I’m a huge advocate of cloth diapers. Really, I think they’re one of the Most Amazing Things Ever, Plus Our Ancestors Used Them, and yadda yadda. They’re cute and seem comfy and it’s kind of nice seeing them all lined up on a shelf.
Sure, I would say things like, “Of course everyone must use the diaper system that fits into their lifestyle,” but I won’t lie, when a family member discovered he had run out of disposable diapers for his son and refused my offer of a loaned cloth diaper with a, “Well, thanks, but we’re not into cloth, that’s kind of icky,” I felt VASTLY superior for a while. I mean, *I* got over the ick factor! There you are, polluting landfills with your son’s waste for the next several hundred years while I am responsibly using eco-friendly cloth…and accidentally clogging the toilets with disposable wipes, but never mind that!
Cloth vs disposable: One catches poop. So does the other.
While I was pregnant with my second child, we went camping with family. I dragged along a tote of cloth diapers because I simply refused to buy disposables for a three day trip. To be fair, my daughter often broke out in rashes when she was in synthetic diapers, so I liked putting her in 100% cotton. She was comfortable and rash-free that way—that was what worked for us.
Then, my son was born. You know how they say every kid is different. Well, I knew that. But I didn’t know that until I had my second child. While my daughter would happily sit in an overflowing diaper without making a peep, my son seemed highly distressed if he felt even a drop of liquid in his diaper. We quickly learned that when he cried, it usually wasn’t because he was hungry (like my daughter), it was because he wanted his diaper changed. The moment we changed him he went from loudly shrieking monster to sweet, cooing, baby-commercial baby.
I admit, I’m kind of a disaster freak.
Not like, “Oh no, the apocalypse is coming, gotta store 500 lbs of wheat in my cellar” type of disaster freak (mostly because we live in a top floor apartment in the middle of a large metropolitan city). But, you know, I live in the Pacific Rim of Fire and that top floor apartment gives me a dead on view of a volcano that’s been overdue for an eruption for a few hundred years now. I will at least get a National Geographicesque high-resolution closeup view of a volcanic eruption before I die a terrible, burning death.
Mountains: A pretty sight, until they blow up on you
However, more realistically, my decision to live a life on top of the area where two giant continental plates smash against one another means I’ll probably get caught up in an earthquake one of these days. The county has a suggested disaster preparation list of things that every family should have on hand in case of a disaster, tailored slightly to earthquakes for the area. You’ve got your usual water bottles and emergency blankets and ponchos, emergency food bars (have you ever actually eaten those? They’re, uh…definitely only something I’d eat in an absolute emergency), and then, almost as an afterthought, the list adds “specialty items for kids and pets.” This is important, but it begs the question of what the absolute essentials are for children in a time of disaster.
Posted 01-29-2014 at 11:19 AM by yoliyoda
While I joined Diaperswappers for the same reason the other mamas on the site did, an insatiable love of cloth diapers, I have a secret. Not only do I use disposable diapers, I love them!
To be clear, what I’m speaking of is disposable inserts that can be used with cloth covers. Many companies that make covers also make disposable, biodegradable inserts as an alternative to cloth inserts. When I first began to look into the option of cloth diapering I didn’t understand why. If someone decided to use cloth diapers, why in the world would they want the disposable inserts? All of the positives of less waste and cheaper costs are greatly affected by the use of disposable inserts. It just didn’t seem to make sense.
Then I started to take cloth diapering from theory to practice and quickly saw the exact scenario that the disposable inserts worked for my family. Imagine this: you’re all dressed up for a long day out with friends. Yes, you could carry 10 inserts, making the load in your wet dry bag not just getting heavier over the course of the day with wet inserts, but also getting stinkier and stinker. Could I do it? Definitely. Will I do it if I don’t have too? Probably not.
Another scenario where disposable inserts might make sense is with hesitant baby sitters or day cares. Some people simply don’t want to deal with dirty, soiled, inserts. With this option, when baby has pee’d or pottied, they can simply pop the disposable insert out and into the trash can, and replace it with a new one.
Designed only to replace inserts, I still get to use cute covers. And since I only use them occasionally, I don’t mind the price. Plus, being a thrifty shopper, I like to look around for a variety of options on where to snag the cheapest disposable inserts.
For as much as I’m an advocate of cloth diapers, cloth wipes turned me off for a long time.
That is weird, you are probably thinking. Cloth wipes have the same advantages as cloth diapers. They are better for the environment because they aren’t taking up landfill space. They are not clogging sewage systems and pissing off your local department of public utilities. They are gentle on baby’s butt and aren’t full of weird chemicals and fragrances. You don’t have to separate them from your cloth diapers to throw away later; you can just toss them in the diaper pail with the dirty diapers.
I KNOW this. I don’t know why it took me so long to try them. Perhaps it was laziness; we were gifted tons of disposable baby wipes before our daughter was born. But finally after a few months of seeing people talk about cloth wipes all over the place I was all, FINE. I will try them. We shall see.
I ended up with a mish mash of wipe materials and fabrics. Flannel is fairly soft and durable. Sherpa is even softer. Minky is okay as long as the other side is something more…grippy. Bamboo terry is amazing except I hate bamboo for other reasons. Fleece is idiotic and smears everything around. And so on. I could go on all day about fabrics and how good or bad they are at wiping up poop, but that’s heading into Crazy Cloth Lady territory which I try to avoid when I can.
Cloth wipes: As cute and collectable as cloth diapers, if you want them to be!
Posted 09-17-2013 at 12:25 PM by angelaw
I can’t remember when it was that I decided to cloth diaper. I do know that I pretty much knew from the beginning that I was not going to be able to do it full-time. Maybe I was setting myself up for failure, or maybe I was just being realistic.
With my first son, I was given so many disposable diapers at my baby shower, cloth diapering never crossed my mind. I don’t think I even had to purchase a diaper until he was nearly potty trained.
As I got older and wiser, I began to do research into a lot of things that I wanted to do differently with my second child. One of these things was cloth diapering. I thought they were better for baby, economical and environmentally friendly, but mostly, I was just thinking about how they were super cute they all were! I enjoyed shopping for covers (which was the style I decided was best for our family).
When my son was born, I had already built up a stash of covers and inserts. However, they were all one-size and would not fit him for a while. That was fine, because I had already planned for this and had about three boxes of newborn and size 1 disposable diapers. I guess I didn’t see the point in buying a newborn stash of cloth diapers when I had purchased the disposables so cheap. Plus, the thoughts of meconium in a cloth diaper made me cringe.