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The 2 Reasons I Would Never Switch to Cloth Diapers

By Meredith Carroll |

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DIsposable diapers are the saving grace of a busy mom

There are two reasons why I would never, ever switch to cloth diapers.

1. Pee
2. Poop

I get that cloth diapers are all the rage these days. Save Mother Earth! Recycle! Blah, blah, blah.

I’ll save a lot of things from my daughter’s infancy as a memento of this precious and fleeting time in her life. Her body’s waste isn’t among them.

I get that cloth diapers can be cheaper. But the cost of disposable diapers is more than worth it to me. There is no price tag on the satisfaction of permanently disposing of the memory of one’s urine and bowel movements. Not to mention permanently disposing of the actual urine and bowel movements.

Disposable diapers are just one of those things that make day-to-day living that much better than it was 50 years ago. Kind of like chai lattes and the Real Housewives franchise.

I also get that cloth diapers are better for the environment. But the environment in my house is so much better when we don’t have unnecessary loads of laundry. Everyone’s happier. So we’ll make sure to plant a tree or recycle more wine bottles to celebrate and offset the impact of the disposable diapers.

Are cloth diapers cuter? Maybe, but I spend next to no time admiring diapers — cloth or disposable. My baby’s butt? I admire that. Her clothes? Definitely. Her diapers? Nope. Never. (Although my older daughter loved looking at and talking about the Sesame Street characters on her Pampers a year or two ago.)

Disposable diapers allegedly cut down on instances of diaper rash. So does Desitin. With a few Costco-size tubes of those in the house, we’re all set in that department.

At the end of the day, I don’t know a single mom with the kind of time required of cloth diapers. I barely have enough time to remember to buy disposable diapers online (which just takes a few clicks), never mind unpack them when they arrive.

Wash diapers? Sure, I guess, maybe if there were a 28th hour in the day (I would first need the other 3 extra hours for more pressing stuff than something that can be remedied with a disposable diaper).

On second thought, see reasons No. 1 and No. 2.

Why won’t you ever switch to cloth diapers?

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Meredith Carroll

Meredith C. Carroll is an award-winning columnist and writer based in Aspen, Colorado. She can be found regularly on the Op-Ed page of The Denver Post. From 2005-2012 her other column, "Meredith Pro Tem" ran in several newspapers, as well as occasionally on The Huffington Post since 2009. Read more about her (or don’t, whatever) at her website. Read bio and latest posts → Read Meredith's latest posts →

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263 thoughts on “The 2 Reasons I Would Never Switch to Cloth Diapers

  1. Lauren says:

    People raise a big stink about comments that are negative and dismissive of others’ viewpoints. But sometimes a post comes along that seems just as trollish as any rude comment. Go ahead and justify your viewpoint, that’s great. But try not to put down others’. Blah, blah blah.

  2. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Lauren — Try not to take it too seriously. It’s just a post about diapers.

  3. Lauren says:

    Ha agree! I bought some g diapers when I was preggers and returned them before opening them when I brought my newborn home and realized what diapering was all about! I do admire the women that find the time and energy to use them and do all the research and trial and error. Here in Florida, I do not know one single mom that does cloth diapers, I’ve met 1 person at a baby yoga class that did but she did it the old school way and had a diaper service. When I was pregnant and reading about how long it took babies diapers to decompose I felt bad which sparked the initial purchase of some g diapers, but then my dad told me our city incinerated all our trash so that made me feel better!

  4. Monica says:

    I do cloth diaper, but I’m on my 4th child and she’s the first I’ve done it with. I said all the same things you did with the rest of my kids too. I was so happy to not HAVE to cloth diaper. However, when I got pregnant with #4 the extra garbage and cost of diapers was not something I wanted to deal with. Even still it took me until she was 4 months to do it. But let me just tell you it’s really not as time consuming as it seems and the diapers are not like they were 50 years ago either. I hate to say it, but don’t knock it until you try it. I never paid attention to a diaper bottom either until there was something to pay attention to, lol. Heck, I’m having a diaper made to go with my daughter’s Christmas dress this year. Can’t do that with disposable.

  5. Meredith Carroll says:

    @Monica — Fair enough. But my disposable diapers aren’t broken, so I don’t foresee trying to fix them

  6. Emily says:

    I found this post to be really refreshing. I read all the stories about cloth diapering and feel constantly guilty that it’s honestly not something I’m willing to try. Not now, at any rate. I feel like the cloth diaper debate borders dangerously on the breastfeeding debate, involving a lot of shaming and guilt.

    So it’s so refreshing to hear someone say it out loud – I don’t want to cloth diaper! I mean how is it really any different from someone touting the virtues of cloth diapers – touting the virtues of disposables!

    And Lauren – Meredith isn’t putting down others, she’s just simply stating her own viewpoint. Which I find refreshing.

  7. Laura says:

    I honestly don’t find that it requires much more time for cloth diapers than sposies. It takes 5 minutes to run a load of wash. And then maybe 10 to fold the diapers. For my baby, it works out to be the same amount of laundry anyway, because he has blowouts almost every time he wears a disposable diaper, and the cloth do a much better job with containment. So I’d be doing all that clothes laundry instead of diaper laundry, but with diapers I can say that Iam saving $2000 a year, and if I run a diaper load every other day, I can say I’m paying myself $10 a load. And you have to deal with pee and poop with any diaper situation.

    That being said, cloth isn’t for everyone! If you disposables are your thing, great. But cloth isn’t as time consuming as you might think.

  8. Erin says:

    Oh I’m sure you’ll get lots of comments about “how easy” cloth diapering is – guess what’s easier? Not doing anything. At all. I researched a ton about cloth diapering when pregnant, and my daycare does accept them, but ultimately it was the laundry that got to me. Right now, we do laundry every 2 weeks. That’s it. And I’d really like to keep it that way. That was my main reasoning! I’m sure it’s really not that bad and totally doable – I know a ton of people who cloth diaper and most of them treat it like a religion or something… but it’s just not something I want to spend my time on – thinking about all the options, buying them, stuffing them, and mostly doing the laundry.

  9. Amy says:

    Thank you for this post! I’ve been really wanting to cloth diaper, but as I keep telling my circle of crunchy mamas, I really like throwing away poop! I also seriously dislike laundry and fear that if I make the investment, I will use them once and they will sit in the dirty laundry well I guiltily slink to the store for Pampers. My main concern has been the chemicals in the diapers, but I’m trying very hard to let it go and trust that I’m reducing toxins in my baby’s diet and enviorment enough to make up for it. Now when I have the cloth- diaper-guilt-twinge, I will remember the two best reasons for disposables!
    P.S., Disposables are getting way cuter, have you seen the Santa diapers from Huggies?

  10. m.j. says:

    i love disposables. the end.

  11. Kiraly says:

    Babble is so confusing. I JUST (literally) read a blog about cloth diapers and the perks of them. It is like this blog was written in direct answer to that blog and with exact opposite points of view on everything. I can’t imagine why anyone would save pee or poop as momentos. That just seems ignorant to even say and I can’t see any valid point here to not using them other than a desire not to do more laundry (which is completely understandable). I just don’t understand your opinion that using a cloth diaper would result in you dealing more with waste (you wipe with disposables, right?). Ugh…no answers on this one.

  12. TS says:

    I use disposables because I live in an apartment building without laundry facilities. I have to lug all of my laundry to the laundromat a block away, and the laundromat requests “please no cloth diapers” (I guess they had issues?). Even if I did have laundry facilities in my building (or unit, heaven!), I don’t think I would use cloth. They’re cute, sure, but I like being able to take my child’s dirty diaper off, seal it up and not have to deal with touching it again.
    I respect those who have other methods for dealing with baby’s waste (be it cloth diapers or elimination communication), but it’s just not for me.

  13. Kathryn says:

    I loved cloth when I was on maternity leave. Now that I am back to being a full time working mama, the last thing I want to do with my few precious hours of free time is wash and fold diapers.

  14. plunderb says:

    I think every parent has something that seems like an overwhelming amount of work/trouble/grossness, even if it might be a good idea in the abstract. For me, it’s making my own baby food — it seems like something I should do, but I just don’t like to do it, don’t want to do it, and thus, don’t do it. Cloth diapering is super easy for me and my family, so that’s what we do, but cleaning those food processor blades is so unappealing to me that my baby eats her smashed peas out of a jar. Whatever works!

  15. Lauren says:

    It’s not your pov on diapers that’s the problem, it’s the rudeness,

  16. Meg says:

    To each their own. I just wanted to point out that I know of several very busy working mothers with several kids who use cloth diapers and they manage just fine, I think it’s one of those things that appears like more work but once you do it you realize its really not, you just get used to it and it becomes part of life.
    Your also not “keeping” the waste, it gets disposed of, just in a different way.
    That being said, paper diapers are clearly very easy and convenient and I know lots of babes who love those sesame street characters on there too!

    You may want to consider signing up for amazon or babiesrus.com automatic diaper delivery, you sign up and they will send you a new box once a month or however often you need them to so you don’t have to remember to order them.

  17. N says:

    What keeps me from cloth diapering: 1) coin-op laundry at our apartment. We wouldn’t be saving money. 2) my husband. When I first even mentioned the slight possibility, he emphatically said he was willing to spend the money on disposables!!! 3) Stinky real-food poo. Man, just changing out the diaper pail is a traumatic enough experience! :)

  18. Bre says:

    Thank you for writing this article and thank you to the person who brought up how impractical it is for daycare! Seems as though there are some Babble readers who take themselves a tad too seriously…

  19. Laura Shaw says:

    I am pretty sure you deal with just as much waste with disposables as with cloth. Instead of throwing it in the trash you throw it in the laundry. Big deal.

  20. Sara says:

    I understand this is your personal opinion and that’s fine, but I feel your post was a bit condescending in tone. We use cloth at home (nights and weekends) and disposables at daycare. I work full-time and do not find it any more time consuming or an increase on my laundry. As Laura said, cloth helps prevent blow-outs so it also really *decreases* the amount of poo I have to touch. We’ve had a few disgusting blowouts up to the armpits in sposies, requiring a bath and fresh clothes. I’ve NEVER had that in cloth, so that alone makes it worth it to me. I also am glad that I can avoid the chemicals in sposies, and the chemicals in diaper cream. I do not keep his waste as a “memento”, nor do I spend time admiring his diapers.

  21. Eileen says:

    This was the most refreshing post! I use disposable diapers, and to be honest, I’m pretty much over the cloth diapering posts from other Babble contributors. We get it – you’ve got the time and facilities do do 7 extra loads of laundry a week. I am very diligent about couponing and stocking up on great sales. I rarely pay more than .20 per diaper and if you include things like 1. Excess water and energy costs 2. detergent 3. cost of time – cloth diapers aren’t actually saving a lot of money.

    Thanks for finally posting about something that hits home to busy working moms. (I realize the majority of Babble contributors are SAHMs so I also often tire of reading about all of the activities they have time to do that I don’t. lol).

  22. P says:

    This was an utterly gross little blog. You don’t want to use cloth? Fine, but don’t use the excuse you don’t have the time. I work full-time and am in graduate school. I’ve used cloth on my 19-month-old since he was a newborn (at home and at daycare). It is not that difficult, and yes, I do feel good about flushing his waste rather than keeping it as a “memento” for hundreds of years in the landfill.

  23. Megan says:

    hahahaha this post is funny. cloth diapering or not. you moms who are offended, it’s diapers you fools. who cares if she thinks it’s stupid and gross. it’s diapers. and they are stupid and gross. they house shit. you mom’s who have a problem with this post need to get out more. getting your cloth diapers in a bunch is dumb and makes us mom’s seem like idiot simps. we are all on the same team.

  24. Cloth Diaper Chicago says:

    So did Pampers or Huggies pay you to write this? You should really disclose your sponsors.

    I’m really glad you have so much disposable income. I work part-time and it would take me 10 hours a week to make the money I need to buy disposables (after you take out taxes and commuting and childcare costs). I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend that time with my family. Instead, I do 2 extra loads of laundry a week (which equals about 1.5 hours per month, and I can “work from home”) and I get to keep my money. I guess pressing a couple of buttons is easier for some people.

    The evidence about diaper rash from several research studies shows NO DIFFERENCE between the use of cloth or disposable, and in fact there was barely any incidence of diaper rash before the introduction of plastic diapers… so either you’re lying (see your sponsors about that) or you have the wrong information, in which case you should research before you publish a lie.

    If you have boys, you need to start thinking about whether or not you want grandkids right now. Recent studies have shown that there may a connection between the use of disposable diapers and infertility in men. Think about it, if your husband sat in plastic diapers all day long, you better believe you’d have trouble getting pregnant.

    As for me, I would prefer that my child’s waste is put WHERE IT BELONGS which is the sanitation system, not rotting away for the next 500 years in a dump. If you read the package of any disposable diaper company you will see that they suggest disposing of bowel movements into the toilet before throwing the diaper away. I’m really glad you seem to have no qualms about making the planet a lot more dirty for your great great great grandchildren… or maybe you’re not planning on having any (see infertility above).

  25. Katie says:

    I would definitely say the problem with the post was your tone. Sure, we all have different opinions and that’s wonderful. In fact, it would be a pretty boring world if we all wanted to do everything the exact same way. But please try not to insult your readers, who may be pro-cloth. We’re definitely not saving poop in our baby books just because we prefer to save money, be a little greener, and most importantly protect our baby’s bottom from harmful chemicals. I could just combat a diaper rash caused by disposables with Desitin, but after checking it out on ewg.org I don’t think I’d want to put that on my son’s extra sensitive skin. http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/111/Desitin_Diaper_Rash_Ointment/

    With that said, you put an opinion out there and now others are responding. You seem very quick to shut down any comments that aren’t in support of your post. I didn’t think that was the point of having a forum where mothers can share with each other. Be honest, there is no way you wrote this post and were surprised that those choosing to use cloth wouldn’t be a little offended at some of the things you are suggesting. I actually don’t save my son’s waste as a momento and I think that environmental concerns should go beyond just be concerned with the “environment” in your home. Again, that’s my opinion and to each their own. I think all anyone is asking is for the tone to be more funny and less disrespectful, we’re all just trying to do the best that we can for our children.

  26. Jenna says:

    Megan, I get out plenty but I’m a little concerned about you. Is that the way you speak to everyone you come in contact with? If so, there’s probably quite a few people who would prefer that you “stay in” a little more. Um, thanks!

  27. HomemadeMother says:

    Wow, you have no idea what you are talking about. If you actually tried cloth diapers you would very quickly understand that the only extra work they require is 1-2 loads of laundry per week. Perhaps if you skip commercials durum your favorite TV show you’d “find” the time.

    Further, you should be ashamed for the flip attitude you take with regards to the environment. As far as I’m concerned, the extra 11 minutes cloth diapers cost me per week is well worth the healthier planet my grandchildren deserve.

  28. Victoria says:

    I just want to say thank you to Katie for your post. You have said everything that I wanted to say! Opinions are wonderful, but I don’t think that we should insult people who prefer to do things a different way. I cloth diaper, but I do not bash on others who use disposables because that is their decision. I also just want to point out that I am a very busy mom who works 40 hour weeks just like everyone else and I choose to take the 10 minutes every other day to throw diapers in the washing machine and turn it on then come back in a half an hour and put them in the dryer…That doesn’t sound too time consuming does it?

  29. Tara says:

    1. bratty.
    2. you don’t know a SINGLE mom who has time to do an extra load of laundry every other day? wow. i can’t really fathom that, i’m too busy sitting on my rear watching rhooc and drinking my lattes from the comfort of my couch all day. i’m so lazy, i can’t even think about you and your ULTRA busy life. how do you manage???!?!?!?!?!?!
    3. for some of us, we actually need the cut in costs. maybe be glad you don’t?

    i definitely don’t feel like i have the time to read your posts anymore. i am too busy picking my nose and lounging around without any responsibilities in the world.

  30. autoclave says:

    I don’t care whether you CD or not, but the word “sposie” to me is like nails on a chalkboard in my brain. Also, being called a “sposie mommy” like I’m lower than a dog turd, those people can kiss my disposable diapered baby’s butt.

  31. Zoe Hoeppner says:

    Each of you do know that even with disposable you are supposed to dump the poop right? I mean, that crap (literally) leeches into your ground water. And to the person who burns the trash…burning poop…. gross.
    For the record, we use both cloth at home and day to day and disposable when on long car trips or vacation.

  32. Meredith Carroll says:

    Thanks for all of the thoughtful responses. For the record: I don’t assume that people who use cloth diapers save their kids’ poop in an album. Just because I wrote that it’s not something I would do doesn’t mean I think YOU necessarily do it if you use cloth diapers. But it’s a funny idea, isn’t it? Smelly and gross, but funny. Well, I’m chuckling, anyway.

