I know, I know. I’ve always talked about how much I like cloth diapers and how much money I save by doing that.
I have since changed my mind. A couple of months ago I was having issues with Abby leaking through her diapers almost the second she wet them. I tried stripping the diapers. Twice. I tried re-laminating the covers. Twice. I tried checking Abby every 30 minutes. And still, she was soaking through her diaper and her pants at least once a day, if not two or three times.
It got to the point where I was doing her laundry every other day because we were running out of clothes. I was doing laundry so often I was no longer saving money by using cloth diapers. I was spending so much of my day and my life washing diapers/clothes, checking diapers, and still frustrated because she leaked through anyway.
On top of all that, Abby is so prone to diaper rashes and cloth diapers seem to make them so much worse. She was getting 1-2 medium to bad diaper rashes a month, even with getting changed every hour.
So I stopped. I bought a case of Luvs and haven’t looked back. Abby is to a point where a case of 100 diapers lasts just about a month. Since there have been a lot of Luvs coupons recently, I can get that for $19, $20 if no coupon. I was easily spending that in electricity, laundry detergent, and time each month trying to deal with cloth diapers. Not to mention the stress level and trying to get other things done.
At first, I felt like a failure. Many other people use cloth diapers exclusively with no trouble. Why did I have so much trouble no matter what I did? I didn’t used to have so much trouble with cloth diapers. Why, especially now when income has dropped, does this method I was using to save money no longer work?
But honestly? Not a big deal. We are saving money in other ways. There is no point in continuing to try to save money in a way that is no longer actually saving us money. It just isn’t worth it. We are officially a Luvs family and will be staying that way.