This weekend O has been wearing disposable nappies/diapers. I now remember why I hate them.
Let me first explain why he was wearing them. With Ff being really poorly and developing this rash over her face I thought it best to be prepared for the worst and buy some disposables on Saturday morning just so I knew no matter where O was and who he was with there would be something clean for him to wear, specially as we were on wash day and there were barely any clean nappies left.
It took me ages to figure out what brand and size to buy, I settled on the Pampers size 4. Of course I also bought some wetwipes too, these were Pampers sensitive. I know I was buying from a local shop but the prices just made me want to cry and I almost didn’t get them at all.
I put him in one before I left for the hospital and the first thing I didn’t like was how skinny he looked! He is on the small side still, barely creeping his way up to the 25th centile line in his charts. Also the only trousers he owns, apart from wool longies, are leggings and they are all really loose on him. There’s no big butt to make him feel solid to hold onto and to keep him in the sling, it kept sliding up over his bum. Maybe this is why some mums don’t get on with ringslings if they don’t use cloth? Maybe just those with slimmer babies? I’ve never really thought of it before.
So I took him with us, obviously he’s still breastfed so there was no other option. By the time we got there I took him out of the carseat and all I could smell was urine mixed with chemicals. This was after 20 minutes. He isn’t a heavy wetter and you couldn’t even tell he had peed, the nappy was still bone dry and didn’t even feel like it had absorbed any liquid. In all it took us 2 hours to get home and I changed him as soon as we got here. The smell of the chemicals was quite bad by this point. Then I cracked open the wetwipes. I remember wetwipes smelling clean and fresh but these ones don’t. I’m not sure how to describe it, but it’s almost as if they have taken out the fragrance to make them ‘sensitive’ but left them smelling rather unpleasant.
Even though Ff was home she was still very ill and being as we had these nappies open I decided it was easier to use them for a few days(dh doesn’t like my Disana tie on nappies and all the pockets had been used already) plus it meant I could give the nappies an extra good wash and an extra vinegar/bicarbonate of soda wash too. Over only three days using disposable nappies we have had:
- One case of poo up the back and getting on his vest resulting in a two man job to remove said vest without smearing it everywhere.
- One case of poo leaking out the leg hole and down the inside of his trousers, I hadn’t realised when I pulled them down and managed to get it over his legs and socks, and all over me!
- Two cases of dampness by the leg holes.
- Numerous attempts to pull the nappy off
- a bin full of stinky nappies, even though they were tied up in scented bags(even more icky chemical smells!)
In all I am so glad I use cloth. I use wool covers exclusively and I haven’t had a leak or a blow out since he was tiny and exclusively breastfed, not even had so much as a case of compression wicking. I used disposables on my first three and I can honestly say I would never go back to using them daily, but I am grateful to know I can just pick up a pack in an emergency, even if they seem like more work lol.
Do you use cloth or disposables, or maybe a bit of both? Let me know how you get on with them.