  33. Michelle says:

    I do both, cloth and use disposable…..I hardly know of a single mom who would use time commitment as a reason to not cloth diaper, that’s really insulting…i know single moms who cloth diaper, if you have time to drive to a coffee shop to buy lattes or sit and watch Despererate Housewives, you have an hour to let a washer and dryer wash your diapers….poop in a disposable diaper isn’t meant to be thrown in the trash, throwing bodily waste in the garbage is a matter of public health, it’s unsanitary…..I don’t like how cloth diapering moms belittle disposable users, but it’s not any better to bash cloth users making it sound as if they have so much extra time, or imply that their lives are less hectic then that of a single mom using sposies….I have 4 kids, a dog and a husband who works 70 hours a week and is rarely here, my life is less then cushy, did I mention one of my children is handicapped and chronically ill? But yet I find time to wash diapers but rarely have time for a latte, next time you have one, take an extra deep breath for me…cause I could sure use one.

  34. Maureen says:

    I think its too bad this article went live. If the author even bothered to try out cloth before writing such a one-sided piece, she’d quickly learn that cloth diapers are considerably easier then anyone expects. Cloth diapers will save me thousands of dollars (especially because I can re-use the same ones for all my kids). Not to mention the fact that they aren’t overloaded with toxic chemicals like disposable ones.

    Plus, landfills are not equipped to handle human waste, so anyone using disposable should – in good conscience! – be dropping baby’s poop into the toilet anyway.

  35. pontificatrix says:

    I actually find cloth diapers *easier*. It’s freaking hard to get out of the house to buy diapers with a baby. It’s really easy to dump a load of diapers in the washer.
    (Folding? Nah – just stuff them in the drawer, or use out of the laundry basket.)

    The problem is they don’t work as well – wet cloth inevitably gives my kids a rash despite frequent changing, and stay-dry inners create leaks (despite stripping etc.). Nothing for a dry, leak-free bottom like superabsorbent gel.

  36. Kym Lalalalala says:

    What about disposable diapers being linked to infertility?
    I cloth diaper because I would rather not shell out so much money each week for something for my kids to poo on. I bought second hand diapers and used them one all three of my children.
    Potty training happens sooner with a child that is in cloth. Children in disposables lose awareness of whether there bottoms or wet or not.
    As for the time it takes to care for cloth I’m lucky enough to has a husband that does that for me :)

  37. Nik says:

    What I find interesting is all the moms who are like, “Finally, someone has defended disposables because all these sanctimonious moms were making me feel guilty about my diapering choice.” Ridiculous. Disposable diapers are far and away the norm and so if that’s what you choose to do, you already know that you have lots of company. Most families use disposables. That’s a fact. It’s also a fact that large scale use of disposables is harmful to the environment. So cloth families who cite environmental responsibility as a reason for their diapering choices are not necessarily trying to guilt others into abandoning disposables. It is what it is.
    I agree that the problem with this post is not that the author has expressed a preference for disposables– again, this is not news. It’s the tone of post, which is bratty, condescending, smug and dismissive of moms who make different choices. In short, this post simply promotes the “judgy mom” thing that runs rampant on babble and other parenting blobs. And what’s worse is that when commenters call the author on her condescending and dismissive tone, she responds by saying, “Come on! It’s just diapers, people!”. More condescension and smugness. If it’s “just diapers” why write the post? Take responsibility for what you put out there, at the very least.

  38. Kathryn says:

    Why are people offended by how anyone handles their own child’s poop? The mom wars are a trip.

  39. Kristen says:

    Do you wear paper underwear? Probably not. What you forgot to take into account is your child’s comfort and health. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and choice, but don’t just make it about your child’s excrement. What about their health? Slathering on chemical laden Desitin isn’t exactly the choice I want for my child’s bum. As far as not knowing a single mom that has time to throw in a load of cloth diapers, I have two children under the age of two, am a full time attorney, and love to do yoga, run, etc. – I make time because it takes a whopping five minutes to throw in the wash. I wish the article had been written with a little bit more consideration for the kiddos wearing the plastic pants.

  40. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    no diaper wars here, cause there is just no amo for a war in that post.

    sadly uneducated and selfish

  41. Emily says:

    I’m not going to go on and repeat a lot of the things that other women wrote, but I do feel the need to point out that attitudes like the one you displayed are what’s wrong with women’s relationships these days. Rather than advocating for each other, you perfectly show how judgmental and holier-than-thou some can be, thus creating a bigger divide amongst us all. It’s no problem to have differing viewpoints, but there is a problem with blatant rudeness and lack of consideration when discussing things in a public forum. I sure hope you teach your children better than the way you behaved while writing this post.

  42. Karah says:

    I can see why it would be overwhelming and gross. Unfortunately with my first son, who Is now 7, he wad so allergic to the chemicals in disposable diapers he would develop open sores and start bleeding from them. We tried multiple brands and they all did the same thing. Some after one diaper change (pampers) and some took a week (target brand). We liked them so much that we used them with our next three kids. There are more reasons then the environment to use cloth although it’s a plus. For 5 years I didn’t know a single person who used cloth and guess what? I could really care less. You so what works for you.

  43. Marie says:

    It’s funny how most comments are centered on the mom – I cloth diaper because my baby is way more comfortable in cloth than in paper. How do I know? Because she’s 17months and chooses her own diaper. I use sposies during travelling and for babysitters. But when we’re home, she chooses — and guess what? She loves her cloth, especially the minkee ones. Also, I try to minimize the amount of chemicals touching her baby skin, especially in that sensitive area. So, it’s not about you – it’s about what’s best for the baby.

  44. Mamabear says:

    Your blog post is refreshing. ;) While I support any parents right to choose what diaper they put on their kids butts, cloth just wasn’t worth it to me. It’s cute but I hate laundry. Environmentally, washing the cloth is as bad as tossing the plastic so it’s 6 one way, half dozen the other as far as that goes.

    Disposable are so much easier for my household. Call me lazy or whatever, I expend my time and energy in other places.

  45. Abby says:

    I am not even easily offended, but this did it. I cloth diaper, and I have used disposable in the past. What offends me is the ignorance tied to “planting a tree and recycling a bottle” in place of an entire baby’s diapers. It’s attitudes like that that keep the cycle of waste and consumerism on the rise …
    I do hope you dump and flush the poop before you throw it away … the ‘sposie companies recommend as much. Our landfills certainly don’t need to harbor the bacteria from your babies diapers just because you work full-time.

  46. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    Asthma
    Male Infertility
    Urinary Tract infections
    Allergies
    Dioxins which are the world’s most know carcinogens

    and these are the clear, documented since 1990, facts.

    I mean I could really go into this, but judging by the level of argument happening in this post it would appear a waste of my time playing in the kindergarden corner.

    I’ll come back and play when people go research, read and have a true argument to support sposie diapers.

    I can support through international and published study the same for disposable cloth menstrual or “sposie” pads.

  47. clara says:

    I have been cloth diapering for 12 straight years & I am oddly OK with it & I also do use an occasional disposable too, so I am not hardcore about it. I have a diaper service, which doesn’t end up costing more than buying paper/plastic dipes & I have a huge assortment of super cute covers. I don’t find the extra laundry of washing the covers a big deal at all b/c I have only boys, so I like the thought of their important parts not getting overheated in a plastic dipe. The bottom line is that I always ask myself how I’d like to be treated if I was a baby (and treat my babies accordingly :) & I know I would not want to spend more than 2+ years in a maxi pad!!! So cloth it is!

  48. Becki says:

    You know with disposables you’re technically not supposed to throw the poop in the trash. Have you ever read the package of diapers? It clearly states to dump poop in a toilet before throwing it away.

    I use both and cloth takes me no more time really, and I like the fact that the materials are natural fibers against her skin.

  49. Jenny @ Practically Perfect... says:

    If people want to use cloth (like we do), then great! If you want to use disposables, then fabulous! In the end, it’s about finding what works best for your family, and being respectful of another family’s choices. I certainly don’t try to push a cloth-diaper agenda on any of my friends. People shouldn’t be so sensitive – they’re diapers, for crying out loud.

    http://www.practicallyperfectblog.com

  50. Nicole says:

    I cloth diaper and it take about two seconds max to throw all the diapers in the washing machine.

  51. amanda says:

    i have no problem with disposables. both my oldest daughters had disposables and did fine. only one had a bad diaper rash and that because the daycare she was in did not change her. my 5 month old son is in disposables, and no diaper rash. i will, however use a cloth diaper during that rare rash. i use baking soda and water as rash ointment. as for the infertility thing? my brothers were both in disposables, and donate their stuff! my older sister was in disposables and no harmful effects. people in my family 45 and up remember when they started using disposables. as a mom of three kids, play dates, dance for the girls, shopping, cleaning, cooking, mowing the lawn, doing the garden thing, babysitting my sister’s kid, repairing the house/car, working TWO jobs, i do not have time to do an extra load of laundry! to each their own and stop the mom wars! we are all on the same page!

  52. Briana says:

    I’m a young mother and I use disposables because I never really thought of using cloth, and my dryer is broken and it’s too cold for line drying in jersey already. But with all the research I’m doing on the cloth I think I want to try it, I just need to figure out whats necessary and how everything works. But I do want to point out that although I haven’t actually used them, I did have a baby that spit up ALOT and i was already doing laundry almost every other day, so to throw in a few cloth diapers wouldn’t have been a hassle, or taken any extra time. And in the time it took you to read other posts about cloth diapers to work up the annoyance you used while posting and then to write your post you probably could’ve done a load of laundry or two, I mean its not like you don’t find time to shower and do your own laundry so it can’t be that hard.

  53. Liz says:

    Maybe you should try them before you decide? We tried both and love cloth diapering….and I didn’t think I would be the kind of person to switch, but it’s a good challenge to try them at least!

  54. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    “People shouldn’t be so sensitive – they’re diapers, for crying out loud.”

    Shakes head.

  55. Samantha at ShesNotBroken says:

    I’d like to know Erin’s secret to doing laundry every two weeks! I minimally do a load every other day, which is more than I actually do diaper laundry. We planned on doing a combination before my daughter was born, but it turned out she has my skin and any kind of absorbant, disposable product (diapers, nursing pads, pantiliners, etc) turns into nasty, weeping, open sores. Since we switched the day she came home, she’s only had a rash twice. I use unrefined coconut oil instead of rash ointment and it’s the best thing ever. No crap chemicals, no weird smell, no issues on cloth, and everything smells like coconuts.

  56. Dawn Griffin says:

    it looks like yall are just looking for something to fight about. Here its something for yall to be pissed about.Unmedicated natural birth, exclusive breast fed, and cloth diapered.

  57. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    setting the personal preference aside in the entire context of the post, this statement is wrong

    “Environmentally, washing the cloth is as bad as tossing the plastic”.

    I did a formal study last year….sposies are about considerably more environmentally leeching.

  58. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    not sure why I would be pissed about this. I live in Pittsburgh…home of UPMC, world leader in conventional and innovative medicine. Not only do we have and embrace CAM approaches in our city but we have an awesome birthing center in our main women’s hospital which exercises freely the choice of natural birth, promotes nursing, and carries CD’s in their shop.

    now were talkin!

    cloth menstrual pads would be next on the standard discussion list

    followed by unpaper for the house and then the ultimate tabot of FC.

    At least that is how is usually rolls in the forums for the last ohhh 8-10 years.

  59. Kym says:

    I really didn’t want to cloth diaper, but my husband talked me into it, and it’s not nearly as bad as I thought it would be. They don’t make cloth diapers like they used to; they’re MUCH better now. Like with anything else, you get into a routine, and in the end it doesn’t take much more time or effort than running down to the store to buy disposables. It’s so much cheaper, and it’s definitely better for baby’s butt. Meredith wrote, “Disposable diapers allegedly cut down on instances of diaper rash.” “Allegedly” is right. I have friends who do both (disposable when they travel), and the only time their kids have ever had diaper rash is when they’ve used disposable diapers. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine spending the extra money on disposables, and the extra garbage they create is crazy. I was worried that extra water usage would offset the money saved by not buying disposables, but that hasn’t been the case. If I had it to do again, I’d go with cloth.

  60. Maggie says:

    I get that this post is light hearted but I do have some things to say about it. First of all disposable diapers are extremely bad for the environment. I know we’re so used to hearing about the environment that we begin to tune it out (“blah blah blah, whatever”) but seriously, they are really, really bad. I think its dispicable that we’re even still allowed to use disposable diapers to be honest. We act like what we choose to do with our own persoonal lives only affects us- it doesn’t, and I find it irresponsible to the rest of the world and those who will come after us to just say well whatever, I’m too lazy to use cloth diapers. Cloth diapers are not that much more work. Are peiple aware there are diaper pickup/drop off services so you don’t even have to do the work yourselves??

  61. Mitzi says:

    Did you know it can take about 500 years for one diaper to decompose? and the plastic that is used will remain in our landfills forever. The Blah, blah, blah was definitely rude but she is looking for hits, comments, likes and dislikes. So the more we comment the better it is for Meredith and her popularity as a blogger.

  62. Mitzi says:

    by the way, Most moms, Dedicated ones…They are all BUSY MOMS.

  63. Melissa Benedict says:

    i just don’t seem to understand how you can care so little about the environment. sure, we can’t all afford to eat all organic and drive a prius…but to tout how awesome you are for NOT caring about the environment seems gross.

    not everyone who cloth diapers uses the word sposie or tries to make disposable users feel bad.

    that said, you shouldn’t talk down on something you obviously know nothing about. you’re posting in a blog, therefore implying you want people to read what you think. don’t be so suprised when people take offense to what you have written here.

    how can you care so little about the world you are leaving for your kids???

  64. Meredith says:

    Meredith… I thought it was funny! I seriously considered switching to cloth after I quit working. Then I watched a kid who is cloth diapered. And my whole house smelled like pee.
    They had a bag for the dirty tri folds but it didn’t seem to matter.
    I applaud any family that has the time and effort to put into cloth diapering. Seriously. I wish I had the time and energy. We chose to use disposables with our kiddos. Hate if you want.

  65. deanna says:

    Wow can you say ignorance.. oy

  66. Heather says:

    I feel like you are extraordinarily selfish and lazy. You have NO IDEA what kind of disgusting chemicals are in those diapers and creams. My home smells like the cinnamon on my counter, not urine. I wash one load of diapers every three days in the same way I wash my other laundry. My daughter has never been exposed to the carcinogenic nasty things thar your children have been exposed to and I’m very proud of that.

  67. victory says:

    i use cloth diapers for my son and he is 13 months, i am a university student, i teach ballet and i am a mom and i find the time. personally i like the health benefits of cloth diapers the best, then i like the fact that we save money by doing it and lastly i like that is helps the environment. its just part of every day life for us and if any one asked me from friends relatives etc. i would gladly share the positives to cloth diapering.

  68. Becca says:

    I’m so glad destroying the environment because you’re lazy and selfish is amusing to so many.

  69. Mom of 4 says:

    Never had an issue finding time to wash diapers. Throw them in and walk away.

  70. Julie says:

    Hey. Just wanted to apologize on behalf of the idiots who are taking you too seriously or think everybody has to raise kids the same way they do. I cloth diaper. You use disposables. I don’t get why people seem to think that makes us diametrically opposed. We’re all parents after all!

  71. Tara says:

    Not all of us are so financially blessed to throw countless dollars away in the trash everyday. With a 10 month old and a newborn due in 2 months we just don’t have the resources to afford such luxuries. Not to mention most of the cloth diapers I use can 1. be purchased used, saving a ton of money initially and 2. be re-sold after my babies are done using them. That means I can take the money I saved from never having to pay for a single diaper and put it towards something awesome…. like a baby wrap or a Vitamix….. because I also make my own baby food. :D

    I won’t lie, I enjoy cloth diapering, wearing my baby, and being an attachment mommy. My babies deserve the best.

  72. Karen says:

    Obviously sponsored by pampers, etc. I would hate for a new mom or mom to be to read this and base any decision they make On what they read here. The disposable industry (and baby junk industry) spends many dollars on advertising so everyone knows already that they are an option…I do both but once we’re on solids there is no way I would let a poop filled diaper sit in my house. Disposables (kind of like formula) allow for a disconnect between mom and baby and yes, there are times that is necessary and times when the convenience is a god send BUT if you can carry a baby for nine months can’t you handle the “inconvenience” of raising that child? Or is it just that people don’t care about the values they are passing on?

  73. Poppy says:

    This woman is seriously so uneducated abut how easy and rewarding cloth diapering is it is sad! She makes me sick! Not to mention there are plenty of single moms who cloth diaper. How dare she even compare planting a tree and recycling wine bottles to filling the landfills with thousands of disgusting chemical and waste filled diapers. My challenge to the blogger is to actually try cloth diapering then she can trash it.

