Thursday, March 18, 2010

Money? The Earth? Who Cares, Right?

I didn't do it.
The diaper rash came back, with a vengeance, but that's not what this post is about. Said diaper rash was so heinous... so ugly... so red and angry on my poor babby's bits that we said, "Okay, we need to douse this mutha in goo." The current goo of choice is Boudreaux's Butt Paste, mainly because it was what happened to be on the changing table. So far, so good.

Except cloth diapers don't much care for being slathered in diaper rash goo. It clogs their little pores, even when you wash the diapers the same day using insanely hot water and then wash them a second time right away, with an extra rinse both times. When we had a few leaky diapers we said, "Sheeeeit. Time to wash the diapers about 500000 times until they don't feel greasy to the fingers."

Washing all of our diapers means we have to do one of two things. One, find the world's tiniest underpants and attempt to toilet train a 13-month-old who'd happily sit in wet diapers if we let her. Or two, buy a pack of disposable diapers.

Now, we know cloth diapers are eco-friendly, especially when you're not using Boudreaux's Butt Paste and can wash the diapers on cold without anything totally gross happening and then you hang dry them, ooh la la. But that's not why we use them. We use cloth diapers because they're cheap, and we'll be able to use them on future offspring. Heck, Paloma's small size means that we're only on the second set of snaps of the BumGenius one-sizes we bought way back in the day. These are diapers that will pay for themselves (especially if we figure out a way to market baby shit, but that's another story).

And yet, oh my gosh, I love disposable diapers. If they weren't expensive and didn't make me feel so guilty, I'd use them all the time. They take up practically no space in my gigantic diaper bag, which has to be gigantic specifically so I can get all those cloth diapers in there. They're flexible and light and easy to put on and take off. There's no need to launder and then stuff them. Paloma even seems to like them, though my only evidence of that is that she seems less squirmy during changes when we're using them.

When the diaper rash from hell subsides a bit, however, we'll go back to our faithful stash of BumGenius on-sizes and the daily laundry grind. *sigh*


  1. Stopping by from SITS and wishing you a great day :)

  2. I liked our cloth diapers too. I stopped using them when we were having gooey poo of grossness when we discovered his milk/soy allergies and had to put him on the special formula. And the wonderfulness of not having to figure out how to stuff all of that diaper into pants - because boys don't typically get to wear dresses that just flow around the bulky undies - and still have him able to move just sort of kept us in disposables. If we have a girl this time I'm totally trying the cloth diapers again, though.

  3. I hear ya. Paloma poops are like the poops we all should have, every day. Come right off the diaper in without us having to do much other than give a shake.

    *I have no doubt just cursed myself*

    We've never had a problem getting the diapers into the pants -- too cold for dresses! But Paloma is so wee that things tend to be big on her. When she's in a disposable she feels so insubstantial and I can really see how small she is.

  4. we're actually doing the same right now because he's had a terrible case of impetigo and is on antibiotics and stuff, and has a steroid cream.

    i actually don't like the disposables! when he poops in them, it smells disgusting. and we have to pay for trash removal, and they add up quick.

  5. Yeah, it's funny, I think people would assume that cloth diapers stink, but they actually keep the smell trapped, then you wash them. I think disposables smell pretty weird, even when on the baby. Paloma makes such small quantities of waste that rolling the diaper usually blocks it, but if we were dealing in quantity, who knows.


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