Pañales: Cloth or Disposable?

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When I was pregnant with my first child, I wanted to do everything the most natural way possible. To that end, I took hypnosis classes, called HypnoBabies, so I could give birth naturally without any kind of drugs. I did yoga twice a week almost til the end to learn how to relax and channel my inner strength. As soon as we moved to Denver, I looked for a cloth diaper service so I could sign up and be ready for when my child was born.

But it’s not for nothing that they say that if you want to make God laugh, you should tell him your plans. (Or at least that’s what they say in Spanish.) In other words, you can plan all you want, but things are going to happen the way they are going to happen. And that’s exactly what happened!

While I was able to labor for a good nine hours without any medication, after pushing unsuccessfully for three hours, we had to make a decision to have a C-section in order for my daughter to be born. I was devastated. The hypnosis classes had worked wonders, but my daughter didn’t want to come out that way!

In terms of the cloth diapers, everything seemed to be going well for the first four months. I’m not going to lie here and say it was the easiest thing in the world because it wasn’t. But I believed I was doing something good both for my daughter and for the planet. In all honesty, I hated that it seemed as if I had to change my daughter every two hours, especially at night because it meant we barely got any sleep. I also hated that I had to scrape the poop out of the cloth diaper before I could throw it in the pail that I’d leave outside my door for the service to come pick up once a week in exchange for clean ones. The other difficult thing was going out. I found the cloth diapers utterly inconvenient.

I know tons of moms have done this successfully and I commend them for this, but after two back to back snow storms which were major and prevented the service from coming to pick up the dirty diapers and deliver the clean ones, I could do it no more. I gave up and went with disposable diapers and I haven’t looked back since.

I’m glad I tried cloth diapers because now I know that it wasn’t for me and whenever other moms try to talk me into it again, I can say no with conviction. While there are a lot of pluses to cloth diapers, it’s impossible to admit that there are lot of pluses to disposable diapers too. For me, especially now that I’m a mom who works full-time outside the home, it’s all about the convenience and the long-lasting power of diapers. I know I’ll be potty training my son soon, but in the mean time, I’m glad for the disposable diapers and the fact that he can stay dry all night means we all get to sleep through the night!

How about you? Have you tried cloth diapers? Which ones do you prefer?

Don’t forget that Huggies® is giving away a makeover with Disney Baby® merchandise! If you’d like to enter, all you have to do is share a diapering tip or experience in any of the following three ways:

1) Visit www.mamasquesaben.com and complete the online form along with your contact information and your experiences in either English or Spanish.

2) Call toll free (888) 333-6414 and leave your contact info and your experience in either English or Spanish.

3) Participate in any of the Mamás que Saben store events and fill out the official form on site. You can find stores and dates here.

One baby room makeover will be given away each week for 8 weeks. For official rules and more details please click here.

Disclaimer: I am compensated for my participation as a Huggies® Mamás que Saben blogger; however, all opinions, tips and stories are my own.

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