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