>To attempt to make a long(er) story short(er), a few weeks ago, I was totally there. My son had been drinking some juice (side note: before you worry that your child’s dark urine is because of dehydration or a UTI, remember the red food coloring he managed to ingest a few days earlier.)
I was standing over the toilet, diaper in one hand, toilet paper in the other, attempting to scrape the massive, ahem, deposit off of the diaper. Just for a second, my eyes glazed over, and I drifted away…
I was spinning through a field of daisies, pack of disposables in my arms, “So Happy Together” playing in the background. With a smug smile on my face, I tossed the offending diaper in the pail.
Then, the record screeched, and I remembered what it was really like to use disposables. Remember that we used disposable diapers/pull-ups on my daughter for almost 2 1/2 years, and on my son for about 4 months. The terms “fitteds and pockets and snappis” weren’t in my diaper vocabulary, but “blowout” sure was.
We have one single photo of my daughter in her cute baptism gown, and in the photo, my husband is holding her with a horrified look on his face, since the blowout was in process at that very moment. Even when the diapers were on properly, and in the proper size, blowouts were a regular occurrence.
Much of the time, it came right out the back of the diaper, while the diaper itself remained relatively unscathed. I looked down at the diaper in my hand, covered with poop from front to back and side to side, nearly to the edges of the elastic and I knew. I knew there was no way this would have stayed in a disposable diaper.
I may be scraping and washing this diaper, but if it had been a disposable, I would instead be washing a shirt, pants, socks, probably my clothing, any surface nearby, the changing pad, and quite possibly, giving the kid a bath. I saw a post in the cafemom babies group where a Mom cut a onesie off of her daughter after a blowout, knowing there was no way to get it off of her without making a bigger mess!
With cloth, I had one incident where I didn’t have the diaper snug around his leg and breastfed baby poop came out of the leg gap, but other than that, no blowouts. So, yeah. I gladly washed that diaper! I think having used disposables in the past makes me appreciate cloth more!
Aside from the occasional horrifying story of the forgotten poopy cloth diaper that was beyond saving, have you ever wished you could pitch a diaper?