So we’ve been cloth diapering Riley since he was about 2 months old, and honestly, I love it. It makes me feel good that we’re helping both the environment and our bank account. Yes, they leak sometimes. Yes, he still gets diaper rash. Yes, I have to do a lot of laundry. But he isn’t covered in chemicals 24 hours a day. We aren’t spending $20 a week on diapers. We aren’t filling a landfill for the next 500 years.
So for the amount of work and effort that goes into cloth diapers (which you get used to, so it’s not that bad. Really.), hands-down the most annoying part of cloth diapering for me is that I cannot buy any cloth diapering accessories in stores near me. And I live in a major metropolitan city. Yes, it’s the midwest, but come on! I don’t think cloth diapering is all that out there. It’s 2010. Seriously.
We use these:
Bummis flushable liners.
They’re great because poop sticks to them and not the diapers. You just peel them out of the diaper and either flush or throw away the nasty-nast. Then you’re not actually putting poop in your washing machine, which I think we can all agree is a good thing.
I also long to use this on a regular basis:
Allen’s Naturally – a great laundry detergent for cloth diapers. But it’s laundry detergent. And it’s heavy, which means shipping costs quite a bit. And it’s really annoying to not be able to go to the store and just buy what I want.
I have to plan ahead and order it before I run out. And hope it is delivered before I run out. And then I have to pay shipping. Ugh. I wish more people would jump on the cloth diapering bandwagon. For many reasons. And then maybe I’ll get a cloth diapering store in my city.
But come on, look at how cute he is in his cloth diapers: