My son's nanny was in Brazil when we started our cloth diaper challenge.
When she came back, I gave her a cursory review, but I guess I was a
little rushed because I received this email from her later that day:
pretty sure I messed it up with the cloth diapers yesterday, sorry. I
didn't know anything about it and when I got home I Googled the topic
and realized that I only put the cover of the diaper on [the baby]. I'm
so so sorry... Could you please teach me how to do it right?"
poor thing! She actually had not messed it up. I pre-stuffed the pocket
diapers so that they were ready to go on demand. However, her email
speaks to how intimidating cloth diapering can be out of the gate.
a week and a half into our challenge, we seem to be going strong. I
feel great about fewer chemicals on my baby's bottom, plus we are
saving the environment and some cash. I'm still having a little trouble
getting into the cleaning routine, but I'll save those details for
another time. It's lunchtime and I'm not in the mood to talk poop.
my day job, I review gadgets. You would think that I could apply my
product review experience to diapering. but I just can't bring myself to
give a bad review to a product that was designed by a work-at-home mom
(or WAHM, as the lingo goes). These women stitched and sewed together
these products out of love for their children. How can I say
disparaging things about something like that!?
will say that some work better than others, some are easier than
others, and some are just so darn cute! I really like SoftBums for
evening because of the extra protection, and I LOVE Charlie Bananas
because you remove the pocket insert from the front instead of the
back. This means you're much less likely to get poopy hands removing
the padding. (I guess I can't avoid talking about poop.)
I also really like Rumparooz and FuzziBunz because they are less bulky and have great designs.
on the fence about the semi-disposables. I somehow feel like maybe that
is cheating? My husband saw the gDiapers and said, "Doesn't that defeat
the purpose?" Also, when they say flushable, I'm not sure they have New
York City plumbing in mind. The flushables absorb a lot of water and get
huge. I'm not sure my toilet can handle that so I ended up throwing
them in the Diaper Genie. But you can stuff gDiapers with non-disposable inserts so that certainly isn't sacrilege.
guess my question to the CD community is this: Is there a heirarchy of
cloth diapering that I should be aware of? For instance, are you less
of a true CDer if you use disposable inserts and disposable wipes? Are
there snooty purists who look down their noses at anyone who doesn't
use all reusable material? And if that is the case, do those people
shun toilet paper on their own backsides? Just wondering.
Note: This post was originally posted on my personal mommy blog, MommyBeta.