So I have 4 kids. The first two I did not cloth diaper. I kind of wanted to, but was intimidated by the whole process, and unsure if it would be too overwhelming, as I wasn’t even sure how to negotiate a baby in our lives, let alone learn a whole new process like cloth diapering. I decided that I could do it late, if I still wanted to…Plus the expense of the initial investment seemed too much for me.
I looked at the moms around me, and everyone had the paper diapers. In bulk. And would NEVER cloth diaper.MoonDog balked at the idea, and told me he would NEVER change a diaper if I decided to use cloth (and he hasn’t!).
So given all this negative hyping, it is amazing to me how my stubborn will won out, and I asked for cloth diapers when I was pregnant with my twins. My friends literally thought I was joking when I put it on my registry- They straight out laughed and most ignored it, but thankfully one cloth diaper friend, sent me my first cloth diapers!
I was scared to use them, and didn’t for a few months after the twins were born. But I reached out to a few more people who cloth diapered as well, and this time, I had my diaps in a row, and decided to do it!
“Boo,” MoonDog and my DayCare Wonder-Mom said. She was awesome and tried her best to be game, but with other kids and a sniffing dog, it became too much, and she asked me to send the twins with paper-diaps. MoonDog is paper-trained as well (old-dog/new-tricks situation). He is very hands on, but also has his limits.
I get it. I do. It is poo. Throwing it away in the trash is easy. But I don’t mind my own kids doodoo, and being green, as I say, isn’t always the easy way out.
So at this point I cloth diaper when I am home, and use paper when I am not, or the twins are not. I have lots of useful-to-me information on what works with cloth diapering, and what have been little failures and learning experiences (like don’t leave diapers in the wash mid-cleaning cycle, only to have your husband open the top of the washer and view a bunch of brown water!) Very bad. So if you need some useful-to-you cloth diaper info., perhaps I can share some here.