I was thinking this week about the difficulty of cloth-diapering and how I didn’t want to talk about it to anyone because I know that about 87% of people I know would have some sort of “I told you so” thought run through their head. But, after I realized that was the only reason not to talk about it, I knew I definitely needed to be open about it. I do not ever want to be one of those people who hides what is real because some people will misunderstand or be negative busybodies who don’t want anyone to do something they see as different or weird. I want to celebrate the beauty without ignoring the ugly because the beautiful parts shine out the more lovely when you see what is not so beautiful as well. Even when we’re talking about pee and poop. So here you have it. The good, the bad and the ugly of cloth-diapering in 3 posts. Plus on Thursday, a wrap-up of what we use to cloth diaper and how we fit it into our lifestyle.

The Good

1. Laundering has long been a catalyst for productivity in my life. If I ever need a kickstart in my domestic day, I start a load of laundry. This means that I almost daily have a productivity catalyst because cloth-diapering requires a lot of laundry. And I mean, a lot!! The sound of that water filling the machine and the knowledge that I need to stick around the house to switch it out in a little bit has led me to get all sorts of work done. Why the house still always seems a little messy is beyond me, but it’s definitely a positive aspect of cloth-diapering.

2. I get energy from being connected to the earthy things of life. The things that aren’t quick and throw-away, but time consuming and meaningful. Things that take up space and are meant to last. Having baskets of cloth diapers, piles of liners and other diapering supplies gives me a boost of life energy. Having to take the time to launder, fold, put away, and do it again tomorrow gives me energy and helps fill my days with meaning. I feel connected to the mothers of yesteryears and that matters to me a lot, plus I think lowly domestic work is an avenue to Godliness (not equal to Godliness – it just provides a place to pursue it). I wish I lived in a place that was conducive to drying clothes outside because that would be just another added layer of connection to the past and time well spent doing menial work.

3. I like my schedule and calendar to be filled with anchor points. Small, medium, and large activities that are the anchors for my life, goals to point to, and reasons to keep going. The laundering of diapers (and other things) is one of my main small activities that helps define my days and keeps me going.

4. Obviously one of the very good parts of cloth-diapering is knowing that it’s best for my baby. This isn’t some global “best” where I judge everyone else for not doing it too. It’s a small best. A best for us. Best for right now. Best for me and Junebug. I care about toxins. I care about chemicals. I care about my baby and I not being exposed to them. We live in a way that makes cloth-diapering an easy way to avoid them and I love that.

5. Also an obvious one. It’s better for the planet. Even bio-degradable diapers don’t really biodegrade in our landfills. They need sunshine and water and such. In my opinion, the impact of running water for the machine is less than the impact to the earth of landfills filled with diapers.

6. Cloth-diapering saves a ton of money. Even though we started parenting way mid-stream, it will still be a huge savings. Not having another line item in our monthly bills is a huge blessing. Plus, I can save these for any future children and be that much further ahead.

So there you have it. Obviously this list is long because we’ve chosen to cloth-diaper which means that we obviously felt the good outweighed the bad. And the ugly. But if you want to know what those are, just check back this week.