Monday, March 8, 2010
I first thought about using cloth diapers when we were expecting our first child. But it seemed the more I mentioned this idea to other seasoned moms, the more discouraged I got.
Everyone seemed to have a negative reaction, wondering why in the world I would hassle with cloth diapers when we could afford disposables? Then I heard lots of stories about how "so and so" used to use them and their house always smelled, or they were always poking themselves in the middle of the night with saftety pins, etc.
Plus, I had my own hang-ups...like what do you do with the POOP????
Looking back, I didn't talk to anyone who WAS using cloth diapers, just people who had HEARD about them.
Then I met MOMYS :) and *I* was the oddball for not using cloth diapers! So I started asking questions and researching...
As I've said before, I've been using them for almost 3 years and I love them!
Good for the environment? Yes! Good for my children's health? Yes! Less expensive? Yes!
Misunderstood? Yes! :) (Poor cloth diapers!)
Here are just a few myths I was tricked by...
#1--Cloth diapering makes you a tree-loving hippy, or worse, a backwoods hillbilly!
Well, sure, they kinda are kinda hippy/hillbilly, but just be aware that they have so many new choices now.
http://www.cottonbabies.com/ is a great place to check out your options!
These days cloth diapering is fashionable and they are easy to use--it ain't your momma's cloth diapers anymore!
#2--Dealing with poop in cloth diapers is disgusting and messy.
Poop is always disgusting--cloth or disposable diaper. There's no getting around that. Unless you can figure out how to get your kid to not poop, it's just a part of life. :)
With cloth diapers, I actually think poop is easier to deal with...
~The poop "sticks" to the cloth diaper, so there is less mess on the bum.
~Newborn poop is the easiest, you just throw the cloth dipe in the washer and let it run through one cycle before washing it with detergent.
~For more solid poop, you just plop it right into the toilet. And there are actual sprayers that you can purchase that attach to your toilet to rinse it before washing, but I don't have one and have never felt I needed one.
Still, there is an easier solution! My sister uses flushable liners that can be removed from the diaper and go right into the toilet. They are pretty cheap (about $12 for 250 liners) and Target sells these!
#3--They will always smell like urine.
Not true! If you're worried about this, there are a lot of things you can do to prevent stinky diapers.
I use a splash of vinegar in my pre-rinse which takes away any ammonia/urine smell in the cloth dipes.
Also, small bit of bleach (used once per month) in the hot water cycle will eradicate any stink.
#4--Once they are stained, they are stained forever.
The good ol' fashioned SUN does wonders for stains. It's amazing! Just hang them up outside in the sun or lay them on your lawn wet and stain up (and watch your neighbors stare) then rewash and the stains will be G-O-N-E!
#5--Washing cloth diapers is time consuming and inconvenient.
I really don't notice myself doing any more laundry than I did before, even though I know I do. It's just that it's pretty easy and they are a breeze to fold (this is Trusten's job now-he loves to help)! I usually do 2 loads of cloth diapers a week.
I wash on cold with just a dash of vinegar and detergent (the cold is to remove any left over yuck).
Then I wash the load again on hot to sanitize.
Usually I run one last rinse on them to make sure the detergent is totally gone.
Next, throw them in dryer!
For laundromat's, look HERE.
#6--Your baby will have a "bubble butt".
Welp, this one is true...especially if you use prefolds. Some of the fancier diapers are just like disposables (in bulkiness) but if you use prefolds, it's inevitable...your baby will have a big rump!
But there are benefits to this...
~They will never crawl out of their pants again! Pants will stay on securly thanks to the extra fluff offered by cloth diapers!
~Their fall will be cushioned when they're learning to walk! Extra padding prevents tears!
Any other questions/concerns may be addressed here.
Any other cloth diapering Momma's wanna help dispel any myths??? Feel free to chime in!!!