I Suck at Cloth Diapering

Before Luna was born I made the decision to cloth diaper. It’s what all the cool Moms do now. It’s all over Pinterest, the blogs, the Mom groups and for good reasons too. It’s better for the baby’s skin, it saves money and is better for the environment. Plus, you get to buy all these adorable printed diaper covers. It was a no-brainer for me, but Husband had his doubts. He tried to argue that it would be difficult, time-consuming and expensive, but me and the many Internet articles I researched convinced him to let me go for it. And, go for it, is what I did.

Many moons ago, I wrote a cloth diaper review for a Thirsties brand diaper. In the review, I mentioned that I would soon write a blog about the do’s and don’t of cloth diapering. In case you’re wondering, that never happened. I kept waiting to “figure it out” and actually learn the “in’s and outs”. Along the way, I even made mental notes of what I learned, but mostly mostly I thought how much it all sucked. The changing, the rinsing, the washing, the stripping, the hanging, the drying, the folding, the smell and then repeat, repeat, repeat.

I have read so many of the “cloth diapering guru” blogs. I tried very hard to follow their tips and advice. I trusted all of their opinions and read all about their best brands, top detergents and must-follow rules. Now, I don’t want to say that any of these bloggers are liars. In fact, I’m sure they are not lying, but maybe, possibly, they are writing their cloth diapering experience through rose-colored glasses. Either that or I am just terrible at cloth diapering, which in all honestly is highly likely. Let me explain.

First of all, I suck at laundry. If you use cloth diapers you have to wash them all. the. time. It’s not just throwing them in the washer either. You have to separate the inserts before putting them in your expensive and lined diaper pail. If they’re poopy then you have to either dump them or spray them off in the toilet first. (Yes, we bought an attachment sprayer for our toilet.) In the washer, you must pre-wash, wash on hot, add an extra rinse cycle and use a special detergent. On top of that, if you have a high-efficiency washer, as I do, then plan to add a couple soaking wet towels and possibly a few more steps. Fun, eh? Oh, and because I suck at laundry and the diapers take over 2 hours to wash, I sometimes, almost always, forget them in the washer and then have to re-wash them. Wee!


Luna and I very often spend all day out of the house. The majority of days we are gone all day, which means I have to pack A LOT of diapers. The cloth diapers are giant, so they take up tons of room in the diaper bag, so I often end up taking two bags. When the diapers are dirty, and we are out, I have to put them in a “wet bag” to keep them nice and sealed until we are home, which means I must carry around giant clean diapers and heavy dirty diapers. The biggest problem, is planning to do enough laundry to have enough spare diapers when we are out all day. It’s exhausting.


Then, there is the smell. Because I am no good at stripping diapers and can never line-dry them because I always manage to wash them on a rainy day, my cloth diapers reek of ammonia. It is probably one of the worst smells ever. The worst is after Luna wakes up in the morning. I swear those night-time diapers could knock you off your feet. In fact, the smell is probably what’s waking her at 6am every morning.

The absolute worst part about my whole cloth diapering experience, is that I have had to admit that Husband is right. This so rarely happens, and it’s so painful. It’s true, though. He was right. Cloth diapering is not for us. We haven’t give up yet. And by we I mean he. If it were solely my decision I’d have Amazon Prime send me disposables ASAP, but Husband is determined to use the diapers I insisted we buy. I do not give up easily though… if I can convince him to use cloth, I can convince him otherwise. Let the “pro-disposable diaper research” begin!

BTW, I am fully aware that cloth diapering can work and be great for many families, and kudos to you who do it and do it well. I have much respect for you and your ability to do laundry well and in a timely manner. I think you deserve some sort of medal for pulling it all off. However, I also believe that maybe I should get some sort of reward for being so self-aware and willing to admit I was wrong. Right? That’s not easy. So, can we all just get a big pat-on-the-back* because no matter how you do it, diapers suck.


*By “pat-on-the-back” I definitely mean a big latte.

Cloth Diaper Winner!


Yay! I get to giveaway another cool thing to one of you, woohoo! Now, before announcing the winner of the amazing Thirsties new one size pocket diaper I want to remind you all that the winner is chosen randomly by a name generator I find online. I very often want to pick the winner because of the cute comment, or the fact that I know them or because they’ve entered all my giveaway and have yet to win, but alas I never choose myself. It just wouldn’t be fair. Instead I let something cute and ridiculous like the fruit machine select a name a random.

Tonight, the fruit machine name generator selected one of you to win a diaper that Thirsties was nice enough to let me review, and the winner is….

Wanting to win for a friend who is due in July and wanting to go cloth.

Congrats Alicia! I hope your friend loves her gift and cloth diapering as well. Just email me your mailing info (positivelypanicked@gmail.com) and I will pass along your info to Thirsties!


Stay tuned because I have LOTS of exciting reviews, giveaways, stories and whatnot coming up. Thank you to everyone who entered and huge thanks to Thirsties!


I’m Learning to Cloth Diaper! (Giveaway)


Alright, after much fear and apprehension I have finally started cloth diapering. I thought I’d start sooner, but you need A LOT of diapers to get this thing going and I had to study even more. Also, I’m good at making excuses and finding better things to do when I don’t really want to start something. I’ve been deep into the cloth diapering for a little over a week now and I’m glad to say it’s not bad. In fact, it’s pretty simple…so far.

I’ve learned a lot in the first week and made lots of mistakes, but I’ll write about the mishaps and “what I wish I would have known” once I really get the hang of things. Today, I get to tell you how awesome one particular cloth diaper is and how you can have one of your own…or give it to a friend with a baby, whatever.

There are like 1,538 different cloth diaper brands available now. On one hand, this is great because we now have options and many different styles to try. On the other hand, it sucks! Cloth diapers can be pricey and how are you supposed to know which one is the “right one”? (Hint: It’s not the cheapest ones, sadly.) I’ve tried many brands (9 different ones so far) and Thirsties seems to be the top-runner.


I have the new one size pocket diaper which is meant for babies from 8-40 pounds. This is a huge plus because I can use this diaper until Luna is potty trained. However, it is tricky to get it to fit properly on a newborn. Luna is two months now and it has taken a lot of practice to snap and velcro these one-sized diapers to fit correctly. Now, that I’ve got the hang of it we have no more leaking. Whew!


This new diaper has 2 inserts that snap together (or not) and an extra layer of microfiber to really soak things up. I have learned that all of these details combined together make for a great bedtime diaper, which is when things get the wettest.


This new one size pocket diaper comes in two closure options, hook and loop or snaps. I chose the “hook and loop” (i.e. velcro) because it is so fast and each, which is especially useful at 4am when it’s dark and I’m sleep deprived.


Thirsties is just a great brand in general, in fact, they’re so great they are giving away one of these new one-size pocket diapers to one of you! Woo! It will come in this adorable black bird print pictured here. Sooo, if you want a brand-new fancy cloth diaper for you or a friend with a baby then follow these steps!

  1. Follow the blog.
  2. Follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or Pinterest.
  3. Leave me a comment below and tell me about the cutie that will be wearing the diaper!

*For US and Canadian readers only

I’ll randomly choose a winner on Thursday, April 17th. Best of luck to you! And, huge thanks to Thirsties for offering such a good giveaway!