Using Cloth Diapers – Oh, How I’ve Missed You

Recently, I went seven days without using cloth diapers. It was agonizing. I was coping with two kids with a yeast diaper rash. (Well, one confirmed by a doctor and one that looked like the earlier stages of the one confirmed by the doctor.) The last time I had a yeast diaper rash to contend with, I continued using cloth diapers. This time, though, the rashes were under the elastics (which is so weird), so I treated the diapers and did a massive strip. On my entire cloth diaper stash.

That’s a really huge job.

I was so sad about not using cloth diapers. I made due with disposables, and I hate them. I’d always had some disposable diapers around that were used here and there. We kept them around for things like when the kids were staying with their grandparents for a bit. I sometimes used them overnight with Norton.

Now, though, I’ve been using cloth diapers exclusively for Eudora for a couple of months. For Norton, I was using them almost exclusively. As I put a disposable diaper on my children, I felt like I was committing some sort of personal failure. I hate disposables. They don’t have that happy feeling when I’m putting them on. I hate looking at them on my children’s bottoms. Usually, I let my kids run around in shirts and diapers. The fluff is always coordinated to outfits. With the disposables, it’s so horrid to look at them that was putting pants on my kids. Eudora was wearing onesies, which is something I usually avoid because I like the array of colors that I see when using cloth diapers.

Once I made it through that week, I was elated to return my children’s bottoms to their beautiful, colorful fluff.

Have you ever had to give up using cloth diapers for a bit? How did you feel during your absence of fluff?


Using Cloth Diapers - Oh, How I've Missed You (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

On the plus side, for the first time I got to see my entire stash clean, stuffed, and in the same place.

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. Elisebet F says:

    Love your stash photo! We’ve never had to use disposables, fortunately, since we started cloth diapering full time (basically, once our stash was big enough). We bought a pack recently when Hurricane Sandy was supposed to land near us, but we never even lost power…so we just continued to use cloth.

  2. I feel the same way when we use disposables. I find them so much more difficult to deal with since we’re just not set up for them. We don’t have a pail for disposables and the smell of them is just YUCK. We had to use them for about a week when we moved from CT to CO since I didn’t know what kind of laundry facilities we would have available to us along the way and I missed my cloth so much!

  3. Caitlin Hoover says:

    I have only been cloth diapering for about a month now, but last weekend, I had to use disposables while out of town staying with my mother (I need a wet bag like woah), and my son had 3 massive blowouts! I was so excited to put a cloth diaper on him as soon as we got home! I may never do that again!

  4. I had to use disposables with my son when he had yeast rashes (2 times) and on a couple long flights (have you ever changed a baby on the airplane change table? So small and awkward!). I hated using disposables. Like you I coordinate the diaper to the outfit and my son goes pantless around the house. During the second battle with yeast I used some gDiapers and flips with disposable inserts, I found that that was a happy medium for the week or so. The positive thing that came from using disposables was that my husband asked “when can we start using cloth again, I hate using disposables now?”. That was music to my ears!

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