Disposable Diapers Suck – A Rant

I’m all about the cloth diapers.  A lot has changed since the times when I was proud of myself for using cloth diapers for thirty-six consecutive hours.  I haven’t bought disposable diapers for Eudora since she was in size 1.  And I had so many of those left that I sold them when she outgrew them.

Disposable Diapers Suck - A Rant (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

To think, she’s this happy with a yeast rash and sitting in a puddle on her bed!

However, we’ve been coping with a diaper rash.  She’s got acidic teething poops, which caused a rash that I couldn’t get to settle down (largely due to the increased frequency of those acidic teething poops).  As is known to happen, that rash became yeasty, so I gave in.  I put a sposie on her for overnight so that I could slather her bum with some anti-fungal cream and a layer of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste.  When I got her out of bed this morning, I found something that I have never found when using cloth diapers on her overnight: a wet bed.

She’s not a heavy wetter by any stretch of the imagination.  A lot of people who use cloth only part time use disposable diapers at night.  It’s not like I’m a dolt who doesn’t know how to put on disposable diapers.  They haven’t changed that much in the twenty-six years since my first nephew (and the first baby that I’d ever changed) was born.

In light of this rare occurence of overnight diaper failure in Eudora’s bed, I can only come to one conclusion: disposable diapers suck.  I have no further plans of ever using them again.  Instead, I’m going to have to make a trip out to the fabric store to buy some fleece to make liners.  (My local diaper store is out of microfleece liners right now, largely because they are so awesome.)

Have you ever had issues with disposable diapers failing where your cloth diapers excel?

Will a Rising Cost of Disposables Convert Parents to Cloth?

Over the weekend, the news broke about an explosion at a factory in Japan.  You’d think that the main reason that an explosion would be of interesting news would be over the impact.  When we had sawmills explode in British Columbia, the reason that it was so important was because of the impact.  Loss of life, injuries, loss of jobs….  Some of these sawmills are the primary employers in their tiny communities.

The Japanese explosion is newsworthy for a different reason: that factory that exploded only killed one (fortunately for everyone else, but not so fortunate for that man’s family), but people all over the world will feel the impact of that explosion.  According to NBC, that factory produced 20% of the world’s supply of one of the components of disposable diapers.  The other factories that produce the same material are already producing at capacity.

Guess what this means?  Twenty percent less of the stuff needed for making disposable diapers.  Anyone with even a minimal knowledge of economics is familiar with the concept of supply and demand.  If the supply of an item cannot meet the demand, prices will go up.  When prices for manufacturing materials go up, so does the finished product.

It’s not unreasonable to expect the cost of disposable diapers to go up a minimum of 20%.  They may go up as much as 25 to 30%.  Disposable diapers are already causing a financial hardship to lower income families.  People are already depending on diaper banks because they cannot afford the cost of disposable diapers.

I’m wondering now how many parents are going to decide that the cost of disposables just isn’t worth it.  But then again, the ones who are truly struggling to pay for disposable diapers right now are not likely to be able to afford the start up costs of buying cloth diapers.

What do you think will happen as a result of this?  Will struggling families reuse disposable diapers even more than some already are?  Or will cloth diaper charities like Cloth for a Cause be inundated with requests for assistance?  (Or something else?)