Do you have it? That mentality that you either go all the way or not at all? I see this with
many cloth diapering moms, including some friends of mine and I will admit I have also experienced it from time to time. The point of my article is not to point out or judge families who take a break from cloth diapering, whether permanently or a week, but rather to get families thinking less black and white.
In a recent article I wrote titled A Week Without Cloth Diapers & Healthier Disposables to Consider I addressed my very own experience where I just took a week off of cloth diapers to help deal with some personal stress unrelated to cloth diapering. There is nothing wrong with taking a break for a day, week or even a month if it will help motivate and energize you to keep at it for the months or years ahead. Every diaper makes a difference in money savings and in keeping additional diapers from sitting in landfills.
But could I have opted to do part time diapering for that week instead? I have an acquaintance who recently switched to disposable diapers because of a new job she took outside the home, and the stress the additional laundry was causing with her limited time at home. I trust that she made what she thought was the best decision for her family to meet their needs and goals, but I wonder if it ever crossed her mind to just cloth diaper part time.
Perhaps some families will realize they can manage switching to cloth on the weekends or cloth diaper full time using all-in-one diapers or prefolds which can save time compared to pocket diapers. Maybe you can cut down to two cloth diapers a day for a spell rather than throwing in the towel completely. I encourage all of us to think less black in white with our own cloth diapering choices and to remember to embrace the cloth diapering efforts of those around us, no matter how big or small.