  74. Jennifer says:

    I know even the disposable diaper packages say to dump and flush the poop, but obviously they have never met a breastfed baby. Pray tell how I’m supposed to dump and flush something the consistency of mustard? AND, my kids pretty much have that consistency until they are potty trained, so…

  75. Michelle says:

    The problem with this post, much like the offensively ridiculous breastfeeding post, is the condescending tone that permates all of your posts. I will actually be taking care to avoid all posts in the future. Your writing is intentionally patronizing and offensive, and I frankly don’t think you belong at Babble.

  76. KP says:

    I know the author was trying to be cute and flip (which is what blogging is all about these days), but as a mother, I find it insulting and irresponsible. We all have the opportunity to make our own choices, but those choices have consequences, and to blatantly ignore and boast about ignoring those consequences is incredibly immature. It reminds me of college when everyone would brag about how wasted they got last night. We’re not talking about a couple of styrofoam cups in the garbage, we’re talking about 2.5 tons of solid waste for the average baby. If that’s a joke, I don’t get it. Go ahead make fun of all the crazy hippy moms and their crazy hippie ideas, but don’t flaunt your ignorance and total lack of regard for our children’s future. And Babble.com – I am done reading your articles.

  77. Anna says:

    Some of the folks here REALLY need to lighten up! I truly appreciate the sarcasm of the article. On another parallel note … I was completely positive I would cloth diaper when my son was born. I gave it my best shot … and I HATED it! I felt alot of guilt for going disposable, we eat organic, I make all my son’s baby food, etc, etc. I just hated everything about cloth diapering. So flame away now, but my guilt protection armor is on!

  78. Colleen says:

    Wow. I use cloth diapers and thought this post was great. You mamas need to relax and let the lady both have some fun writing a post and throw away her poop. It’s going to be ok.

  79. Angelica says:

    To the author of this post: Does Babble pay you to be this “bratty” (as one commenter put it) and condescending? Some posts are worth reading, but it seems like Babble’s mission is to stir up controversy and pit one mother against another. We’re all doing the best we can!!! Let’s stop arguing, bullying, and being passive-aggressive. If you want someone to take your opinion in earnest, think carefully about how you word it.

  80. JP says:

    We use both kinds and don’t really see one as better than the other.

    When we’ve used cloth nappies I just throw an extra load of washing on overnight every two or three days. No biggy.

    I also find both kinds to be equally confronting in terms of how much poo you see or have to deal with.

    Disposables are nice when we’re out for a long day, since we can bin them as we go instead of lugging them around and bringing them home, but when it’s just a short trip or we’re at home, modern cloth nappies do the job nicely with minimal fuss.

  81. Eileen says:

    Can anyone cite more than one peer- reviewed, non-web published (as in it must be literally in print), evidence-based research study that definitively states cloth is more Eco-friendly than disposables? No. While we may be tempted to state what we think is the obvious, we need to consider the sheer amount of water, electricity, and detergent bring used to maintain the evergrowing landfill issue. As they as both limited resources, we should embrace the fact that usage is varied. If we all used disposables, we’d be rushing straight into catastrophe, and vice versa. I love all the heated emotions on this post. It speaks to our fierce nature to defend our decisions as mothers and what’s best for baby. But do not state subjective “facts” unless you can really prove it. And if you feel that could cite independent studies (author, publication, year, etc.) then please do. I for one would greatly appreciate it as I have been on the fence. I can make time for either laundry or a Breaking Bad marathon one way or the other. (Sorry for any typos. New phone).

  82. Eileen says:

    The above post should read: “to maintain CD vs the…(ever growing landfill).

  83. Lisa says:

    For those of you who claim not to have the time, it is a bunch of bull! It takes no more time to put my dirty cloth in the wet bag then it takes for you to put yours in the pail/garbage. You have to empty your pail, take it to the trash outside and put in a new bag. Guess what, that takes the same amount of time it does for me to wash mine.

    I am a mother to 3 children all of which are under four. I have a very severe sciatic nerve injury which causes me to have trouble getting aroud and causes lots of pain. I am also a full time student. I spend 25 hours a week in a classroom and that doesn’t count the time I spend on school at home. Somehow I have enough time to use cloth.

    All I see here is VERY selfish and lazy people that are doing nothing but making excuses.

    I use cloth diapers because they are better for ME and MY children. They don’t give my kids bleeding rashes like the disposables do. They don’t cause my sons “Boy part” to swell up 5 times its size. Yes that is what is in YOUR diapers, chemicals. I want my children to have a good life and that includes keeping diapers out of the landfill.

    Go ahead recyle some wine bottles instead. I just hope that wine isn’t being drank without having a RESPONSABLE adult to care for your children when you are under the influence.

  84. crystal says:

    I have three in cloth diapers and love it I would be caught dead putting my sweet babies soft perfect bottoms in a yucky chemical full disposable diaper

  85. Cara says:

    Wow!! Thought this was a light hearted funny post. Cant belive the nerve of someone to say that because i formula feed and disposable diaper then im not teaching my children good values or that its an inconvenience to raise them!!! I love my children and my world is centered around them!!! Play nice people!!!

  86. susie ;) says:

    Cloth diapers are not a ‘trend’, fact of the matter is an estimated 5-10% of parents use cloth diapers (and that figure hasn’t changed in 10 years), clearly disposable diapers are the trend. Where do you buy your family’s paper clothing, given your apparent aversion to laundry, I assume you don’t wash clothes either. In reality, doing a load of laundry requires maybe (maybe!!) ten minutes of your actual time:

    1) you take a hamper to the washing machine and dump it in.
    2) you add some detergent, press a few buttons and walk away.
    3) you come back and move it over to the dryer, press a few buttons, and walk away.
    4) you come back again, take it out, and you’re done. You’re DONE!

    You are not in the river bashing dirty cloth diapers against rock, in fact, I’d would wager you spend more time buying disposable diapers at the grocery store and hauling extra trash to the curb. Seriously.

  87. Christy says:

    I could not agree more – seriously. Being a mom is hard enough already. Who wants to have to worry unnecessarily about diapers?

  88. Amber Grace says:

    I choose cloth because I’m a single mom and actually wouldn’t be able to afford disposables. I still use them once and a while as back-up and used them for overnights until recently. I traveled to a friend’s wedding when my LO was just 2 months. I decided it would be easier to not lug along a bunch of cloth diapers and to use throw aways instead. BIGGEST MISTAKE! I ended up washing more cloths than I would cloth diapers because he was constantly leaking and pooping out the back! Just a few days in and I was searching to purchase enough cloth to last us on our 11 day trip. People who don’t cloth diaper or haven’t given it a fair shot don’t realize that’s it’s much easier than it seems if you take it one thing at at time. And I agree with @Susan, it takes at least an equal amount of time working for the money to pay for the disposables and going to the store to buy them (or ordering online) than it does to just wash and walk away. And sure, I love to admire the cuteness of cloth, ZERO diaper rashes and not once cleaning up an “up-the-back poop”! To each their own!

  89. BMommy says:

    What a negative, nasty & uninformed post. Maybe it was supposed to be funny, but you missed the mark. I use cloth diapers & I’m not saving pee & poop. Disposable are work too & when I used them it seemed that my trash was always overflowing with stinky, nasty diapers & wipes. Cloth diapers are better for their skin too. We use paper diapers occationally & when my son was old enough to talk he make it very clear that he prefered cloth to paper.

  90. Crystal says:

    I do it for his health. This says it better than I can explain.
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/

  91. Chloe says:

    We used disposables-only for our first child. Our second baby is due in 5 weeks. With our first I was not up for learning a new diapering skill, and since I was used to disposables that’s what we used. Since our first baby I’ve met a few cloth-diapering moms who are busier than I am, and if they can manage to use cloth while raising 3-4 kids and working 2 jobs, I should be able to handle it with 2 kids and no paying job. I plan to use disposables for the first 6 weeks or so, then once he’s down to 1-2 poops a day instead of 10+ I’ll start phasing in cloth diapers. My goal is to use cloth 90-100% of the time at home, and just use disposables when we’re going out. I’m even thinking of getting cloth training pants for our almost-4-year-old to wear at night, so we can quit buying Pull-Ups. But you know what? These choices are personal, every family has their own set of needs to meet, and judging each other over this stuff is just silly. It would never occur to me to mock cloth-diapering households and assume they worship baby poop, any more than I’d accuse disposable-using parents of being lazy or not caring about the environment. If you’re truly secure in your parenting choices you can be proud of them without putting others down.

  92. katiekins27 says:

    Whoever said that Infertility is caused by wearing disposables…please, as if washing with body wash and having your man splash himself with all the cologne in the world doesn’t!! Coming from someone who went thru 4 + yrs of infertility(my husband was a cloth diaper baby, and so was I…hmmm, maybe cloth diapers cause infertility?) and I can say that it has a lot to do with the chemicals that have entered our lives over the last 20-30yrs that were not around back then!! Heck, you could probably say that coffee drinking men have a higher chance of infertility…and that would be the truth!!

    I found the author(at this point in reading your answers) I forgot who that was, but I found it to be right on queu and quite humourous(yes, its spelled properly) and right on the nose! I have a very stuffy friend who swears on rice milk for her kids, because cows milk gives off too many hormones from what was fed to those said cows! Well, if she had some knowledge behind her reasoning, she would know that in Canada, our cows are not given hormones to produce the milk, because we have higher standards… and of course she cloth diapers her children. She told me what was involved, and really? Who has time to “roll” poop till its hard enough to take out and dump in toilet?? I know I don’t! Who wants to put poop infested diapers in the same load of wash as the rest of the clothes? Definitely not me! And…..who wants to share the same poop infested diaper(I don’t care how many times its been washed, that’s gross) to hand it down to my youngest? I hated hand me downs as a kid, but if my mother handed down my sisters used(but wait, its clean) cloth diapers, I would be rather pissed off at her!
    Another thing, who says cloth diapers are cheaper??? I just went on to a Canadian website for cloth diapers, and a whole diaper system costs $380. And you only get
    36-3 Layer flannelette one size fits all fontour cloth diapers(cause all babies are one size fits all right??? NOT!!
    48-4 Layer absorbency pads
    21 vinyl pull on covers, 3NB, 6SM, 6MB, 6LG
    36-2 Layer flannelette bum cloths/reusable wipes

    My 2yr old doesn’t care what’s on his diapers, no one can see if there is spiderman or elmo on cause I put clothes on him before I send him to daycare! How well do these covers feel on top of the actual diaper?? How bunched up can you get??!!

    Even if I didn’t buy diapers on sale, I would get a 140 diapers for $36, that would last me just shy of 2mos; that would only cost me under $300/yr! That’s diapers for my 2yr old, and Cruisers size 5 cost more than diapers for my 3wk old whom I get #1′s and I can get 244 diapers for $32 and most times less than that! So yes, for 2 kiddos, I am shelling out a bit more, but my time is worth it to me!. The extra laundry, well, it isn’t extra, I just wouldn’t put diapers(yes, the excess is put in the toilet, but the remnents or smudge is left behind) in the same machines I put the rest of my family’s clothes in! Cause that would be just GROSS!!

    How about we all AGREE TO DISAGREE, and continue on the way we want and leave it at that! There will always be a discussion on cloth vs diaper, or to eat meat or go vegan or vegetarian…pro’s and con’s will all be part of our lives, but that is what it is, our own lives, the way we want to live it! So do what you feel is best, and leave it at that!

  93. Crystal says:

    So if your child does not wipe well and has a poop streak on his or her underwear you will throw it out? That will get VERY expensive. Additionally, I don’t have to “roll the poop” it just dumps! Also, I do not wash my cloth with my other laundry… and there is BLEACH! What about when you are potty training your child and he or she has an accident on your carpet or furniture? Will you throw out your couch because you child accidentally pooped on it? Ok so you will not allow a potty training child on the furniture or the carpet… what about when out of nowhere diarrhea sets in and poop leaks onto it?

  94. Katie says:

    Wow, that was a really bitter article. Funny that you think you’re “permanently disposing” of anything with disposable diapers. I don’t think anyone who has never used cloth diapers should write an article about how horrible they are. You really have no idea what you’re talking about.

  95. Leslie says:

    I felt the same way with DD#1, but with DD#2 we decided to use cloth. I haven’t regretted it a bit. It is so addicting to pick out cute diapers. Our laundry didn’t change much at all, and we didn’t notice an increase in our bill. All in all, it was definitely a good choice for us. I wish more people would give it a chance, but to each his/her own.

  96. Emily says:

    For the record, cloth diapers are not supposed to go into the same load of laundry as your regular clothes, you just run a separate load 2 times a week of cloth diapers. Also, I have no idea what “rolling” poop means, but all you have to do is dump the poop in the toilet, and for breastfed babies you don’t even have to that since their poop is mostly water anyway. And actually Katiekins, that quite a lot of diapers! I only have 30 diapers in my rotation plus a handful of prefolds and that suits my family just fine.
    I find it funny that you (Katiekins) say we should agree to disagree and move on, while in the same comment you make several points putting down cloth diapering and even calling it “gross.” If you really want to be diplomatic you should just say what you prefer and move on. No need to be rude about it, Meredith the original poster already covered that part for you.

  97. Emily says:

    One more thing: you ate correct that there are so many cancer causing things in the world today, but I think the point us cloth diaper moms are trying to make is that if you can prevent some of that from effecting your child, why wouldn’t you?

  98. Lauren S says:

    Wow, what an ignorant blog post. Thanks for contributing to the flippant attitude that will ensure that our kids inherit an unhealthy planet for years to come! If you choose not to cloth diaper, at least have a principled reason for your decision. Don’t base it on misinformation and garbage from this post.

  99. Jenna says:

    @KATIEKINS27 – Wow. I suggest you do some more research. I also hope you’re not out there buying the first disposable box you come across no matter what the price. I did my research, shopped around, and bought some amazing BAMBOO cloth diapers (in Canada too, for the record). They cost UNDER $200 for 24 diapers and 48 inserts – http://www.gigglelife.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/44
    I’d spend that in less than 3 months on disposables.

  100. Debbie says:

    I hate babble so much, why do I even botter reading it any more? Posts like this are what’s wrong with this world. Cloth diapers are rediculously easy. Take 2 minutes to throw them in the washer, 30 seconds to put them in the drier and another 2 minutes to throw them in a clean diaper bin (you don’t even need to sort or fold them). I’m an environmental scientist and have already explained in about three other babble posts that cloth diapers and their maintenaince really are better for the environment, I’m tired of wasting my breath. And yes, depending on how you do it cloth diapers can cost way less than disposables. Not to mention the fact that they have fewer chemicals and ointments that are cloth diaper safe tend to have fewer chemicals.

  101. sara r. says:

    I cloth diaper because I don’t want to buy diapers every week. We also EC’d, and that cut down on laundry even more. I worked full-time and volunteered part time for her first 15 months of life, and still had time to wash diapers (not fold them, though. So unnecessary!)
    Now we’re expecting another, and because most of her diapers were gender neutral, we can reuse them. I hate the smell of disposable diapers, and I’m so glad that I learned about cloth before my daughter was born.
    Agreed with the others that the tone of the article is really defensive and abrasive. The facts are clear that cloth is better for the environment, and for most babies. If you don’t care about that, fine, but don’t pretend like others are trying to make you feel bad about you decision just by informing parents of their options. Why do the 90% of moms need to “defend” their position?

  102. MommaRaven says:

    well all these people keep sayin how rude the writer of this post was yet they are being horribly rude themselves….2 wrongs dont make a right….isnt this what we teach our children???? personally as a low income wic mother who doesnt have a washer and dryer, i cannot afford the cost of laundrymats to do the cd laundry twice or 3 times a week (so please judge me cuz im waitin for it)…do u cd mothers realize that our world is in a water crisis? so if everyone did cd then perhaps we would run out of water and all have to start using dd….im not claimin this happening as a fact im just merely stating a possibility since everyone else wants to throw in their unfairly judgemental opinions….and people keep talkin about exposure to chemicals in dd yet talk about using bleach to make it ok to pass cd from one kid to another…whats the difference in chemicals on kids butt vs bleach really???? i dont wash my own clothes in bleach n i sure wouldnt wash my babies butt covers in it either….i agree w the other mothers who have said that this is merely an opinion article about diapers and to stop takin it so seriously…i had considered cloth diapers but to be quite honest im now afraid that doin so will turn me into one of these ranting smug “holier than thou” cd moms and i want nothing to do with them at all….ur all being rude bratty on both sides of this argument so grow up and worry about more important things than what goes on ur baby’s butt seriously! -u may now commence to judge my opinion and my spelling w all ur condescending attitudes as it amuses me greatly-

  103. Mae Scott says:

    Wow… I just blogged earlier about cloth diapers…. I guess we don’t see eye to eye on the diaper debate!

    http://maesgotthis.wordpress.com/

  104. Meghan says:

    a lot of you talk about how you “don’t have to deal with pee or poop” when you use disposables.. have you ever read the box? you’re supposed to throw the poop in the toilet just like you do with a cloth diaper. so either way you’re *supposed* to deal with it.

