Are you picking up that I am using the past tense here? Have you noticed Mazen wearing disposables in my Instagram photos? Sadly, for the moment, we are off of cloth diapers.
Up until 12 months things were humming along just fine. And then all of a sudden, the solids were no longer solids. What used to be easy to drop into a diaper pail via a liner was now a disgusting mess. The poop went beyond our liner’s edges, and I found myself cleaning it off the diapers with wipes, dunking them in the toilet (I will never do that again) and trying to figure out the best way to clean the edges before putting them in our wet bag.
I asked my friends if this change in poop style was normal. They said yes. I cried.
They weren’t entirely right. We switched to disposables for a week and then one day – the poop was back to normal. I happily chalked it up to teething or a new food and we went back on cloth. Two days later, I found myself with more messes. The cloth were just not working.
It’s been about a month now and we’re still on disposables. While M’s poop is back to the “good kind” (ha), we haven’t gone back to cloth. I’m just too afraid that the next diaper will be the gross kind again. And after a month in disposables, I’ve been spoiled. I’d also like to add that I’m never talking about one poop a day. Nope, my child is a poop machine.
I’m glad that I can change his disposable while holding him down with one hand (something I can’t do with all the snaps on the cloth).
I’m relieved not to have to do 3 extra loads of laundry each week, even though they were never that much of a pain.
And honestly, most of all, I’m so glad his 12-18 month pants fit properly.
On the one hand, I feel like a failure because I am just not brave enough to continue with the cloth.
On the other hand, I’m proud of the fact that we kept approximately 2,500 diapers out of the landfills by using cloth for the time that we did.
I definitely want to cloth diaper our second baby, if and when we have one. Pre-solid food poop was no big deal, and the solids for the first 6 months were simple to clean up. We may not be done with cloth with Mazen. Maybe we will use them again during potty training, for example. I just don’t know. But for now, we’ve put them on hold.