For most guys, changing a soggy soiled disposable diaper (or nappy if you’re from Oz) is already in itself a gruesome affair. Now imagine adding into the mix having to take the diaper off and comprehending that it was going to indeed be re-used and therefore needed to be washed in the washing machine which is the same washing machine as your business shirts are washed in… that’s just freakin disgusting!
Admittedly, this is how I felt the first time I changed a diaper and it is also how I felt the first time my wife mentioned that she was interested in investing in a dozen or so cloth diapers.
Justifications such as, “It’s cheaper in the long run” and “It’s better for the environment” and “It’s better for Jayden’s skin as nappy rash isn’t as big of a problem” were all fired at me one after the other like a barrage of cannon fire from the Spanish Armada.
My defences were up and I countered with, “We’ll have to do a lot more washing” and ” It’s not as convenient when we’re going out” and “It’s an expensive outlay if we don’t end up using it long term to realise the return on investment (that’s my work language coming into effect to hopefully bamboozle her)“.
The friendly banter carried on for a few days and after a few more exchanges we declared a ceasefire. So long story short, she ordered the cloth diapers :P
From this point though, there was a plethora of other decisions to be made as there are almost as many different types of cloth diapers as there are different types of golf clubs!
After a lot of deliberation, we decided on the GroVia® All-In-Ones - so as per their website: GroVia® Cloth All-In-Ones have a super absorbent, organic cotton inner with a soft layer of water resistant TPU outer. No stuffing, no doublers. Sounds good to me. Except for the washing part I guess.
To wash, we decided to separate diapers from clothing (even though there are people who just mix it all together) and wash it on a warm water cycle and then tumble dry. I should also note that before you can use the cloth diapers you are instructed to pre-wash them half a dozen times and line dry them in the sub to help increase the absorbency.
Debut Dad TIP: We also ended up getting some GroVia® Bioliners though which really made the cleanup process easier. Instead of having to scrape any excess poop bits into the toilet and then having to worry about additional staining on the cloth diapers, the liners mean we can simply lift it along with the solid poop bits and flush it all down the toilet as they are 100% biodegradable.
What does Jayden think though?
Well if he could speak, I think he’d be telling us how comfortable the organic cotton feels against his bum and his little soldier :P However, because he can’t speak yet though, I’ll let the photos do the talking :)
So there you have it… Jayden wasn’t crying… he was content… no different to disposables really in the end. The difference is noticeable to only us, the parents. Our back pockets take the hit but in return we get to feel good about what we’re doing for the environment I guess, unless you think about how much more water and electricity your household will be using in addition to normal with you doing the extra loads of washing for the cloth diapers… ah well, you can’t win em all! At least they look nicer than disposables :P
Hang on, did I just complete my first product review? Surely not… I didn’t give it a score or anything. *shrug* Bah, doesn’t matter.
Hope this post inspires some of you to consider cloth diapers… and the environment… think about the whales and the baby seals!