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Disposable Diapers ~ (Use them.Don't abuse them!)
by Stacy Jones Tolentino

Your baby is due in three months and you've got your diaper dilemma completely figured out. You'll buy dozens of organic cotton diapers; you'll wash your diapers and hang them out to dry every other day and you'll never ever use a single disposable! Pardon me for bursting your bubble, but please don't kid yourself. Sure, you may buy the best cloth diapers available and you may even wash and hang them every other day (weather permitting) but I highly doubt you'll get through your baby's entire diapering years without using a single disposable. And while I am a fierce cloth diaper advocate, who would never want parents to stockpile disposables in their baby's nursery, I do recommend that parents keep a small supply of them around for special circumstances.

Permission Granted!

So I'm sure you're wondering exactly what special circumstances a cloth diaper drill sergeant, like myself, would grant you permission to use disposables for. Well, believe it or not I've listed ten very good reasons to use them:

  1. Your newborn baby's bowel movements are a dark tar-like consistency and you think this might ruin or stain her wonderful cloth diapers. You're right! So using disposables until the tar-like poop (better known as meconium) is gone is a very good idea.

  2. You've been sleep deprived and experiencing postpartum blues since your baby's birth a few weeks ago. Give yourself permission to use disposables for this brief period as well.

  3. You're returning to work in a few weeks and your sitter has a 'No Cloth Diapers' policy. No problem. Let your baby wear disposables at daycare and when she's at home diaper her with cloth. Using cloth diapers some of the time is better than not using them at all.

  4. You've got a date night with your spouse tonight and you're worried that the sitter will get all goofed up with the cloth diapers. The solution? Disposables.

  5. You've planned a five-day family vacation to Disneyland. You've heard that they've got the cleanest bathrooms and that they've even got a special facility just for diapering babies. Stop! Don't even think about lugging cloth diapers to Disneyland (or any vacation destination). The key word here is VACATION and vacations and laundering cloth diapers just don't mix. Trust me. Use disposables!

  6. You've got the worst head cold imaginable and can barely muster up the strength to blow your nose, much less wash a dozen dirty diapers. By all means, use disposables!

  7. Baby has a terrible bout of diarrhea and has soiled more diapers in three hours than she typically does in three days. Use disposables until baby's tummy is better. (Hint: Place disposable diaper liners inside of the disposables. Lift them out and flush them when baby poops. This will keep the poopy germs where they belong.in the sewage system and out of the landfills.)

  8. You've used the entire batch of cloth diapers that the diaper delivery service dropped off, but there's still one more day until your next batch arrives. Well, you're going to have to do two things: One, call your diaper service to have your weekly supply of diapers increased and two, use disposable diapers until your next delivery arrives.

  9. You've tried every cloth diaper product and method under the sun to keep your baby dry at nighttime, but nothing has worked and you're at your wits end. Get over the guilt and use a disposable at night. At least your baby will be in comfy cloth during the day.

  10. You've been so busy and things have been so hectic that you're behind with the bills, the dishes, and the shopping. You hate to admit it, but you're also behind with the laundry and there are no more clean cloth diapers available. Go pour yourself a cup of tea, gather your thoughts, and put Susie in a disposable while you get caught up with the chores. Let's face it, some days are just like this.

Keep in mind that cloth diapering these days is just about as easy as disposable diapering, but there will be times when using disposables will be a bit more practical than using cloth and that's perfectly fine. Just be sure not to become overly reliant on them because that's just what the disposable diaper manufacturers are hoping you'll do. Cloth is best, but if you must use disposables always remember: Use them.Don't abuse them!

Copyright 2002 Stacy Jones Tolentino/ Homefront Publishing
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