Friday, April 29, 2011

daddy dialogues: How I came to love cloth diapers

Mr. Sandbox here. Thinking about my weekly posts I figured I would use the first few to lay the ground of how I got here. Today, I figured would be the perfect opportunity to talk about I fell in love with cloth diapers.  You see, when my wife first brought it up I immediately thought about how much work it was going to be. I didn't want to play with pins and didn't even want to think of the mess. There she stood, 5 month pregnant telling me about all the pros (saving money, saving the planet for our daughter, etc). She showed me a photo of a bumGenius Diaper and thought, okay, I'll go with it for now, I'm sure it's just a phase.  

When the pumpkin arrived my wife had secretly been making a stash of cloth diapers. I still wasn't sure about it and snatched up some newborn ones from the hospital and a pack one night when I went to the store. The baby was almost big enough to fit into the cloth diapers so we just used the disposable for the first two weeks then we made the leap. It was in the afternoon I walked into the baby's room to see what's going on and there she was, the cutest little thing with the biggest little tush. I immediately smiled and thought to myself well, it can't be that bad, right?

In the days followed, my wife taught me how to use them and how to clean them. I must say, the diaper sprayer was the best invention ever! Once we filled up the pail, she talked me through how to wash them, cold rinse, suds hot cycle, no suds hot cycle and line dry. Easy. After everything was dry, I helped her take them down from the line and was amazed how clean they looked. I was expecting lots of stains and smells. Just the opposite.

Weeks went by and we quickly found the routine. I thought about all the messes we had from the disposables and noticed we didn't have blow outs. There was no stinky smell anymore that we had from disposables. This was much easier than I thought. I still have days where my daughter makes a huge mess, but at least now I know it will be contained in the diaper and I don't have to worry about it. I'm glad she converted me.

How did you convince your significant other to try to use cloth?

Mr. Sandbox out.
Baby Sandbox in a Charlie Banana diaper

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