I've had a few people ask me about this and I've thought about it myself. Why don't I cloth diaper? Cloth diapers are cute now. It's environmentally friendly. You end up saving money on diapers. Your baby doesn't get diaper rash. Etc.
All of those reasons are great reasons for why YOU, if you are able, should consider going this route. I thought about it when I was doing laundry earlier this evening. Laundry, at my house, is exactly the same as it's been since college. Meaning a community laundry room and the search for quarters.
I love the earth and all, and even more I love the idea of saving money on diapers and being able to brag that my kid never had a diaper rash. But do you realize, it's like pulling teeth for our family to ever have enough quarters to reliably do laundry any more often than weekly. And even then, it costs $2.50 to wash and dry. TWO-FIFTY. Not only does it cost, but you have to have that much in quarters. So $2.50 for whites, for darks, for towels and sheets, etc.
Also, laundry at our house is a pain. It's a pain in everyone's house. But at our place, I'm the one who does the laundry while my husband is at work. Which means that Seb and I do the laundry. Literally. Me leaving him in the exersaucer so that I can run to the laundry room is something I've verynearlyconsidered but feel horrible about. So me, the baby (in a baby carrier), a laundry basket, a roll of quarters, and a jug of laundry soap all make it down. Lord forbid baby falls asleep during the wash cycle because figuring out whether or not I should wake him to go put clothes in the dryer is the most difficult choice. (Leave him? Take him? Let him sleep and leave the clothes, risking an angry neighbor dumping our clothes out?)
In short, I just don't have it in me to scrounge up the quarters to wash his diapers. And because I don't want to live in our community laundry room. There are other things I would rather do with my time. I know this is laziness and we may have to revoke my "Attachment Parenting" Mom card, but we are a Pampers family. And you know, he really hasn't yet had any real big problems with diaper rash.
|Clearly not bothered by our use of disposable diapers.|
I've linked this post to the No Housework Party Link-up. Because I choose disposables as a short-cut for a chore I despise, laundry. What did I do today? I can tell you one thing- I didn't do laundry/washing of diapers!