This is not a post about how to use cloth diapers. If anything, it’s a post about how I don’t know how to use cloth diapers.
It all started this week when I decided to make the switch. There was no prompt, I simply decided that it was time to a) stop being lazy and b) stop destroying the earth one Pamper at a time.
We are using these.
If you are wondering why they are so ridiculously expensive, rest assured that in a price contest between cloth and disposable, these bad boys win in a landslide. Not only can we use them from newborn to potty training, but they are rumored to last through multiple kids. This will save us thousands of dollars. It will also save the environment from a few less undegraded diapers in the landfill. Earth five!
The problem is that I am fairly uneducated and even more unmotivated to start this gig. My brain wants to, but my body says–I’m too tired to deal with this mess.
Fortunately (or unfortunately?), our bank account says we must. So I persevere.
These are not your grandma’s cloth diapers. They are pretty high tech. With that, however, comes some pretty intense instructions about their care. Like DO NOT USE FABRIC SOFTENER, DO NOT USE DIAPER CREAMS, DO NOT USE BLEACH, DO NOT DRY IN HIGH HEAT, DO NOT SOAK, DO NOT DO ANYTHING THAT MIGHT RUIN THESE BECAUSE THEY ARE 17 DOLLARS A PIECE.
The first day of fuzzibunz, we quit by noon. I started panicking about having the right kind of detergent and I was worried I wasn’t following the directions correctly. Day two, we lasted until bedtime. Day three and I’m determined to rock these as much as possible. I mean, could he be any cuter?
At some point I hope to write some sort of well informed post about the how-tos of cloth diapering and how wonderful and easy and glorious it is. Until then, your advice is more than welcome.