Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cloth Diapers Posts Ahead (Warning)

We've had a lot of people asking about Million's diapers.
A lot.
And I've been so absentminded that each time someone e-mails me asking about them, I write a fresh e-mail.  It takes a lot of time to write out thoughts, methods, how to choose, how to wash, sizing, etc.
And I was doing it each and every time.
(slaps forehead.)

So here is fair warning.  Michael's next day off---Saturday, I'm going to put up a three-part series (likely all on the same day) about cloth diapers.
And I'll just e-mail people the links from now on.

My goal is not to convince you to cloth diaper.  It's just more for those who are asking for just general information.  I won't be posting links to how disposable diapers are killing the earth, etc.  I also will not be talking about the potential carcinogens in diapers.  I'm not a chemist or an ecologist.  I can't break down facts without some measure of bias involved.

If you're seriously not interested in cloth diapering, just tune out for that day.
But please come back afterwards! I appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read all of these little rambling thoughts of mine.

I'm thinking the posts will look like this:

What are cloth diapers like?
How do you wash/maintain them?
Finances of cloth diapers versus disposables/how to choose a diaper

I don't take myself too seriously, I'm just letting you know.
Cloth diapering works for us, but in no way am I advocating it for everyone everywhere at all times.
I have some friends who live in areas that are in droughts.
Obviously extra washing might not be a good idea for them
Many moms I know use daycares who are not cloth-diaper friendly.

One of the wisest things I've ever heard my mom say is that there are method people and principle people, and to choose to be a principle person.  Method people are hung up on HOW you're doing things and what you're doing. There are definite rights and wrongs for every decision in their lives.  Principle people are people who look at the underlying principle (in this case, that you keep your baby's bum clean, dry, and free from rash and infection) and just focus on that.  I've tried to be a principle person about a lot of our baby-rearing decisions, this one included.

***Special note: Michael had made this awesome movie where we actually changed Million (no parts showing) and showed how the diaper sprayer worked, and Million was cute and compliant, and Michael did what Michael does best----advertise products that he loves.

(those of you who know us might chuckle at this.)

Our computer ate the three segments of his movies about diapers.

And Million is not feeling very cute or compliant these days.  So I re-made the videos myself.  Something I'm not comfortable doing at all.
Hearing myself talk out loud about anything for any length of time is not the most comforting thing in the world.

(Those of you who know me well are nodding your heads.)

So it will be an exercise in humility for me to post the movies later this week (because one of them showcases a very "lived in" laundry room and a brief walk through our Christmas carnage from a few weeks ago.  (Our house is much cleaner now, I promise you.) 


  1. I don't have kids yet, as you know, but I'm excited about these posts. I certainly hope that we can have kids one day AND cloth diaper, but we'll have to wait and see if or when both of these things happen. If you know of anyone who has successfully cloth-diapered in an apartment, communal laundry setting, let us know. :)

  2. You know, cloth diapering is not really on my radar, even though my sister is HUGE on it - after we adopted, it was one of those things I decided not to care about / feel guilty about (because you know how the brain can only do so much? That fell off my list, especially since we live in a tiny house and have to dry everything inside because it's always raining. My sister lives in australia, so she can dry hers outside). ANYWAY. Because of that, I almost didn't read this post, and I can't believe I almost missed that gem of wisdom from your mother. That is really, really incredibly wise stuff. I want a T-shirt with that quote. Brilliant. (Thank her for me, would you?)