Tuesday, December 7, 2010
When I was anxiously awaiting Miss Jenna's arrival, I became obsessed with cloth diapers. I spent hours online reading reviews, talking to other moms, "window shopping" and daydreaming about how cute these darn things would look on my little one's bum.
So I ordered lots of different brands to give it a shot. Then Miss Jenna came. Her tiny little bum only fit in about 4 of the 20 diapers I had. Not to mention she went through about 15 diapers a day in the beginning. So needless to say, I wasn't using too many cloth diapers.
Then she grew into my stash. Finally! I started using them more. However, I've run into a few obstacles and I'm at the point that I need to decide if I'm going to give it another go or give up.
The Laundry - I was delusional when I thought I'd have time for all of my chores plus some if I quit my job and stayed at home. Even though I'm staying at home, I hate doing laundry with the fire of a thousand suns and struggle to make time for it. I'd much rather be playing with my baby, watching DVR'd episodes of Vampire Diaries, and surfing the internet. So...doing an extra load of laundry every other day is really a downer. Call me lazy.
My Water Bill - Water in Grants is expensive. I live in the freaking desert for crying out loud! Our bill is typically $70 in winter months. That's kinda pricey. So adding an extra 2 cycles every 2 days adds up on that bill.
My Water Hardness - We have extremely HARD water. Hard water causes build up and smells on cloth diapers. So...I've had to buy some softener additive to put in my loads every now and then. There's another expense.
Diaper Rash - Every mom raves about how cloth diapers don't give babies rashes. I'd like to know which ones they are using. I have like 5 different brands and Jenna still seems to get a rash every time she's in cloth. Plus you can't use Desitin with cloth. So I had to buy special diaper rash cream for cloth diapers. Another expense.
So...I'm just super disappointed that I didn't like cloth as much as I'd hoped. Yes they look adorable but I'm starting to worry they are not for me.
Any cloth diapering momma's out there have any advice/suggestions? Should I give it another go or call it quits?