  105. Jolaina says:

    While I would live to rip this snooty post apart paragraph by paragraph and demean everything you’ve said, I won’t.

    I shall simply touch on two topics:

    Butt admiration: where you said you admire your babys bottom and baby’s clothes, but not the diaper… That could be because with disposables there is nothing to admire.

    Diaper rash: yup, it’s much better to put a Costco sized amount of chemicals on a baby’s bum, any day!

    Cheers!

  106. Sarah says:

    We use cloth and LOVE it! I mean, saving $2500 per kid is just one of the perks and reasons why we went with cloth. Also, laundry is not that big of a deal. Maybe 2-3 extra loads per week. Really minimal when I do about 10 loads of clothes.

  107. Savanah says:

    Although I am not a single mom, my husband works out of the country & I handle everything here for 6-10 weeks at a time. I am using cloth diapers for my twin sons, so the lack of time reason just doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. I’m essentially a single mom (90% of the year), I own & operate 2 businesses, and homeschool my older two boys.

    “There is no price tag on the satisfaction of permanently disposing of the memory of one’s urine and bowel movements. Not to mention permanently disposing of the actual urine and bowel movements.” – actually you aren’t really permanently disposing of it, you are just relocating it into a garbage bag & then a landfill where it will stay. Disposable diapers are estimated to take 75-100 years to decompose on land and over 450 in a marine environment.

  108. emily says:

    Yep, your tone sucks. Everyone is ‘busy’. You have this tone in your post that SAHM’s have plenty of time to sit at home and do laundry and fold diapers as if it really is an all day affair. You throw them in the wash in the morning before you leave for work, fold them before bed or maybe the next day. Don’t judge something and try to post about it when you haven’t even experimented with it, thus have no idea what you’re talking about because you sound ignorant and condescending

  109. Sarah G says:

    I can totally see your view point on cloth. I was surprised of how much work it wasn’t and how much I got into cloth. Using destine is not a fav on our list because of all the chemicals. My daughter use to get chemical burns from disposable all the time, plus blow outs with every poop! :( Haha, and using cloth we dont keep her pee and poop; poop gets flushed(like you are suppose to in disposables) and pee gets washed! They’ve come a long way since 50 years ago, all in one cloth diapers are just like disposables but you wash them every other night at night before you go to bed! and another bonus extra $$ not spent on diapers, desetin, wipes for more fun stuff!

  110. Lisa says:

    I used disposables with my first two kids and am now using cloth on my 3rd and wish I would have with the first two. I only do 2 extra loads of laundry a week which may as well be nothing when living in a house with 2 rough and tumble boys under 10, an equally as rough and tumble husband, a messy toddler and two big spoiled dogs. 2 loads is a drop in the bucket. Some people have mentioned how they like to “throw away” the poop. I do throw it away. I use biodegradable, disposable liners that can actually be flushed. As easy as disposable, FAR less expensive and FAR more attractive. But like anything else in life, everyone has to do what works best for them. Just my two cents :)

  111. Mrs. M says:

    You can’t knock something until you try it. I hope you dump the poop in the toilet at least. Have fun putting chemicals on your kid’s butt and throwing your money in the trash.

  112. Laura says:

    I LOVE your post. Not because I agree with you (I actually cloth diaper my children), but because it proves something about our society. As parents we are ALWAYS judged, and no matter how right we feel in our decisions, we still get our feelings hurt. We all do it and are all on the receiving end as well. You know, when your child is screaming in the grocery store and there is no “right” way to handle it. Or, you feel the eyes as your child is seen in public with a pacifier when he/she is maybe too old. Did you really bring your newborn out in public? Or, did you stay home and not expose him/her to the arts? No matter what we do as parents, no matter how long we researched to make an educated decision, there is always someone who will pass judgment. So GOOD FOR YOU, you made a decision that worked for you and your family and you were proud enough to publicly voice your choice. So, thank you for putting yourself out there.

  113. Heather says:

    To each their own i suppose…I am on baby #5 and have cloth diaperd them all. It’s easy, affordable, cute and better for my baby.

    No harsh, carcinogens on her private areas, never once had a diaper rash in 7 years…well worth it!

  114. Brittan says:

    I was the very same way with cloth diapers as you are. When I was pregnant our teacher for birthing class and mentioned something about cloth diapers and my husband was all for it, but me being the one that was going to be doing the laundry said no way!!! My best friend told me she was going to cloth diaper her baby and told me all the reasons why she wanted to. I was like good for you, tell me how it goes :p But before she had decided to use cloth, she did some research about how much it would cost for the whole thing (cloth diapers, water, laundry soap, diaper sprayer) and whatever else she would want to use, and its way cheaper in the long run. Not only did she find out it was cheaper to cloth diaper but its safer for babies to use them too. When she told me this I was in shocked at what she found about disposables. I thought to myself well I think its more important to me to do the extra laundry and spray the poop off the cloth diapers than it is for my baby to be harmed in any way. That was the main reason for switching from disposables to cloth.
    Here’s a link that I found about disposables being harmful http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/

  115. Jen says:

    Seriously? This blogger is incredibly ignorant and uneducated. In the end it is her choice, but to bash AND critize something that she herself has not even tried is moronic. Give me a break.

  116. chelsea says:

    To the writer of the blog- you sound like one lazy woman. I live in an apartment complex with no washer and dryer and lug dirty diapers to a laundry mat to wash. Is it a burden to me? Sure is… Truth is you have to make SMART decisions for your children and their health. Do you seriously think it is all fine and dandy to put so many chemicals on such brand new sensitive skin? Do you even know what’s IN disposable diapers? I’m betting not. That’s okay though, I’m sure you use J&J baby wash too. Your poor children.

  117. Jena says:

    When I told my parents and sisters I was going to be using cloth diapers with our daughter, they couldn’t quite believe it. I mean, I was the girl who used to pick up dirty socks and underwear–even my own, practically clean underwear–between two pinched fingers and carry them as far from my body as possible. But more than just using them to save money, I LOVE my cloth diapers. I never thought I’d be excited about folding cloth diapers–folding clothes is a least favorite chore, but I look forward to the daily diaper-stuffing session. Most of us CD’ers don’t mean to adopt a holier-than-thou attitiude–I think it seems that way because we feel that people have been suckered into believing disposable diapers are a major convenience, as I’m sure they were when they first came out, but for most people (at least, those who have their own laundry facilities), I don’t see how CDs can be considered an inconvenience, unless someone just really, really hates doing laundry.

    The only downside I’ve found with cloth diapers? It’s hard to get a lot of baby pants to fit without going up a size.

  118. Cori says:

    We love using our cloth diapers. I was skeptical at first because I thought it would be a ton of work. Then I discovered the idea of diaper trials where you can try the different types of cloth diapers to see if the system would work for us. I was so surprised to discover how easy it was and I was even able to match her diapers to her outfits. :-) Cloth isn’t for everyone, I understand this, but we are so glad to save our money and do our part to help with the environment. Here is a link to the trial I used: http://jilliansdrawers.com/products/clothdiapers/tryclothfor10/tryclothfor10 and here is another trial I have recently discovered: http://www.modernclothdiapers.com/clothdiapertrialprogram.html

  119. Stephanie says:

    I am thinking if Ignorant disposable users had to use their backyard as the landfill they wouldn’t be so quick to brush aside the impact.
    If you can’t bring yourself to use cloth, so what, disposables were invented out of an obvious interest in use.
    It rude to Discount the proven facts concerning the health and environmental issues of using disposables to make yourself feel better. It’s a cop out. People are trying to make a difference and/or save money and it’s rude to discount their efforts. Not everyone is comfortable using cloth and that’s ok, just say “it’s not my thing”.

  120. Shira says:

    I think you might be confused. I cloth diaper. I have not saved one bit of urine or feces since I started. Not really my thing. It goes in the toilet. It takes me MAYBE 5 minutes to start a load of laundry before bed. And I do not have a mountain of trash bags filled with nasty smelly disposables to contend with. Talk about saving the poop. Please get your facts straight before talking about something you know nothing about. Use disposables if a smelly mountain of trash and chemical burns is your thing. That’s totally up to you, but know what you are talking about before hand.

  121. Brandi Elam says:

    I think it’s funny that pee and poop deter you. My babies who were in disposables had plenty of diaper leakages that led to poop on their clothes (not to mention lots of pee). I didn’t throw the clothes away when this happened. I just washed them. Maybe you have more money than I do and can afford to just toss nasty clothes, but I never could. As a side note, we’ve never had a poop blowout in cloth. Plus, aren’t you changing their diapers? I’ve never met a mom who didn’t have to deal with poop on some level…the baby pees on you while you’re changing him or the diaper doesn’t hold it all and the poop goes up his back or he poops in the bathtub. To not have to deal with pee or poop, you’d need to get someone else to take care of your kids full time.

  122. Brandi says:

    I didn’t read through all of the comments so I don’t know if the following is posted…

    When you use disposable diapers, you are supposed to dump the poop into the toilet, and not roll it up in the diaper! It says right on the diaper packages. I am a cloth diapering momma…but I also use disposables. But until you know the facts about cloth and how little it is actually needed to take care of cloth, you should not put it down. I will just chalk it up to you being very ignorant and uneducated for sure!

  123. Alicia says:

    Will all you sanctimonious moms just SHUT UP already?! Who cares who uses what, or what the tone of this one single article is? It’s poop, FFS, so who cares how it’s disposed?! And so what if the author of this article poked some fun? She’s playing around, so get over it!

    There aren’t any “mom wars”, only really, really annoying women who have to come up with ways that they’re better than other people. GET OVER YOURSELVES!

  124. Monika says:

    We cloth diapered until 16 months. The first 6 months were a diaper service and the remaining months were our own cloth diapers that we washed at home. We switched to half cloth/half disposable for a few months and now we use disposable since our building doesn’t have in-suite laundry. We’ll probably change back to cloth when potty training.

    I don’t think it’s a big deal to dislike cloth diapers, I’m not sure why people are reacting as though you are insulting their family members or something. I sort of read this as a tongue-in-cheek humorous type of piece that wasn’t intended to insult.

  125. Cloth Mom says:

    Haha!! No time to wash diapers? You must not have time to wash clothes. I also do not understand how we are not “permanently” getting rid of pee and poo by cloth diapering? We flush poop just like you do, down the toilet and pee gets washed out. It’s called soap and bleach(if needed). It stupid blogs like this, that I think are written just to get a response outta people, that makes the writer look like a total moron.

  126. Sarah Jane says:

    I was not offended by your post. I took you as being sarcastic in your responses for choosing, and I cloth diaper. It sounds like you’ve heard MANY criticisms before writing this post and continue to receive them.

    What people have written overall is true. Cloth diapers are better for the environment, a baby’s skin, etc. I too don’t think they are that much more work, but I don’t have a problem with you saying that you will never use cloth diapers.

    Good for you for putting yourself out there and coming under attack. It is your personal choice how you diaper your baby, and we should not make you feel like less of a mom.

  127. OhMy says:

    Babble is quite smart to post this…look at all the traffic they are getting….including me…ha! Though, it is sad to see so much rudeness–both in the article and the comments. I suppose it’s because, as parents, we make decisions that are best for our families so we are passionate about those decisions..which is why I’m passionate about cloth diapering. I think it’s best for my family. If you aren’t passionate about what you are doing…why are you doing it?

  128. Melissa says:

    Huh. I guess I must live in a time warp or something then because I am a mom of 4, with 2 in diapers(yep,cloth ones!) and I somehow find the time. Wanna know why I prefer cloth? Pee. And poo. Going through the sewage system where it is properly treated, rather than sitting in a landfill. They are an adorable part of my babies wardrobes, just like bloomers and rumba pants, without having to take the extra time to pull it up and down over a disposable. Plus, they are more comfortable- I mean, come on, how would you like to wear paper and plastic undies, all day, every day?

  129. Savannah says:

    I absolutely respect your opinion to use sposies. I used cloth and garbage diapers with both my kids. The first time didnt work out because i had no idea I was using the wrong detergent! Lesson learned stick with rockin green! You dont have to go totally cloth 24 hours a day some choose to use it at home and toss out ones when out and about. they also have gdiapers which is a cover and a toss out potty catcher. its a win win. i was wondering have you ever read the statistics on disposable diapers? how much goes into a landfill each year is astronomical, and they take 500 years to decompose a g diaper less than 2 months its been proven by a third party. Laundry for me isnt so bad, i also add in the extra dirty toddler dinner clothes, the sheets my oldest peed on, that towel used to clean up the wet sticky spill, its almost never pure diapers. also using diaper detergent with your towels doesnt add the residue to them other detergents do. The residue decreases its absorbency. plus now i know i actually only need a 1/3 of the detergent i was using before. maybe this helps i encourage you to check out gdiapers you do save money even though you buy those liners versus sposies

  130. Danielle says:

    I am a working mom and I cloth diaper. I love it . The only time I use disposable is if I I go out of town and That is the only time my daughter has ever got a diaper rash and only time she exploded on to her clothes…would you like to have a pad on 24/7 or nice comfortable underwear??

  131. Kate says:

    How do you possibly have time to do dishes, cook meals, do your households laundry? Huh. Probably because you MAKE time. Diaper wash is just the same. No more time consuming, no less.
    So you don’t want to cloth diaper. Awesome. Who. Really. Cares?!? What a way to be completely negative and rude to those that do use cloth.
    Congratulations on all the new readers and comments. This little tantrum yielded probably the exact results you wanted. Bravo.

  132. Lexi says:

    I have to say, I started out in sposies, and it was not the enviornmental aspect, the cuteness, or the laundry time that sold me on cloth. To us, realistically, the money that would be saved was the seller! I had doubt from every side of the family possible… from my MIL states, “you hate laundry.” Yes, I do, but amazingly enough, the diaper laundry does not bother me in the least! I was leary at first, and we did struggle trying to find a soap that was diaper safe and was compatible with LO’s skin. We’ve solved that problem, and I love my CD. Now, I do not think less of those who use disposables, I myself still have plenty on hand from the shower, and use them on occasion. BUT, I get frustrated that those who don’t CD are so nasty about those who do. Maybe it wouldn’t seem that we were religious fanatics if we didn’t always have to be on the defense.

  133. Mom With a Full Time Job, 3 hour per day commute says:

    Having time isn’t a question. I have a 3 hour per day commute and a full time (40+) hours per week, and I still sidestep all of a couple minutes to throw the dipes in the wash. Step away from the internet for a day and you’ll see that you have a lot more time. And as for not having to deal with the pee/poop, even the packing on sposies instructs to dump all solid waste into the toilet before disposing of the dipe… No excuses. But agreeing with others, it’s not for everyone… Just healthier for everybody all around…

  134. Mary Beth Karchella-MacCumbee says:

    @ KatiekinS27
    Please don’t apologize on MY behalf or speak for me. Last I recall my full boat scholarship paid, east coast private liberal college education would document that I am not an idiot.

    I don’t have to settle to agree to disagree to reduce my understanding of diapers or dismiss the carelessness of the original posters attention seeking blog. It is ok to have reasons to not want to chose something, it is ok to share them, but the manner that the blog post was written is borderline harmful in the way it leads and dismisses factual concerns with products manufactured and marketed in a manner to lead the public like a bunch of content sheep.

    We are all parents, and it appears obvious that we are parents with different degrees of knowledge, understanding, or experience when it comes to the hazards of disposable diapers. I don’t think everyone has to raise children the same way I do, but I do believe that safely raising our children and the environment we leave them with is something that can’t be carelessly redirected for personal ego stroking or lack of wanting to embark in change.

    ***************************************
    “Hey. Just wanted to apologize on behalf of the idiots who are taking you too seriously or think everybody has to raise kids the same way they do. I cloth diaper. You use disposables. I don’t get why people seem to think that makes us diametrically opposed. We’re all parents after all!”

    **************************************

    2000…links scrotal temp to male infertility. There was also a 2001 published journal linking Asthma to sposies.

