Leigh Ann from Intentional By Grace is here today to tell us about how she cloth diapers while accepting grace!
We started cloth diapering when my son was just shy of three months old. As a stay at home mom, we are always looking for ways to save money here and there. When it comes to saving money, cloth diapering makes sense for us, and I’m committed to being a cloth diapering mama.
However, I’m not an end all, be all cloth diapering mama. You can be committed to cloth diapering your baby and still accept grace when the going gets tough.
In case you needed someone to tell you, it’s okay to pull out the stash of disposables you keep tucked away in the far corner of the closet. You won’t lose your status among those who consider themselves cloth diapering gurus. Actually, you might be surprised how many cloth diapering mamas turn to disposables on occasion. I’m one of those mamas, and there are others. I have proof.
3 Confessions of a Cloth Diapering Mama
“I had to switch to disposables for a while because of Benjamin’s diaper rash, because at first it seemed to help keep his bottom clear. In the end, cloth diapers weren’t the issue, but it was actually nice for a while not to have to worry about washing them! Also, we are using disposables right now while he’s recovering from his surgery.” ~Anne from Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy
“[I use disposables] when traveling, staying with others, or when I am spending the majority of my time away from my house (for a few days or a few weeks!) I have found it is just too stressful to cloth diaper! Sometimes we need a break! Hey, it gives me plenty of time to strip my diapers!” ~Nikki from Butterfly Ministries, LLC
“I switch to sposies during seasons of sickness, when I’m behind on laundry, when we are traveling (although I have taken cloth with me before…it depends on where we are staying), or…right now for instance, I’ve switched to sposies this past week b/c I don’t want dirty diapers sitting in the wetbag the whole time we are at the hospital [awaiting our 3rd bundle of joy]!” ~Erin from The Humbled Homemaker
4 Times I Always Use Disposable Diapers
1. On Vacation. I don’t do, nor do I want to do, laundry on vacation. We leave our diapers at home, and pick up a box of diapers from the grocery store. No guilt, accept grace.
2. On an Airplane. We fly a lot as a family. One thing that always happens to us? Our son inevitably poops mid-air. I do not want to store a poopy diaper in my carry-on even if it is wrapped 10 times in a bag (plastic at that!). We carry-on our disposables. No guilt, accept grace.
3. Overnight. We don’t cloth diaper at night. It turned into more trouble than it was worth for us to find a solution that worked. We use disposables at night. No guilt, accept grace.
4. On a deadline. As a mama who works from home, sometimes I am on a deadline. For example, when I was finishing my eBook, 20 Minute Meals, my husband and I paired down any unnecessary tasks that we could to meet our deadline. Extra laundry was an unnecessary task. We bought disposables while I worked to wrap up my eBook. No guilt, accept grace.
As you can see, cloth diapering isn’t always easy, and there are seasons you might just want to lay them aside. Cloth diapering is exactly what you make of it. You can make it as simple as you want or as elaborate as you want. It’s up to you entirely. But I think cloth diapering is something to be held loosely. There are times when disposable diapers just make sense, and I’m grateful to have them accessible during those times.
And if you’re like me, you just needed someone to tell you that’s it okay to be a cloth diapering mama and still use disposable diapers on occasion. No guilt, accept grace.
What about you? Are you a cloth diapering mama who has felt guilty using disposable diapers occasionally?
Leigh Ann Dutton is the founder and chief editor of Intentional By Grace and author of 20 Minute Meals: Giving Weary Chefs Grace While Keeping Families Healthy. Leigh Ann’s life goal is to create a home where it is impossible to not think about God. She is the wife to the man of her prayers, Mark, and mama to a loveable little boy, Samuel. She takes joy in spending her days creating memorable moments with her husband, conducting kitchen experiments, researching every natural alternative known to man, and making her little boy laugh. She does it all by the grace of God. You can follow her on twitter @n10tionalgrace or by liking Intentional By Grace on Facebook.
By Grace Alone,
Leigh Ann Dutton
Butterfly Ministries, LLC
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