Saturday, July 21, 2012
I'm having an issue with writer's block. It's probably fatigue. The baby is going through his "I will not sleep unless attached to someone's arm" things again. And you're wondering well, you're typing, what gives? Well, I never really run out of ideas. I just run out of the ability of where to start writing. I'm thinking "oh, that's a great idea for a topic, but what should I say about it?" Does that make sense? So I'm writing through it because that's the best way to get through the block.
This topic is about cloth diapers giving out.
I read somewhere recently from some manufacturer (I can't seem to remember where I saw it so don't quote me) that cloth diapers will last you approximately 181 washes. For those of you (like me) who aren't math wizzes, that's 6 months roughly if you wash the same diapers every day. If you wash the same diapers every other day, it's more like a year. And if you wash every three days, they last a year and half. Of course this varies if you have a large stash or you have multiple sizes.
But basically the idea that you can use the same diapers from birth to potty training is bunk.
Oh, sure. One could easily have some diapers that do last that long especially if you baby them. I mean my prefolds can take a real beating and keep on going strong. And there are some children who potty train very early at least during the day. But based on the quote, generally speaking the statement still stands.
You can't cloth diaper from birth to potty training with the same diapers.
Not if you plan on washing them a lot.
I also totally believe that the statement about only 181 washes is true. While my wonderwraps for some odd reason are holding up well, my other covers have issues....The Bummis Superbrite, after 2 years, have gotten holes (holes I tell you) in the PUL and (and) the hook and loop doesn't stick as well anymore. My Thirsties, well the elastic particularly around the gussets has seen better days. My pockets (the Thirsties ones) have issues with the elastic too. And I'm a little leery of anything with hook and loop that I've had for about 2 years as well.
And it's not just me. Bum Genius has a repair kit. It includes elastic and new hook and loop. A repair kit. And it has nothing to do with your crazy toddler messing with the dipes. It's just that things don't last forever. They do give out.
And while I keep winning new fluff in these contests it's made more aware of just how worn out my poor dipes really are. 2.5 (or so) years and 2 kids. They're taking quite a beating. And it's probably a good thing that I started winning these new dipes because now I can retire the old ones or give them to Giving Diapers, Giving Hope to be used (I assume) for parts.
Yep, that's it on the topic. See writer's block sucks. I can't think of a good conclusion whatsoever.