    18C-J Partsch, M Aukamp, W G Sippell Scrotal temperature is increased in disposable plastic lined nappies. Division of Paediatric Endocrinology, Department of Paediatrics, Christian-Albrechts- University of Kiel, Schwanenweg 20, D-24105 Kiel, Germany. Arch Dis Child 2000;83:364-368.
    Click here or go to http://adc.bmjjournals.com and search by the title of the study.

  135. Kate says:

    I can see that this women thinks the world revolves around her… well im not really surprised. Its not necessarily about the earth… try your wallet. If you feel the need to waste your money of disposal diapers please go for it, but don’t get all bitchy when other women find it useful to use cloth diapers.

  136. Rachael says:

    I have a love/hate relationship with my cloth diapers. With 3 kids in cloth diapers, its a whole lotta laundry! However, I honestly can say there is no way we could afford the disposable diapers (yah yah, dont have kids if you cant afford them, blah – you go and get laid off work right after you find out you are pregnant). Anyway, I love disposable for the convenience and I love cloth for money saving aspect. If someone were to give me disposables for free though, after 4 kids I think I would take them and use them first :) I say to each his own, and I’m not one to criticize your choice.

  137. Laura @ EcoOwls says:

    Wow, is this for real? I think every other cloth diapering mom already covered what I really wanted to say.. you’re completely selfish and ignorant.

  138. Gretta says:

    I switched to cloth when my second child was born. I read about the chemicals that are in disposables and I felt guilty each time I put one on either of my children. I didn’t know how I would find the time to wash and care for cloth diapers, but I knew I had to go forward with it and just figure it out, for my Own sanity of what I am putting on my children. To be honest it had nothing to do with the environment (though i do see the difference now) I say to each their own. Just my own personal feelings.

  139. Heather says:

    Very opinionated, but again only an opinion…why bother!

  140. Heather says:

    @lauren from up top…. Diapers are probably one of the more complicated cloth diaper.. Especially for first timers

  141. Esther says:

    I am admittedly lazy by nature. If there is a shortcut I will take it. But I’m also thrifty, and I care about the environment. I can’t fault you for your opinion because I had pretty much the same opinion before I started using cloth diapers. I started after finding an affordable cloth diaper (lets face it- the big brand names of cd’s are way over priced!) and I have been a fan ever since. There are so many benefits that far outweigh a little extra laundry. So, I’d say: don’t knock it till you try it! (In the friendliest way possible). Oh, and…you’d be surprised at how quickly you are completely desensitized from pee and pooh. :)

  142. Mama Kalila says:

    I said that once too… before my oldest was born. At 6 months old we switched her to cloth and I won’t ever go back. Love em. They really aren’t all that bad… Or bad at all. I’ve had to deal with fewer blowouts, less rash than we had before, and despite being busy its not any more time consuming. Diaper changes are diaper changes and we always have laundry. Its a little less even without those blowouts. But if you’re happy with your sposies that’s great for you.

  143. Meagan says:

    If she knew how often I had to touch poop when I used disposables vs how much I touch poop now with cloth, she might reconsider. I used disposables for 6 months and I had blow outs 2-3 times a day. I asked around what to do and was told to try cloth. Before I had my son, I was so anti-body fluids that I loathed watching my neice and nephews. BUT then I had my son and it all changed. Poop everywhere. I had nothing to loose when it came to touching poop because I already had poop up to my elbows. I can honestly say now that I cloth diaper I touch poop less and do LESS LAUNDRY with cloth diapering than when I used disposables. Paper diapers do NOT hold in a thing.
    Also I refuse to put disposables filled with the SAME chemical that causes toxic shock syndrom. It was banned in tampons and pads in the 80′s, but for some odd reason it’s next to babies genitals 24/7 and for 3-4 years. That is DISGUSTING in my mind. If it’s not good enough to be put next to my va-jay-jay, then it’s a no go towards any of my kids.

  144. Jen says:

    Just get a diaper service and all of your excuses will disappear!

  145. Shannon says:

    If you need 28 hours in a day to laundry you must have dirty clothes. Cloth diapers add exactly two loads a week to my laundry load.

    I cloth diaper because the nasty chemicals in disposable diapers burned my baby. I don’t need another reason.

  146. Jamie mcmillan says:

    It’s crazy how many moms feel personally attacked by others viewpoints. I cloth diaper in an apartment complex and find it pretty easy. That being said there are times when I use disposables because they are easier. Can I make a suggestion? Chlorine free cloth diapers are fairly readily available and much better for babes than regular disposables (especially boys).

  147. Jen says:

    It’s really too bad that the poop you’re throwing in the trash is actually supposed to be flushed down the toilet before the diaper is disposed of. Cloth diapering doesn’t cause “unnecessary laundry” I have less clothing laundry when using cloth because there aren’t as cloth changes during the day because of leaks and blowouts.

    Cloth diapers are better today and a lot more convenient than they were 50 years ago and I agree with you about chai, but it’s been around a lot longer than disposable diapers.

    I don’t keep my childrens poop, I flush it down the toilet where it belongs. Not throw it into a landfill that shouldn’t have human waste.

  148. Dez says:

    You should probably at least try cloth diapering before blogging about it. You wouldn’t blog about hating to travel to Adrica unless you actually traveled to Africa. It’s pretty obvious that you have no clue what you are talking about and zero experience with a cloth diaper. Probably no experience with a washing machine either. I will agree its not for everyone but at least try it for awhile before blogging about it. The comment about admiring a baby’s butt is very wierd,creepy and judgmental.

  149. Jen Dubois says:

    Wow…get off your high horse. Rude, smug, ignorant, blah blah blah. Don’t put down those of us who CD and love it just because you can’t get past yourself to try it. And why did you have children if you dislike pee and poop that much??

  150. kanani says:

    I think moms in both camps are entitled to their opinions on CDing vs. disposables. I am a member of the former, not that it matters, but I can honestly say that if I didn’t have the dedication of my partner there is no way in hell I could have pulled off cloth diapering my second child.

    I completely understand how much easier disposables make the life of a single mom – or ANY mom for that matter. Dads too! Grandparents absolutely!

    I have to say that I have had to defend my choice to CD to many people, but for as many critics as I’ve encountered, I’ve also come across many supporters and advocates for cloth as well. Neither of us are wrong, they’re just differing choices of how we choose to parent our kids.

  151. Megan says:

    I love my baby too much to let her be exposed to all those chemicals everyday through potty training :(

  152. Sherry says:

    I use cloth and love the fact that I am saving money and not needlessly adding tot he garbage dump. I don’t consider myself a fanatic environmentalist or anything, I really started to save money and that’s just a bonus. I don’t save anything as a memento and I only do an extra load of laundry a week. No biggie. Now that I am using the same diapers for baby two – even bigger savings. Then, when I sell them on diaperswappers I get some of my money back. Win, win.

  153. CD Mom says:

    Everyone else has already said everything on my mind. I just wanted to post a reminder as to how ignorant this article is. Pure laziness and ignorance.

  154. laurie says:

    Maybe someday you will stop your self centred train of thought and do what is best for your baby. Those chemicals were banned in the 80′s for use in feminine hygeine products. I guess if they are not safe for mom, they must be okay for baby. After all we have to use those chemicals to make profit somewhere, right?

  155. Talia says:

    As commenter 156 on this blog post, what I feel has already been said. This blog post is ill-informed, flippant, and snobby…but many moms are. I’ve learned that moms have strong opinions, and this blog post (and its comments) are proof of that. That being said, don’t knock something until you try it. Parent the way you want, just like I parent the way I want, but my advice is to watch your tone when writing.
    You’re the third Babble blogger to turn me off with hypocrisy and closed-mindedness.

  156. Katy says:

    I cloth diaper my son mainly due to all the chemicals found in disposables, they are like putting on toxic clothes on the skin of your baby. Go do some research of what is actually in disposable diapers. If you refuse to, just another reason to ignore and justify your decision to not use cloth because of time. The time arguement is another way of saying lazy.
    Disposable diapers are a convenience – that comes with a high cost. Perhaps moms who use disposables feel guilty because they know how bad they are but for whatever reason want so badly to be justified in their choice. If you were so proud of your choice, why would you feel the slightest guilt?
    Cloth diapers are not the ‘rage’, they are what mother nature always intended. Why is it that baby products like cloth diapers, slings, wraps, etc. are now all coming back after being abandoned by ‘more convenient’ options? I want to safest products for my baby – especially the ones the touch their skin.
    Why does it make a difference whether you flush poop out of a disposable or a cloth diaper – you should do both. At least read the directions on your diapers.

  157. benci says:

    @ Katiekins – “Even if I didn’t buy diapers on sale, I would get a 140 diapers for $36, that would last me just shy of 2mos”….you do realize that’s just over 2 diaper changes/day, which is NOT something to brag about. Have some respect for the ones you’re diapering, sitting in soiled diapers for hours (even if the pee and poo are camouflaged by chemicals) is disgusting – kinda like the tone of this article and the Real Housewives franchise!

  158. Amanda says:

    I love my CD’s and so does my husband! For us it doesn’t take any more time. Laundry takes a few minutes and we don’t have any diaper rash and RARELY use any diaper cream. The CD’s are so much better for her skin and saved us a lot of money. Even now that she’s eating babyfood and we have to spray the diapers down, it takes all of 2 seconds. People have been Cloth Diapering for years so I’m not sure it’s all the rage. It’s become so much easier so it’s become more popular but I don’t see it as a fade. They work for us and a lot of other people. It’s too bad you didn’t even give it a chance (much less writing a nasty blog about it for no reason).

  159. Lauren420 says:

    So this bolg post bug me for more than 2 reason, but thats not the biggest problem here…..

    I just read in a comment that a lady makes her box of 140 SPOSIE diapers last 2 months, ummmmmm, that is DISGUSTING!!! Thats less than 3 diaper changes a DAY, WTF, that is so gross and borders on negligent!!!

    Babies, weather in Sopsies or cloth (and I do both, I use cloth during the day and disposibles at night…) NEED TO BE CHANGED FREQUENTLY!! You can not change a baby 2-3 times a day and think that is ok…..

  160. Zaira says:

    and do you get that disposables and constant use of diaper rash cream = your child sitting in chemicals 24/7? it’s not all about your preferences and dislikes sometimes

  161. Lana says:

    So much wrong with the tone of this blog post, so many misconceptions…….but eh, to each their own. Everyone has the right to their own opinion and to do what works for them but a little bit of knowledge could have gone a long way. I care about cost, I care about the environment but I care even more about not wrapping my babies important reproductive organs in plastic and weird chemicals…..that is my main reason for cloth and I also used wonder why the heck anyone would use cloth but after trying it……I feel way differently.

  162. amanda lee says:

    not enough time to wash diapers but you have enough time to sit down and right about it??? hmmm

  163. amanda lee says:

    also im not sure if your aware of this but your home is on the earth.

  164. thedalyn says:

    having used both I can say that the exact opposite is true. With paper diapers, they sit around for week–until the trash comes–smelling things up. And when they get wet, they have a peculiar smell on the baby. CD’s get washed ever 2 days (and it really does take about 5-10 minutes), so no smell. In the end, that’s what pushed me to cloth.

  165. Meg says:

    Imagine if all seven billion of the earths population had this attitude…how long would it take until we were buried to our necks in urine and poop soaked plastic and chemical gel. I would like to say “to each his own” but it’s my planet too and I have to say, take a little time out of your day to ensure your children and mine have a planet to enjoy when they grow up. I’m guessing you likely don’t recycle too…sad, so sad.

  166. Stacydou says:

    I appreciate and respect your opinion, but don’t knock others’ way of parenting. It’s just ignorant. The reason I switched to cloth is because all of the nasty chemicals in sposies were giving my DD a rash. I don’t care either way if people use either one – at the end of the day, you have to do what’s right for your family.

  167. Lauren says:

    As a first time mom I plan on using cloth diapers. I don’t want the chemicals of a disposable next to my babies skin. I also don’t want to add to the landfill. It’s each persons choice what kind of diaper they use. I don’t think bashing one or the other is appropriate for us mothers. You article is your choice to use disposables, buf it’d be nice if you had more reasons listed than per and poo. Also maybe mentioning somoe more eco friendly disposables would have been nice too. I have to admit your article seems to lack reason. Again, just my personal opinion. Have a wonderful day!

  168. at least I use more than 3 diapers per day, cloth or disposable!!! says:

    @KATIEKINS27~I did the math on your diaper usage….you say you buy a 140 pack of diapers and it lasts you last just shy of two months. Two months is about 60 days, so we’ll give you the benefit of the the doubt and say you mean around 45 days. If I divide 140 by 45 I get around three diapers per day. THREE DIAPERS PER DAY. So if we say one is used at night, that means for all you child’s waking hours you use TWO DIAPERS. How does that work? My youngest daughter (about the same age as your child) goes through about 7-8 diapers per day, plus one at night. Are you trying to save money? I spent less than $300 on about 20 cloth diapers (nice, name brand pockets and AI2s) and wash every other day. I will never have to spend another dollar on diapers (of course, it’s hard to resist all the cute ones, but so far I have!) I don’t worry about poop in my washer because with three kids and a husband, poop in there is the least of my problems! (And um, you do realize we use hot water and detergent to wash our diapers right? It’s not like the poop is still in there after the wash cycle any more than the spaghetti or oatmeal is after I wash my kids’ clothes!) At any rate, at least the poop isn’t sitting around my house in an expensive diaper pail with expensive liners that never could contain any of the smell. I always felt like it stunk and would change the bag way before it was full because I couldn’t stand the smell, especially when I was pregnant. Now I have a pretty wet bag hanging in my bathroom for my dirty diapers & there isn’t a smell at all. My husband was shocked at how much they DON’T smell compared to disposables. He was completely against my using cloth on our youngest and he just asked my the other day, about 4 months into our using cloth, why we didn’t use them with our two older children. A convert for sure!! Bottom line? Don’t knock what you don’t know anything about! Cloth is way more convenient and easy to use than I ever thought possible and I wouldn’t go back. I hated having to use disposables when our washer was broken-I thought I’d enjoy the “break” from the couple extra loads of laundry, but between the smell and my daughter’s diaper rash, it wasn’t a break at all. I’ll take a few extra loads of laundry any day.
    Oh, and I’m a mother of three under the age of 5 and work full time as a teacher (which means 60-70 hours a week, in case your’re wondering) with a husband that is gone for work much of the year. If I have the “extra time” to throw a load of wash in every other night, so do you. Lack of time is no excuse to not do something that takes no time at all!

  169. J.B. says:

    Though I could pick apart the entire blog post, the one I really want to comment on is the “…permanently disposing of the actual urine and bowel movements” comment. Out of sight, out of mind, right? You throw that urine/bowel filled diaper into a plastic bag, then out with the garbage and done! Nevermind the fact that urine/bowel filled plastic bag and diaper will sit in a landfill for around 500 years. Go ahead, plant a tree and recycle wine bottles, but don’t diminish the fact that you are significantly destroying the planet’s delicate ecosystem a billion times over by using disposables.

  170. Anna Pry says:

    I’ve done it both ways and cloth really is NOT time consuming, it DOES save money (important for single moms too!) and it’s not gross at all. I just throw the diapers in a bag and then dump the bag into the washing machine.. Nothing gross about that and it’s a piece of cake:)

  171. NOW Family says:

    [B][COLOR="Purple"]I would say don’t get me going…but it already has….

    Why this is full of #1) PEE & #2) POO[/COLOR][/B]

    [COLOR="Blue"]#1) AD for Pampers (you know, the company that offers 12 hours of “daytime” protection) at the top of the page
    #2) This person may consider taking a Critical Thinking Class[/COLOR]

    [COLOR="Purple"]I don’t know one cding Family who saves their child’s #1) pee & #2) poo…it’s not like we stick it in a jar for safe keeping[/COLOR]

    [COLOR="Blue"]#1) PEE IS STERILE! It’s a good idea to do have done your research before making strong statements.

    #2) POO…that poo, that Pampers claims to let their babies CARRY around with them for up to 12 hours….that POO that MOST cding Family’s change every 1-2 hours & PUT in the TOILET into our SEWER systems. [/COLOR]

    [COLOR="Red"]#2) POO…that poo that GOES INTO THE LANDFILL IN DISPOSABLES & stays for who knows how long (researches can ONLY guess they break down in 200-500 years!)…[/COLOR]

    [COLOR="Green"]Wait….who is the one carrying around their children’s POO as a momento? And not only for themselves, but for the entire world, the entire planet, and some water systems. And guess what? POO is NOT STERILE! So what happens when it DOES go into water systems? Now a DISEASE FILLED MOMENTO has been created for EVERYONE to share. Thanks.[/COLOR]

    [COLOR="Teal"]#2) POO…did you know you’re supposed to shake that POO into the toilet, EVEN if you are using disposables! Yes, check on my statements..you’ll find it’s a Health Violation to not do so…I’d rather shake off poo from cloth than a soggy wet plastic & paper diaper.[/COLOR]

    [B]Ok…..now that the rant is out.[/B]

    [COLOR="DarkSlateBlue"]We understand needing a break. We understand convenience. Disposables should be about that. They SHOULD be used for people that are super busy..you know, that Mama who has NO WASHER and 5 kids under the age of 6. The Mama who needs a break, going on vacation, blah blah blah.[/COLOR]

    [B]The problem exists in this becoming a crutch…a dependency..an addiction for laziness.[/B]

    [COLOR="Green"]So thank you, thank you for sharing your child’s #1) Pee & #2) Poo with the rest of the planet & people in the world….according to research, our Great Great Grandchildren will get to hold on to the momento of Disposable Diapers FULL of #1) PEE & #2) POO for generations to come…..

