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Designer disposables (and the time I wore a diaper-on my leg)

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I had heard of the new “designer” Cynthia Rowley Pampers, but just noticed them in the Target Ad today.  $14.99 for 23 size 4 diapers?!  *gulp*

I’ll say, I’m not a “sposie hater.”  I used them for my daughter for 2+ years and on my son for 4+ months.  My daughter never had issues with diaper rash, though my son did (which is really what made me finally make the switch.)

Do I regret it?  Yes!  Mostly because I could have an  awesome stash of cloth diapers (or a diamond ring for that matter!) for the money I threw away on disposable diapers.

I’m cheap frugal, so I stockpile; diapers were no exception.  I worked sales, coupons, special offers etc. to get diapers from 8 cents each (name brand.)  I would buy them if I needed them if they were under 22 cents each.  For wipes my price was around 2.5 cents per wipe.  Now, that led to the problem of how many to stockpile.  I’m a worrier, so it stressed me out.  I was often left with too-small diapers to get rid of.

Speaking of too small diapers, it wasn’t just that they were too small, they had blowouts all the time.  I joke that I’m hardly doing more laundry now with cloth since we had so many wardrobe changes with sposies.

Then, there was the trash.  The pails were stinky, I had to keep on top of emptying them, then smell them again on trash day.  I’ll admit that at the time, I was more concerned with my convenience than the environment, but now the thought of all those diapers in a landfill sickens me.

When you get down to it, the reason I didn’t cloth diaper my daughter was ignorance.  If it weren’t for the cost, I would have been interested in the new Pampers.  I’m not into “character” stuff, it’s just not my thing.  So I hated seeing purple stripes through her clothes and Sesame Street characters peeking out of her pants.  Now I know that cloth diapers are easy, fun and addictive.  That they pay for themselves in no time, and even the plainest cloth diaper is cuter than the cutest disposable!!

Speaking again of money, I love being able to change my son whenever, without worrying about the cost.  You figure even at a good price, a diaper change costs you a quarter or more for a diaper and wipe or two. 
Even though disposable diaper manufacturers try to say you should change after every “use,” really, how many people do that?  I know some kids are just super soakers, but I was able to get a diaper to hold 5 cups of water in my little experiment.  Really?  I think they are more absorbent so you don’t have to change after every pee.  Even my doctor would say oh, I think you can get a little more use out of that, and close the diaper back up after checking her.  Sometimes we’d change 3 diapers just in the doctor’s office!
 
At 65 cents per diaper, do you really want to change it after an hour or two? 
So, about my wearing a diaper.  I received samples of the new, ultra-thin (and somewhat controversial) disposable diaper in the mail.  So, I decided one evening to wrap one around my leg and see what happened.  I’ll be honest, I was hoping it would give me some awful rash, ’cause that would make for some good blogging.
Alas, it did not, and while I took pictures, I won’t even bother posting them.  OK a few pics, LOL.  They’re not very exciting, I took them myself.
I started with a dry diaper and it instantly felt itchy and scratchy, especially at the leg openings.  No way would I want  to wear one of these on my bottom!

After an hour, I poured some water in and put it back on.  Each hour, I took a pic of my leg, added more water and put it back on.  Now, granted this was water and not urine.  I will do a lot in the name of my blog, but I have to draw the line somewhere!

After a while, the diaper warmed up to my body temp and felt squishy.  I actually forgot I had it on until I stood up from the couch!

I haven’t done this with a cloth diaper, so I really can’t guess what this means for potty training.  I’ve heard that cloth diapered kids tend to train (learn) sooner, but I don’t know if the soft, stay dry and comfy fabrics of today’s diapers make a difference.

My hubby didn’t blink when I put a diaper on my leg, but he sure looked at me funny when he caught me in the kitchen with a diaper, measuring cup & scale.  That diaper is a good 3 inches thick I think!
5 cups of water!  Won’t someone please change my diaper?!
Anyway, if you can afford to spend 15 bucks on 3 days worth of diapers, consider cloth!  In a month’s time, you could have a day’s worth of Smartipants diapers or a great stash of a hybrid/all-in-two system or prefolds & covers.  If nothing else, you could use them until they had paid for themselves (saving the money you had not spent on disposables) then sell them and buy something even cuter and nicer! 
Use them for another child, sell them…heck you could  donate them and still be way ahead of where you’d be had you used disposables!

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Maria Moser
Maria is the mother of 3, writing about cloth diapers & going green. You'll often find her juggling her preschooler and typing 1-handed in between sips of cold coffee. Maria works with many companies within the cloth diaper industry and beyond, providing social media management, product development and other services.
12 Comments
  • June 23, 2011 at 9:02 am
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    […] posted before about “designer disposables,” both here and on Facebook. It’s clear that disposable diaper companies are a little […]

  • July 27, 2010 at 1:47 pm
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    >i feel the same i did disposable for my first son and have just switched my 9 month old to cloth i with i would have know about all the options of cloth when my 2 year old was a baby.. better late then never i guess.

  • July 27, 2010 at 1:39 pm
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    >That is so true! I've also heard the argument that washing cloth is worse for the environment than disposables. I just scrunched up my face like, huh? So should we start wearing disposable clothing?? Hee hee.

  • July 27, 2010 at 1:07 pm
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    >That's the same thing I thought about switching (at least part time) to CDing….I come home with poopy clothes when she has a disposable on, what diff would it make if I'm carrying a poopy diaper?

  • July 25, 2010 at 9:09 pm
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    >Interesting that no one thinks I'm crazy for putting a diaper on my leg. Hmm…maybe you're all just as crazy as I am? 😉

  • July 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm
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    >You are a woman after my own heart. I did almost the same things with my daughter and son. Now after having my son in cloth for two months, I really regret not doing it with my daughter.Now, I have not tried the diaper on my leg, maybe I should, lol.

  • July 25, 2010 at 6:30 pm
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    >I totally want to see the diaper leg pics :DAnd when I disposable diapered my son to drive cross country (who wants to be in a car with poop for 3 days?) I would rest the disposable dipe on my leg already opened and ready while I took off the old one and wiped and then would slide the sposie under him…and my leg would itch for an hour after! Just thinking about touching one makes me itch! FOr the drive back home, we cloth diapered and I used a big freezer bag for dirties until we got home. Had far less poop to ride with anyway (not like I was throwing out his clothes when he blew out of the sposies).

  • July 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm
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    >That is hilarious! And a good idea to see what it feels like to wear a diaper 🙂

  • July 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm
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    >How funny that you wore a diaper on your leg!! I'm a little sad there are no pictures!

  • July 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm
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    >This was very interesting to read. I also love the pirate diaper! =D

  • July 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm
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    >It's a Heartland Dreams fitted!http://hyenacart.com/heartlanddreams/ storehttp://www.change-diapers.com/2010/03/heartland-dreams-fitted.html My review!

  • July 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm
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    >Great post! I have to know — what kind of diaper is that pirate one? I want it!! 😀

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