Before El was born, JD and I decided to give cloth diapering a try. Actually, JD made a bargain with me: If I agreed to cloth diaper, he would do the laundry. We bought two dozen newborn prefolds and a handful of covers. We do cheap cloth diapering. Also included in our natural baby store purchases – a diaper sprayer. Lo and behold a device that cleans your diaper without needing to scrub with your own hands! Weeee!!!
I had a hard time. I used to pray that El’s blowouts would happen when she was in a disposable so I only needed to handle the breastmilk poo once. JD did the laundry as promised and we figured out a decent (but not great!) system. When the time came to move up sizes, we got sort of stuck… And never went back.
We didn’t even try with Claire.
But here we are again with baby number three, an itty bitty income, and all kinds of friends who cloth diaper and believe it is the greatest thing on the planet, second to babies themselves. We’re talking about giving it a go again. Claire and baby in cloth.
Here’s where I need help:
1. I hate poop. All baby poop is gross to me. It seriously grosses me out to handle cloth covered poo, even with the diaper sprayer. I know. I need to grow up and wear big girl pants but I seriously would love to avoid as much contact with poop as possible. Yes, I realize this is my third baby.
2. Laundry. JD will probably help me out with this still, but seeing as he’s working hard to bring home the bacon, I’d like to rely on myself for this one – and I’ll be honest, I’m not great at keeping up with laundry.
Those are my fears. Or confessions. Or whatever…. Advice and encouragement are welcome. I don’t need an argument about why they’re important or why disposables are evil, I just need advice on making it happen. Perhaps baby three will be entirely cloth diapered if I can figure out some systems/products/tips to get over my little barriers….