With cloth diapers there isn’t just one elephant. There are many.
Let’s tackle a few of them.
Everyone wants to rave about their favorite WAHM brand. But, what if you use a mainstream brand? Do you cower when someone crunchy asks you what you use on your cloth diapers?
You should never cower over any decision you make. If using Purex or Gain or Tide is working for your cloth diaper/water/skin situation then use it proud! Also, realize that many cloth diaper veterans and manufacturers use and prefer you to use a detergent that will deep clean your diapers every time.
This is a big elephant. Some say “NO!! Fire hazard!” Others say, “last resort? Heck ya, I’m trying it but I’m turning the heating element off.”
I agree with both. Stripping your cloth diapers in the dishwasher can be a fire hazard. Not to mention that at water temperatures of at least 140 degrees you are voiding almost every cloth diaper warranty.
However, on the flip side there are those (and I have personally known a couple) who have literally tried everything! And nothing helps. It puzzles me, it irritates me, it frustrates me, but bottom line is I know that they have tried it all and have been forced to stop using cloth diapers. Even saying that makes me say, “surely they missed something.” But, having been the one to walk them through the process it breaks my heart to know the problems never got better.
BUT, did they really try everything? No. Because I didn’t think about the dishwasher. I tried it back in 2007 and LOVED the results. Then I never thought about it again.
Like all good elephants, this one rears its ugly head every year or so and the controversy is refueled.
If you feel that your cloth diapers have a buildup that will not go away after many attempts and you feel this is the option for you then please remember to 1) turn off the heat dry 2) say bye-bye to your warranties, if they are still active and 3) don’t do it often, you will ruin the elastic and PUL.
There, I said it. Elephant #2 has been talked about.
Disposable Diaper Stash
This elephant is funny. Well, at least in my house.
In my mind that can justify anything, heck no! Truth is, yes they are disposable diapers– sort of.
When we went to the beach last week I used Flip Disposable inserts. Did I like my decision? About half the time. The other half the time he was pooping a ton and getting my covers dirty and I was stuck trying to clean it all up.
In my effort to make things simple it came with consequences. Consequences besides the mess include, exposing my son to small levels of SAP gel crystals and adding to the world’s over-encumbered landfill system.
Alas, it was a decision I made and I will be forthright in my choices.
Another time when this elephant appears is during the newborn stage. I wish I could make everyone understand that cloth diapering a newborn is EASY. It doesn’t get any easier than the newborn stage.
But, I know how tempting the siren call from the piles of baby-shower-diaper-gifts is. My solution, take them all to Walmart before baby is born and get a gift card!
You will love cloth diapering your newborn. How could you not when the diapers are so cute!?
Rashes and Blisters
I hate this elephant.
Nothing makes me feel like a terrible mother than opening the diaper to see a huge blister on the end of my son’s little bit.
But, tell anyone about it?? No way!
That is ridiculous. Why do mothers do this to themselves?
Rashes or blisters will most likely occur with every child at some point in the life. When they appear it’s important that we remain calm and quickly discover the cause of the problem. And of course lather it up with a good cloth diaper safe cream or ointment.
This morning when Camden had the blister I knew the cause- ammonia in his nighttime diaper. He was wearing a diaper that I hadn’t deeply washed with Purex yet.
Yes, I freaked but I immediately grabbed *The* BALM!, applied gobs of it and put on a new diaper. Next diaper change the blister was gone.
What is your elephant?
I know there are many more. Share your elephant story and together we’ll squash the stigmas out there!