Disposable Diapering, I wish I could go back and have a do-over!

There are no more babies in my future and I reflect a lot on my diapering experience, especially since I am so engrossed in the cloth diaper industry.

I have a 9yr old daughter whom I did not cloth diaper.  I regret that of course.  Picture after picture of her as a baby and toddler are my constant reminder…she was modeling her throw away diapers in them all.  Diaper Rash plagued us through her entire career in disposable diapers.  She was obviously allergic to their fragrance and chemical makeup but I was a new mom and just though “diaper rash must be normal,”  I had no clue.

I don’t recall even considering cloth diapers with my daughter and I did not know of the existence of modern cloth, the various styles and options available.

Looking back, I attribute a lot of my lack of knowledge to the fact that I wasn’t online as much.  I didn’t know there were mommy forums, there was no Facebook, and I don’t think we even had internet access for most of her baby and toddler ages/stages.  I wasn’t a member of any local moms groups and I didn’t seek out advice from fellow mothers.

Diaper rash remedies were to slather on more Desitin, try using cornstarch or powder and give her blistery rashes time to air dry by letting her go diaper free from time to time.

Certainly there must have been other new moms out there with experiences similar to mine.  Disposables are disposables and I bought what was the least expensive but still good enough quality.  Cheaper disposables had tabs that easily tore off and some diapers in the package came defective.

I put myself back in those shoes knowing what I know now and knowing how right it felt to use cloth diapers on my sons and I can’t help but be a little disappointed in myself for not being more proactive.

Did you use disposables exclusively on any of your children before you knew about cloth diapers?  Do you regret it?  I’d love to hear your comments.

Julie the Cloth Diaper Geek

About Cloth Diaper Geek

Julie Clark is a mama to three crazy kids. She developed a passion for the industry after cloth diapering her twins. She's a former cloth diaper retailer and the mama behind the Cloth Diaper Geek blog.
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14 Responses to Disposable Diapering, I wish I could go back and have a do-over!

  1. Brenda B says:

    I used disposables on my oldest until he was 2.5 years, and my youngest until he was 2 months. I had heard of cloth diapers from one person, who (at the time) I thought was crazy for doing so. I never asked, she never told me any more about them. When we were literally throwing away $40/week with 2 in diapers, a (different) friend asked if we had considered cloth. I was extremely skeptical, but looked into it out of desperation for a cheaper way to diaper 2 kids. I quickly realized that cloth diapers were no longer only prefolds, pins and covers, that they were cute, and much easier than the stories I’d heard about the original cloth. From then on out I was hooked! I do wish I had known more about the modern cloth diaper when my oldest was little. It would have helped a great deal financially for us. While I wish I had used cloth then, I can’t really regret it because the information just wasn’t out there like it is now. That’s why I do what I can to get the word out about modern cloth diapers. 🙂

  2. Jodi says:

    Yes!! I could have said the EXACT same thing! I didn’t use cloth on my now 5 1/2 year old but I’m now making/selling cloth diapers and a very proud cloth diaper user on my 1 1/2 year old! I wish I had known then what I know now!

  3. Leah Burks says:

    I know how you feel somewhat. We didn’t start CDing until my eldest was about 2, and my middle son was 9 months. I look back on those huge stacks of “value box” disposables and cringe. Not just at all the waste, but the money! Oh! How many adorable cloth diapers I could’ve bought with that money, and I could still be using them on son #3!!

  4. Kelly Evans says:

    I have only cloth diapered with my youngest baby. I have 5 children all together and I disposabled with the older 4. I do look back and see the pictures and I agree I am upset with my self and wish I had taken time to learn more. My oldest is 18 and it never crossed my mind. I have my own blog and I am working on a new post about it. As soon as I complete it I can share it with you. Thanks for making realize I am not the only one out there! 🙂

  5. Barbara says:

    I used disposables on my DS and wish I would have started cloth with him. I love cloth diapering my DD. I knew about cloth diapers when I had DS, I was just so overwhelmed with everything being a FTM that I didn’t think that I “could” start cloth diapering when I felt more comfortable with the whole mommy thing. Hindsight is always 20/20.

  6. jessica long says:

    My Most fervent regret as the Mother of a 7 year old boy was NEVER LEARNING about Cloth diapers. As a 21 year old single parent, a poor single parent I would have benefited immensely from CDing. I wish that someone would have told me. Now I am obsessed with Cloths, we are trying for number 2 and I have started building a stash. Thinking of all my Kids poop in the sposies in a Landfill still wrapped in plastic makes me ill. I love Fluffy butts and I am trying to make up for my ignorance by educating others.

  7. Natalie Zohner says:

    I never even thought about cloth diapers until my third was a few months old. Knowing now all the benefits of CD, as well as how easy it was to transition, I so wish I would have started sooner! But at the same time, I’m so glad I started when I did and have been able to CD two of my four children, and hopefully a few more in the future. 🙂

  8. Katie Fender says:

    We started cloth a few months after C was born. I really wish I had talked myself and my husband into cloth diapering right from birth. I thought about it for a while and once I started cloth diapering, I felt so much better about what I was putting on C’s little bum. I also felt better because I was doing something better for the environment. I would NEVER go back to disposables and I can’t wait to cloth diaper our next one from the start.

  9. judi says:

    I do regret using disposables on some of my kids but looking back I’m not convinced I had much of a choice. Living in apartments with coin op washing facilities I’m not sure how I would have gotten the diapers clean for less then I was spending on disposables. I wish I’d never had to deal with coin op laundry while taking care of a baby and I wish I’d know about flats and hand washing options for our super broke periods but I don’t feel bad for using disposables during the times I didn’t have my own washer.

  10. Bekah Kuczenski says:

    I put my my baby in disposables until she was 13 months simply because I really didn’t know about cloth… I thought it gross and out dated… Now 6 months later I am obsessed with cloth and regret ever using disposables 🙁

  11. Meredith E. says:

    I used dsposable on my son until he was about a month old. I tried cloth earlier than that, but I think he was getting too hot in them. Worked better once he was a little older.

  12. Leia T says:

    I’m glad I found out about modern cloth when my baby was 2 months. So no regrets here. My only regret is if I don’t spread the word! I’ve already converted 2 mamas to cloth! Love it!

  13. Bobbie Aikens says:

    I used cloth diapers for the first year with my son. I wish I would have thought of cloth diapers earlier. My son has always fought diaper rash. It is not a severe with the cloth though. I use the cloth diapers now and wouldn’t trade them for anything. I plan on have three more children and I will be using cloth diapers with all of them.

  14. Julie says:

    I used disposables only on my first two babies. I don’t think I would have considered cloth for my first. Maybe I would have for my 2nd since she had horrendous rashes but I don’t think ‘modern’ cloth was very modern 14 years ago. I didn’t discover cloth till my oldest son came along. He’s almost 9. There’s a huge difference between what was available then and now. I’m about to switch to cloth with my 1 month old and there’s a ton of new fluff to choose from just since my last baby 5 years ago.

    I don’t think I can say I regret not cloth diapering all my children. I wasn’t in the mind set to make the effort back then. Maybe what I regret is my attitude more than anything else.

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