I didn’t put Bowie in cloth diapers because, I’m sort of a wimp when it comes to all things bodily fluid. Especially the #1 and #2 variety. I try to live as green as possible, but I didn’t think the material that modern disposables are made of was that bad, and I knew I’d be washing the cloth diapers like 765 times a day each because of my poo and pee phobia.
Of course, now that I’ve been diapering him for almost 2 years now, not only do I know a little more about diapers and am horrified that I’ve thrown approximately 5000 diapers into the landfill (and that’s a REAL number, not a comedy made up one) but, I am also aware that motherhood gives you a fair amount of immunity to the poo and pee gross factor. You get a little poo on your hands and you’re like meh.
I became a little perturbed a few weeks ago, as I mentioned in a previous post, about the lack of consistency in the anatomy of a Pampers diaper, depending on where you purchase it. And, as I recently found out, they have changed all of their diapers, so you’re getting a lower quality diaper pretty much wherever you go.
But also now, someone that I follow on Twitter has pointed me to this lovely gem (Edit: No longer available thanks to a powerful mommy blogger community, way to go ladies!) from the Pampers web site about disposable vs. cloth diapers. Just take a moment to read through it, and I’m pretty sure that whatever side of the fence you’re on with your diapering, you’ll find this a little condescending and offensive. Some of the stuff that’s written there is complete, outright, bold-faced lying. And misleading statements. And manipulation of facts at its best.
Bowie’s going to be out of diapers in (KNOCK ON WOOD) maybe 4 to 6 months. So, I’m not going to make the change right now. But I SO WOULD if he were younger. I was naïve and I was suckered in by the Big Box Company Marketing Campaign. Cloth is the way to go. I salute you, cloth diapering parents!