I knew I was bound to be exposed sooner or later. My summer writes like that of a well worn trashy novel.
It all started with a rash. A rash that wouldn’t go away no matter what I tried.
When I could no longer hide the rash I gave up.
Why keep trying? Does it really matter?
My scandal? I was using disposable diapers. For a month. And I enjoyed it.
Maybe it was the move to Texas for the summer that pushed me to the edge. Finley occasionally had a rash in California but nothing some Hiney Honey wouldn’t clear up. The hard water + top loader was actually working quite well for us.
Then, we arrived back in Texas to the front loader and crazy soft water (hard well water softened with a salt softener). It wasn’t long before Finley had a rash I couldn’t tame.
I threw everything at the rash! Balm!Baby, Delish Naturals, Growing Up Herbal…all excellent remedies but none the solution. I changed detergents, stripped with RLR, rinsed in scalding hot water, stopped using my beloved Ragababes, switched to natural fibers and the rash WAS STILL THERE.
Finally, I caved. I ordered Naty by Nature Babycare disposable diapers. I bought the 4 pack and sighed a sigh of relief.
All my problems were solved right?
I was enjoying my departure from diaper laundry until the night of July 4th. We spend the 4th with our best friends the Bellingtons. Claire also writes for me sometimes.
Who would’ve thought that Mr. Bellington would give me such a hard time? Who is this man calling me a cheater??
I’m tough. I didn’t let his taunting get to me. As a matter of fact, I used those disposable diapers right up to this week. This time it was my voice of reason, aka my husband, who snapped me out of my funk.
“Did the reasons we use cloth diapers change?” he asked. “Are you going to give up that easy?”
Gahhhh! He was right, as usual.
I realized that it wasn’t just about the rash. It was also about the overwhelming amount of cloth diapers I own.
Here’s what I did to move back into cloth diapers. Super duper, mega washed them with Grapefruit Seed Extract. Yes, I now realize that the rash was YEAST. I know, I know. You’re wondering how in the world did an experienced cloth diaper mom, one that WRITES about cloth diapers, miss the fact that it was yeast? I have no answer.
I also emptied my huge cedar chest full (literally overflowing) of cloth diapers and sorted them into 3 boxes: donate, sell, keep. Then I took out only the Ragababe 2-steps. That’s all I will keep in my permanent stash. This system is easy, trim and works great for us. No more excessiveness.
Oh and I can’t forget the addition of my new MUST HAVE cloth diaper accessory. Northern Essence Better Butt(er) Cream. I have read the hundreds of rave reviews over the last 5 years (it’s been a long time) and finally took the plunge. There is no way to fully explain how amazing this formula is. It is whipped yumminess and it kicked the rash in the butt! I am happy.
Finley is now back in cloth full time and Camden wears a cloth diaper at night. My life is feeling more simple.
I do have that huge box of cloth diapers for sale on my local Craigslist and Diaperswappers. It is a COMPLETE stash for someone. Here is the photo if anyone is interested. Not listed in the photo description is cloth diaper safe detergent and rash cream that I will include. (click photo to enlarge) I WILL SELL FOR $350ppd!!!