Little W has been wearing disposables. She hasn’t been in cloth diapers for about a month and a half, and I will tell you why.
First we had the Dreft incident. The suds were unbelievable and I still cringe when I think about what a pain that detergent has caused.
Second, After (yet while…) that issue we were heading into winter, which meant that Little W would need to start wearing pants (or tights). Cloth diaper booty is quite a bit larger than paper diaper booty. It also is bulky, and I found that the pants were tight (even a larger size with an elastic waist) around her belly and would put pressure which would cause her to spit up. That was just frustrating. So on top of wardrobe difficulties, I was starting to have rash issues with my diapers. Little W never has diaper rash. Even after I thought I had “flushed” the diapers out with hot water enough that there would be no possible way for any Dreft residue to remain: there was. And I would see it the next time I put them in the wash. The suds never left, even after I got some Charlies and washed and washed and washed them with it. I almost bought Rockin’ Green, since I have heard that it does a great job at getting residue out of diapers washed in stinky detergent.
Third, We were getting ready to move, and with the added cost of paying off old bills while collecting new, I knew that we would not have the money lying around to get a big new batch of Charlies online, so I wanted to conserve what we had for clothes, sheets, curtains, etc. (You wash diapers with two scoops, clothes with one.)
Fourth, Little W started crawling. I noticed a difference in how she crawled depending on if she was wearing a cloth or paper diaper. I know cloth doesn’t slow down a crawling infant, but I noticed that it was a little easier (plus the fact that her clothes fit better, making it easier to move).
So, she is in disposable diapers right now. Will she be forever? No. Actually, once my shipment comes I am going to attempt another flush of these diapers in hot water from here (different washer, hotter water) and hope for the best. I know that as of right now I am putting dangerous chemicals literally right beside my daughter’s bum, but believe it or not I feel I have made the best choice for the time being. I love using cloth, and if I could change one thing right now, it would be that clothing was made for cloth booty babies alike. Which brings me to…
One of my goals for 2011 is to get a sewing machine, a baby clothing pattern, and to make my babe (and hopefully subsequent others) clothes that fit a cloth bottom. There is no reason for her to miss out on cute outfits and nice fitting winter pants because she is diapered differently. It is a BIG pain and I hate it, so I am going to fix it.
So, this pro-cloth diaper mama has been letting her babe crawl and cruise around in a chemically soaked paper diaper and she knows it. I’ll own it. I love my cloth diapers and I stand by them 100%, but right now just can’t be the time. I’ll write again when I get my next batch of soap and start flushing… and hopefully sooner rather than later I will have something to show of a nice outfit made for a cloth diapered babe.