I’ll admit, there have been times lately when I have a little bit of trouble coming up with topics to write about for this blog. It’s sometimes hard for me to believe because there was a time that cloth diapering was all I thought about, all I talked about and article topics seemed to be spilling out of my brain night and day.
I guess that’s how it is when something becomes completely ingrained in your day-to-day routines. I’m not thinking about cloth diapering quite as much anymore because I don’t need to. And because I’m not thinking about diapering very often, topics aren’t swirling around in my mind quite as freely. And that’s exactly how it should be.
So, here are the top five ways I know cloth diapering has become second nature:
1. It’s truly part of the routine. Like everything else with babies, cloth diapering quickly became part of the humdrum life of this mom (Yes, for all of you new-to-cloth moms out there or those still on the fence about cloth diapers wondering if cloth ever truly becomes easy…it does. And fast, I promise). The washing, drying, stuffing and adjusting that seemed so incredibly daunting at the beginning of the cloth journey is something I could do in my sleep these days.
2. I speak the language of cloth diapers fluently. I remember reading blog post after blog post trying to educate myself on cloth diapers before my daughter was born. I would have to google at least a word or two in each post just to understand what was being discussed. I’d sometimes say words like “PUL” and even “FuzziBunz” out loud to myself in front of my computer, just to see what they sounded like coming out of my mouth. It seemed like a foreign language and now it’s like I’ve taken an immersion course and can speak it like a native.
3. I’d much rather talk about my daughter’s latest word than diapers. Don’t get me wrong, I still love a good convo about cloth diapers (and still love to sell people on them!), but it’s not what I bring up during a lull at playdates anymore.
4. I feel like I’ve finally conquered the stink beast. When you cloth diaper, you are faced with challenging stinkies or leaks or rashes at least once (mine was a particularly long struggle), but when you fix the issue and get back to normal washing routines, it feels like you can take on the world. Just washing the diapers and knowing they will come out clean is such a nice, relaxing feeling. I’m more confident about diapers now after slaying the stinkies!
5. I don’t go on cloth diaper shopping sprees (as much) anymore. I think it’s also a product of knowing we are nearing the end of my daughter’s diapering years, but I’m not spending every naptime trolling cloth retailers for good deals, wondering what colors we need more of to complement this season’s wardrobe or dreaming about how to better organize the stash. Don’t get me wrong, I still buy a new diaper (or three) here or there and have started to rotate some old ones out, but I haven’t had to justify seven new diapers at one time to my husband recently. And I am happy with my stash. They are just our diapers. They work, they get clean and we are happy.
I guess that’s why I sometimes struggle with a fun, interesting or useful cloth diapering topic: its just part of life now. In a good way!
When did cloth diapering become second nature to you? And how did you know?
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 week.