Don’t feel bad. Even the most die-hard, committed cloth diaper mamas reach the point of wanting to give it all up.
For the most part cloth diapering is merely another task like unloading the dishwasher or setting the table. It’s just something that is done second nature.
But, there are those days when everything routine becomes a monumental chore. When changing yet another poopie diaper makes me teeter on the edge of insanity.
I don’t have it all figured out yet but here are ways that I ward off frustration:
- Simplicity. Not only in regards to cloth diapers but in all of life. I limit out-of-the-house activities to a bare minimum. When we have those weeks where it seems like we’re doing something everyday, it takes the smallest thing to stress me out.
Simplicity in cloth diapers is important as well. Having all I need in one diaper helps me the most. If I need to find more than one part it begins to complicate things. That doesn’t mean I never use pockets or fitteds. It means during travel, activities and general busyness I stick to my Bum Genius AIO Organics ;)
- Systems. Having a specific place for clean cloth diapers and the diaper pail is extremely important. The hugest benefit to having a system in place is it allows others to help you! There have been numerous times when my husband offered to change a diaper yet he couldn’t find where I had moved everything. That led to his frustration and I ended up doing it because to tell him where everything was would take longer than just doing it.
I’ve learned from that and now have kept the cloth diapers in one place for a couple of months now (although I was just contemplating last night moving it to a different room :D ) Although the location of the diaper pail is not convenient (in the garage by the washer), it is preferred at this point. When I get my Leslie’s Boutique wet bag I may hang it in the bathroom.
- Sanitation. Had to pick an “S” to complete the trio. Sanitation represents the washing. Washing your cloth diapers would be a breeze as long as it’s: SIMPLE AND SYSTEMATIC! Minimize the steps and do the same thing every time. This allows grandma, husband and even the mature 7 year old to step right in with the laundry.
Having a stash comprised of similar items will cut down on the adjustments that may need to be made (ex. fitteds may take longer to dry, covers may need to hang dry, AIOs with internal soaker may need an extra rinse). If you haven’t yet found that happy place with your wash routine here are some things to consider:
- Are you currently having any problems?
- Is baby sensitive to fragrances or ingredients in detergent?
- Does baby have a rash right now?
- Do your cloth diapers smell good when you take them out of the dryer?
- Do you have hard or soft water?
- How often are you washing?
Use the answers to these questions as a guide to making changes. If the answer to the first question is no, then you probably don’t need to make any changes. Washing your cloth diapers should be no different than washing a load of towels. Keep that in mind.
I want you to enjoy cloth diapering all the time. There was a reason you chose to cloth diaper, remind yourself of that the next time you’re ready to throw in the towel repurposed prefold.