Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cloth Diapering Reaffirmed!

Every once in a while, something happens that reminds me how glad I am to use cloth diapers. I got one of these reaffirmations yesterday:
My husband took both the girls over to a friend's house, leaving me alone in the house for a couple of hours. That alone hasn't happened in months. Before they left, I threw some diapers and wipes in to the wet/dry bag and handed them to my husband. I didn't realize he left the bag by the door. His car doesn't have any backup diapers, either. This left them completely unprepared in the event of a poo.
When they return a little while later, I picked up my daughter and she felt...weird. Checking, I saw that she was wearing a disposable. I realize that in the grand scheme of the universe, it's a tiny thing. Still, as the owner of a cloth diaper store, I felt that somehow we had betrayed the cause. I got off the phone with my mother (which takes 5 minutes from the time I try to end the call to when it actually ends) and went to change my daughter. On the way to the diapers, I realized something didn't smell right. Looking down, I saw that there had been a blowout. If you have used disposable diapers, you probably know what I'm talking about-the kind that spills out of the back and makes a huge mess. The kind of blowout that we haven't really experienced since switching to cloth when my first daughter was 5 months old.
After changing her outift and mine as well (yes, it was that messy), I reflected on how few leaks we get with cloth. I got a lot when I first started, as there is a learning curve, but now they are few and far between. The blowouts I got with disposables have disappeared completely. This isn't the case for everyone, I know. But for us, cloth diapers mean less leaks. I don't ever doubt our decision to switch, but sometimes it's nice to get a reminder that our choice is a good one!