To Cloth or Not

by tinysneakers

Long before I was pregnant my best friend said to me, “You’re going to be one of those people that makes your own baby food and uses cloth diapers, aren’t you?”

Well, she knows me well.

I don’t know why I knew I would do these things before I was even considering having a baby; it just seemed natural to me.

Once I found out we were pregnant, I did a lot more research about cloth diapers and knew I’d be sticking with my decision. Cloth diapers have gotten way cooler since I used to wear them. They might even be borderline trendy now.

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{Please do not read into that pink one. It’s not a poorly disguised subliminal message. We do not know the gender and are just lying about it, contrary to popular belief.Winking smile}

While I was confident in my decision, the husband, to say the least, was not. He found the idea of poop in cloth disgusting and the idea of poop in the washing machine absolutely appalling. I can’t say I blame him, but I think poop is gross no matter what. It’s going to get on clothes that are going in the washer anyways, and you have to clean it up no matter what type of diaper it goes into.

I didn’t want to force the husband into anything, so I figured we’d just experiment and see how things went. Then I met a fellow Junior League-r at Touch a Truck last month who just happens to be opening up a baby boutique this winter. I won a couple of cloth diapers from a drawing she held and when she dropped them off she stayed to give us the whole diaper-demo spiel. I thought it’d be perfect for the husband to hear what the whole deal was really about; luckily he didn’t put up much of a fight.

She went through all the different kinds of diapers, from prefolds with covers, to pockets, to all-in-ones. We got to practice using them on a teddy bear {we both passed the diapering test!} while we chatted about her experiences with them. She also taught us about different ways to wash them and how to store them.

By the end of our chat, the husband seemed much more on board with using cloth diapers. He realized it wasn’t that much different than using disposables, and he loved the idea of fewer blowouts {read: poop on clothes & hands} to deal with.

I think he’s mostly on board because we’re assuming I’ll be on laundry duty. 😉

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Jen November 2, 2011 at 8:59 pm

We’re hoping to do cloth, too. We’ll use disposables until he’s big enough for the cloth ones. My only reservation is using them while traveling or being gone all day. We may use disposables in those situations.

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tinysneakers November 3, 2011 at 8:17 am

I think we’d do the same. The lady did warn me about one thing for traveling though- make sure they’re reallllly sealed up if you’re going to leave dirty diapers in a hot car for a long time, or it’ll be super stinky. 😉

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Sarah @ A Runner's Heart November 2, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I’ve been cloth diapering my baby girl for the past 3 months! I love it! One of the best (and cheapest) Pocket diapers I have found are at LovelyPocketDiapers.com! I have over a dozen of theirs and they have been great! They also have a facebook page and she does random giveaways and discounts! 🙂 And I’m sure the lady who gave you the demo told you that you don’t have to wash off poop from a breastfeeding baby…Just comes right out in the wash! It’s so easy! I love it and it’s soooo addicting! 🙂 I’m loving being able to coordinate my baby’s diapers with the holidays! lol 🙂 Their are a ton of WAHMs (Work At Home Moms) who make them on facebook and tons of Facebook pages with support on how to do it…Cloth Diapering Mommies is one of my favorites! 🙂 Also…as far as the baby food goes…You might want to look into something called Baby Led Weaning…Just google it and you can find some good websites…I will be starting it on my baby when she’s 6 months old in December, so I can’t tell you a whole lot about it yet…Sorry so long…I just really love cloth diapers! lol 🙂

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tinysneakers November 3, 2011 at 8:18 am

I plan on doing baby led weaning so I’m excited to see how it goes for you!

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Lisa @ The Splattered Apron November 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Poop in the washing machine was one of the reasons we decided not to cloth diaper, but if I had known my daughter’s clothes would have poop on them anyways I may have changed my mind 🙂

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