    PS…if you’re going to use disposables, please consider Nature BabyCare or Tushies..they are the ONLY 100% natural, NON GEL Filled, Biodegradable diapers out there…why would you even consider anything else when you have a great alternative? This is where one might ask “Was this rant sponsored by Pampers, it being the top pic on the page?”

  172. NOW Family says:

    Oops…no html

    I would say don’t get me going…but it already has….

    Why this is full of #1) PEE & #2) POO

    #1) AD for Pampers (you know, the company that offers 12 hours of “daytime” protection) at the top of the page
    #2) This person may consider taking a Critical Thinking Class

    I don’t know one cding Family who saves their child’s #1) pee & #2) poo…it’s not like we stick it in a jar for safe keeping

    #1) PEE IS STERILE! It’s a good idea to do have done your research before making strong statements.

    #2) POO…that poo, that Pampers claims to let their babies CARRY around with them for up to 12 hours….that POO that MOST cding Family’s change every 1-2 hours & PUT in the TOILET into our SEWER systems.

    #2) POO…that poo that GOES INTO THE LANDFILL IN DISPOSABLES & stays for who knows how long (researches can ONLY guess they break down in 200-500 years!)..

    Wait….who is the one carrying around their children’s POO as a momento? And not only for themselves, but for the entire world, the entire planet, and some water systems. And guess what? POO is NOT STERILE! So what happens when it DOES go into water systems? Now a DISEASE FILLED MOMENTO has been created for EVERYONE to share. Thanks.

    #2) POO…did you know you’re supposed to shake that POO into the toilet, EVEN if you are using disposables! Yes, check on my statements..you’ll find it’s a Health Violation to not do so…I’d rather shake off poo from cloth than a soggy wet plastic & paper diaper.

    Ok…..now that the rant is out.

    We understand needing a break. We understand convenience. Disposables should be about that. They SHOULD be used for people that are super busy..you know, that Mama who has NO WASHER and 5 kids under the age of 6. The Mama who needs a break, going on vacation, blah blah blah.

    The problem exists in this becoming a crutch…a dependency..an addiction for laziness

    So thank you, thank you for sharing your child’s #1) Pee & #2) Poo with the rest of the planet & people in the world….according to research, our Great Great Grandchildren will get to hold on to the momento of Disposable Diapers FULL of #1) PEE & #2) POO for generations to come…..

    PS…if you’re going to use disposables, please consider Nature BabyCare or Tushies..they are the ONLY 100% natural, NON GEL Filled, Biodegradable diapers out there…why would you even consider anything else when you have a great alternative? This is where one might ask “Was this rant sponsored by Pampers, it being the top pic on the page?”

  173. M. Taylor says:

    You might not be admiring your child’s clothes if they were Paper & Plastic…but guess what, the reason why you prob. don’t admire her diapers now is because they are not cloth….For the same reason you admire your child’s CLOTHES (OH! Guess what? CLOTH!) we admire our children’s diapers (OH! Guess what/ CLOTH!)

  174. A.F. says:

    someone said something about throwing poop away. Even on disposable packaging..it says you should put it in the toilet..NOT throw away. So techincally with disposables you still have to deal with poo..just so everyone knows.

    But..as a side note..I *do* understand the laundry aspect..and not everyone has the time for that..because it IS a little more laundry. :) To each their own is my opinion. I use disposables sometimes..but anymore mostly use cloth..but that’s just a personal choice we made. There’s no guilt or shame in using disposables..you have to do what’s right for you and your family!

  175. Cheryl says:

    1.) Cloth diapers set me back 2 loads a week. (saves me from slathering on desicrap on my baby’s bottom also)
    2.) I dont save my baby’s poo. It gets disposed down the toilet like you’re supposed to do with disposables.

    You’re just lazy. And you wrote this lame ass article to justify it.

  176. Malia Allen says:

    This post is so indicative of all the ignorant people in this world who don’t take the time to investigate all the things they put on their child. Do you strap your kid into a car seat? Well surely don’t because that would mean that you might have to take the extra time to fasten it. GASP! Do you cook vegetables for your kid? Oh no! Then you may have to actually stand at the stove and take the time to make a nutritious meal. Better just head on up to McDonald’s because that is so much easier FOR YOU. How narcissistic you are. And how sad.

  177. Elizabeth says:

    Clearly you’re speaking out of ignorance. And like Monica said, I thought all the same things as you BEFORE I tried it. I work full time, go to school, am a wife, and have a 3 month old son and I STILL find time to cloth diaper. It doesn’t make you a bad person if you don’t cloth diaper, to each their own, but don’t talk crap about something which you know nothing about.

  178. Pam says:

    I would just like to add that as a Med student I’ve learned that research is now suggesting that parents who try to keep their kids aways from all the “bad” things in life, such as bacteria, chemicals, etc, is what it is probably causing all of the new autoimmune diseases and allergies. We arent letting our children be exposed to enough things to build a properly functioning immune system. I have no feelings towards cloth or disposable, it’s whatver you want to do. I don’t think doing one or the other makes you any better of a parent, we all love our children and want them to be healthy, and that’s all it comes down to.

  179. Melinda says:

    I do use cloth and I love it. However, it’s not for everyone. Sometimes it is a pain in the butt to do diaper laundry but I usually just throw it in right before bed. I do wish more people would just try it for about a month. At first it’s difficult but then it just becomes so easy! Sorry for all the rude comments.

  180. Brenda says:

    What an obnoxious, prissy, immature sounding piece.

  181. Alexandra says:

    In the time it took you to write this biased, inaccurate, ignorant, hostile and down right silly post, you could have done a load of cloth diaper laundry. Now why don’t you go watch Real Housewives instead since you are too busy and have no time for anything.

  182. Olivia says:

    I am absolutely shocked with some of the comments people left you for this post. Shame on you, you cloth diapering advocates. Shame on you, grown women, for behaving this way. This post was honest and refreshing. It was no different than the one million posts we’ve all had to endure about cloth diapering, except it’s of the opposite opinion. Why would you get so belligerent about this woman’s OPINION on why she would rather use disposable diapers? This is her forum, she should be allowed to write whatever she wants however she wants. I found this piece witty and hilarious. I also appreciated it for its practicality. I work full time while raising two kids and my day care would never allow cloth diapers. Besides that, I don’t want to use them, period. I don’t want to add one more thing to do on my list every evening by having to wash diapers. And all this talk about “blow-outs’: are you sure you’re putting the diapers on correctly? Most cloth diapering advocate go into great detail about disposables and blow outs. I have two children and have only had maybe 5 blow-outs in both of their lives. What are these people talking about? Also, diaper rashes: if you change your children promptly, they won’t occur. And if they do, there are creams available. Mind your manners, “ladies”, and don’t be so harsh against someone simply because their opinions and lifestyles are different than yours.

  183. Leanne says:

    I find this article and a lot of womens responses very ignorant and judgemental. I work ft and yet I’m a cloth diapering mommy. I read so many misconceptions. if you’re so intelligent do some research before you write a blog based on assumptions. You can’t have an opinion about something you know nothing about. You use your plastic diapers and we will enjoy our cloth. I’m a busy mom who puts a teeny more effort into what goes on my childs behind. I believe this blog was fueled by guilt.

  184. Kelli says:

    So being that you apparently feel it is gross to wash diapers instead of just throwing them away, does that mean you use disposable underwear too? Just sayin’…

  185. motherof3 says:

    Here are my 2 reasons why I would never use disposable diapers …

    1) chemicals absorbed through my baby’s skin
    2) pee and poop …
    You are really naïve if you think you are permanently disposing of your child’s pee and poop when you throw it all out in a landfill all wrapped up nicely in a diaper and a plastic bag. One day, your future generations will be drinking contaminated water and eating from contaminated soil because their ancestors were too lazy to properly dispose of their waste!
    All the best to you and your ignorance around cloth diapers.

  186. Dawn Babcock Papple says:

    Your opinions are a vast part with what is wrong with America today. Grow up. Be responsible. You and your family are not the only people that exist.

  187. Ja'Nean says:

    Your baby, your choice–I will NEVER bash another mom for the choices she makes for her family. I just didn’t care for the tone of the article. But we’re in America, no?

    Anyway, I’m on my 2nd kid in full-time cloth. I’ll be honest and say it is, in some ways, a little bit more work. I work full-time and I am lucky that my daycare provider does cloth for me. Most times, as other moms have pointed out, it’s just another load of laundry, no big deal. But then there are some nights when I get home from work that I really don’t feel like dumping out and spraying my son’s poopy diapers. There are sometimes when his wet bag is full and his room does stink. And I’m aggravated right now because we got a new washer and I’m trying to figure out a new wash routine. But even with all of that, I still can’t bring myself to put him in disposables. I just can’t. I use to get rashes from disposable pads and thought that is just what you endure. Once I researched and realized that it was the chemicals in them that caused that reaction on me, I just couldn’t think of doing the same thing to my child. So, cloth for my kiddos and DivaCup for me!

  188. Namaste Mama says:

    One this that I didn’t see mentioned is that it is ILLEGAL to dispose of human waste in EVERY landfill in the United States. All that human waste is leaching in to our ground water and polluting it. By using cloth you are putting the waste where it belongs, in a sewer treatment, where it is properly handled. Once you throw that diaper in the trash it goes some where and its not just disappearing.

  189. Jennifer says:

    Interesting how it’s considered socially acceptable to throw a baby’s or toddler’s dirty diaper straight into the a landfill, but if I were to take a dump in a garbage can, *I’m* the one that gets called a weirdo and the health unit gets all up in my face about polluting the environment and ground water. Yeesh.

    I’m not saying that ‘sposies are the devil incarnate, but poop goes in the toilet, regardless of what’s used to catch it.

  190. Bridget says:

    Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us. ~Henrik Tikkanen

    I think this quote was written to enlighten people about their decisions. Maybe you should think about it.

  191. Rebecca says:

    Cloth diapering isn’t for everyone, just like the great debate of vaxxing or non vaxxing. Let everyone make there own choices and stop trying to put your viewpoints and options in others- that’s what I say. I agree to disagree with most of your blog post. I converted to cloth when my daughter was 11m old. Scared? yes, hated it at first? Yes. I’ve been taught not to judge a book by is cover. Period.

  192. Susan/Project Balancing Act says:

    Wow, you’re a Babble blogger, and you’re babbling this complete nonsense? Cloth diapering is a cinch. Laundry is pathetically easy, and is a passive activity. It doesn’t really take time. I side-eye anyone who found cloth diapering complicated, especially G Diapers. So easy. Wish you had a better attitude about something so responsible.

  193. Lara says:

    Ha, talk about stirring the pot! FWIW, which is about nothing, since in parenting it’s to each his own as long as they are being safe, but I’m the laziest person ever and I hate laundry, and I work two jobs….but I have plenty of time to cloth diaper. It takes maybe an extra 20-30 minutes a week, and that’s time I can save by not having to go to the store for them. :)

  194. Amanda Laurette says:

    Wow, what an ignorant, lazy “mother” you are. You know, you are actually supposed to flush the poop out of disposable into the toilet too. It says it right on the package…. and I’m 100% positive you have NEVER called a diaper company to ask them what is in their diapers. If you had, you’d know this. Disposable diapers release volatile organic compounds, or VOC. This includes toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and dipentene. These VOC’s have shown to have toxic health effects on the baby, such as cancer or brain damage in some cases. There is even a possible link between diaper emissions and asthma. There are many studies out on that. The main absorbent filler in disposable diapers is sodium polyacrylate. This chemical can cause respiratory problems as well as skin problems. This chemical was actually removed from tampons due to toxic shock syndrome concerns.
    Almost all disposable diapers are bleached white with chlorine. They also have trace amounts of a highly carcinogen byproduct of chlorine bleaching called dioxin.
    Babies are in diapers from the time they are born until they are potty trained, somewhere between two and four years of age. In that time, a child will go through an astonishing eight to nine thousand diapers. That number is per child!! Disposable diapers do not biodegrade well so that causes some problems. Land fills are over full from all types of garbage and as well as all these thousands of diapers per baby.
    If you’d actually like to educate yourself, and look more into what you’re putting on your precious babies skin, read some of these very informative articles…
    http://www.livestrong.com/article/111348-chemicals-disposable-diapers/
    http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php
    http://www.drmomma.org/2011/04/chemicals-in-disposable-diapers.html
    Babies are born innocent and they all deserve a chance at a great, healthy life. Give them a good start and do right by them. Do your research and pick the best for them.

  195. wendy says:

    You neglect to even approach the subject of baby’s health. Do some research on the increase in testicular cancer among men since we’ve started wrapping up babies’ testicles in airtight plastic and putting things like chlorine and dioxin against their skin 24/7. I work more than full-time and have a schedule so busy I barely have time to shower, but I FIND time to protect my baby’s health. Your article is so condescending, but whatever. I just feel bad that you feel such a need to defend such a horrible viewpoint. P.S. Up there with the Real Housewives is a great new invention called a washing machine. You barely have to do anything! Just turn it on, and it goes.

  196. wendy says:

    …and why does everyone seem to think you throw away poop with a disposable and throw poop in the laundry with cloth? Either way, you flush it. I’ve never put a full poop in my washer. And, you are not permitted, by law, to throw human waste in the garbage inside a disposable diaper. If you are, you’re being lazy at an even further cost to our environment.

  197. Danielle @ We Have It All says:

    Wow. This is a hilariously ignorant post. You obviously know absolutely nothing about cloth diapering.

    Personally, I do not CD to “save the Earth”. All I care about is saving a penny. My stash of CD’s cost me $60. That was a nice easy $60 and they have lasted me 2 years. I do laundry every other day because I have a large family, so an extra load of diapers – eh, I don’t even notice.

    And as for saving memento’s? Is this a joke? What exactly is it that you think is “saved” from cloth diapers? We certainly do not save any waste. We dispose the same way you do.

    That’s hilarious.
    Thanks for the morning laugh.

    Danielle
    http://www.wedonthaveitall.com

  198. Danielle H says:

    I only want to mention that you say you don’t want to deal with poop and pee….. did you know that it states on disposable diaper packages/website that you are to dispose of the poop in the toilet before throwing the diaper away? Which is exactly what you do with a cloth diaper and then just throw it in the wash and save thousands of dollars. I don’t know about you, but we are a one income family and if cloth diapering allows me to stay home and raise my girls then I am gonna do it.

  199. Ambria D says:

    I’m a single mom who cloth diapers. I work night shifts and then come home and take care of my little man. And yes I still use (and love) cloth diapers.
    I had the same feelings as you when I first had my son and I SWORE I would NEVER use cloth diapers. EWWW is what I thought. I could not handle the poop or the pee. I mean it’s gross enough having to smell it right? Yuck! And honestly, (this may sound awful but…) the world is going to end one day and using disposables or cloth diapers isn’t going to effect that.
    Well when my son was about 3 months old, I came across an article about Pampers new line of diapers (dry max) and how they were causing chemical burns. I saw pictures of this poor baby with horrible AWFUL blisters all over her bum and legs : ( I never thought about it before but disposable diapers have chemicals. LOTS and LOTS of chemicals. You want to be the best parent and not cause any harm or danger to your kids. But putting them in a chemical filled diaper which they spend over 2 years in? That doesn’t seem like a smart thing to do. At least for me. (I’m not judging anyone who uses disposables. I use to use them and I know my ex still uses them.)
    I started the switch to cloth that week. I was very worried about the whole poop and pee thing. That is the whole reason I didn’t want to use them. But it actually isn’t a big deal at all! They make diaper sprayers (that hook up to your toilet very easily) that make easy to clean the poop off the diapers. And when your baby is older, you can just plop the poop in the toilet. No touching it at all. After you change the baby, just put the dirty diaper in the diaper pail (I use just a cheap white trash can without a lid). After 2-3 days throw them in the wash. It really doesn’t take much extra time. After you are done washing them, hang them up on a line outside. Easy as pie. Takes maybe 20 minutes total.
    They have super easy diapers (All In Ones) that are just like disposables. You put it on your baby (with velcro attachments or snaps) and when you change him, take it off and put on a new one. Throw the diaper in the pail. Doesn’t take any extra time than disposables. I know moms of multiples and moms of 8 kids who cloth diaper full time. And let me just say this for the record. I am the LAZIEST person ever. I hate doing regular laundry. I hate cleaning period. But I don’t mind doing cloth diaper laundry. There’s nothing to it except putting them in the washer, taking them out, putting in babies room. You don’t even have to fold them if you want.
    I understand that life gets in the way and yeah, cloth diapers aren’t for everyone. But you should try it before you decide you hate them and you would never do them. From a new mom who never thought she would EVER do cloth diapers (who now uses them and LOVES them), I would so recommend using them. This thread may become confusing with all the mixed advice but if you ever did consider trying them out, feel free to come by my page and ask questions. Cloth diapers rock!
    http://facebook.com/clothdiaperaddict

  200. Maria says:

    Wow Meredith you sound like a VERY lazy mother who makes motherhood seem 10 times more difficult than it really is. I feel sorry for women like you.

