Life after diapers...
November 6, 2013 10:38:41 PM EST
I was very surprised the other day when a friend mentioned that her son, who is nearly the same age as mine, is starting to show interest in potty training. I think that's awesome! But being that we just celebrated the baby's first birthday, only a few short months ago, potty training has been the last thing on my mind...
My older kids wore disposables and didn’t fully potty-train until 2 ½-3 years. I didn’t push them, I waited until they showed signs that they were ready. I’ve heard that cloth diapered kiddos tend to train a little earlier than sposied kids, but although we've introduced him to the potty, my guy has not shown me any signs to make me think he is interested at all...
That being said, this has put a little bit of a bummer on my “BUY ALL THE DIAPERS” attitude. Not that I really “buy all the diapers”… I love window shopping and gushing over cute diapers, but only buy the ones I really, REALLY want.
It may sound weird, but I've actually enjoyed using cloth diapers. I never would have imagined I'd feel that way when I first started using them! My sister, knowing how much I love cloth diapering and how writing about it has become sort of a hobby of mine, asked me the other day, “What are you going to do after he potty-trains?” I guess she thought maybe I would cry or be in denial and keep him in diapers until he goes to high school. That got me thinking about what life will be like after my little one potty-trains. What will I miss about cloth diapers and what, well, not so much…
What I will NOT miss about cloth diapers:
Where’s that DARN Snappi???
I don’t know about you, but I cannot keep tabs on my Snappis to save my life! I am always looking for a Snappi. Sometimes I find them in the bottom of my purse, in the medicine cabinet, by the bed… more often than not, they’re not in the designated basket where they’re supposed to be. I recently remedied this by stocking up on them. Now if one goes missing, it’s not a huge deal. I now have a nice little stash of spares.
Having to moisten cloth wipes
I've been cloth diapering my son for quite a while now, and I still haven’t quite figured out my cloth wipes situation. Most of the time, I fold them to pop up in a wipes box, and since I only fold enough to use in a day, I wet the whole box. But after I run out and wash them, sometimes I get lazy… I don’t feel like folding them, or for some reason, I don’t get around to wetting them after I get them into the box. Then I have to walk to the sink to moisten each wipe before I change his diaper. It’s really not a big deal, just an extra step. In a way though, it’s actually kind of nice. I feel like I am pampering my son when I use warm water to wet the wipes. Plus he doesn't try to run away or struggle with me as much when the wipes aren't so chilly... so it's a win, win.
Forgetting pre-moistened cloth wipes in the bottom of my purse
Not only have I not got my wipes situation at home figured out, I am the same way when on the go… Sometimes I take dry wipes and a peri bottle of water to wet them as needed, but other times I bring pre-moistened wipes in a baggie which I find more convenient. Like I said, I get kind of lazy. The problem with this is, I forget about them EVERY. TIME. I usually find them days later at the bottom of my purse. Luckily, I have never found mold growing on them!
I LOVE my diaper sprayer. One thing I don’t love about my sprayer though, is spray back. That is when the pressure is just a bit too high and the water sprays back at you! I have learned to remedy this by watching the pressure on my sprayer, and by getting my diaper LOW in the toilet when I spray. When I first started spraying, for some reason I kept my diaper higher than the water and away from the toilet bowl… like I was not supposed to let it touch. I don’t know why I did this. If I didn’t have a sprayer, I would be using the dunk & swish method, so the diaper would be getting VERY up close and personal with the toilet. Since I started getting the diaper low in the toilet and perfected my spraying technique, I have not had nearly as much trouble as I’ve had in the past.
What I will miss:
Wanting to BUY ALL THE DIAPERS
Ok. So at first, I had this on my list of things I will NOT miss about cloth diapers, but I decided to change it. I love buying cloth diapers! Like I said, I don’t go crazy. There are certain ones I have had my eye for a while, but I DO find the strength to resist. But it’s really no different than those who love buying shoes and purses! When we are at home, most times my son is just running around in a diaper. We like for our kids to have cute clothes, right? Well, I think of his diaper as part of his outfit. There are so many cool styles and cute prints to choose from...
What I love about cloth diapering is that although I have enough diapers, if I want to try something new, I have a choice whether or not to spend the money. When I used disposables, I didn’t have a choice. When we ran out, I had to run to the store to buy more. Now I can choose WHEN and IF I buy diapers.
If you have never heard of Fluff Mail, it’s simply when you get diapers in the mail. When I first started cloth diapering, when I heard that some people getting excited about this, I didn’t quite understand it… why would you get excited about getting diapers in the mail? That was until I caught the cloth diaper bug. I then realized what all the fuss was about! Cloth diapers are so cute, soft, and squishy! I, too, began to anxiously await Fluff Mail, checking the tracking to see when it was due to arrive.
I admit, I have strayed from The Green Nursery a couple of times... but when it took nearly a week to get a shipping notice from those other places, I learned my lesson. When I want my fluff, I want it now! :) That’s just one of the reasons why I am now a loyal TGN customer. I am always amazed with how quickly they ship my order compared to the other places I have ordered from in the past.
Diapers drying on the line
There is just something about seeing diapers drying on the line. Whether it’s a rainbow of pockets or a row of flats, I love looking outside and see them hanging in the sun. Plus they just smell so nice! I don’t know what it is, but I miss definitely miss this!
The Cloth Diapering Community
Once you start cloth diapering, you’re welcomed with opened arms into the Cloth Diapering Community, no membership required. It’s not an actual community, it’s more like a sisterhood of like-minded mamas. Whenever you see someone who is going through the same things you are or have the same interests, it’s like you have this sort of connection or bond.
When we are finished with cloth diapers, I plan on continuing to advocate for them and showing parents the benefits and how easy using them really is. TGN has also started up a new Facebook group, Help a Mama Out! This group was created for all moms, so that they have a safe place to vent, ask questions, offer advice, and connect with others going through this crazy adventure we call parenthood. I definitely plan on staying connected through this group!
Being the last baby in diapers.
Cloth or not, this may very well be our last baby. It’s not set in stone, but we have four kids and this baby is QUITE a handful. It will be a little bittersweet once our diapering days are over. His diapers are a reminder that once upon a time, he was small enough to cradle in my arms. As I see him get bigger and learning new things every day, I know my baby is growing up…
So to answer my sister’s question, “What will I do with myself after my son potty-trains?” I will celebrate it! I will be happy that my baby is becoming a big boy and more independent, even though a little part of me will ache. Then we will move on. Babies grow up so fast. We hear it all the time, but it’s so true. I’m in no rush. He’ll let me know when he is ready, and I will be there to help and encourage him along the way. And you know what comes after cloth diapers?........Cloth trainers ;)
Is there anything you'll miss when your diapering days are over?
*I have purchased all products mentioned in this post. Although I am compensated for my time writing, all opinions are 100% my own.
Stephanie Beck is the mother of a dinosaur expert, a set of twins somehow born 13 months apart, and a wild baby boy. She enjoys being outdoors with her kids, going on walks, swimming, fishing, and yard saling with her hubby. She started her blog, Apron Strings Attached, because she wanted to share her experiences with raising kids, breastfeeding struggles and success, and cloth diapering. She now enjoys blogging about life in cloth diapers for TGN, and also helps out with TGN’s twitter, so if you want to chat about cloth diapers, or just want to say “hi”, go ahead and send her a tweet!