I saw a cloth diaper post on Facebook recently that I can’t stop thinking about.
Of course I cannot for the life of me, remember on which wall it was posted or the exact wording of the post. But it was something like “which cloth diaper accessory do you wish existed?”
The question itself was provocative enough, it got me thinking creatively about what would make my cloth diapering life easier.
What came to mind for me were things like a dryer additive that would show blue dots on the inserts if there was any trace of urine still in the diaper, or a cardboard marker that you stick between two diapers that reminds you to start the laundry (for me, diapers should go in when we have about 4-5 clean diapers remaining… but I always get down to two and have to scurry around to quickly get some diapers clean).
But I digress…
It was actually some of the comments on that post that got me really thinking. Several of the commenters suggested that the best accessory they could ask for would be someone to come to their home, diagnose their laundry routines and offer ideas for how to solve their issues. Genius! Don’t you agree?
Who knows, maybe some enterprising mom has already started a business like this, but here’s the ad I would place for this potential God-send:
WANTED: Cloth Diaper Consultant to assist in laundering cloth diapers, assess issues with stink and recommend course of action to eliminate said stink forever. Must be familiar with high-efficiency washing machines, hard water that is about to become softer due to municipal changes, sensitive skin, toddler poop with peanut butter consistency and Dinosaur Train. Must be willing to listen to “laundry” list of methods tried, wait while current load finishes before diapers can go in, play an umpteen number of games of CandyLand with preschooler while diapers wash, listen with empathy to the mama’s concerns and help stuff diapers once dry. Once new diaper washing routine has been identified, must write laundry procedures down clearly and legibly to be posted in laundry room. Must be comfortable with messy laundry room, constant interruptions by a toddler terror, and a full stash of FuzziBunz One-Size and Perfect Size. Must bring samples of laundry additives or detergents to try with recommendations on what will work. Will pay considerable fee and will lavish extensive baked goods and referrals if stink issue is solved.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find this person? Who agrees with me?
Sarah is a mom of two and blogs about her adventures in motherhood, cloth diapering and everything in between. Catch her “Cloth Diapering Unwrapped” series on the FuzziBunz blog every Tuesday.