Cloth Diapering Myths Part 1

Helloooooo WCD readers!  I’m Nici, “The Monday Girl”.  I’m so excited to be a part of this site and am really looking forward to sharing my knowledge of cloth diapering!  So let’s jump right in, shall we?

I never really had an “ah-ha” moment where I suddenly knew I was going to cloth diaper.  Some people say I’m brave for using cloth.  Brave?  Me?  Yes, just call me NICI THE POOP WARRIOR.  She’s fearless!  So brave!  She’ll wipe the poop right outta that butt!  …hm.  Sounds a bit ridiculous, right?  That someone who uses cloth diapers is brave?  But then again I think about all the completely insane and crazy silly myths going around, and I suppose I could understand why someone would consider me to be brave.

Oh, wait!  See what I said up there?  Myths.  A myth is defined as, “a widely held but false belief or idea”.  So let’s bust those, shall we?

Myth #1: Cloth diapers leak, and you have more “blowouts”.

No, no, NO you silly goose!  I think what you meant to say is cloth diapers leak less and have less blowouts! It’s true!  I have yet to have a “poop up the back” experience with a cloth diaper!  I’ve actually heard of a lot of moms making the switch to cloth because of the fact their disposables leaked so much!  Now don’t get me wrong here, cloth diapers can leak of course.  But it’s usually something easily fixable so it can be prevented in the future.  Maybe you’re not changing your wee one often enough.  Or perhaps the fit of the diaper isn’t quite right and it needs to be adjusted.  It’s possible that the brand of cloth you’re using just doesn’t work out for your bub.  All problems are easily fixed with a little bit of trial and error!

Myth #2: Cloth diapering is gross

Well, maybe this one isn’t SO much of a myth.  But…duh.  You’re dealing with poop, yeah that’s pretty gross!  But aren’t you dealing with poop with disposables as well?  And you have a baby.  They’re pretty gross little creatures bundles of joy anyway so you should be used to it!  Back on topic, as far as cloth diapers being grosser than disposables?  Why?  The process with each diaper is pretty much the same.  You put it on.  You take it off.  You throw it in a pail/garbage.  You then empty the pail/garbage either into a bigger garbage can or a washing machine.  Bam.  Done.  Now, why is that grosser?

Myth #3: Cloth diaper laundry is so much more work, and I don’t have time

Personally, it takes me less time to walk from my daughter’s nursery to the washing machine than it does to go from the nursery all the way outside to the dumpster.  Laundering cloth diapers is pretty easy actually.  Some people even throw them into the laundry with their clothes.  *Gasp!*  You may have heard of people doing some pretty crazy routines with their cloth.  “First I do a rinse on cold without detergent, then I do a hot soak with just a tad bit of detergent, after that I do a was with medium-warm water and no detergent, then I do a handstand for about four minutes, and then I do another rinse with kinda-sorta-a-little-bit cold water, continue on with a cartwheel, then proceed by air-drying for twenty minutes in the sun and tumbling in the dryer for…”  Ugh.  No.  Find a wash routine that works for you.  I simply throw my diapes in the wash and let ‘em go!  EASY PEASY, DUDE.  And you only have to do 2-3 loads a week.  Which, IMHO, you’d probably be doing anyway while using disposables because of all the blowouts and leaks most people have with sposies.

I don’t wish to overload anyone’s brain with all this myth-busting, so I’m breaking this into a couple parts.  What myths have you heard?  What’s something that’s keeping you from trying cloth?  Or if you’re a current cloth user, is there anything that scared you about trying cloth?  Let me know!  I’ll try to incorporate it into the next post.

Happy Labor Day everyone!  Catch ya next Monday!  ;)



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