but really the process is the same for a daycare, if not easier – instead of having to wrap it in a trashbag and then throw it away, they just shove it in the wetbag. It’s not like they have to wash them or anything. Glad you found someone who is cloth friendly for the future!

  5. brewanothercup on December 4th, 2010 1:24 pm

    Great point – working to throw away money on diapers AND to spend all that money on sposies would be hard!

  6. nebraskamom on December 4th, 2010 3:29 pm

    DH and I also work outside the home. My mother-in-law watches DD and she has no problem with the cloth. We have saved money, because they have already paid for themselves. We were spending atleast fifty dollars/month on sposies. I just throw the CDs in the wash when I get home every other day. It’s much easier than I thought it would be. By the way, we are a All-in-two family, one brand, simple, it works for us.

  7. slimy72 on December 5th, 2010 5:36 pm

    I am also a high school teacher, and I too find it relaxing to wash my fluff at the end of the day. To bad we’re about potty trained.

  8. marvelous on December 7th, 2010 5:11 am

    This is me and I’m happily working and CDing second. Some days I get lazy about the diaper lanundry, but I’d much rather throw a load in than bundle up and head out in the cold to grab a pack of sposies. I don’t know about the washing, but I sort of find sorting, folding and putting diapers back together (we use pockets for daycare) relaxing.

  9. mama2winnie on December 7th, 2010 6:04 pm

    I agree as well. I work full time and am a single mom. When I said I want to cloth diaper my daughter I received a round of blank stares and why on earth responses but I forged ahead and got my mom and daycare on board from day 1. I find the sorting, folding etc relaxing when I come home and it provides a sense of connection in the caretaking process of my daughter. It really is an absolute joy and fun task to have!

  10. Patti Brisco on December 8th, 2010 6:28 am

    Finally some mom’s out there with some brain power, I was at a shower for my daughter and the mother’s were all putting down cloth diapering and I said I prefer cloth, it’s better for the baby,saves money and better for mother earth (by the way where do you think all those diapers go:) One mother right out said who cares!! I guess that’s the problem too many don’t care! I’m not all green but come on!

  11. dreamfrog on December 9th, 2010 3:39 pm

    oh Patti! Yes, too many don’t care. And, I have a mouth that doesn’t use my head first…I’ve had someone say that to me & my immediate response (no thinking involved) was “I do! I want to leave a planet to my son!” I know she was offended…oh well. :)

  12. hollyhomemaker on December 10th, 2010 7:50 pm

    I just started working a full time teaching job and I own a dance studio in which I teach at night. So needless to say I’m busy. I have still found time to continue cloth. I am also using disposables but only if the diapers didn’t get washed. I wash Wednesdays and Saturdays and it seems to work fine. I think it really depends on how dedicated you are to it.

  13. AgwasStars2 on December 13th, 2010 3:05 am

    Dreamfrog: “I know she was offended…oh well” LOVE it! :)

  14. higginskatie on December 14th, 2010 8:49 pm

    Sometimes folding and stuffing diapers is the only way I have to sit and relax at the end of the day. I wouldn’t trade it in at all. What am I going to say, I have to sit and open the package of sposies for the next half an hour?!? My coworkers still think I am nuts, but oh well. DH tells me frequently how he thought I was nuts at first but now he says he can’t imaging going back to paper diapers.

  15. happimum on December 19th, 2010 9:30 pm

    I too am a work-outside-the-home mom and have been lucky to have a babysitter who actually CDd her own many years ago, so it was easy for her. Our older one attends an eco-friendly daycare/preschool so CDing was no problem with them either. It comes down to an addition load or two of laundry a week, really. Now that we have a newborn I am super excited to stock up again!

  16. graysonandmommy on December 22nd, 2010 8:29 am

    I am trying to find a sitter who will do cloth. His current sitter wants disposables but complains about the brands I bring him in. She only wants Huggies. I send him in a pamper or generic brand and she complains. Gah… I have to find a new sitter because she found full time work anyway but come on at least I always brought him with adequate sposies and she had the nerve to demand huggies.

  17. 7h35p14n_fr3d on December 24th, 2010 3:26 am

    I love hearing stories like this i am just now getting into cloth dipering and my daughter is 4 months i wish i started sooner!

  18. Courtney on January 3rd, 2011 4:29 am

    Agreed! And why are people so quick to judge? I’ve faced the same scrutiny. As a matter of fact, it worked a little bit because I worried that it would be much harder than it actually is. I love cloth diapering and would recommend it to anyone!

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