Friday, February 18, 2011

A little bit of this...a little bit of that! (49/365)

I started researching cloth diapers when I was still pregnant. I knew right away that it was something I wanted to do. I was so excited to put the cute print diapers on Parker and show off his fluffy butt. I thought I knew everything there was to know about cloth and thought that I would have an easy time with it. I mean come on, how hard can it be?

Well, it wasn't as easy as I imagined, there were things I didn't really think about before Parker was born, such as;
  • How tired I was with a newborn, utterly exhausted, I had little desire to clean let alone wash diapers.
  • I couldn't get them to fit correctly, when he was little, they always leaked.
  • Some of the diapers I bought were way too big to fit a newborn.
  • I didn't have enough diapers in the beginning to get through a full day of changes.
  • I couldn't figure out how to wash them correctly.
  • My hubby loved the idea of cloth diapers, but was afraid to use them.
There was a point in time that I wanted to throw in the towel and quit cloth, I felt completely overwhelmed, frustrated and didn't think it was really all that worth it. I decided to take a small step back and only cloth diaper part of the time. When I felt overwhelmed, or needed a break from diaper laundry I would turn to disposables. I believe that had I not done this, I would not be cloth diapering at all today. The funny thing was that I felt somewhat embarrassed to call myself a cloth diapering mama because I did rely on disposables part of the time.

In the meantime I slowly bought diapers on sale here and there. I bought different styles/brands of cloth diapers until I found what style/brand worked best for us. I tried many different detergents and was able to get a wash routine down. Now, Parker is just over 5 months and I'm proud to say that I cloth diaper exclusively and have been for a month and a half.

AND, our little stash is now big enough to get through 2 or even 3 days without having to do diaper laundry...YAY!


I know that some other cloth diapering mamas will have you believe that cloth diapering is all or nothing and if you turn to disposables on a stressful, overwhelming day you are a bad mother. I wrote this post because I know that I'm not the only mama who has felt overwhelmed about cloth diapers at some point and if turning to disposables some of the time keeps you from losing your sanity, then go for it!


  1. You are a hero! I mean it. I didn't try cloth, and really couldn't imagine trying cloth, but you have made it work.
    Your son is a cutie pie, too!

  2. i feel the same way. We got rocked when our baby came and I was unprepared for it! I had all the supplies, but didn't understand what CDing would mean with what I had. I HAD to learn the hard way. That meant, going slowly trying out a lot, I feel a lot more confident but STILL, I feel like I have a lot further to go!


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