I love cloth diapers — just not every day.
But cloth diapers have also been good to me, my son and — most importantly — the world I'll leave behind for him. That's why I'll see this relationship through.
They can leak
Early on this meant a full wardrobe change every two hours.
They can be complicated
Some Dad's (not to name names!), grandmas and caregivers find them user-unfriendly — multiple rows of snaps, two-step fitted options with covers or pocket inserts...
You'd be hard-pressed to find pants designed to fit. Your son or daughter will sport a severe case of BIF (Bum In Front).
I've travelled by plane with a suitcase full of cloth diapers — and that summer camping trip!
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They can stink
They need care
They need to be soaked, rinsed, washed and dried. I launder mine every other day. And, I use my dryer more than I'd like—air drying indoors takes days!
Here's what I recommend:
Get a variety of sizes and styles, depending on your baby's age, shape, and mobility — napping versus toddling.
Always travel with a spare set of clothes. Have a clean, dry set of pj's and a sleep sack near the crib for nighttime mishaps. (I use eco-disposable options at night.)
Demystify for caregivers
I save the hard-to-screw-up, all-in-one cloth diapers for my husband, Mom or nanny. I also bought eco-friendlier disposables for my husband when I left my son overnight (to tape the Dr. Oz show).
Love big butts
My son wears the bulkiest styles for nap time or at home. Save the sleeker ones for going out. Look for wide-butt pants — some eco-friendlier clothing companies, like Parade, have caught on that parents who prefer organic, locally made clothing probably use cloth diapers, too!
I lighten my diaper bag and simplify travel and camping with gDiapers. They have a reusable cover with a compostable or flushable insert (or add a cloth prefold).
Take the stink out
Add oxygen bleach to the rinse cycle, wash in hot weekly, or add lavender essential oil to your wool dryer balls.
How do you fall in love with your cloth diapers, over and over again?
Lindsay Coulter, a fellow Queen of Green