  201. Tiffany says:

    I don’t understand what’s so hard about throwing a load of diapers in a washer and pressing some buttons. It’s not like I have to take them to a river and beat them on rocks for hours to clean them. It’s as hard as washing any other load of laundry. Don’t knock it til you try it. Also with my cloth diapers I have never had a need for diaper rash cream in the 18 months of my child’s life, I think that’s saying something.

  202. Jes says:

    To each their own! I use cloth diapers and love them. I touch way less pee and poop than I did with disposables, infact, ever time I used disposables with my infants, there was poop all the way up their back. But, even if with my first we wouldn’t have switched to cloth for money reasons, we would have had to switch with my second. She is allergic to every brand of disposable diapers out there, so the whole “less rash” thing is a myth there! If we put a disposable on her even one night she’s got a red itchy bottom the next day. :)

  203. Carrie says:

    Hey, cloth diaper, don’t cloth diaper, whatever you like. I don’t think everyone should just because I do. I just wanted to point out that I am a single mom and I cloth diaper. It’s really not that difficult or time consuming. That said – I am not going to try to convince anyone that they should – but it is possible!

  204. Laura_in_Miami says:

    I live in Florida. I cloth diaper. I’m sure there are more Floridians who cloth diaper than me and the woman in your yoga class (poster #3. and i don’t do yoga. :)

  205. Stephanie U says:

    I was like you before deciding to switch to cloth. It wasn’t for the environment – it was $$ and buying the diapers. We were spending over $50 a month (with 2 in diapers), and I was having to buy diapers at 2 stores because of the sizing needs (Target for size 2 Up and UP and size 4 overnights and Costco for size 4 Krikland diapers). Add the time taking diapers to the garbage, etc, and I wanted to try the other alternative. Yes, it takes a little more time. But, for me the $$ savings makes it worth it.I also like that I am not putting a ton of chemicals on my children, as disposable diapers (and Desitin) have a ton of chemicals in them.

  206. Summer says:

    My pain problem is that you haven’t given cloth a try so how can you say it’s not for you? I have used BOTH disposables and cloth. I can make an educated and fair decision on what’s best for my family. And lol at your incorrect thinking that I am somehow saving my child’s waste somewhere. It goes in the toilet honey. Isn’t that where you put your waste?? And FYI-it’s actually illegal to dispose of human waste in the garbage to go to a landfill. I don’t sit out back and scrub my child’s diapers by hand on a washboard. I throw them in a washing machine and turn it on. It’s really not that difficult. And the solution to diaper rash caused by the harmful chemicals and plastic you wrap your baby’s reproductive organs in is to slather on more harmful and harsh chemicals? And we wonder why cancer is on the rise and so many people are infertile!

  207. Amy says:

    Cloth diapers are not easier than disposable for sure. But with the money we save, the fact that my kids don’t get diaper rash, and best of all NO BLOWOUTS (which happens all the time when we are on vacation and in disposables) there is no other option in my mind. Oh and the icing on the cake: they are adorable!

  208. Jamie O'Hare says:

    I see that you tagged this post as humor, but it’s really not humorous. It’s juvenile. My kids are allergic to disposables, getting rashes within 20 minutes of putting one on. Desitin has zinc, which is a carcinogen. Desitin also has petrochemicals in it. Disposables have dioxin, which is also a carcinogen. I got over my heebie jeebies about waste, but I can’t ignore the potential harm of putting chemical stuff directly on my kids’ bums. I have four kids and have time to run a load of diapers (2 kids in cloth right now – a newborn and a toddler) every other day. I totally get that others don’t, but I’m not going to mock them for choosing to parent differently.

  209. Aimee B. says:

    It truly is a personal choice. I am a mother of three and blessed enough to get to stay home with my children. Both of my older children I used disposable diapers with. Because in my mind “Well, they sell them, that’s what EVERYONE uses right”. (I did everything blindly I must admit. I went with the flow, ~ Jars of baby food are out there for a reason right.)
    Both of them got rashes left and right. I thought it was just part of life as a baby. Of course I did notice that some brands gave them more rashes than others but have friends that loved that brand, so I won’t name names.
    With my newest addition I’m not sure what happened to me. I started reading, looking into this and that. Now I make baby food at home, I like the fact that I know what is going into my daughter. No crazy preservatives or “flavoring” in the food. Just food, real honest to goodness food. I LOVE that I am using Cloth Diapers. Was I fond of the idea of washing them at first. No! But my wonderful husband installed a handy little sprayer (like the one at the kitchen sink) on to the toilet. I rinse the big stuff off and then pull out the soap and wash it. Takes 5 minutes, that’s it. Never get a “set in stain”. No stinky trash cans, no special “dirty diaper holder” in the babies room.
    I will admit that I do have disposable ones for when we are going to be gone all day doing this or that. It’s going in someone elses trash can right? lol
    And just a small tip ~ Skip the Desitin, Butt balm and all that other crap. Get yourself a box of Corn Starch. One $2.59 box will last you till they are out of diapers and the rash will be gone by the next time you change them (unless it was really bad of course). AND it is okay to use with cloth diapers!
    I’m not telling anyone to go cloth and not saying one side is better than another (unlike this blog) all I am saying is that I wish I had done cloth from child one!!
    Happy Diapering, what ever you chose to put on your little one!

  210. sabrina says:

    i do both. I also work and yet I have time. Honestly, cloth are super easy. in some cases easier than disposable. I wash at night, and voila, by morning, i toss in the dryer, and stuff and put away in the evening when baby is in bed. it takes 10 minutes. Not to mention, where I live there’s a 1 garbage bag/week limit. Hard to meet when you have a ginormous 50 lb bag of disposable diapers. Plus, they stink. Literally, the room we have our change table in after 2 days will smell like a pee diaper Where as the cloth, you just toss in the wash and then…no smell whatsoever. When we go away it’s just easier for others who watch him to use disposable so we use both. If I have a busy week or a week where he decides he doesn’t like sleeping anymore, i’ll just use disposable. I still save money, but im not hard fast on one way vs the other. but..to say no one has the time….that’s naive and ignorance about the subject. Cause we ALL have 10 minutes.

  211. Cristina says:

    I just want to say, you are very obviously a moron, poster.

    Just say it: you’re lazy. Period. The end.

    CDing only takes up maybe 15 minutes of my time once a week.

    And poop goes in the toilet, just like you’re supposed to with disposables.

    And Pampers Dry Max chemical burns are not healed with desitin.

  212. kat says:

    did you know it is illegal to put human waste into the trash? it says so on the box of your beloved poison. so, go ahead and keep using you disposables, that can be fine, but please flush all solids into the toilet (that is where CD moms keep their baby’s poop, like a memento you flush away) so it can treated. i’m not trying to judge you the way you judged us, i would just like for you know that you are breaking the law and poisoning our limited water supply. like woody said “somebody’s poisoned the water hole.” way to go.

  213. Ellen says:

    I am a full time working mother of 3 children. I used disposables for my oldest son’s first year and then switched to cloth. You actually dispose of the waste faster in cloth. It goes immediately into the toilet just like your own. You don’t gift wrap it in plastic and save it in a smelly pail that needs cleaned frequently. I wash my laundry bag when I was my diapers and my home smells better than it did before.

    I would not admire disposable diapers either. I thought they were gross. They sag. You can see the waste in them. It makes me ill to see sweet little girls crawling around in pretty dresses and saggy pee diapers. I enjoy picking prints and colors. Even the plain white diaper are cuter. Other parents often ask me about my children’s diapers. They admire them.

    Desitin smells bad. I can smell it on other children still. It also dries their skin and can make them more prone to rashes but as long as it makes your life easier go for it.

    I never speak up about preferring cloth over disposables but this post is rude and uniformed. Cloth diapers are simple. If you found them too difficult it was user error. I’m guessing by your lack of correct information that you never tried them though and your angry tone stems from your need to defend yourself because you know you’re just too lazy to try. The irony is that if you did try you’d see how easy they are, and save yourself some money and space in the trash can.

    My kids have not had a single rash or blow out since switching so have fun slathering on the desitin and washing poop out of their cute clothes while judgeing something you know nothing about. ;)

  214. Sarah says:

    I find the arrogant condescending tone of this blog post very offensive. I would never speak this way to a mom that chooses to use disposable diapers. obviously you did not do any research before posting this blog because if you did you would know we don’t just CD because they’re cute or we have too much time on our hands. I CD for my child’s health, the environment, and the cost savings. I am also a busy mom that works full time, it’s not that hard to throw a few diapers in the wash. Next time do your research and post facts instead of mindless argumentative opinions.

  215. Rae says:

    I have 3 little ones. I diapered my first 2 in disposables, taking about 3 months to cloth diaper them. It sucked, I hated it, and I had NO idea what I was doing. I tried again with my 3rd. He has been in cloth since birth, and we all love it. I know what I’m doing this time. It takes an extra 30 seconds every diaper to wash the poop off with one of those handy sink sprayers attached to my toilet (the time some people spend using a Genie), and maaaybe 15 minutes a week to wash (time spent carrying it to the laundry room, dumping it in, pushing a button and going on my merry way). It’s not hard if you know what you’re doing, and totally easy once you get into the groove of it. I started out being the only person I know who uses cloth, and now at least 5 other moms have made the switch after talking to me about it. Plus, did you know that disposables have chemicals in them that are banned from your tampons? Or that more children die each year from eating the chemicals in their diaper than from SIDS? We don’t go around eating diapers for lunch here, but kids are so quick to stick things in their mouths, added with that wonderful new toddler stage of stripping naked whenever they can, that’s not really something I want to keep around.

  216. Lauren G says:

    I do cloth diapers simply for the money saving purposes. As some others have said here, I was surprised when I started how easy and “fun” it actually was. I also completely agree that the cloth diaperers can be a bit culty just like the crazy BFers and baby-wearers. If you find that using disposables is easier for you and makes you a better mamma cuz your less stressed and have more time for your kids then all power to ya! Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking that cloth is the only “right” way to go :)

  217. Leslie says:

    Seems like this was written just for the sake of argument, but anyway… On the off chance this is serious, I don’t understand what you think people do with poo in cloth diapers? It gets flushed down the toilet like an adult’s, rather than thrown in the trash. The pee rinses out. And my baby has pooped in the potty since 8 months old, so I don’t even have this issue :) I do spend time admiring cloth diapers. That’s what made me decide to switch, combined with cost savings. Once I started using them, I also found many things I HATE about disposables (which I still use when we travel). The smell. The feel. The GEL that comes out. The crinkle. The ugliness. Ick! Not to mention ALWAYS buying more. Now I just run a load of laundry & voilà; more clean diapers! And the extra laundry is nothing; throw the diapers in, throw soap in, push a button. Every 2-3 days, I spend maybe 10 minutes on diaper laundry. Maybe.

  218. sallie says:

    wow- this is such a hot topic. i can see the advantages of both disposables and cloth. every family is different and you have to choose what works best for YOU. it’s a personal decision. i just want to toot my horn and say that i work full time and i cloth diaper AND my son wears cloth at daycare (so he’s in cloth 100% of the time). i won’t lie- it is more laundry but it’s really not a big deal. the washer does the work. i just have to load and unload. and his diaper pail never has a horrid stink because the poop goes into the toilet immediately after a diaper change. we used disposable for the first three months before switching to cloth. my son was always battling horrible diaper rashes with the sposies but hasn’t had a single one since we switched to cloth (he’s 13 months). that’s a good reason to cloth for ME! i’m not a sposie hater and i won’t judge anyone that chooses to go that route. just wanted to share some of the positives of cloth and why i like it.

  219. megan says:

    To the person who only washes clothed every two weeks. Your disgusting. I could not imagine being so lazy I would let my dirty clothes/underwear sit around for two weeks.
    This post is stupid, if you only have two points, which are the same really, you have no argument. Cloth diapering is not hard in any way, you are lazy and you are obviously trying to justify it by posting this. I honestly don’t care that you use disposable’s just come up with better reasonS please!

  220. Kathryn S. says:

    I don’t think I’m better because we use cloth diapers, but I do know for a fact that we save a LOT of money. I am guessing it’s going to be a lot harder in the coming years to ignore the dangers (chemically, I mean) of disposables- both to our babies and to the earth.

  221. Angela Beltran says:

    Disposiable diapers don’t burn. That is why they say it takes 500 years for them to break down.

  222. Carissa says:

    Don’t be so quick to judge. It’s really not as hard as it seems. But, seeing as your day appears to be so full, it probably isn’t for you. I think everybody should just remember to be open minded and not harass others for the diapering choices they make. We all do what we feel is best for us and our children. I personally get great satisfaction from cloth diapering, and I love seeing the cute diaper prints (camo, oogas, reptiles, animals, and really anything you want) on my baby’s bum :) , so the extra 2 wash loads it takes every other day isn’t a big deal for me. I also like not using chemical diaper creams, but that isn’t just a cloth diapering thing. I don’t know anyone who cd’s either, but that never stopped me. One more point, I don’t think anyone saves the memory of their kids pee and poo, not even us cd’ing mamas :P

  223. Emily says:

    You DO realize you are SUPPOSED to dump the baby’s poop from a disposable diaper, too, right? Lots of people don’t realize this. Read your diaper packages. Poop isn’t supposed to go in the trash either way.

    Most people who use cloth have also used disposables- so I would think their viewpoints would be pretty valid. Seems like all the people so adamantly arguing AGAINST cloth have never tried it!!

  224. Pedga says:

    Funny thing about your way of PERMANENTLY disposing of poop is to send it to sit in the landfill for a few hundred years, while my way actually disposes of it into the septic system, so who is really keeping their baby poop as memorabilia?

    I have plenty of time to throw in one load of diapers every 4 days. What I don’t have time for is scraping poop off of a disposable diaper into toilet ( oh wait, you don’t read the small print that tells you to do that?), slather Desitin all over a raw bum, wrap up a dirty diaper into a plastic bag, throw it into garbage, take out garbage at the end of the day.
    I will happily do my quick cloth diaper routine.

  225. Loki says:

    Hey if you want to wrap your child’s most sensitive parts in poison and plastic so be it. Natural selection will take care of the stupid and lazy.

  226. Shannon says:

    I have a four year old, a six month old, and one on the way, and we are all always at the hospital because my baby has a rare blood disorder, but somehow, I find time to do an extra load of laundry every few days. Please, hold your applause.

    How awful of a parent does one have to be to be so lackadaisical in changing a child’s diaper that Costco sized tubs of chemical-laden Desitin are required to combat seemingly perpetual diaper rashes?

    From your “who gives a shit” attitude in your entry, I bet you are the type of self centered parent who formula feeds, ignores children for your own wants, and practices CIO. Have fun with your miserable, poorly adjusted kids. :)

  227. Sarah says:

    Iam an environmental engineer, so feel free to argue, but facts are facts. AtIt takes one cup of crude oil to make one diaper alone, not including the packaging. 8 diapers/day fot the first year, is 180 gallons per year, at 7 lbs/gallon, 1278 pounds of crude oil for the first year alone, 1.5 TONS of crude oil before potty training, and yes, while crude oil is a natural resource, it is NOT a renewable one, like, say, the WATER used to wash cloth diapers (which is also used to make disposables, so I really don’t see how this is an argument…). In 2 years my son would have gone through over 5000 disposable diapers. That means using up the resources to make those diapers, not including the crude oil mentioned already, the power to run the plants, the gas to ship them to stores, etc…if a box contains 50 diapers, that’s 100 trips to the store for me, and 100 deliveries to the store….not to mention all the packaging, resources used, power to produce them, shipping etc…

    Also, the chemicals is disposables really concern me. The fact that my children can get chemically burned from wearing disposables is not OK to me. The eww factor is really not a big deal, if your child has an accident while potty training do you throw all of his underpants away? I certainly didn’t with my daughters.

