There seems to be a number of mum bloggers making the decision to cloth diaper. That's great to hear. Amy is doing a series of posts about her experience, which I imagine would be really helpful to many mothers contemplating the change. And over at Adventures in Babywearing, Steph has taken the plunge at baby number 4, and is documenting her experiences, much on video.
It's funny. But for me, it wasn't an issue. I mean, it wasn't anything that occured to me to blog about or document, because I couldn't imagine not using cloth diapers. Whilst for many parents disposables are the default with cloth as an ideal, for me, the issue was a little different.
I had liked the idea of elimination communication (or potty whispering, I like that). I wasn't daunted by the idea at all, so you can imagine how ordinary cloth diapering seemed to me.
But when baby came and I was so sore from surgery and the breastfeeding was going all wrong, that's the last thing I was interested in. And now? I just can't imagine doing it.
The idea is the you're so tuned into your baby's cues that you know when she wants to wee or poop. Well, I am in tune with her. I know when she is about to poop and I know when she is having a wee, though can't predict that. I also realise that not having her wear diapers would force me to be even more in tune.
But how the heck do you not get peed on? And at the risk of TMI, there have been farts with follow-through that not even Nostradamus could have predicted. There's only so close to poop I want to get people! Another thing, it's damn cold here. I couldn't have her naked and by the time you get even the lightest piece of clothing off, the deed is done.
Here's the Wildflower in a modest video getting her cloth diaper on. Nice and easy clip on pre-folds, Onesies, with a cover. You need to click the tiny play button on the bottom left.
I have used a technique of EC, to make a noise or use a word when she 'goes'. This way, when she eventually uses the potty or toilet, there will be a word that she'll associate with going. The idea is to make the transition easier. I also change her immediately after a poop, so she learns to dislike a dirty diaper.
I don't know, I'm in awe at mother's who do it. I wish I could muster the courage. Now that's something I would like to see documented. I can't get my head around the logistics of it all.
And this isn't as weird as it sounds at first. Tribal mums have been doing this since forever. But they have the advantage of organic learning from other mothers.
I will look into it some more, although not sure if I'm too late at 8mths. Would you be game to try something like this?
Resources: diaperfreebaby, ooh, jusy found babiesonpotties video... I'll get back to you.