I hate them!
I didn't realize how much I dislike disposable diapers until I was forced to go on a Cloth Hiatus.
The reason that we haven't been using reusable diapers, is that we
After a few days here, I finally ordered a new sprayer.
AND IT IS NOT HERE YET! (Where could it be? It's not in Provo at our old place, I checked!)
I just can't bring myself to use the cloth diapers without the sprayer, because I am NOT interested in dunking diapers in the toilet.
So my boys have been wearing regular ol' Pampers.
We tried to put them into Huggies (they're a bit cheaper, since you can get them in bulk at Costco) but after two days, both boys had blisters all over their bums! Yikes!
Pampers it is, I guess.
Here are some of the (newly discovered) downsides of disposable diapers:
None of my boys' clothes fit them. At all. I guess their big diaper butts were holding all their pants up, because their shorts are constantly falling off, and if we put them in pants they either slide down their bums, or are total highwaters.
We are going through diapers unbelievably fast. I guess using 5-15 cloth diapers a day makes a bigger difference than I realized, but there are so many poopy diapers overflowing from our garbage that our driveway is a fly-infested stinkland.
We are going through clothing really fast too. I couldn't figure it out at first. How could we suddenly never have enough shorts for the boys? But then I realized that it's because I don't always make them wear pants if they're in cloth diapers. But in disposable, they always have to have pants on, and they go through several pair a day - like every time they eat anything. I could strip them down to diapers when they were doing something messy before, but they can take their Pampers off, so if I strip them down to diapers, they finish the job and end up naked.
Swimming is the worst. Did you know that you can use BumGenius cloth diapers as swim diapers? It's great, because we have a little kiddie pool, and my boys love to climb in to it in whatever they're wearing at the moment. Which means that I strip explosively huge, disgusting, water-logged Pampers off them both a few times a day. Ergh! They're so gross, I gag when I change them, even though they're just filled with pee and hose water.
And lastly, disposable diapers just aren't cute. I hate seeing them run around in just diapers, and I can't ever take pictures of them in just diapers because I've gotten so used to the adorableness that is cloth.
I know those don't seem like huge deals, but DANG! All together, I find that those few reasons are making a big difference in the way that I feel about cloth.
I always thought that I liked cloth and disposables almost equally, but I guess the truth is: I don't like disposables nearly as much as I like cloth. I LOVE cloth!
Also, my new neighbor is the worst! Here's a conversation that we had:
Becky: Oh, do you guys use cloth diapers?
Neighbor: What? Oh yeah, we used to. Our daughter is potty trained though, so we just use them at night now.
Becky: How old is she again?
Neighbor: TWENTY-MONTHS! HAHAHA, You stink! You are jealous! MY CHILD IS POTTY-TRAINED AND YOU ARE UGLY!
That conversation might not be perfectly accurate, but that's definitely how it felt when I was having it.
Also, our neighbor is actually really cool, and her daughter (only two months older than my boys) is a little genius. We come out, and she's like "Hi Grey! Hi Micah! I'm swimming! See my swimsuit? Watch this! Give you a hug? Okay!"
And that is real. She speaks like that.
And is potty trained.
Shesh. I am jealous and ugly.