The Cloth Diapering Debacle

Our tiny baby will be joining us soon, and there are a few items that need to be in our possession before his arrival:

  1. A place to sleep – check
  2. A food source – check
  3. A car seat – check
  4. Diapers… Ugh oh

We have been trying to figure out if we should use with cloth diapers or disposable diapers. Blake and I have talked to other parents, researched online reviews, and checked out different options at local stores. We practiced with prefolds, inserts, all in ones, all in twos, and hybrids. I myself was cloth diapered as a baby, and was ready to take on the challenge. I even joined a cloth diapering Facebook group to learn the tricks of the trade. It seemed like a reasonable idea and I was happy that Blake, as closed minded as he can be sometimes, was actually entertaining the possibility. Then, things…well…took a turn for the worse…

We went on YouTube to see how the diapers worked with real families and watched a video of a cloth diapering mother’s typical day.

It was meant to be a positive and educational video….

But, predictably, and, sadly, that wasn’t the case for my hubby. Upon watching it, Blake just couldn’t contain himself. The video was anything but positive and educational to him. Instead, he just had a mild freak out.

Check out the video below to see our Diapering “Discussion” and Blake’s “thoughts” on the subject.

**Disclaimer: I never told Blake what we would be vlogging about. He just knew that we’d talk about something. So, please do yourself a favor and watch his initial reactions. They’re priceless.

Here is the video we watched:

What type of diapers would you pick?

24 comments

  1. Disposable. I don't think you really save that much money buy the time you purchase all the different sizes and covers. And the extra time/energy for more laundry is not worth it to me. You have to decide what you're willing to pay – time/energy or money. 🙂

  2. Disposable all the way…and here's why:
    1) Sure…you're home and could fit it in to your day…but at what cost. That age is fleeting and I would rather spend those few spare moments (and they are few) to snuggle than to wash poopie diapers in my toilet. You will already spend an incredible amount of time diapering, washing and feeding your newborn, especially if you're going to nurse, without adding extra steps. A newborn can go through 12-15 diapers a day…Once you're doing doing the laundry, your child will be heading off to school! Perhaps when they're a little older and going through 5-7 diapers a day it would be more manageable…but at that point they are also eating solid food which – trust me – makes for a much bigger, stinker mess.
    2)Environment – sure you are not putting a diaper in a landfill…however think of the amount of water and electricity used to wash those diapers EVERY DAY…She used cold water – which is kind of gross too. Plus the amount of money you will spend on laundry detergent (I make my own – btw – which if you are looking for places to save is well worth it)
    3) If you are looking to save money on diapers – I suggest getting a BJs account and buying the Berkley & Jensen diapers. I am a reformed diaper snob. With my daughter, I used only pampers…but with my twin boys I wised up…and they really are good. I even got my sister (mom of 4) to switch.
    Obviously you will choose whatever works for you…but I think there is so much pressure on parents to worry about so much stuff and what's in vogue, etc. and I think the focus is then taken off what's really important…spending time snuggling with that little bundle of joy…
    Ok…rant over!!
    Mary – Make sure you bring him to the station after he arrives.
    xoxox
    Nancy

    1. I will most certainly be bringing him by 🙂 I can't wait to meet him and let him meet everyone as well!

      Thanks so much for the advice – Id never heard of the BJ's brand – did you start using them right away, or did you do pampers newborn swaddlers?

  3. ^^agreed^^

    Watched the videos. I hear people talk about the environmentally friendly side of the cloth. Sure, less in the trash. This family seems to flush the toilet a lot more and do a lot more laundry (with extra rinse) and use more electricity with dryer use. Eesh.

    The last thing I want to do as a tired new mom is extra laundry and bathroom cleaning. 😉

    We went disposable. Time, water, frustration, and electricity saver.

    Though I have a few fiends who went cloth and would never look back. *shrug*

    1. Haha thanks Melissa! Its so funny that I ended up with someone with such a thick accent. I worked for years in college to get rid of my Rhode Island voice 🙂 Then I married a boy from Massachusetts. Go figure

  4. oh my gosh his reaction when you told him was SO FUNNY! i did not have it in me to cloth diaper. i know its better for the environment and might have saved me a fortune (i had 3 babies in diapers at the same time – an 18mo old and twins) … but i was changing diapers so often there is NO WAY i could have kept up with all that cleaning too.

  5. I love the idea of cloth diapering, but with oil to heat our water and the expense of all the different sizes (nothing fits Addie's little body, big belly, extra rolls anyway)- it was just too much FOR US (I capitalize that because your choice is not my choice and I cannot express how much I loathe mommy wars. We are all moms, darn it! Let's love each other!) I love the Target diapers- super inexpensive AND great protection.
    The choice is YOURS and don't worry what other people think- your child is, well, yours!
    Beyond that… I LOVE the video 🙂 Your hubby's reaction is the best!

    1. I agree – each family's needs are individual. I just wish I could look into the future and see what life is like in our household in two months 🙂 that way I'd have a better idea! Glad to her that Target's brand is worth checking out. I already spend a lot of time there!

  6. Such a funny video! If it makes you feel any better, I don't know if all the water wasted in the washing and energy in the dryer (unless you plan to line dry too!!!) is any more environmentally friendly.

  7. Hysterical video!!!!! His face was priceless! And it's totally up to you as to what you wanna do. I have friend who did cloth and loved it and I did disposable and that worked for me. You'll figure out what works best for you and that's what you'll go with! 🙂

  8. Your husband cracked me up! I went with disposable. The amount of laundry you have to do anyway when you have a baby is inconceivable. I couldn't imagine how one tiny baby had so much stuff that needed to be washed everyday and that didn't include diapers. (Then I ended up having 3 in diapers.) I can understand the saving the environment aspect, but then there is all the water used to wash them and the electricity and/or gas to dry them. If you have the patience to do it, go for it!

  9. OMG, please do more videos with your husband. This was hilarious! I've considered cloth diapering, but I know my husband's reaction would be similar to your husband's. And when I really think about it, I know I just wouldn't have the patience for it.

  10. mary, this video had me laughing! i considered cloth as well but went disposable. it's been a while since i was in the diaper section but i'm thinking whole foods must have an "earth friendly" choice. if not, as i say to my mom all the time, "google it!"

    and my new mantra…? "work smahtah, nawt hahdah"

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