The Crappy Truth About Cloth Diapers

Okay let's ruffle up some diapers here and talk about poop and how cool my baby's diapers are. 

When I was pregnant and heard the term cloth diapers I literally had no clue what it meant. I knew cloth diapers were not disposable diapers but other than that I was clueless. A few weeks after having my baby and seeing all of those dang blasted disposables pile up because she pooped more than a dog on ex-lax; I decided to Google the term cloth diapers. 

And it still didn't make sense

The more I researched it and talked to my bloggy friends about it, the more interested I became. Yet I still had no freaking clue what a prefold was, how the heck a pocket was supposed to work and OHHH EMMM GEEEE what do you do with the poop? I mean I could poop my pants all day and I wouldn't even know what to do with it. Not many people are skilled at "how to wash poop." 

After much personal convincing and a whole lot of research I finally decided I was going to try it and I did it. And I loved it. And I think that it's the coolest thing ever now. Who knew poop could be so fun? Okay, okay, the poop isn't fun but the diapers that she poops in are a heck of a whole lot cuter than those disposables. 

The hardest part about cloth diapers is understanding how they work; learning about the different styles; and finding a friend who knows the answers to these questions. Once you learn how it all works you feel such a relief, and then you can't believe how much of a fret you made over such a simple thing. 

Now that we're three months into cloth diapers (it feels like longer) I am so glad that I made the switch. I wish, I wish that I had done them from the beginning. Although honestly if I was to give any advice to a new mama, I'd probably say to do the disposables for the first few weeks until you've gotten used to wiping another person's butt constantly and until you've gotten the hang of seeing crap all the time. Not to mention you'll likely have your fair share of moments where you end up with that crap on your hands, the changing pad, the wall, your clothes oh and even your face. You have to get used to that.

To be honest I've had more poop leaks and more poop on ME using disposables than I have had with cloth diapers. Sure you have to go to the toilet and spray off the poop when you CD, but seriously...it takes like less than a minute. 

So what's my point behind all this poop talk? Well it is to let all of the people know that seriously dude, it's not that bad. It's to tell all of the people who kindly said "bless you" when they found out that I was switching to cloth that I really didn't need the blessing (but hey thanks). It's to tell the others who asked "Whhhyyyyyy?" in a way that made it seem like I was doing something insane that it's easy. 

It's easy. It's natural. And my kid is gonna poop regardless of what she is wearing and as her mother I have to clean that crap up no matter what. Sure I may have to wash diapers every other day and I may have to use a diaper sprayer, BUT we all do laundry and we all use toilets, so I don't get the big deal anymore. 

Basically what I'm trying to say is that if you're considering it, I hope I've convinced you that it is easy. It's normal for me now; it's second nature to us now. To all of those people who look at CD mamas and think we're crazy...we are not. 

We're just like you. We care for our baby, wipe their butt and put a fresh diaper on them so that way they are clean, healthy and so they smell good. Cloth diapering isn't rocket science, but it's also not for everyone. If you're interested in it make sure to check out my simplified Cloth Diaper 101 post. 

And if you still think cloth diapers are icky, then that's cool with me. Icky never hurt nobody.

Poops Away, 

Sasha


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Sasha Savoy

Sasha is the owner and founder of The Mushy Mommy, a natural mother and baby boutique and The Mushy Mommy Village. She is a SAHM who works hard at living as minimal and unprocessed as possible, but never claims perfection. Her mission is to inspire, encourage, enlighten and empower mothers all over to feel good about their choices, to make healthy choices and to enjoy motherhood and all of its beauty and chaos.