Looking back: Considering Using Cloth Diapers

My cloth diaper stash… I’ve bought more diapers since then

I’ve been spending time lately moving my blogs from a community website I used to blog for.  I don’t do anything there anymore, and I don’t want my stuff to magically disappear.  I mean, these are my memories and my experiences, and I’m not going to lose them.  Today I came across a post that I wrote in July of 2009.  It was when I came across the idea of elimination communication and was amazed… and that was when the idea of using cloth diapers came up.  Before July 2009, using cloth diapers had never occurred to me.  Of course, my mother was using cloth diapers on me when I was a baby because I was allergic to disposables, but the pins and the leaking just seemed… Well, here’s some of the original post:

But reading the Blogiary of a “Mad” Black Woman has given me other things to think about.  If you read her blog, she’s big on Elimination Communication.  It’s early in my pregnancy, but I’ve already decided that it’s the way that I want to go.  My mother did something similar with all of us.  We were all potty trained very early.

If we’re doing EC, then that gets me on another subject.  This is somewhere that I thought that I would never, ever go.  On the car ride home from the doctor yesterday, I was discussing the idea of EC with my husband.  If we do that, then why not go with cloth diapers?  You can get a flushable insert to catch some of the mess, right?  And it’s cheaper than using disposable diapers all the time, right?

So my husband asked a question that seemed perfectly reasonable to him.  “You mean you’ve already checked with services in town?”  Services?  What?  Then it dawned on me that he was referring to those companies that pick up your soiled cloth diapers and leave you a set of laundered ones.

You know, that never occurred to me.  I grew up in the middle of nowhere.  I was a mile from the nearest newspaper box, three miles from the nearest payphone, and public transit was a fantasy.  The only reliable delivery service out there was the local paper, and even then, sometimes the paper ended up in a puddle.

Honestly, if EC works out, there won’t be that many nasty icky diapers.  And if the inserts that I’m thinking of really exist, then there will be even less nasty icky diapers.  So, seems to me that with a little diaper pale and a bit of bleach, it won’t be a problem.

My husband then promptly informed me that he will not be entering the laundry room, then.  (Not, mind you, that he ever really goes in it now anyway!)

So, seriously, ladies, what are your views on cloth diapers?  And what are some books that this little researcher can read about these issues?

It’s cute that I was so clueless.  But this just drives home how very overwhelmed I was and how badly I wanted to be a good mom.  Now that I’ve been using cloth diapers for 19 months and counting, I can say honestly that all of our conclusions were not correct, and some of my preconceptions were spot on.

1.) You can most definitely get flushable inserts to catch poo.  However, once they get bigger and have firmer poop, the liners aren’t necessary.  And a diaper sprayer can be really, really useful.

2.) Elimination communication didn’t work out quite like I’d hoped.  Sure, Norton used the potty with great success for months.  But now he won’t sit on the potty, and if I try to put him on the regular toilet with a toddler seat, he’ll fight and scream like he thinks I’m going to throw him in.

3.) I have never used bleach on my diapers because it’s not recommended on all of them.  It turns out that bleaching cloth diapers can actually ruin shells.  And I don’t  use a wet pail at all.  I have a dry diaper pail that’s used to store the diapers

4.) Not only does my husband still go in the laundry room, he’s even done cloth diaper laundry for me a few times.  It turns out that it’s nowhere near as gross as he’d thought.  Go figure.  He’s amazingly on board with cloth diapering.

It’s been over two years since I first considered using cloth diapers, and I have no regrets about my decision.  It’s something that I encourage everyone to at least consider (even if you reject it as being not for you).

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.


  1. Interesting perspective with the thoughts from before and after. I have ALWAYS thought I was a disposable diaper mom purely due to the “ick” factor” In fact, since I never considered otherwise, I never even knew about disposable inserts. I will be taking a look…I may not switch but you have given me something to look into.

    • You can do two different ways: one is a rice paper liner that lies on top and can catch the majority of the mess; the other is a hybrid diaper with a flushable insert altogether. The hybrid brands are mainly gDiaper, Flips, and GroVia. I’ve used Flips and GroVia, but never with the flushable insert.

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