    .

  228. Sarah says:

    ^13 month old helping me type :)

  229. Chelsea says:

    For me, having to take the garbage out is more work than putting diapers in the washer. I would rather not have to take the garbage out more often.

  230. Maegan says:

    I only read a few comments…but I had to stop. They all pretty much said one of two things…either for or against CD’ing.

    Regardless of HOW you diaper…HUMAN WASTE IS NOT SUPPOSED TO GO INTO LANDFILLS. IT IS SUPPOSED TO GO INTO A TOILET FOR SEWAGE TREATMENT. Putting shit in to landfills is DISGUSTING. That’s not where it goes. ALL diapering parents regardless of material are supposed to be dumping shit in the toilet. My youngest is 4…so we haven’t had diapers in our house for a while, but I remember distinctly reading on the side of the Huggies box that solid waste should go into the toilet.

  231. Kala says:

    I’m going to say something in the same tone of your post:
    1. I just couldn’t fathom letting my baby sit in toxic chemicals all day.
    2. I cd, so of course I just LOVE poop, I have a big bowl of it as my centerpiece on the kitchen table. PUKE.

  232. Kala says:

    I’m going to say something in the same tone of your post:
    1. I just couldn’t fathom letting my baby sit in toxic chemicals all day.
    2. I cd, so of course I just LOVE poop, I have a big bowl of it as my centerpiece on the kitchen table. PUKE.

    Get off your lazy high horse please. :)

  233. Kristie says:

    I find this post so sad. As a busy mom of 3 kiddos (one with special needs), trust me, it’s completely possible to cloth diaper and not really much time out of my day. And I’m not weird or strange, I’m an average every day mom. And if you saw me and my kids, you would never know there was a cloth diaper under there unless you asked.

  234. Tanya Dennett says:

    I cloth diaper and have for 4 years now and have 2 in diapers. I also do what is considered old school, not the new fancy all in one diapers.
    I rinse, wash, line dry, fold and put away every 2-3 days. I am also a single working mom running my 2 businesses. I don’t have a nanny or help at home either.

    Each to their own about your choice to diaper.But don’t say its too hard,it can be simple if you want it too be.

  235. Angie says:

    While I won’t make a judgement on diapering, it does sadden me to hear the tone in this woman’s voice. I believe in the value of respecting and honoring children, equally to adults, and maybe more so. I get that time to do other things than the child is all but non-existent with small children, but maybe that is the point.

  236. elia says:

    I am on my 3rd kid and finally decided to cloth diaper. I am so glad I did and absolutely love it. It really isn’t as bad as people think it is and it really isn’t that time consuming. That being said it isn’t for everyone and knocking the fact that others do or don’t isn’t cool. I couldn’t be happier with my decision but that’s just me :) For those of you interested I wrote about what made me do it,and some insight on my blog :)
    http://conservamome.blogspot.com/2011/11/cloth-diapering-one-tush-at-time.html

  237. Miranda says:

    I have done both, sposies with my first two, and cloth with my third. I was reading a blog the other day about disposable diapering and was shocked to see that manufacturer recommendations include dumping solid waste out before disposing of the diaper as landfills were not designed to contain human waste. Make sense I guess. I don’t cloth because I LIKE poop, for some people it is what works. My baby gets chemical burns from disposables, and I think everyone can agree we try to do what is best for our baby.

  238. Sara says:

    I shuddered at the thought of cloth with my oldest daughter. We did disposables. I met a few moms that used cloth and saw how easy it was. Thought about it a lot, and decided to make the switch with my youngest. So much easier than I ever thought it’d be. I’ll admit, it’s not for everyone and that’s fine. I couldn’t imagine doing cloth with a kiddo in daycare. But as a stay at home that needs to pinch pennies and has the time do do an extra load every other day, cloth has been a lifesaver. If I have more children, they will be in cloth. Hands-down.

  239. Lesa says:

    I cloth diaper and don’t find it anymore time consuming then using sposies. I’m saving money and doing my part for mother earth. However I do have to comment on one thing. I have read several times where people don’t want to deal with the poo so they use sposies. Well if you were to read the packaging you are suppose to drop the poo off in the toilet with sposies also, but most people dont do that. That leaks into our grounds at the trash dump, or goes into our air if the trash is burned.

  240. Jennifer says:

    I had a cloth stash prior to my baby’s birth. She was so tiny when she was born I had to use premie disposables on her. She had the worst diaper rash. I was so concerned about putting Desitin on her so I made my own diaper rash cream. At about 6 weeks I started using my cloth diapers… NO MORE DIAPER RASH. PERIOD. This did it for me. We also use cloth wipes. All of you who are sending bags and bags of baby poop to your landfill… shame on you. You should be flushing this stuff down the toilet. Keeping pails full of poop until garbage pick up day… Nasty!!! We do use disposables occasionally but I always send poop down the toilet.

  241. jackeller says:

    I do both – or rather, all three methods; whatever is easiest at the time. I have twins, so I feel more reason – double! – to be responsible about my waste. I use g-diapers for the most part, with the disposable inserts. no guilt tossing those suckers in the trash, as they decompose in 50 days or so. i don’t bother dumping them in the toilet.

    I use cloth at night, since my girls only poop during the day, and they are great for super-absorbency. And after they poop, i use cloth inserts on my g-dipes, or the fancy cloth charlie bananas just cause they are adorable and soooo soft on their behinds.

    when we are out and about, or have a sitter, i use disposables. easiest for the end user, and no big deal to me because i don’t use them all that often. my girls still get a bit of diaper rash from time to time. no biggie.

    long story short, i believe in moderation AND ease of use. blending diapering methods allowed me to find my happy medium :)

  242. Roland Hulme says:

    Gosh, what a ghastly woman Meredith Carroll makes herself appear – vain, lazy and vapid (hence her comment about how life is made better by Real Housewives.) Personally I think how you raise your child – formula vs. breast, disposable vs. cloth – is up to you; but you should at least RESPECT the people who try it the alternative route.

  243. kali says:

    i think when people say they dont have time, they should at least try cloth first. I just dont think running a load of laundry is difficult OR time consuming, the machines do the work, I just turn them on. I was not gung ho about cloth but wanted to make the effort as I did think it was better for my baby, the environment, and our pocketbook, I was very surprised at how easy it is. And I work, have very little free time (who does as a mom ;) so if time is the issue, I think people would be pleasantly surprised.

  244. Mandy says:

    What is amazing to me is the amount of people that believe that you are suppose to just “seal it up” in the disposable and throw it away?!!!

    Bowel movements are suppose to be dumped into a toilet, regardless if it originally “lands” in a cloth diaper or a disposable diaper. It IS considered a bio-hazard.

  245. Tia says:

    What really confuses me is that you have no time to use cloth as its a waste of your precious time, yet you have time to write a blog? What is your baby doing as you write this? She is being ignored of course! The 10 minutes it takes you to hang out a clean wash load of cloth nappies is nothing compared to the time you are wasting neglecting your child as you are online writing your blog in a very jealous tone “oh I can’t be assed so I will try and make others that can look bad” If you are disgusted by your childs boldily functions then you are not bonded with your child, whether you use cloth or not. No aspect of my child disgusts me and my child is fast asleep in a sling (babyware too, do you have the time?) as I type on one of the few occassions Im online, not shoved in front of the TV with a load of toys as I try to make myself popular with a mummy blog- If you want something to criticize then it should be the mummy blog-internet stealing mummys time and love away from her baby….

  246. Anonymous says:

    Two reasons I use cloth diapers.

    1. Pee
    2. Poop

    Disposables soaked with pee and poop stink up your whole house! Cloth does not. If you actually read those packs of disposables you’re still supposed to dump the poop in the toilet anyway. No blowouts with cloth so I never have to wash my little ones clothes, car seat, swing, another persons clothes etc. if my he has a large poop. He doesn’t wake up with pee soaked pajamas like he did when I used disposables for a while.

    I don’t know how you can say it takes too much time if you’ve never done it. I put them in the wash before I go to bed and hang them up or put them in the dryer in the morning. Total that probably takes me 5 minutes.

  247. Tomi says:

    I have used cloth and sposies. I prefer cloth. They both have their pros and cons. You article was rude and condescending. I wish there was a way that moms could express their opinions without being obnoxious about it. Whatever happened to ” To each their own”. Glad you are dealing with your kids needs with what works best for your family. Being condescending and rude doesn’t do anything. Cloth diapering isn’t as labor intensive as you make it sound. We aren’t sitting around saving poop to be touched again.. In fact I don’t touch poop. I have this handy dandy diaper spray that sprays all the waste off into the toilet. Then into the wet bag it goes to be washed. Wet bag and all goes into the machine. Yup, not re-touching dirty diapers here. It’s not hard, gross or time consuming. Just a different way of doing things. We even use cloth wipes. Gosh, think of all the $$$ I am saving!

  248. Jessica says:

    Your blog reeks of bitterness. Just because you don’t have the motivation to put a little more thought and effort into diapering your child doesn’t give you the right to knock those of us that do.

  249. Natalie says:

    I think it’s not clever to comment the blogger at all . . . But anyway I will do that. With this post Meredith showed to all ECO mom’s non respect. I am sure that this post is a speech of a woman, who never have carried anything except herself. Ridiculous! Lazy to wash, lazy to care, lazy to be proud of, lazy .. lazy .. lazy. I think human is able to make comparison good/bad, only, when he has an expirience with both sides, but if he didn’t, please better don’t do write such posts! I see myself in this post, a year ago. But they I got to hospital with AWFUL diaper rush my son had. And a doctor in non-official form made me to understand, that if I wish to see grandchildren someday, I HAVE to decide what is more important, easy and comfort for me or a future of my son. I chose 2nd.

  250. Ashley says:

    I am wondering why this person had children in the first place? They pee and they poo. There is no getting around that. Hopefully the child rearing is not TOO demanding or TOO much work for this parent. Oh well, as the saying goes, ignorance is bliss I suppose.

  251. Sherri says:

    I AM a full time working mom.

    I have two year old TWINS.

    I have cloth diapered them since birth.

    I have SAVED $6,000.

    I am NOT exposing my precious babies to Dioxin- a carcinogenic chemical, listed by the EPA as the most toxic of all cancer-linked chemicals. It is banned in most countries, but not the U.S.

    I am NOT exposing my boys to Tributyl-tin (TBT) – a toxic pollutant known to cause hormonal problems in humans and animals.

    I do NOT let them sit in Sodium Polyacrylate- improving the environment for the growth of toxin-producing bacteria.

    I am NOT increasing their scrotum temperature up to 2 degrees- potentially causing fertility problems later in life. In May 2000, the Archives of Disease in Childhood published research showing that scrotal temperature is increased in boys wearing disposable diapers, and that prolonged use of disposable diapers will blunt or completely abolish the physiological testicular cooling mechanism important for normal spermatogenesis.

    I am NOT spending my “few precious hours with my boys folding diapers”

    I am NOT contributing to the over 300 pounds of wood, 50 pounds of petroleum feedstocks and 20 pounds of chlorine are used to produce disposable diapers for one baby EACH YEAR.

    I am NOT wasting water to wash my diapers when the manufacture and use of disposable diapers amounts to 2.3 times more water wasted than cloth.

    I AM folding my diapers when my boys are asleep and I am relaxing and watching a movie. I LIKE to fold my diapers and organize them.

    I AM being the best parent that I know I can be.

    I am NOT making excuses for NOT choosing cloth diapers. I am just choosing to use cloth.

    Ignorance is bliss.

  252. Wanda says:

    i was just like u and then something clicked… i’m so happy with the change and i will never look back, just try it never say never

  253. Marta says:

    If you had a set of cloth diapers you wouldn’t need to “remember” to buy disposables online. They’d just always be there :) .

  254. Manda says:

    Diapers = name-calling? I thought I’d seen all hue and craziness before but I never thought I’d see the day where ~240 people got so worked up about a baby’s waste disposal method.

    And to answer the real question posed, I don’t cloth diaper because I don’t have the time or inclination and with Amazon Subscribe and Save and Amazon Mom, I pay less than 0.14/diaper with free shipping to my door. Worth it without question to not touch poop or pee or to have it touch my other laundry. Thanks for the post; it’s nice to get a fresh perspective.

  255. CDadvocate says:

    Clearly you don’t realize how easy it is to cloth diaper! There are even websites dedicated to doing it the lazy way! http://alphamom.com/parenting/baby/lazy-moms-guide-to-cloth-diapering/

    My family thought I was crazy, but we love it cause we do laundry all the time anyway. And you don’t wash your clothes in “poo stew” cause poop goes down the toilet. And I don’t even touch it cause I cut fleece liners, which nothing sticks to, and it rolls right off.

    Don’t knock it till you try it!

  256. Ty says:

    As some other comments have said, I cloth diaper, you don’t. Big deal. I’m not better than you and you’re not better than me. You have your lifestyle, I have mine. Whether you cloth diaper or not, we’re all supposed to be throwing poops in the toilet (yup, its true, go to your diaper’s website and look up waste removal). And I don’t mind an extra load of laundry because, well, I barely notice an extra load, having 9 people in the house the washer and dryer are ALWAYS going. Big deal, no reason to be snarky or put other mom’s down for the choices they make. Its just talking potty, pun intended.

  257. Suzy says:

    No what it all boils down to is not poop and pee, its convenience. Admit it, you get spit up on, sometimes peed on and pooped on no matter what as a Mom, so its not that unless you just have the worst tolerance for anything. Its the fact that you dont want to cloth diaper and thats up to you. CD is just as easy to me as sposies and better for my daughter than the chemicals that are put in all of the major brands out there. Its cheaper in the long run and SO much cuter than Winnie the Pooh that changes colors when she pees.

    You arent willing to listen to us crunchy Moms, fine, whatever, but cloth diapers are better for babies, for the environment, and for your wallet. All facts, no opinion. Study after study has been done on that.

    So either put your big girl panties on and deal with it or use the excuse you have made yourself believe that pee and poop are soooo groooossss. Please.

  258. Sarah says:

    I have just 2 reason why I use cloth and they don’t involve money or the enviroment (or pee, poop, laundry, etc..)

    1) Autism. Though they don’t know what causes it, why would you constantly put chemicals on your baby, that is then absorbed? Especially when Autism has been linked to enviromental factors in some children? Is this convenience worth that worry/risk? http://healthwyze.org/index.php/component/content/article/475-toxins-in-disposable-diapers-dioxin-and-sodium-polyacrylate.html

    2) Recalls. For the same reason I don’t use formula, why would I trust something that has had numerous recalls in it’s history. http://www.kjrh.com//dpp/money/consumer/hundreds-of-pages-kept-confidential-from-the-investigation-into-the-safety-of-certain-diapers#ixzz1XxqcLjwn

    And if you are interested in the earth aspect, take a look at this.
    http://www.fastcoexist.com/1678523/the-foul-but-very-necessary-business-of-diaper-recycling

    1. Leslie says:

      Wow – ” put your big girl panties on” = harsh and rude. You “crunchy” folk, as you call yourself, are pretty high up there on that horse.

  259. Airiel says:

    i walked the path of single motherhood in 1996 with my last born child, my 3rd, and used cloth diapers on him full time. a few months after he was born i moved in with my mom, and one of the stipulations she insisted on was that i had to use cloth diapers while living under her roof. I worked two part time jobs, waitress and librarian, and my mom babysat. even working two jobs and being a mom to my 3 kiddos, i still had time to wash diapers and hang them to dry on the line. my mom and i would fold them, and we used pins and rubber pants. liners when needed.

  260. Ellen says:

    Your actually supposed to empty the waste out of a disposable diaper before you toss it. So really not much different than cloth…..

  261. Kourtney says:

    I found your blog quite offensive. There are many reasons people use cloth or disposables and that is their personal choice. You are entitled to your opinion, and we are entitled to ours. With my first, I tried cloth diapers and HATED it. Now that we have a second child I swore I would never go back. Because we live in a high economy its hard sometimes, so I am cloth diapering when I can. If I run out of cloth diapers I will just use disposables until they are washed. There isnt much difference to cloth diapering and it seems like you wont even give it a chance.

  262. Olivia says:

    Not one single mother who has time to wash diapers? Really? It only takes a few minutes to put diapers in the washer, move them to the dryer and then take them out.

    Cloth isn’t for everyone, and I used both cloth and disposable depending on the situation, but the “not enough time” argument shows you really haven’t given any thought to cloth except “ewww gross”.

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