Kristen, you’re a nut.
They’re probably right…but not because of cloth diapers. After five and a half years of diaper duty on two kids, I’m here to tell you that cloth diapers are not deserving of the bad rap they get from parents and skeptics.
One. These are not your mama’s cloth diapers. And my own mama agrees. My own little rump was placed in Pampers from the get-go. My mother-in-law tells stories of prefolds and plastic pants. But everyone who has used our BumGenius diapers agrees that these are easy to use, easy to get on, and easy to clean up. Going out and about is not an issue, either. Just bring a travel wet bag in your diaper bag and close it up, then toss it in your big wet bag when you get home.
Two. You heard me. They’re easy to clean up. Seriously. My cloth diapers are the easiest load of laundry I will ever do. When I take them off, I pull the stuffers out, fold them inside the diaper, Velcro down the outside tabs on the laundry tabs, and toss them in the wet bag inside of a trash can with a lid that doubles as our diaper hamper. When it’s time to do laundry, I dump the wet bag in the washer. I never come in contact with them again until they’re clean. It’s that easy. When I’m finished, I pull them out and take about 5 minutes to stuff them back, usually while I’m watching TV or doing something else I can multi-task at. Stuffing diapers does not take brainpower. An if you’re counting, stuffing diapers takes less time than it would take me to drive to the store and buy a pack of disposables. This is my favorite cloth diaper detergent, made by a WAHM. I’ve also used this one from Seventh Generation successfully too.
Let’s address the elephant in the room. If there’s extra poop on it, I wipe it off. But come on, you’re already wiping poop off the baby’s rump anyway, so a little extra wipe isn’t going to kill you. You don’t have to get them clean. That’s what the washer is for. And if you’re really worried about a little poop, you may want to reconsider this parent thing. Poop in a diaper is the least of your worries. Wait until projectile vomit comes along. Or potty-training.
Three. They save time. I bought them once, had them delivered to my door, then poof–no more trips to the store. With two dozen diapers, I have enough to wash every two to three days. As long as I stay on cycle, we’re golden. And I stay on cycle because of #2 above…it’s the easiest load of laundry I do. No sorting, no folding, no hanging…
Four. They save your baby’s rump and health. Our skin is our biggest organ. The same is true for babies. Skin soaks up whatever you put on it. Don’t believe me? Put a peeled garlic clove in your sock and then tell me how long it takes you to taste garlic in your mouth. (Less time than it will take you to read this blog.) Have you ever noticed little gel-like pellets on your baby when you change him or her? That’s sodium polyacrylate. It can absorb 200-300 times its weight in water. In addition to absorbing baby waste (which your baby then gets to sit on top of) I believe that it pulls natural moisture out of the skin, making baby susceptible to diaper rashes. We don’t get diaper rashes with cloth. I’ve used disposables too, and I can’t say the same for them.
Five. They’re customizeable. You don’t need to worry about overnight diapers. Stick an extra stuffer in there, or use one with extra absorbency—ours were hemp.
Want to try cloth diapers? Still not sure about the commitment? Why don’t you try them for overnight? Get yourself a half dozen and just wash one load a week. I think you’ll be surprised how convenient they are…and did I mention the bonus of a cute cloth diapered rump?
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