Heaven knows that I miss using cloth on my little one’s bum!! I loved seeing the characteristic “fluff butt” on his slim frame. It was just adorable! Not only taking into account the cute factor (the different styles and types of cloth diaper are endless), but knowing that I was covering his derriere with the best fabric possible and reducing my carbon footprint at the same time was priceless.
Why am I lamenting? Case in point: my little guy experienced his first diaper rash recently*. It was pretty awful. I couldn’t help but wonder if it wasn’t at least partly due to the fact that he has been wearing disposable diapers (aka ‘sposies) for the past couple of months. We moved and don’t have access to a washer and dryer for private use anymore, so it hasn’t been realistic or practical to use cloth.
Now don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of valid reasons why my baby had a diaper rash. My precious boy is teething like nobody’s business, and he’s recovering from a cold, but still…
I spent so much time throughout my last pregnancy researching and weighing the pros (so many health benefits and environmentally, the best choice) and cons (couldn’t find one). I started to feel like the spokeswoman for all things related to the cloth diaper market. “No ‘sposies on my baby’s rear!” I became what I never envisioned for myself – a babywearing, nursing, cloth diapering hippie mama. And I loved it immensely. Still do.
Of course, I realize that this isn’t the end of the world. Both of my older children wore ‘sposies from birth until they were potty trained, and I have no qualms about it.
Know this – my little prince still has at least another couple of years to wear something other than Underoos. With that being said, my cloth diapering days are far from over…just on a temporary hiatus.
*Note: want to know a natural cure for diaper rash? Corn starch. Works like a charm!