7 Quick Takes - Cloth Diaper Edition

30 March 2012

 - 1 -
We cloth diaper. 

And I love it...despite how disturbing that may sound.
I was first introduced to the idea by my husband. We were dating in college...and talking about diapers? I'm not sure how the topic came up, but it did; he told me he'd been cloth diapered as a baby, and I was totally repulsed by the idea. 

I associated cloth diapers with the one person that I was aware of who used them when I was growing up. Her kids were always messy and running in her front yard in coverless cloth diapers, haphazardly pinned and dragging in the dirt.  Now. This certainly wasn't the situation in Jacob's family. No. They were probably naked.

- 2 -

Yes. We cloth diaper. And it really isn't a big deal. At all. 

The hardest part about it was just plum choosing what kinds of diapers to use because for the longest time it was completely incomprehensible to me since the cloth diapering systems out there are as numerous as the sand on the seashore or the stars in the sky (and I choose my biblical metaphors very deliberately...because after all...Jesus was cloth diapered) .

- 3 -

We use (for you CD moms out there) the occasional BumGenius or Rumparooz pocket diaper for outings and babysitters, but we mostly just use prefolds. I lay the thing very unceremoniously into a cover and snap it on and they've never once leaked. Jake has leaked out of his fancier pocket diapers lots of times, but the prefolds have been awesome.

Our system:

Diapers overhead. Changing station on top of washing machine. Bag of dirty diapers hung on wall. When we're on the go we have a small wet bag that lives in the diaper bag. We even use cloth wipes! Which I 100% prefer because they're so much more substantial than disposable wipes and you just throw them right in with your dirty diapers.

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Our nighttime cloth diaper solution:

A disposable diaper.


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Dump diapers in washing machine and press buttons till them dipes are clean.

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Hang Drying:

This is the best part.

We don't have a drier, and we DO have lots of sunshine, so it's a must for us. But necessity aside, this is still the best part. 

You know how folding clothes is awful, but folding towels is kinda fun? The methodical folding of a uniform shape. You know?

Pic from when Jake was a baby baby

That's like hanging diapers. 

Now that Jake's big enough I set him down in the grass. He eats dirt. We watch the bees. The sun bleaches away the poop stains. It's all just lovely.

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But don't take my advice on this subject. I'm serious. DO NOT MISTAKE THIS FOR A RECOMMENDATION TO START CLOTH DIAPERING. Why? 

Because of this: EVERY non-Catholic friend who's started using NFP because they talked to me about it has ended up accidentally preggers just a couple months in. Every. Single. One.

You may think that seems totally unrelated, but if you start cloth diapering because "Kate does it, and she says it's no big deal, and it works great for them"  -- I will be the one who has to look your husband in the eye and smile like I don't know what he's thinking once your cloth diapering has gone south and your entire house smells like a dead animal. 

Happy Friday and go see Jen for more Quick Takes!


  1. Hilarious! I am going through the decision to cloth or not to cloth right now. I guess I shouldn't take this as any kind of recommendation. And yeah, I am scared to recommend NFP to anyone with my track record of 3 kids in 3 years.

  2. LOVE this!! We CD too, bumgenius is amazing to us. :)) Oh and the NFP part, I seriously applaud you for convincing others to hop on board! I came close to convincing 2 people, but they never commited!

    1. "Convincing" is way too generous a word. I was just info/encouragement/question answerer...

      Since I'm a convert I've had a lot of old friends call with the "So...you're Catholic..."

  3. Love it. We have basketfuls of Bum Genius just waiting, but when I put them on Jake's cousin Ollin's tiny little bum, they look ridiculously large & lumpy, and he starts screaming. I'll try again in a week. Maybe his butt will grow.

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