I wanted to love cloth diapers. I really truly did.
When I was pregnant, I toyed with the idea of cloth diapers for a few reasons. I love how they are eco-friendly and natural. Cloth diapers were almost worshiped in some of my Facebook mom groups. They are adorable and come in many cute prints. Not to mention, they save money — a lot of money!
I gave cloth diapers an honest shot.
I bought the best of the best brands (bumGenius diapers), brand new laundry detergent made specifically for cloth diapers, two wet bags, and a fancy diaper sprayer. In case you aren’t familiar with some of these terms, a wet bag is a diaper-hamper (basically a bag for all your dirty diapers), and a diaper sprayer is used to spray solid waste from the diaper. We attached it to our toilet waterline so we could spray off anything solid before it went in the wet bag.
For a while the cloth diapers were OK. So why did I hate them?
I am a working mom, and in my opinion, cloth diapers are incredibly difficult for working moms to keep up with. Many times, I would come home after a long day of teaching, want to spend time with my baby, and completely forget about the wet bag hanging in the laundry room. In case you’re wondering what a forgotten wet bag smells like, it’s bad…very bad. I spent hours upon hours researching how to strip the diapers of build up. I was constantly buying the special detergent, but my diapers smelled like a barnyard. I became increasingly frustrated with the amount of effort going into diapers.
It seemed to be one thing after the other. The diaper sprayer was leaking, the diapers had ammonia buildup, or the wet bag was left in the car. It was almost a never-ending cycle of extra work I had made for myself. At some point, I said enough was enough and bought disposable diapers. Relief washed over me for the first time in a while. From this I learned that it is OK to change your mind, even when you are knee-deep in expensive fancy diapers.