Cloth Diapering Myths
Helloooooo readers! I’m Nici, “The Monday Girl”. I’m so excited to be a part of this site and am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge of cloth diapering! So let’s jump right in, shall we?
I never really had an “ah-ha” moment where I suddenly knew I was going to cloth diaper. Some people say I’m brave for using cloth. Brave? Me? Yes, just call me NICI THE POOP WARRIOR. She’s fearless! So brave! She’ll wipe the poop right outta that butt! …hm. Sounds a bit ridiculous, right? That someone who uses cloth diapers is brave? But then again I think about all the completely insane and crazy silly myths going around, and I suppose I could understand why someone would consider me to be brave.
Oh, wait! See what I said up there? Myths. A myth is defined as, “a widely held but false belief or idea”. So let’s bust those, shall we?
Myth #1: Cloth diapers leak, and you have more “blowouts”.
No, no, NO you silly goose! I think what you meant to say is cloth diapers leak less and have fewer blowouts! It’s true! I have yet to have a “poop up the back” experience with a cloth diaper! I’ve actually heard of a lot of moms making the switch to cloth because of the fact their disposables leaked so much! Now don’t get me wrong here, cloth diapers can leak of course. But it’s usually something easily fixable so it can be prevented in the future. Maybe you’re not changing your wee one often enough. Or perhaps the fit of the diaper isn’t quite right and it needs to be adjusted. It’s possible that the brand of cloth you’re using just doesn’t work out for your bub. All problems are easily fixed with a little bit of trial and error!
Myth #2: Cloth diapering is gross
Well, maybe this one isn’t SO much of a myth. But…duh. You’re dealing with poop, yeah that’s pretty gross! But aren’t you dealing with poop with disposables as well? And you have a baby. They’re pretty gross little creatures bundles of joy anyway so you should be used to it! Back on topic, as far as cloth diapers being grosser than disposables? Why? The process with each diaper is pretty much the same. Put it on. Take it off. You throw it in a pail/garbage. You then empty the pail/garbage either into a bigger garbage can or a washing machine. Bam. Done. Now, why is that grosser?
Myth #3: Cloth diaper laundry is so much more work, and I don’t have time
Personally, it takes me less time to walk from my daughter’s nursery to the washing machine than it does to go from the nursery all the way outside to the dumpster. Laundering cloth diapers are pretty easy actually. Some people even throw them into the laundry with their clothes. *Gasp!* You may have heard of people doing some pretty crazy routines with their cloth. “First I do a rinse on cold without detergent, then I do a hot soak with just a tad bit of detergent, after that I do a was with medium-warm water and no detergent, then I do a handstand for about four minutes, and then I do another rinse with kinda-sorta-a-little-bit cold water, continue on with a cartwheel, then proceed by air-drying for twenty minutes in the sun and tumbling in the dryer for…” Ugh. No. Find a wash routine that works for you. I simply throw my diapers in the wash and let ‘em go! EASY PEASY, DUDE. And you only have to do 2-3 loads a week. Which, IMHO, you’d probably be doing anyway while using disposables because of all the blowouts and leaks most people have with sposies.
Myth #4: Plastic pants and pins
I’ve heard a LOT of people say things about plastic pants and pins. Honestly, though, do those even exist anymore? I have never seen or touched either one. Shocking? That’s how far cloth diapers have come! It’s definitely different than the way your mom or grandma CD’ed. Grab yourself an AIO with velcro tabs and WAM-BAM-THANK-YOU-MA’AM! Just like a disposable! Except for the fact you wash it, it’s the same exact concept! And I know there are still people who use pins and it works for them…and that’s fine! Use what you like and what works for you! But by all means, don’t let pins scare you away. You’ve got options, honey!
Myth #5: Cloth diapering is WORSE for the environment
I don’t even get this one, so could someone explain it to me? How could it be WORSE!? Babies use an average of 3,000 diapers in one year. I guess the people who say this is referring to the water used to wash the diapers? I don’t think that even begins to compare. 2-3 extra loads of laundry a week seems really insignificant compared to an extra 57 (approx.) diapers a week. Right? Right? Did you know it actually uses more water and other resources to manufacture disposable diapers than it does to wash cloth diapers?
Yeah, that’s a lot of diapers!
Myth #6: Disposables are simply easier than cloth
I decided to use disposables for a few days to try and think of key differences, likes and dislikes, etc. How do you disposable diaper users do it!? Every morning that I was using ‘sposies I had a blowout. Up the back, all over, all on my daughter’s clothes. So not only did I have to change a diaper, but I had to wipe down (or in one instance, bathe) my daughter, change her clothes, and add to my laundry pile. Easier? I think not. I don’t have blowouts or leaks with cloth. So while it may be “extra work” or “harder” to have to do a couple loads of diaper laundry a week, I think it’s worth it. The extra time spent cleaning up my daughter and changing her entire outfit was a lot harder to me than changing a cloth diaper.
If you’re finding yourself a little on the edge about trying cloth, just do it. But beware! You might become addicted!
Are there myths that are scaring you from trying cloth diapering? If you think I’ve covered the big ones, then good. You should be well on your way to CD’ing. If not? Let me know what’s keeping you from using cloth and I’ll be happy to do another post to BUST IT OUT!
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