I started cloth diapering several months ago, and as I learned the ropes I created a three part article on the basic principles of cloth diapering. (read them here) I tried to keep it simple, because I felt like an idiot when it came to the ends and outs of the cloth diapering world. Cloth Diapering parents even have their own lingo (diaperjungle) . Now that I have got the basics, I’m starting to realize there is no reason not to cloth diaper, especially once your baby hits 10 pounds. Here are some of the excuses people give for cloth diapering, and my explanation as to why they are not really excuses at all.
Excuse Number 1- I don’t want to have to deal with poop.
This is a major excuse that people give for not cloth diapering. I’ve had a baby for half a year now, and I already can’t understand it. With children, you are going to have to deal with poop and a variety of other unpleasantries. Did you know it is illegal to throw a disposable diaper away if it has poop in it? It’s true. The American Public Health Association has a policy about it, and the statement can be found on the disposable diaper boxes and websites (Pampers.com) This is because baby poop can carry all sorts of diseases, and you aren’t supposed to have unprocessed waste in a landfill. If you are going to be dumping the waste in the toilet anyway, why not just use cloth diapers?
Maybe it is because of Excuse Number 2- I don’t have time to do laundry
Most cloth diapering parents have enough cloth diapers to go 2-3 days between washes. With a baby, you are probably doing your laundry every few days anyway, so its really not that many extra loads. My wash routine is simple. Cold rinse (that’s right, turn the knob to nearly the end of the cycle) Hot wash. It doesn’t take that much longer than a regular load of laundry. Plus, there is no folding. I really hate laundry, in fact, I wrote an article about it. If I can do this, anyone can. In general, I’ve been better at keeping up with the laundry since I started cloth diapering.
Excuse Number 3 almost got me as well- I don’t have enough money.
It’s easy to say that cloth diapering saves money over time–nearly 2000 dollars according to some cost calculators (diaperpin.com). The start up cost is what bothered me. It is difficult to shell out a lot of money at one time, but the careful shopper can get enough diapers to last from birth to potty training for less than $200. Buy used. Buy off Ebay. There are cheap options available, and the resale value is good.
Excuse Number 4 is that cloth diapers need to be changed more often-babies get more rashes!
My personal experience has been that my daughter has had less rashes since she started cloth diapering, but I will give you a break on this one. All babies are different, and it is important to take care of baby’s skin. Cloth diapers really don’t need to be changed that much more often though. Most can go 2-3 hours without a change…and do you really need to wait longer than that to change your baby? Not during the day time. At night you do, but many companies make special soakers or nighttime diapers that can go longer than that.
Excuse Number 5 is my daycare/husband/mother will not accept cloth diapers.
While it is true that some daycares will not accept cloth diapers, some will if you provide a way to handle the dirty ones. You may want to explore your options there. All in One diapers look just like a washable disposable, and are very parent and daycare friendly.
There are many excuses that people use to not cloth diaper, and often these are just excuses. I did suggest that people start cloth diapering at ten pounds. This means that the one size diapers available are more likely to fit, and gets new parents through the mecorium newborn phrase, which I dare not cloth diaper. It is possible that your child will react better to disposable diapers than they do to cloth. I do consider that a good excuse for choosing a disposables. The more I learn though, the more cloth diapers seem like the best possible answer.