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