Jen decided way before Liam was born, possibly before he was even conceived, that she wanted to use cloth diapers. I think the reasoning was threefold. First she wanted to be environmentally conscious: disposable diapers amount to a huge amount of trash. Second she wanted to be cost conscious: buying cloth diapers and reusing them is substantially less expensive than buying disposables over the course of a baby’s diaper-wearing life. Third, she wanted to do something old-fashioned: she likes tradition and antiques, and something being new and popular doesn’t make it smarter or better. While writing I thought of another reason: she discovered a large undergound cloth diaper society and she wanted to be a part of it.
Those were her original reasons. After telling friends and family her plans for using cloth diapers, 90% of them laughed or scoffed and told her she would never last using cloth. After hearing of the third or fourth person to say this to her I knew what was going to happen: she was going to use cloth just to prove to those people that she could. It was obvious to me that the people telling her that she wouldn’t be able to do it didn’t know her very well. Just in telling her she wouldn’t be able to handle it, those naysayers strenghened her resolve to the point I think Liam could have explosive toxic nuclear poop and she would still use cloth diapers. I’m not kidding.
To this point we haven’t really had to clean any diapers. We have been using a service called Tidee Didee. They come every Monday morning, pick up the bag of “soiled” diapers and leave us a bag of clean ones. The cost is about $15/week. For the first 2 1/2 months it was paid for through gift certificates and a gift from Jennifer’s parents (thank you!). Our paid-through date is, I believe, October 15th. After that we, meaning she, get to start cleaning poopy diapers in the toilet. I’m all for continuing the service and canceling cable TV, and, if need be, going on a diet or fasting once or twice a week. If we’d have thought about it, we would have cleaned the diapers for the first 6 months or so when the poop is runny and doesn’t even really stink and then used Tidee Didee for as long as we could after that. At 6 months Liam will start eating solid food and with solid food comes solid poops. Solid stinky poops all mashed into the diaper. Nasty. I’m not looking forward to it. Jen said the other day that when Liam had solid poop all you had to do was shake the poop into the toilet. I mentioned to her the fact that it would still be soft, not really hard, and would be all mashed into the diaper and smeared all over his little bottom. She said, and I quote, “Oh.”
We’ll see how it goes. I’m in the process of scaling down the TV shows I just can’t do without. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night screaming “Not the cable modem, PLEASE! Not the cable modem!!” As long as Jen is happy to clean poopy diapers, I’m happy to let her. And no, I’m so foolish as to think I’ll never have to clean any. I can feel myself getting dragged into her stinky little poop-filled underground already.