I know cloth diapering is the latest thing, and I was no different while I was pregnant, researching and comparing and spending money on these unicorn diapers that would save the earth from garbage and us from spending money on stupid things to get thrown away.
We rented newborn diapers, if you recall. We didn’t use them at first because of the sticky meconium, then we sort of used them for a little while interspersed with disposables because they were there, then we only ever used them when I noticed them sitting sadly and unused in a corner.
Here’s the thing: I’ve been known to throw away good casserole dishes and storage containers because I can’t identify the origin of the science experiments growing within them.
And the poop of bottle-fed babies is NOT WATER SOLUBLE.
When you research cloth diapers, everyone says, over and over again: the poop of breastfed babies is water soluble! Wow! But they don’t mention the greasy weird ickiness of what comes out of the bottom of a kid drinking formula. Wow. That sh*t is not water soluble. I’ll say it again. THAT SH*T is NOT WATER SOLUBLE. The whole rinse-it-off-into-the-toilet theory goes out the window, and although we probably could have made it work with liners and many (MANY) wipes, we don’t.
We just don’t. Who wants to scrape peanut butter that smells like rotting garbage off a cloth diaper when you can instead spend your efforts trying to get your kid’s bottom clean while keeping your hands un-yucky?
That said, I had already purchased a handful of Grovia Hybrid diapers and those covers are awesome! We put Javi to bed wearing diapers one size bigger than his size and that works really, really well, but as he approaches the upper limit of a size, he can tend to leak, so we put a Grovia cover over his disposable diaper and it works great. The covers are adorable, nice and soft, and easily adjustable. I’m a fan.
We also tried a few different brands of disposables and have found Luv’s to be the least likely to leak. Yes, the cheap ones, I know! We tried Huggies and Pampers in various versions but in the end, Luv’s just absorb more. Huh. We spend about $26 a month on diapers and about $30 every three months on wipes (and I use the wipes to wipe down furniture and makeup off my face, too). I’m good with that expenditure, and as for destroying the earth, eh. I’ll stop using throwaway coffee cups and recycle and we’ll call it even, mkay?
We do love our cloth wipes, but not for wiping b*tts. They work fabulously as bibs when tucked under his many chins so we keep them everywhere. They also sometimes manage to save my clothes from a puddle of spit up large enough to require a wardrobe change. And people, we use a ton of wipes just to keep his b*tt clean after he does the dirty stuff, so I can’t imagine using 10 or 15 cloth wipes to clean up one diaper. We like Target wipes the best, by the way.
So there you go. I didn’t breastfeed for very long and we don’t cloth diaper. Next time, I’ll ‘fess up to something else “they” say you shouldn’t do. Fun!