Oh, cloth diapers. You bring so much joy and so much despair, all at once. Joy, because we are helping the environment and saving the world, one diaper at a time. Joy, because we know exactly what’s up against our babies’ bottoms. Despair, because nobody said it was easy being an environmental superhero. As much as I knew it wouldn't be perfect, I just wasn't prepared for all the problems with cloth diapers I ran into.
I’m not going to lie: I lasted for five whole months using cloth diapers. I walked into it thinking I was prepared. I had done all sorts of research, I had purchased all my diaper covers in my brand of choice, I had my giant wet bin and a highly regarded diaper service booked. And, well, I learned a lot.
I learned that it was far tougher than I thought it would be. I learned that while I very much respected and admired those families who dove whole-heartedly into cloth diapering, I tried to get on board and could not stay on board. So if you're deep in the throes of cloth diapering and it's not working for you (or, if it's working fantastically for you and you have a great sense of humor) then read on and commiserate.