Don’t get me wrong. I love using cloth diapers. They have saved me some money and a lot of clothes. But recently my fellow #FluffyBloggers were talking about how people tend to make cloth diapers sound like it’s all rainbows and unicorn farts. We bloggers are guilty of it too I think. Honestly, the good far outweighs the bad, but just so you’re prepared, here are some really aggravating things about cloth diapers (and a couple of hints for lowering the aggravation level for some of them- others, I got nothing).
Large upfront investment.
When you consider how much you have to put up to get started in cloth diapering, it can get discouraging. Really discouraging. Especially if you have expensive tastes (guilty!). It’s especially disheartening when you really can’t even afford to get started or to buy disposables. There is hope though! There are non-profit organizations that can help you get started. Here’s a list from Thinking About Diapers. You can also get creative and use t-shirt diapers with no-sew fleece covers (at least at home, unless you’re feeling adventurous), and here’s a comprehensive article about diaper need, all by Kim from Dirty Diaper Laundry. You don’t have to use cloth diapers full-time. Using them only at home can help save money too.
Not all diapers work for every baby.
Cloth diaper manufacturers do their best to design a diaper that works for as many children as possible, but it’s impossible to make one diaper that works for everyone. I’ve seen a few people who invested in just one brand and ended up hating it.
People will tell you that they’re gross and look at you funny when you mention that you use them.
Most of the time these people are thinking of plastic pants and prefolds. Other times, they’re the weird ones who think that disposable diapers are more sanitary and healthy. And this will happen a lot. So be prepared to either ignore the comments or teach them.
Finding the right wash routine can make you want to tear your hair out.
I ended up giving up cloth diapers when I started the first time with Sister because I could not find the right wash routine and Sister ended up getting awful rashes. It was ridiculous. (It turns out that she has really sensitive skin and she still got rashes even after I figured out a good wash routine.) And there are people out there who will tell you that homemade detergent and detergent specifically formulated for cloth diapers (like Ecosprout, etc) are evil and will ruin your diapers. You can read what I recommend here (this is based on my personal experience and what I’ve heard from other people.)
The people who buy all the diapers just to resell them for way more than they paid for them.
May I say that scalpers are evil? It really aggravates me when this happens. The only way to get this to stop is for people to not buy from them. I don’t see that happening, especially since there are people out there who will pay ridiculous amounts for something that catches pee and poop.
Limited edition prints.
I’m going to clarify this one a bit because there are some companies out there (AppleCheeks specifically) where the limited edition prints are available for a long time, and you’re usually able to get them at retail even after they’ve been discontinued. There are other brands (like bumGenius) where if you don’t have quick fingers, you’re shit out of luck. Pardon my language. And sometimes these limited edition prints are awesome and you really want to have them. Other times you wonder who the heck actually thought that this fugly print was a good idea for a limited edition. Yes, limited amounts of limited edition prints can be good for a business’ wallet. For their reputation, maybe not so much.
Hard to find prints/colors.
These are limited edition and discontinued prints and colors. And they can sell for ridiculous amounts. BUT people are willing to pay these prices so these diapers are going to continue to be sold for ridiculous amounts. I can kind of understand. Personally, there are some prints and colors that I would really love to get my hands on (Purple Rain AppleCheeks, Jules bumGenius), but there is no way in the world that I am going to pay more than retail for a used diaper. No matter how badly I want it. (So if anyone wants to donate me a Purple Rain, I would be your bestest friend forever. )
You can’t buy them all.
Okay, maybe if you’re rich you can. Or if you’re really good at hiding debt and diapers from your husband/significant other.
The moms who have all the diapers you want.
Much love to you, ladies, but secretly, I’m insanely jealous. And I mean insanely literally. I know I’m not the only one. Really, they’re diapers. Fancy poop catchers as Suzi from Cloth Diaper Addicts says (and ironically, she has the biggest fancy poop catcher stash of anyone I have ever seen, lol). Why be jealous because another mom has the pretty ones that you want? Of poop catchers? It’s wrong to want something that someone else has. But I know that secretly we’re all wishing that those moms with the amazing stashes would give them all to me. Uh, I mean us.