Friday, August 17, 2012

Negatives of Cloth Diapers

It's only fair that after I blogged about the positives of cloth diapering I cover some of the negatives.


As a disclaimer, I will say in my opinion the positives outweigh the negatives and in general I love cloth diapering my son.

The Poop Factor
 In my experience, I've touched way more poop cloth diapering than I did when Harry was in disposables. I try to use disposable liners with Harry whenever possible, but he kind of just goes whenever, no set schedule. After babies start solids you can't throw soiled diapers in the wash as is. We have a sprayer hooked up to our toilet that I use to clean off the diapers before throwing them in the pail. Even if I do use a liner a lot of the time I end up having to spray the diaper a little. It can get gross and messy sometimes, but I'm so used to it now it really doesn't phase me.

Cloth diapers contain poop really well. It's virtually unheard of to have a blowout in one, which obviously is a plus. Sometimes I think they contain it a little too well though, to the point where you can't even smell it. Which doesn't really seem like it would be a negative, but it can be. In disposables you can smell it almost instantly, so you know it's time to change. With Harry being such a random pooper I feel like I don't always catch them right away. I'm constantly checking his diaper but I have missed a few and I just feel so bad.

Time Commitment 
People who tell you cloth diapering isn't more of a time commitment than disposables are lying. It absolutely is. Manageable? Yes. But there are a few more steps involved in cloth diapering, meaning it will take up more of your time. First, you have to fold/stuff/put away your diapers every few days. I usually stuff my pockets and fold all my diapers while watching TV. Then of course there's the extra laundry. It's recommended you do diaper laundry every other day, so you're looking at an extra three or four loads a week. I have a pretty good schedule for washing right now, making it almost second nature.

The spraying I mentioned above is also an extra time commitment disposable users don't have to deal with. If it's a particularly nasty mess I'm dealing with I'll spend about five minutes (!!!) working to get it clean. Not the hugest deal right now since I'm able to put Harry in his crib with a few toys, but when he's older it will probably be more difficult to keep him occupied and out of trouble while I'm working on a diaper.

Diapering Away From Home
If you change a cloth diaper outside of your house you have to transport it back home to wash it. This was my biggest fear when we first started cloth diapering. For the first month or so he usually wore disposables when we went out. I'm totally okay with changing him on the go now, but just make sure you remember to empty your wet bag when you get home!

Another challenge of cloth diapering away from home is dealing with caregivers. Either a daycare provider or the occasional babysitter, like grandma and grandpa. I think a lot of people think cloth diapering still involves diaper pins and plastic pants and are reluctant to handle it while babysitting. I have heard that it is illegal to use cloth diapers at daycare centers in some states, too. But just because you run in to issues with cloth diapering your baby at daycare doesn't mean you can't still do it during nights and weekends. Or, just talk to your caregivers! Educate them on how easy it will be for them to put them on your child and get a doctor's note for your daycare center if necessary.

So there you have it, all the negatives I could think about for cloth diapering. I think a lot of them are more like fears. Once you actually start using cloth diapers you'll realize how awesome it really is and all your fears will go away.

Happy diapering, and have a wonderful weekend!

11 comments:

  1. Not going to lie... this post scared me! LOL... at first, but after reading all the negatives, it wasn't anything I didn't already have in the back of my mind.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Phew, I'm glad I didn't scare you too much!!

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  2. I know I've been bad at commenting lately, but just want you to know I've been loving your CD posts! It's something we are seriously considering so it's great to read about your experiences with them. Even with this negatives post, you are actually giving me more confidence in my ability to do it. I guess there will always be that little bit of doubt until we get to try them out! :)

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    1. Thank you! So glad you guys are thinking of trying out CDs!

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  3. Thanks so much for joining the I <3 Blogging hop! I don't see this perspective too often about cloth diapering; I mainly just see the positives. Another negative I've heard people talk about that has stuck with me though is spraying the poop off into the toilet... is that a negative for you?

    Jamie
    For Love of Cupcakes

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  4. It's nice to see an honest look post about cloth diapering, and it doesn't seem that bad. We've considered cloth diapering, but #2 is the deal breaker: we don't have our own washer/dryer. I know some brave souls cloth diaper in an apartment, but I can't imagine it. We're planning on practicing elimination communication so hopefully our diapering days will be shorter.

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  5. Love my cloth diapers even with the negatives! Even if I wish it were all sunshine and rainbows, I am glad someone is posting the whole truth.

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    1. Forgot to say I found this on I <3 my Blog hop!

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  6. This may seem like a silly question, but here goes. My husband and I want to cloth diaper our little guy when he arrives, but are torn on which style to get. Can you, Lindsey, or any other cloth diapering moms recommend a pocket CD over a prefold? I feel like you'll need more CD's on hand with the pocket style, but that may be me just not quite getting how that style works. And, this may seem like another "duh" question, but you have to change the whole diaper when the baby goes #2 in a pocket diaper, right? Sorry for all the questions, it's just that I can't seem to find an answer to this anywhere! Thanks for your help!

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    1. I'm just seeing your comment now Kate, sorry it took me a few days to reply. I love how easy pockets are. They and AIOs are the most like disposables which is what drew me to them in the first place. We went mostly with pockets b/c they air dry much faster than AIOs. Prefolds were super intimidating to me and I know Ant would never be on board with them.
      With pockets you do have to change the whole diaper every time. Covers (with prefolds, fitteds or AI2 systems like GroVia or Flips) can be reused a few times while just replacing the absorbent part.
      I hope that all makes sense, and feel free to let me know if you have any other questions!

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    2. Awesome, thank you so much! This is great info.

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