I told you my second baby and I are out to save the planet, right? Yeah, the first kid and I got away with an AMAZING 18 months of free Seventh Generation diapers through a loop hole in an Amazon promotion, but my luck with that was so '08. This time I have to actually pay for diapers (for shame!) so why not do cloth? We are band wagoners after all.
At first I was totally overwhelmed. I mean, it felt like I practically had to go to a diaper university to navigate the millions of cloth diaper products. AOIs, pockets, pre-folds, clippies, sprayers, gDiapers, liners . . . it goes on all day with the configurations and accoutrements you can buy. And forget about cloth being thrifty. It looked like to really get set up I'd be rolling about $400 deep in dipes.
Like so many over-fussed and uber-marketed "back to basics" ideas that are so posh these days (see: breast feeding, baking, and natural cleaners) you can pay about 10 times as much as you need for labels and status. Money pit stores like Be By Baby are happy to outfit you in $25 diaper soap that causes chemical burns
when all you really need is a box of Tide, for example, or swindle you into paying $45 for a sprayer you can get online for a fifth of the price
As I began to learn, cloth diapering is actually as simple as "put cloth on butt, wash, repeat" much in the same way breast feeding can be stripped of Boppys, shields, pumps and theatrics to boil down to "put breast in baby's mouth, repeat". Ah! So I decided on old-fashioned pre-folds like grandma used to use and inherited some cute diaper covers. Brilliant. (And for a little luxury, I got six fancier one-sized pocket diapers and inserts by Bum Genius. Big thanks to Cotton Babies
, by the way!)
It was my plan to just cloth diaper the newborn, but of course once I had them all washed and prepared they looked so cute that I had to pop a few on my ready made child, the two-year-old.
The first hour was was blissful. That Bum Genius pocket dipe really made her butt look fluffy and I wondered if the lack of paper and more-like-panties feel would inspire potty training.
Then she peed.
It instantly became clear why nursing homes smell different than nurseries. I mean, with everyone wizzing on themselves, why is one so stinky and the other is so charming? Answer: old people are peeing on their clothes, which are made of cloth. Urine + cotton = STANK. It freaking stinks, people.
As the box of chemical burn soap so boldly points out, "if you want flowers, then pick some" but geez. Without the planet (and odor) killing agents disposable diapers provide, you are left with the stench of old people on your baby's butt. I suppose like anything else in life, you just get used to it.
Will I continue this little experiment, or will I succumb to my weaker nature full of fragrances, hair color, department store make-up and disposable diapers? Time will tell. One thing is certain, it ain't easy being green. Pee-YOO!