Monday, September 10, 2012

To Cloth or Not To Cloth

The other night, I had a nightmare.  Maybe it was a morning nightmare.  You know, when you're not ready to get up so you go back to sleep and you have the worst dreams ever that make you wish you hadn't gone back to sleep?

You have those, right?

Anyhow, I had one.  Multiple ones, actually, in the same night/morning.  And it all centered around a poopy cloth diaper.  [sorry, probably should have warned you there...].  I dreamt that my baby (no hint on girl/boy, either) had soiled a cloth diaper, and I was trying to clean it, and I didn't. know. how.  Couldn't figure it out.  Woke me up a couple of times in a cold sweat.

Rather than wake up and actually think it through, figure it out, and be done with it, it seemed most prudent to continue to fall back asleep, and hope my subconscious would figure it out.  It didn't.  Left me with a bad feeling all day.  And a lingering doubt.

Handsome & I have been tossing around the idea of cloth diapering.  Mostly I toss and Handsome returns, but all the same, it's a volley known as conversation.  But after that dream, and some further thinking/reading, I'm seriously doubting my original resolve.  So here's what I want from you.  What do you think?


or


?

On the up sides...

Cloth:
  • Cheaper.  Overall, yes, and pretty much in the long-term.  For less than the cost of 2 boxes of disposables, you can get 3 cloth diapers.
  • Environmentally friendly.  And, I mean, that matters *some* to me.
  • Cute
Disposable:
  • Disposable.  Duh.
  • Easy for others to care for/travel with
  • No added laundry
But on the down sides...

Cloth:
  • Gross.
  • Extra laundry.
  • Extra work.
  • Others aren't sure how to deal with them (you know, like babysitters or nursery peeps).

Disposable:
  • More expensive $$$.  Like, over 2 years, $1500-$200 more expensive.
  • Wasteful
  • Boring
So what do you think?  What would you do?  What did you do?  What do you wish you were the type of person to do?  I'm not promising to let y'all make up my mind for me, but I'm really at a crossroads here, one more bad dream away from making a rash decision.

Let's talk about poo, baby!
TFW

16 comments:

  1. DO it. Doooooooooooooo it. Seriously. Using cloth was one of the best decisions I made. We totally still use disposables (for babysitters and at night) but it has saved us so much money and I was actually shocked at how not hard it was. It's like.... two extra steps. And when you are already doing laundry up to your ears every day of your life - one extra load really goes unnoticed. I would however recommend either getting a diaper sprayer or using flushable liners for inside the diapers for the poop thing. We chose the liners (pee goes through it and it catches the poop). I about cried of happiness the first time I changed a poopy diaper and all I had to do was pick up the liner and toss it in the toilet. Maybe I did cry.. you know.. all the pregnancy/post pregnancy hormones (can you still blame it on that 6 months after??)

    Bottom line - I say at least try it. Get a few and see what you think. You'll be surprised by them I bet. And if you decide it's not for you, then at least you have a couple back up diapers in case you ever run out of disposables before you can make it to the store!

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    1. You've changed my life, Dani! I didn't know about liners!! I think I'm going for it. Thanks so much for that little tidbit of information!

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  2. Cloth, but keep disposables handy for when you are traveling/have a babysitter around. I'm talking clearly from the money standpoint here. I mean, no one wants to clean that poo, but seriously?? It saves a LOT of dough.

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    1. Sometimes I forget that I can use *mainly* cloth and still throw a disposable on every now and then. It's not Little Foot & Sara at the great divide; you can go back and forth. :)

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  3. I clothed my kids. I didn't at first. In the yucky newborn/early infant stage when most people use prefolds and covers I stuck with disposable diapers. However as they got a big older, and their poo's more manageable I switched to cloth. A couple favorites in our house were Fuzzi Bunz, Diaper Change and Rumparooz. We used pocket style cloth diapers. I'd do it all over again if I could! I miss their little bums waddling around in a cloth diaper!

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    1. It IS terribly cute! Thanks for the recommendations!

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  4. Like most people, I do both. Cloth for most things, disposables for traveling and at night. I definitely used disposables until her umbilical stump fell off. And while in concept the poopy diapers seem awful and terrifying, the truth is, while you're exclusively breastfeeding, everything is water soluble. You can toss the whole thing in the laundry until you start introducing solid foods. And then flushable liners make everything pretty un-gross. If you don't want to invest until you know for sure, I can lend you a day's worth. :)

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    1. Flushable liners. My goodness. I must have not heard that part when we've talked about it. Amazing.

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  5. I did not do cloth because...well...because I didn't even know they had them! But if I had another child today, I would do cloth (although my husband say NO, WAY, but what does he know?)

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    1. Yeah, Handsome isn't very excited. One night he looked at me and said "Tell me straight, how bad is it? You know, diapers?" Ha ha, he's in for some learning!

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  6. I guess I am a wasteful modernist, because I used disposable. All. The. Time.

    Whatever you decide, it's not like you're locked in. You can always change your mind.
    ~FringeGirl

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    1. I keep forgetting that I'm not locked in. And you, in your modernist glory, are wholly less-tethered to your washing machine. There's no shame in that :)

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  7. illiterate grany9/11/2012

    When my children were young, disposable diapers were expenive and we only used them when we went away. They are so convienient and really esy to rinse out in the potty, gross sometimes, but easy. They now have cloth diapaers with a waterproof layer so you don't need rubber pants. The plastic covered diapers that I saw came with 3 in a package. Maybe SOMEONE will get you some for your shower.

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  8. Pampers, baby!! ;) or Huggies! Ha! I considered cloth for about 3 seconds. The lazy tree-slapper in me won pretty quick, and after Adelle was born, I never looked back. Seriously though, for me it was just one less thing to "deal with". She gave me a heck of a time with nursing, and although I cherish the thought of the *perfect* family, where the dad is all super involved and HELPING with the poopy diapers, that wasn't my reality. My hubs works. A LOT. (like, fire-fighter a lot...although he is not. See where I'm going with this;) AND....one thing that terrifies him in life is other people's (no matter how small said person may be) feces pieces. Sooooo....that means it was pretty much up to me to do almost all of it. I don't regret that in those first few mind numbing months in between feeding/pumping/power napping/and still trying to make the household function slightly I didn't have to spray crap out of a filthy piece of cloth. BUT, I am not you, and you are not me (good thing- Freaky Friday is only fun when you get to see it happen to someone else!) so if it intrigues you, give it a shot! All the people who commented that actually use them make it seem like they're not such a big deal after all. I'd say no matter what, don't stress yourself out by setting anything in stone. After you meet your little guy/gal and start to figure each other out in the first couple months, you'll see what works best for you :)

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    1. I'm just waiting to see what D is going to be able to handle. He says he just can't, but he deals with people in ambulances who are much more gross, so I'm not buying it yet. Even with his schedule, though, I'll be on diaper duty more than 1/2 the time, so I think we're doing what ever I decide. And you're right, all this speculating can fly out the window once I see the babe :)

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