You asked. I answer.

Okay, about two or three of you seem to want to know why I am choosing to cloth diaper. Since that is more than just one person and ha, I just LURVE talking about myself and poop, well, here goes.

For those of you that don’t care, you can stop reading now. Seriously. But, there is talk of poop! I love poop!

Before I had Ellie, I thought about using cloth diapers. I didn’t at the time because ha, I was going to be a new mom and I was already so stressed and jittery and pretty much downright Evil, I decided just to stick to disposables.

So, eventually, I decided that I would try to CD Little Jizzy. For those of you wondering, Ellie is not cloth diapered, though we have talked of changing her over so we can get her potty trained. Unfortunately, she has been having some very interesting poop problems for awhile now and I’m not changing toddler diarrhea cloth diapers if I don’t have to.

So basically, once we’ve had some normal poops, she will become my test subject.

There are two main reasons I have decided to cloth diaper. The first is cost. Yes, you do have to put up some money up front, but in the long run, it costs less. Have you actually looked at the price of diapers? We buy the “store brand” in bulk and let me tell you, it is still expensive. With cloth, you can buy them used online at diaper swapping websites and see if they will work for you. Once you’re done with the diaper or you just don’t like it, you can sell it back.

Also, I realize just how many diapers we go through during a day. I heard somewhere that it takes about 200 years for a disposable diaper to go byebye in a landfill. Not to mention, that’s just a lot of trash. If I am able to reduce the amount of trash I’m leaving behind, I’m all for it. Sure, there’s the whole ‘using water’ issue, but I guess each person must decide what is best for their family.

They are also pretty. I can’t help it. I love the pretty diapers!

I feel very lucky because the very lovely VeryMom has taught me a lot about diapering. She pointed me in the right direction and from there, I made my own choices.

We are using Kissaluvs fitted size 0 for when LJ is born. These types of diapers need a cover to keep the poo and pee in. I have bought four covers (which you can rotate during washing) for him. Three are new and one is used. All of the Kissaluvs are used.

I bought two used Fuzzi Bunz on Ebay. I also bought two used Wonderoos on a diaper swapping website.

I plan to sew the rest of LJ’s diapers myself. (The diapers I am sewing are all “fitteds,” which means that they catch the poo and pee but you have to put a cover on so you don’t have messes.)

As for a pattern, we looked at this site to learn what to do. After that, we took one of my diapers and created my own pattern, which we altered to what we thought would work better for us.

Honestly, I think that people should do what works best for them. I think, with anything regarding parenting, you should keep an open mind. Don’t knock something until you’ve tried it. Personally, I’m not one to tell people what to do. You can use disposables or cloth. Bottle or breast. Epidural or nonmedicated. Stay at home or work out of home.

But, with anything that is not “the norm,” you can expect for people to try and talk you out of it. Make fun of you. Give you a hard time. It’s fine. I think that you shouldn’t let anyone (myself included) tell you what to do and that if you do what makes you happy, that’s what is best.

Also, I was cloth diapered and I turned out okay. Right? Right??

24 Responses to “You asked. I answer.”

  1. John
    December 6th, 2005 13:38

    Yes, you’re perfect in every way. I say go for it. Like you said, no one can tell you it is right or wrong etc. For me, ‘used’ and ‘diaper’ don’t go in the same sentence without the accompanying ‘trash’, but then again, this is my first foray into the realm of cloth diapers. So what do I know.

    Make them pretty and write the day of the week on the back of them, I say!

  2. Angela
    December 6th, 2005 13:58

    Hm, isn’t it funny how similar “life”, “motherhood”, “blogging”, and “HIGHSCHOOL” are? I’ve noticed through reading a number of different blogs, that if anyone is doing anything differently from how the majority of other folks are doing it the nasty or kindly, yet, judgemental commenters come out. Best of luck to you with the cloth diapering and the assvice ;)

  3. Therese
    December 6th, 2005 14:11

    Cloth diapering isn’t so bad. My second son had a latex allergy, which made disposables all but impossible. I actually continued the tradition with third son since it was such a success (and it does actually save money!)

  4. Shrinking Violet
    December 6th, 2005 14:12

    Knock yourself out! Do what is right for you!

  5. paula
    December 6th, 2005 14:45

    I used cloth diapers with my first child. I thought they were great. More power to you!…and you will save lots of money. It will also be easier to teach your child to use the toilet.

  6. Northern_Girl
    December 6th, 2005 14:45

    Right? Right. You’re bloody well right.

  7. murmur
    December 6th, 2005 14:50

    Ever considered the “diaper-free” baby?


  8. ivory
    December 6th, 2005 14:51

    we’re cloth diapering, and (in an interesting twist) it is my hippie family that thinks we are nuts, and tom’s affluent family who is excited.

    see, even rich people like poop.

  9. Anne Glamore
    December 6th, 2005 16:37

    I’m way past the diapering stage, and used disposables, but I remember the cloth diapers my mom used on my sisters. My question is this: back then, she had a diaper pail she threw all the used ones in, and she sprinkled ammonia over it to get rid of the bad smell. (Because ammnia smells so damn good!) So what’s the poop (!) on the time between removal and washing of cloth diapers? Just curious.

  10. Aj
    December 6th, 2005 16:45

    That VeryMom - she’s almost got me convinced to try it out if we ever had another Little One: and now you, too! What really got me wasn’t the saving money (my folks take pity when they go to Costco) or saving the environment - I’m not *against* them by any means, but what *really* got me is when VeryMom posted pictures of all her diapers. And they were SO FLIPPIN CUTE! Ah, my superficial girly nature. :)

  11. Diane
    December 6th, 2005 16:57

    Thanks for the info. I think the cloth diapering is really interesting - I don’t know much about it, so I’ll have to research it more. I want to try it - plus I love sewing, so it just makes sense. And the ones you made are SO cute! I am very impressed. I want to do the same.

