I have been on the cloth diapering bandwagon for over two and a half years now. I bought my first cloth diapers and covers while I was pregnant, to get an idea of what all the mamas on the message boards were talking about. I've been an addict ever since. When my daughter was born, she was tiny. She was about 6 weeks old when I started to cloth diaper her most-of-the-time, and at about 2 months we went full-time prefolds and covers, and haven't looked back.
But today, I'm at the end of it. I'm just about done with cloth diapers. I know I'm just overwhelmed. I know it's just a culmination of events making me feel really foul. But I'm about to go buy a pack of sposies this afternoon and call it done.
Our diapers are all in really bad shape. Thirsties Duo Diapers are designed to hold up for 200 to 250 washes. I got our first ones in November and December, 2009, so they've been laundered two or three times a week for a year and 4 months. We're getting close to that 250 washes mark, and they look it. Our covers look pretty crappy too. The laundry tabs are pulling off, the leg elastic has poop stains, and the tabs are curling. Not to mention all the crap that is stuck in the velcro.
I don't want to invest in more diapers, though. Since we're sortof potty training, and will be hard core potty training as soon as my classes are done in May, there is no sense in buying more diapers. Besides, if I'm spending money, shouldn't I be buying cloth training pants?
Bringing me to my next rant. While there are thousands of kinds of cloth diapers on the market now, the cloth training pants selection isn't so grand. Which is a good thing, I guess, because I'm not overwhelmed with choices. Yesterday I bought a set of Gerber waterproof training pants at Target. The smallest size they had was 2T, and they are WAAAAY too big on my kid that still wears 18 month sized pants. My biggest peev is that the outer, waterproof layer isn't PUL. It's PEVA. Plastic. The absorbent layer? Is polyester batting. They sewed a cheap Gerber prefold inside of even cheaper plastic and sold it as training pants. I can't put my kid in these for a minute, let alone all day at daycare.
So I can't decide what kind of training pants to get, my diapers are all a shitty mess, and then ...
My plumbing backs up. There is standing water in my basement.
It's a long story that either means there are roots growing into my sewer line or my kid accidentally flushed a cloth wipe. In that case I'll write a blog post so fucking funny I'll win an award for making the most number of people pee their pants. In the case of the former, I am screwed.
What it means in real life is that I can't flush toilets, rinse the dishes in the sink that I just washed, take a shower, or do laundry.
Hence, why I am headed to the store to buy disposable diapers and then to my mom's to spend the night. I know neither my kid nor I are about to sleep well at all, but at least I'll be able to pee.