If you’ve been following my blog since Braden was a baby, or even when Ethan was a littler baby, you’ve probably picked up on the fact that I use cloth diapers. Not only that I use cloth diapers for my babies, but that I really really like them. Well….not so much any more.
When I first started on my cloth diapering journey with Braden it was romantic. Well, as romantic that a relationship with diapers can be. I was doing my part for an eco-friendly future for my kids by not taking a garbage bag full of disposable diapers to the dump every month. I was saving my family money by not buying disposable diapers every few weeks. I loved it. They were cute, helped keep pants on his tiny tushie, and I really really loved everything about them. I even traveled all the way to Maui with Braden’s cloth diapers before he turned two. I was 100% anti-disposable diaper at any cost. Braden was having problems being a super heavy wetter with his overnight diapers when he was a toddler and I searched high and low trying every possible combination I could until I finally found a solution. I was proud of myself for keeping it cloth. I even felt ridiculously guilty when I had to give in and put Braden in an overnight disposable pull-up when he was potty training. It made no sense to keep up with using just 1 overnight cloth diaper with 3 in rotation. You cannot effectively wash them this way and there was no way on earth I was going to start hand-washing my diapers. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
I was very happy to have a 6 month break from cloth diapers before Ethan was born. I needed a break, it was one of the main reasons why our kids are almost 3 years apart, I desperately needed respite from diapering. When Ethan was born I packed up our hospital bag full of sweet, tiny newborn cloth diapers. The very first diaper he wore was cloth and I had this goal that Ethan would only ever wear cloth diapers his whole diapering life. I insisted to the nurses in the hospital I would do all his diaper changes and I brought my own cloth diapers. It was fun to cloth diaper a newborn from the beginning and I felt so much more confident and knew the products way better than I did with Braden.
I haven’t blogged much about my cloth diapering journey with Ethan, likely because of the title of this post. I just don’t care anymore. Quite frankly, I’m counting down the months (13 to go!) until I can potty train him. Ethan became a super heavy wetter very early on. I’m talking 3 weeks. He would wake up just absolutely soaked until I got my Applecheeks bamboo inserts which were an overnight life-saver. But soon enough he outgrew the absorbency of anything that I had to throw at him…and quite frankly? I didn’t want a HUGE bubble butt cloth diaper on my tiny baby for overnight wear. Have you ever seen an overnight cloth diaper for a heavy-wetter? Their legs are so far apart because of the thickness of the diaper I liken it to feeling like sleeping with a saddle on! It just didn’t seem like it would be comfy at all.
So? I have been using 1 disposable diaper overnight for Ethan since he was 3 months old. There. I said it. My clothfession. And you know what? I just don’t care. It keeps him dry, he sleeps through the night, I don’t have to worry about him being uncomfortable. Plus? No knock-you-off-your-feet-walk-into-a-brick-wall ammonia smell from an overnight cloth diaper. I don’t get any brownie points for using 100% cloth diapers for Ethan’s diapering career. I buy a huge pack from Costco and it will last me 186 days at $0.16 per diaper. I just can’t argue with that and I don’t have to worry about leaks overnight and the disgusting smell that cloth brings overnight.
That is definitely another thing I’ve noticed with using cloth diapers on a second child. The smell is much harder to get rid of. I’ve stripped twice and even his day diapers the ammonia smell just lingers on. I have a ton of extra microfibre inserts so I might just chuck these 3 year old ones and start fresh, I wouldn’t even feel comfortable donating the ones that are so well “loved” because of the smell, etc. Also? Braden was an every 3-4 day pooper…Ethan. Every day. And not so pretty. That’s all I’ll say about that, but has been a HUGE deterrent for me to my former infatuation with cloth diapers. Nasty.
Don’t get me wrong. I still like my cloth. In fact, I love them for the day. He naps well and travels well with them – I did take our diapers to BC for our summer vacation – but for the most part, I’m just done. I’m not going to stop cloth diapering and I would still recommend it to every new parent because the good far outweighs the bad, but I’m just done. Maybe I’m done with diapers period.
13 months to go….!
Cloth diapering mamas…am I alone? Anyone else ever feel this way?