Hi, my name is Mindy and I hate cloth diapers.
There, I said it! Cloth diaper police, please don't kill me.
A few weeks ago, I saw some cloth diapers being offered one of those daily deal websites (woot.com, if you're really interested!). After doing a little "research" (aka, texting one of my friends who uses cloth diapers, and reading a few Amazon reviews), I decided this was my chance to try the cool trendy thing that is cloth diapering! 4 cloth diapers for $50?! What a deal...I got 2 packs.
A few days later, the cloth diapers arrived in the mail, and I excitedly ripped them out of their packaging and washed them 5 times, per the company's instructions. I had them all ready to go, and yesterday, I decided would be our official "start" date!
Before putting Ella in the actual diaper, I realized that I had no clue what I was doing. There were so many snaps (and I promise, I'm not an idiot! It was just a little confusing)! So, I watched YouTube videos for, oh, an hour to see just exactly how I should be putting this thing on her. I didn't want it to be too tight, but I also didn't want it to leak because it was too loose.
After snapping, unsnapping and re-snapping for about 10 minutes, I finally got her situated. Kind of a pain, but I can get used to it. And besides, how cute, right?!
Then, I put her pants back on. OMG. No. Just no no no. Her butt was sooooo saggy. And HUGE! Bless her little heart. Her pants were big to begin with (size 6 months, and I had to roll them up at the bottoms because they were long), so going up to an even bigger size wasn't really an option. How do people think this is cute?!?! Unfortunately, I did not take a picture, but just picture Ella as a white baby MC Hammer in jeggings. Not ideal.
So, I took her pants off and let her just roll around in her shirt and her diaper. I thought, hey, I can still do this...she just won't wear pants! No problem.
But that wasn't the only problem. How was I supposed to know when to change her?
I know that sounds ridiculous, but not only is there that magic line that turns blue on the disposables, I can also feel them and know when Ella is wet/dry. These cloth diapers, I had no clue! I kept taking them off obsessively every 10 minutes to check if she had peed or not. I actually had to feel the insert to see if there was pee on it. This is no way to live. Am I right?! Finally, at about the 5th time I checked, there was pee!
Pissed (no pun intended) at myself for spending $100+ on something Ella wore for a whole hour, I ripped off the wet cloth diaper and slapped a disposable one on her. She's been in "sposies" as they call them, ever since. And I personally think her little butt looks just as cute, if not better, in disposables.
But still, I feel like a big fat failure. Why can't this work for us?! Why didn't I research it more?! This whole cloth diaper debacle kept me up until 1:30 AM last night. How ridiculous is that?! It's not the laundering that's bothering me, it's how she looks in them, and the whole process of is it wet? is it dry? And then, I think about cloth diapering when we're out and about (or even on vacation), or with a babysitter and I practically need a Xanax to even think about it. It's just SOOO involved...or am I just being lazy?!
So, I'm wondering...if you have cloth diapered (or not), have any tips for me?! Why must her crotch and butt look so enormous?! Any tips on how to get the fit/snaps just right? Is this something I should try again next week or just cut my loses and stick with disposables?
I did just buy 2 big boxes of Pampers at Target, though. Ha!
Sorry I'm not sorry. I had coupons and got a $10 Target gift card with purchase!
Anyway, sorry that was rather long-winded, but if you have any words of advice, please send them my way! :)