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My Cloth Diapering Fiasco

These are the "Bum Genius" cloth diapers I'd planned to use...now I'm not so sure.

At the very beginning of my pregnancy, my husband and I discussed diapering plans and we were both firmly sold on the idea of cloth diapers.  I’d like to say that it’s because we’re super eco-friendly, but mostly it’s because we’re cheap (saving the earth one disposable diaper at a time is definitely a nice bonus though).  We’ve even discussed trying out elimination communication as well.

But…after my experience (read: fiasco) with cloth diapering while babysitting a couple of weeks ago, I’m sort of rethinking my grand cloth diapering schemes.

Read more about this fiasco after the jump!


I’m not sure what kind of cloth diapers the two-year-old I was babysitting was wearing, but things got really messy, really quickly.  I’d babysat this little one before and had changed wet cloth diapers and it was a total breeze, but enter poop and disaster ensued.

I thought it would be super easy because they have a great set-up for cloth diapering, complete with a special sprayer attached to the toilet so you can just spray things off into the toilet.  Well, a piece of cake it was not.  While trying to take the cloth pre-fold out of the diaper cover I got poop both on my hand and on the bathroom floor.  Then, when I went to spray the rest of the mess into the toilet…well…let’s just say it wasn’t pretty.  How do people do this 10 times a day?

My friends who are cloth diapering pros keep reassuring me that it really isn’t that hard and that the Bum Genius diapers (like in the main photo) that I plan(ned) on using will make my life that much easier, but I’m still a little skeptical.

What’s your take?

Do you plan on using disposable or cloth diapers?

Any tips for a first time cloth diaper user like myself?  I’m all ears!

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