Cloth diapering is definitely just another part of our life. There is no thinking about it, it just is. Kind of like wearing underwear everyday :D.
Cloth diapering is a decision we made as a family for very specific reasons. If you are cloth diapering for the novelty of it (boy is this ever the reason I buy the cute fluff!) you may feel less committed to full time.
When we decided to use cloth diapers to avoid the harmful chemicals present in disposables, it was a firm decision we believed in 100%. Therefore, when life is hectic resorting to using disposables for convenience isn’t an option. That would mean that the harmful chemicals were okay for a little while and I certainly don’t believe that.
The same goes for eating. If a family says no fast food because of their preference for highly nutritious, health building meals, would it be okay to pull through McDonalds on family car trip? No! All this does is teach our children that a decision isn’t set in stone. They are left wondering what is true all the time and what fluctuates based on schedule.
Now not everyone who cloth diapers will fit into the same group as our family. If you choose to cloth diaper for financial reasons then using the occasional disposable diaper may fit into your budget. When there is extra money your family may choose to stock up on disposables. I don’t see this as a contradiction.
However, choosing to cloth diaper for environmental reasons then tossing a disposable diaper in the garbage is a huge contradiction. Yes, a family is certainly decreasing the number of diapers in landfills by even cloth diapering part time. But, precious environmental resources were still wasted on that convenience diaper.
Here are some ways to make it easier for your family to cloth diaper full time:
1) Don’t buy disposable diapers. Up till this year I had disposables in the house. That left the temptation always there. But like the dieter wishing to lose 100lbs having a pack of Oreos in the pantry is not a good idea!
2) Have enough cloth diapers in your stash. Running out of cloth diapers for your child at the end of day leaves you no choices. Make sure you have at least a day and a half of cloth diapers available to you.
3) Do your research. Investigate the detrimental effects disposable diapers have on your baby’s health and the environment. Here is some information to get you started: Environmental Effects , Health Effects , 3 Reasons to Cloth Diaper