Don’t be pressured into cloth diapering. I’m nearing the end of diapering, and after 3 children, whatever the benefits were supposed to be are GREATLY overshadowed by the dark cloud cloth diapering will cast over your daily life.
Back in 2014, when we welcomed our first of three children, we were bright-eyed, well-meaning parents. Between the influences of our doula, online super-mom groups, and trendy granola “save the Earth” naive cohorts, we decided to go with cloth diapering and minimize our use of disposable diapers. Now I’m talking 100% hands on cloth diapering. Not one where you have a service that cleans them for you and drops off a fresh supply.
Thinking back now (with disdain) I vaguely recall that the benefits were supposed to be: less waste, cheaper in the long run, gentler on the kid, they potty train sooner, and we could recoup $$$ by selling them. What a croc. Here’s the reality of cloth diapering: it’s expensive to start and you’ll get pennies on the dollar when you try to sell them, they leak no matter how many inserts or covers you try to add, you need to change them almost every hour, you can’t trust them for sleeping or going out and about... unless you bring changes of clothes, using a hand sprayer to pre-clean poop off of them gets old REAL fast, you will constantly be doing laundry. Laundry. Always more damn diaper laundry. It’s a grind, and quite frankly, it sucks.
Still not dissuaded from cloth diapering? Consider this one common scenario: You’re not at home, and your kid has a shitstorm blowout. After cleaning them up and putting on a new (disposable, if you were smart) diaper, you still have to pack up the soiled diaper and cart it back home. You’ve probably had to buy washable diaper bags just for this. Then, when you eventually get home you still have to deal with that shitty diaper, which has been cooling and festering for maybe hours...
If I could turn back time and change one thing to drastically improve the last 6 years of my life, I would never have started cloth diapering.
For reference, here is the brand we’re using: Funky Fluff
EDIT: First of all, thank you for all of the replies. All of them are appreciated.
As for usage, for all three kids we’d use cloth at home, and disposables at night, naps, and when we’re out for anything longer than a quick errand. Leaks, when they happen, are from pee and maybe some added “poop juice” but never solids. The cloth diapers would be soaked right thro... keep reading on reddit ➡
So first off I just want to thank everyone for the wonderful advice you gave me,It really did help a lot with talking to my brother about this.
My brother came out of his room for the first time since yesterday so he could eat dinner, and I saw this as a opportunity to talk to him before he went and locked himself in his room again,so after dinner when my parents had left the room and went outside I decided that I would try to bring it up with him.
so before he went in his room I walked over to him and attempted to talk to him about what I saw. I brought it up very casually(I think so at least) and I told him that I didn’t care if he wanted to cross dress or wear my clothes and that I still loved him no matter what.
We then got into a conversation and long story short he told me that he was gay and has always wanted to be a girl, after he said that I asked him if he was transgender, and he said he didn’t know what that was so I explained it to him and he said he thinks he is but isn’t sure,I know that I probably shouldn’t of asked him a question like that but it kinda just came out.
Anyway I offered to take him shopping for more girly clothes and he got excited and said That he wanted to go,so now I’m taking him shopping sometime this week for more girly clothes and makeup. So yeah I think that it went really well and I just want to thank each and everyone one of you who responded to my post giving me helpful advice,I don’t think I would of been able to talk to him as smoothly as I did if you guys hadn’t given me advice.
Quick update:so it’s been a few hours since I talked to her about this and she just came into my room and told me that after doing some research and thinking about it that she is transgender,We talked about it and we decided on a new name for her(she wanted help picking one) so yeah this is just a quick update thx for reading:)
Edit:Also btw I will read all of your replies but I might not respond to them:)
Hey there! Just putting this out there. I am a certified babywearing consultant through the Center for Babywearing Studies and I currently work at a cloth diaper retailer. This is my 3rd babe and I have used every mainstream brand of cloth and baby carrier in the US. If anyone has any questions or thoughts let me know! I can give recommendations for carriers and diapers for specific sizes of baby and parents. Sorry if this sounds like I'm selling something 😅, I just want to be a resource for free if any wants it!
Anybody else having a hard time finding a shred of sympathy for anyone complaining to them about how uncomfortable their cloth mask is, after strapping yourself nightly into plastic apap sucking machine akin to an aliens hatchling and then attempting sleep, for a year and a half?
is this approved science, or no?