Practically Green: Transition to cloth diapers fraught with hang-ups

by Ivory Soap on 07/26/2011

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My 4-month-old is watching me as I write this week’s column. On her adorable behind is my first foray into cloth diapers.

I confess that I didn’t join the cloth diaper brigade for green aspirations alone. Or even primarily. After three other children, I am simple tired of buying disposable diapers.

I’m also tired of flies buzzing around the trash can. I’m tired of leaks. I’m tired of rashes. I’m tired of the late-night runs to the store for another 50-pack. But cloth diapering hasn’t been an easy transition for me.

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NatureGirl July 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

“your hippie weirdo child-rearing choices.” I am dying laughing! Boy have I heard that phrase running through my head many times before. I did the opposite with cloth. I started with cloth with my first of 4 children. We were poor and conscientious about both money and what kinds of products we put on Baby. She is now nearly 19 so you can imagine what a stir cloth diapers caused back then!

I did find it more convenient and less controversial to use disposable when out in public and saved cloth for home. I found I used them less with the second child and not at all with the others. I wish that I would have been more willing to look weird in front of my friends and family. Stick to it!

Bess July 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I *love* my cloth diapers. When people start to give me attitude about them, I merely point out that the only time she’s ever had a blow out, she was in a disposable. Also, the only time she had a rash was in a disposable, or with a “stay dry” fabric which we no longer use. Plain cotton prefolds and a simple cover and we are all set! I don’t find them to be that much extra work, and if I ever think of complaining about it, I just think about how if I run out…I just need to do laundry. That and the fact that I don’t have to buy any more diapers and she’s only seven weeks old! Totally worth it!

Brenda Varnedoe July 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Loved your article in the Comm Appeal today; you need to visit – best diapers, best detergents, best everything for your baby! All natural ingredients are used and nothing, but nothing, irritates baby – or you!

Brenda Varnedoe July 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Oops – forgot to say that Crunchy Clean is based here in Memphis/Collierville!

joss July 26, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I love cloth anything over disposable (well, except toilet paper and I can’t say I’ve replaced kleenex with handkerchiefs). But *generally* speaking I do like knowing I don’t have to run to the store (for diapers, paper towels, napkins, etc). I think my rumparooz diapers will last forever (kid’s 16 months old and may she be the first of a few to use them). Disposables last forever too, just not in any useful sense 😉

Ariana July 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I’m on baby #2 with the same cloth diapers and covers that I bought with #1. Love it! Even the laundry is not that bad. We did pre-folds and covers. If I could knit some wool ones, we’d do that too, but I always lose feeling in my hands while pregnant and then lose all my spare time after having the child. Ah well. I love cloth diapering and I don’t mind the comments. I’m OK with my parenting choices and they can all shove it. (said with my best and sweetest smile – I am from the south, after all)

Denise July 30, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Thanks for sharing your transition to cloth. It’s funny because I was always totally proud of my cloth diapers and loved to show them off – although I sewed most of my own so of course I was extra proud. I did buy a couple Kissaluvs, a Motherease sampler and some WAHM diapers here and there but I diapered three kids in most of the same cloth diapers.

I kept the velcro all-in-one types just for when there was a grandma or babysitter around – but I much preferred the ones with snaps. They always seemed so much more comfy! Actually I miss the cloth diapers days. I still look at cloth diapers online and feel nostalgic….

Julie July 31, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thank you for sharing your transition to cloth diapers! I think everything you wrote about, most parents either think about or experience. For me, over two years into cloth diapering, when we do have a leak on occasion, I still feel the same way your friend probably did at the church nursery.

Sarah September 14, 2011 at 12:28 am

Just stumbled across your blog via Frugal Kiwi :o) I live in New Zealand and have used a mix of cloth (snazzipants and fuzzibuns) and disposables for 3 children .. I’ve had the *opposite* experience with the attitude amongst mums of my aquaintance – a disposable is looked on with horror!

I’m enjoying dipping into your blog!

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