Why I've given up on using cloth diapers...

With bringing a little one in into the world we are faced with lots of choices; natural or medicated delivery, breast or formula, cloth or disposable and the list goes on. Almost a year before trying to conceive I had decided cloth was for us. How could I pass up the cost savings (I love saving money) and being environmental at the same time? There was not other choice but cloth!


I had done my homework. I had read numerous blog posts, watched videos, asked lots of questions, price matched and even got DH on board (as long as we used liners) but things didn't go quite as planned and here is why...


1. Switching detergents. Okay, I know it isn't that big of a deal but we weren't impressed with giving away our new huge tub of tide and three boxes of fabric sheets. There is no point in storing these things for a couple years, right?


2. I suck at laundry. There have been so many times that I've started a load and completely forgotten about it until DH reminded me. This is not so great when you've got to run a rinse cycle and the go back and restart the machine to wash and then put the diapers in the dryer (or hang them which is what is recomended). 


3. I dreaded stuffing the diapers. Every time they'd come out of the wash I kept putting it off. I'll do it after this, or that or tomorrow...


4. They are pretty bulky. This is vain I realize, but most of her NM clothes wouldn't fit over the diaper or it stuck out the sides. Plus, I wasn't a fan of the green/yellow/blue diaper when I'd have her in a pink outfit (yes, I realize this is a little silly...)


5. The main reason for giving up on cloth; my baby gets hot! Every time I'd put her in a cloth diaper she'd start burning up. I even tried having her wear them around the house without any clothes and her bottom would be so warm and red. I started feeling bad every time I put them on.


Honestly, I'm pretty sad that I didn't fall in love with cloth like a lot of other mommas, but just because something works for one family doesn't mean it works for them all and I'm okay with being a disposable diaper family.


(Please note, this post is not meant to discourage anyone from trying cloth diapers, I just wanted you to know you are not alone if you decide cloth isn't for you.)

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:24 am
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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:34 am
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Thank you for this post! I am with you on sucking at laundry. I had your same initial thoughts. After researching them & looking at it all practically, I decided against it. I consider myself a "green" person, where environmentally, I want to help change things & cloth seem so much healthier to me also. So instead of doing cloth diapers, we are going with the honest company (honest.com). A lot of our friends tried cloth out, didnt like it & are now using honest diapers with no complaints.  

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 8:59 am
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Jenn - thank you for this post! I also appreciate it. I too am really hoping to fall in love with CD'ing and hoping it works. My plan (for the moment) is to wait until baby girl is out of NB size and her stub has had a chance to heal and then we'll slowly work into CD'ing.


I suck at laundry too sometimes so I'm hoping I can keep up with this!


I don't know if you have them in your area but if you are still trying to be a green family and gental on baby's bum - look into a company like Earth Baby. They have a service where they drop off clean compostible disposable diapers and pick up your dirty ones (much like the old school cloth system) but their diapers composte and never go to the landfills. Just an idea if it's avail to you. :)

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:08 am
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MNM- Luckily I started off slow. My MIL gave me 4 diapers and I purchased 5 diapers, 3 wet bags (the ones I got were too small), and a roll of liners for $150 from amazon. I have to say the GroVia diapers were my favorite being they don't have to be stuffed. FuziBunz were my least favorite because I couldn't figure out the sizing and it was hard to do (elastic in the legs) and we ended up with 2 huge blow outs due to it being sized wrong. 


cheeky- I've seen honest on zullily. I'll have to check it out.


Ashley- I was actually just going to send this to you on FB since I was pretty embarrassed it didn't work out for me, but decided I'd share with everyone incase anyone else had the same experience. I'll look into Earth Baby and see if they are in my area. :)

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 9:47 am
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Thank you so much for posting this! I originally wanted to cloth diaper as well but decided that all the extra work probably wouldn't be worth it in our case. It bugs me when people claim that CD is just as easy as disposable. I understand and love all the benefits from doing it but you can't claim that all the extra laundry, spraying, special detergent, folding, etc. is as easy as using disposables. We have a portable washer and dryer because we live in an apartment without hookups so doing laundry isn't as convenient for us because of that, and our laundry is already going to increase significantly when the baby comes. I love the idea of it but I don't think it would work for us either. Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Posted on April 22, 2013 at 10:26 am
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Jen, Im so glad you posted this! I really appreciate it when moms who have BTDT give a thorough explanation of how/why something worked or didn't work for them. It is really helpful :-) I have worried about every issue you mentioned, so it is nice to see someone admit that they ARE issues to consider. I'm hoping CD works for us, but like everything else, I just want to keep myself open to the fact that it might not work out. It does seem like a ton of work, so I'm hoping the benefits will be strong enough for us.
Posted on April 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm
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Hi ladies!


I just wanted to chime in -there are definitely many aspects in this parenting journey that we have great expectations toward -I fully assumed that I would be breastfeeding but gave up after only two days due to Megan's difficulty to latch properly; because of that I was beyond sore and had cracked and bleeding nipples to the point that I cringed every time I had to nurse. I finally (seemed like a lot longer than 2 days lol) decided to try formula feeding and I felt a weight lift off of my shoulders -breastfeeding just wasn't for me. At first I felt incredible guilty but then finally came to the realization that as much as everything we do is for baby, we as parents are a big part of the equation as well. I wasn't happy, and Megan deserved the happiest mommy I could be.


As for cloth diapering, that did work out for us :) in my inexperience, I bought a LOT of diapers, in a few different brands. I ended up selling a bunch of them not long ago because Megan was leaking out of them. She's also a heavy wetter so I have to double stuff her Bum Genius, but that did the trick. It definitely is more work, and stuffing them isn't the most fun, but I find that if I do it as soon as I take them out of the dryer then it's done and over with. I use the Rockin' Green detergent for her diapers and Tide for our (and her) clothes. Warning: buying them is addictive since there are so many options/colours/designs out there so as much as using them saves money, I've spent a lot on them ;)


Hope this helps!

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 1:28 am
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@Steph: I'm really glad you brought up BFing. It is by far the thing I am most nervous about, and I think it is because there is a lot of pressure on new moms to make it work no matter what. I'm reading "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" right now, and while it has great information, the tone of the book really bothers me sometimes. I wish moms didn't have to feel bad about making such personal decisions...
Posted on April 24, 2013 at 2:22 am
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I'm sorry cloth diapering didn't work out but it nothing to be embarassed about.  There's nothing wrong with trying things one way and having to switch to plan B.  That's not only parenting life but life in general.  Do what works for you and your family with no apologies : )


So far, we are CDing but there is no way it will last til his potty training days.  I give it 6 months, tops.  We use prefolds and covers, which it a bit trimmer than AIOs so I don't bother with a special laundry regiment since its just cotton.  And baby is exclusively breastfed and therefore the poop smell is not terrible, at least to me.  But once he starts on solids, I'm just not sure I can handle the added work of spraying down the smelly poop.  And yes, I do get annoyed with the uber crunchy moms that say CDing is much easier than disposables.  It's definitely not. 

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

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