    I am on kid #2 (he is 10 months old). A friend of mine, who had her 2nd at the same time, totally got me started and hooked on making my own baby food. I thought it would be really difficult and time-consuming, but she explained to me, “Diane, you just mash up a banana with a fork”. I said, “really? you mean bananas don’t come in a jar?” Anyway, from there she taught me to make a bunch of other stuff like apples, sweet potatoes, squash, peas, etc. Most of it you just cook until mushy and then throw it in a little mini-chopper. Now I am a baby-food-making nut. I don’t want my son to eat real food because then my baby-food-making days are over. I guess I could always have another. Then I could reuse those cloth diapers too. Anyway, now I am an annoying baby-food-making pusher - bugging all my friends about it, commenting on other people’s blogs about it……

  12. Diane
    December 6th, 2005 17:40

    Okay, glaring question….wouldn’t USED diapers be, I dunno, stained? non-hygenic? I mean, I would never, like, donate my underwear to goodwill. Am I missing something here?

  13. Bente
    December 6th, 2005 17:55

    I had never thought I would even consider trying cloth diapers, but since reading your various posts about them and now visiting Very Mom’s site, I think I might give it a try for our second kid. I’m not totally sure yet, but I still have another five months to decide. I really like the idea of helping the environment. I knew disposables were bad, but I wasn’t aware it takes 200 years for them to break down. And the patterns really are pretty darn cute.

  14. clickmom
    December 6th, 2005 19:05

    I always thought I’d be a cloth diaper type of mom too, and then my first one along with a digestion issue. He pooped 12-15 times a day and leaked out of premium disposables in an hour. I thought I would make the switch as soon as I got a handle on the whole thing, and was so overwhelmed that I never did. When #2 and #3 came along I repented for #1’s diaper excesses by keeping their normal butts in diapers the whole freaking day long until the diapers began to biodegrade right on the child. It doesn’t take 200 years when you have a liter of baby of pee and 12 hours on a warm body, I’m just saying.

  15. Rachel
    December 6th, 2005 20:16

    f you know how to knit or know someone who can knit you can use wool soakers, they are very cute! Expensive but if you make them or have a family member make them its cheap.

    Cloth is very fun and CUTE! I am sad to say I am all done with diapers for good but still love talking diapers.

  16. Emily
    December 6th, 2005 20:41

    My Great Great Grandmother gave my mom a set of cloth diapers when I was born. They were just soft, woven squares, like a raggy dishtowel (this was 1984 and I think they might have actually been older than that) and my mom, being a first-timer, stuck with disposable with me. I did adopt the fabric scraps as ‘blankies’ though, and sometimes people recognized what they were and wondered why I was clinging to a diaper as a comfort object in the supermarket!

  17. coolbeans
    December 6th, 2005 20:42

    Oh my god! You’re going to use cloth diapers!?! *pointing and laughing*

    Right now my son is wearing a pocket diaper that is lined in camo fabric and the outside has an “ARMY” patch. That says “ARMY”. Like that. (Also, I bought that one used and it’s totally gross. But that’s part of the fun!)

    “Mom, does this diaper make my butt look big?”

    I don’t usually drink caffeine in the evening. This is why.

  18. Autumn
    December 7th, 2005 01:52

    Just so you know, you rock.

    We recycle EVERTHING, even cereal boxes, but we spend $48 a month on Wal-Mart discount disposable diapers for two kids because the environment can suck my lazy ass.

    You are my hero. I’m a Hane’s size 7 if you care to sew and send me some cute little panties with a charcole filter.

  19. Debbie
    December 7th, 2005 07:30

    You’re crazy. But that’s why I luvs ya.

  20. Katherine
    December 7th, 2005 09:30

    Cloth diapering isn’t hard at all. I started using them on my almost 3 year old (who is now potty trained) when he was about 10 months old. I will absolutely CD any other children we have-and right from the start instead of waiting 10 months. Daycare even worked with me on it. It was a cost thing for us. I spent way less on CDs than I ever would have on diapers. Okay, I give, it was also a cutesy thing too!

  21. Candy
    December 7th, 2005 15:56

    My God, I have an entire box of Biobottoms diaper wraps and I never thought once to put them on eBay. My son, who wore them, is now 13. Nah, I have no problem with separation anxiety.

  22. Stacey
    December 7th, 2005 20:47

    I was cloth diapered. My Mom says the easiest way to clean em is rinse them in the toilet first.

    I wouldn’t know. She tried to get me to cloth diaper but I am WAYYYYY too lazy to do more laundry.

  23. eliz
    December 8th, 2005 20:04

    Have you seen the gdiapers? Sorry to be so spammy, but I just discovered these flushable bad boys and am eager to try ‘em out. They are definitely pricey, tho.

  24. mo-wo
    December 10th, 2005 00:22

    I at least some cloth because, a) as noted, they are so cute and b) when you are home doing laundry every day who cares? empty the diaper genie or launder a diaper, net no diff as the work goes. Also, my Mum was dream diaper seamstress, she has a pattern with little fold-overs your reverse over the sticky (rather than stucky) … part of the velcro. Wipes out the lint trapping. I recommend that style.

    Also, I really love a Mom who sees that all this parenting deal is about being together enough to make a choice and not that there is some one size fits all right answer. As one Native radio show I love used to say.. stay calm, be brave, wait for the signs.

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