I was rocking my daughter today and as I was doing it, I was just thinking. I do a lot of serious thinking in that rocking chair, but today, I was looking at a few stray disposables stuffed in the changing table and thinking about all the things I don’t miss about disposable diapers. Here’s my top five:
Storing the ginormous boxes of diapers. In an effort to economize when my son was in disposables, we always bought the super-duper humungo box of diapers at a club store or online. Great for the price-per-diaper, not so great for our limited storage situation. We were living in an apartment at the time and I was always racking my brain for places to put extra diapers. With cloth, I know exactly how much space they will take up and every diaper has a place in the changing table.
The dorky characters. I don’t miss the graphics on the disposable diapers. I always thought the artwork could be SO much cuter. And why are there so many more baby Elmo’s than any of the other characters?
Gel-splosions. Has this ever happened to you: You open your child’s diaper to find tiny clear gel balls all over their genitals, the diaper and the changing table? It happened to me more times than I care to count – in one package of diapers, I swear it happened every third diaper. What is that stuff? Whatever it is, I am pretty sure I don’t want it touching my child’s skin. Ever.
The stink. People talk about stink in cloth, but the disposables have a different kind of stench …maybe it was my son’s super potent urine, but the chemical-y smell that came out of the diaper every time he urinated was hideous.
Crunch-Crunch. Disposables, especially very new and dry ones, make such a crunchy, crinkly sound whenever baby moves. It doesn’t sound good and it can’t feel very good either. I won’t even get into how they looked….
For these reasons and many more, I am so happy we made the switch to cloth! What don’t you miss about disposables?