So assuming you read the title of the post, I feel like I should clarify that I have nothing against those who choose to cloth diaper nor do I turn my nose down at them. The basis of this post is more how it is not the ideal choice for my lifestyle as a mom. I firmly believe that each mom has the right to choose which method is better for her and her family.
So why type this post? I’m supportive of my fellow bloggers. When one of them asks me to help them out and share their posts with my readers, I do. When a bloggy friend who cloth diapers asked me to check out her post that was pretty much a run down of Cloth Diapering 101, I did so. I shared it with my readers and even commented letting her know while this wasn’t the choice for me, I was passing it onto my friends who were pregnant and consider going the route of cloth diapers. Big mistake! By commenting, my username was linked to my blog. Within the hour I started receiving messages of why I should reconsider my stance on cloth diapers. I responded simply by thanking them for taking the time to reach out to me, however I stand by my choice for disposable diapers. Some would never reply back, while others would then send me a bullet list of why I NEED to cloth diaper. I admit, I almost started to feel guilty about my choice. It hurt, and when once again I received another email like the ones mentioned above, I realized that no mother should be made to feel guilty about her choice to use disposable diapers.
Let me quickly acknowledge the benefits of clothe diapers. I do love the green factor! I try to recycle when I can and use my reusable shopping bags. I clean my home with natural cleaners and I make a conscience effort to conserve water. Yes, I understand it may be economical for some families in the long run. Plus, let’s face it, cloth diapers have super cute designs that you just don’t see on disposable diapers.
Why I Don’t Cloth Diaper
Yes, in the long run, cloth diapering can save you money. However, have you seen the cost of the cloth diapers out there? That’s some serious wallet damage! Truth is, I never pay full price for disposable diapers anyway. I’m able to purchase them in bulk and at a discount price.
Secondly, I’ll be frank. I hate doing laundry. I already do enough laundry as it is. It seriously is the never ending chore. Adding more items to the mix just sounds exhausting. My time is precious and I can think of other tasks I need to take care of than scrubbing poop out of a diaper.
Another major factor is that disposable diapers are preferred at my son’s day care and school. Now you may suggest I find a place that is cloth diaper friendly. However, my city isn’t exactly the land of economic friendly day cares and schools. This town is expensive. Childcare is expensive. If I find affordable childcare that keeps my baby safe, the last thing I care about is whether they cloth diaper or not. Please note I didn’t say they were CD-unfriendly, just that disposables are preferred.
Why I Won’t Cloth Diaper
First off, these are soiled garments we are dealing with. From what I understand, no matter how much and what the method you use to clean them, they are never truly clean. I prefer not to subject my child’s skin to cloth that had previously been soaked in urine and body waste. Yes, this could very well by my own OCD paranoia. However, this is how I think, and I have a hard time getting over the personal “ick factor” involved.
EDIT: I should clarify why I believe what I stated in the above paragraph. I’ve been told laundry is never fully clean from three people on separate occasions whose opinions I trust. One is a chemist who uses disposables, one works for our county’s Dept of Agriculture and the information provided was for clothes in general (not cloth diapers), and the other is a friend in the laundering service who does CD. Given their professions, and long time friendships, I no reason not to believe them.
Second, I just don’t want to. I’m a single mom who works a full time and part time job. I simply do not want to spend my time cleaning poop and pee many multiple times a day. Yes, you many see this as laziness, but this is me. I make efforts to live a greener life. However this is just one aspect I can’t seem to jump on board with.
Please keep in mind that just because something doesn’t fit into my lifestyle, doesn’t mean that it can’t fit into your lifestyle. If you are considering using cloth diapers than do your research because that may be the direction for your family to take. If you are planning to use disposable diapers, please don’t feel guilty about doing so. We all have our reasons of why we do what we need to do. Don’t let others sway your opinion if disposables or cloth fit better in your daily routine. All of us moms have different routines. We choose the diaper type that fits our lifestyle the best. Please, let’s remember to understand that about each other.
What do you prefer when it comes to diapers? Cloth or Disposable?