I’m feeling a bit crummy today from overdoing it yesterday walking all over UCLA and the La Brea Tar Pits. So this post may be short. And not particularly well researched.
I think I’ve mentioned before that we do not cloth diaper. I’d like to talk a little more about that and share my thoughts with you on reducing our diaper footprint.
Let me start by saying that I love cloth diapers. The fabrics are not only beautiful, but they’re so incredibly soft. The thought of that cushy organic bamboo velour cradling my baby’s tiny, delicate rump just makes my heart go pitter pat. Cloth diapering is very, very doable, even for families where both parents work outside the home. It just means a little extra laundry. But here’s the deal: I don’t do the laundry. Juan does the laundry in our house (God bless him), and this means that ultimately the decision is his.
You know, we all have our hills that we are willing to die on: Those aspects of life that are so important that they must be done the way you want. For me, those hills include breastfeeding, solids, and child sleep. I will breastfeed my children, I will make their own food and delay solids, and I will not leave them alone to cry it out.
That’s a whole lot of hills.
Juan doesn’t have as many hills. He’s just a little bit more laid back than I am. But cloth diapering is where he draws the line. And quite honestly, as much as I fantasize about those beautiful and soft cloth diapers on my babies’ bottoms, I recognize that I need to be okay with this. This is something that wouldn’t affect me in a huge way, but would have a terrific impact on the amount of work he has to do. Considering how much hard work he does around the house anyway (the guy is a housework machine!), I respect his choice.
That leaves me wondering, though, what I can do to help “green up” diaper time for the newest member of our family. In addition to wanting to be a little more green for diaper time, frankly, I’m mad at Pampers. There is some controversy surrounding their new Dry Max technology, which I must accurately report has not as of yet been linked by the CPSC to the severe diaper rashes reported by some parents.
Aside from that, last week, Pampers took it upon themselves to email me an ad for formula. This is not acceptable to me as it violates The International Code for Marketing Breastmilk Substitutes as laid out by the WHO. Basically, it’s against the WHO code to advertise formula, and this is something I take pretty seriously. So, sorry Pampers. With one simple email advert, you lost my business.
Thankfully, environmentally friendly diaper options have started to become more and more available. There are a couple of hybrid cloth/disposable options like the gDiaper, but having had friends who tried and didn’t like them, I think these might not be the best option for us. Plus, these would still leave Juan doing diaper laundry.
At this point, I’m looking at three possible choices for us:
Now here’s the thing: Natural and Eco-friendly is great and all, but these puppies have to perform.
We used the 7th Gen diapers a few times with Gabi when she got a bad diaper rash. They were pretty good, but they were a little stiff. Juan did not like them. I’ve never used the other kinds, but with the packaging it’s really impossible to tell much about the diapers.
I’ve emailed each of the three diaper companies to request that they send me a sample diaper. I just want one of each. I want to get the feel of it. I want to see how stiff or how soft they are. I want to pour some water into them to see how they react and absorb the fluid. I do not expect any diaper to contain an honest-to-goodness poopsplosion, but I do expect them not to completely disintigrate when pee hits them.
I haven’t heard back from the companies as of yet on my request, so please stay tuned. I’ll let you know if they’re willing to send me a sample or not. I’d rather not have to shell out for packs of each. These puppies aren’t cheap.
In the meantime, have any of you, dear readers used these natural disposable diapering options? Does anyone out there in cyberspace have anything they can share with me about how these work out?