More on Diapers
After posting about my diaper changing adventures, I had a few people asking me about how I diaper my twins. The answer: mostly cloth.
And then people start getting… weird… Someone asked in a very accusing tone, “Are you one of those cloth diaper parents? You know, the ones who are all superior?”
From another, “Eeew! I just couldn’t play with poop that way. Do you like playing with poop?”
Yes, yes I do. I love playing with poop. No, really – nothing makes my day brighter than playing with poop. I dream about it. I just can’t wait for one of the girls to poop so that I can dunk and swish. Oh, the life…” (You’re getting the sarcasm, right?)
The simple fact of the matter is that diapers are ‘spensive. And diapering two kids for as long as they’re wearing diapers is doubly ‘spensive. I’d rather spend my money on something that’s more fun – like cheese. Not only are the diapers an expense, but so is disposing of them. If we lived in town, I’d need to buy garbage tags to get rid of ‘em. Since we live outside of town, we don’t pay to have our garbage picked up. We compost, we feed leftovers to our chickens, we burn some stuff and we make a trip to the recycling center and dump every two to three months. I cannot imagine if we were using disposables how many garbage cans of just diapers we’d be pitching.
So I wash diapers, usually every night. I dunk and swish the poopy ones in the toilet, usually while grimacing and thinking, “Why did we feed you whole blueberries?” I run them downstairs to the washer before I go to bed and switch them to the drier after I get the girls down for their afternoon nap. On weekends, when I’m around in the morning, I switch them during morning nap.
It was kind of a hard sell for Scott, as he remembers a stinking diaper pail and stabbing diaper pins from when his little brothers wore cloth, but the ones we use don’t need pins (hello, Snappi!) and our diaper pail isn’t really all that stinky. Dunking and swishing really is the worst part of it, but since, you know, I lo-o-o-o-ve to play with poop…