I used cloth diapers with Bean for most of his life (23 of 27months). Shortly after his 2nd birthday we switched to disposables because we were having a hard time getting rid of this horrible ammonia smell. I mean we’ve tried
EVERYTHING, so I thought. We stripped the diapers with dawn, changed detergent, tried vinegar…you name it. I started to wonder if maybe our water was to blame. GEEZ! I just had to get make a change. Opening the dirty diaper pail or the wet bag was enough to make you pass out.
Sooooo, unfortunately we made the switch. We’ve been dealing with disposables since July and I still am not a fan. Well I do like that we can just throw the diaper out and keep moving but then I think about the amount of trash we have now, other than that I miss cloth diapering. They’re cuter, less expensive and I think they were helping with the toilet learning process (more about that in another post).
Now that we’ve relocated. I’ve started to slowly use the cloth diapers again over the last 2 weeks. Someone told me to add a little bleach to the cycle. I was hesitant to do that since we don’t use bleach at all. But I did and so far we haven’t had the ammonia smell. I’m not sure if it’s the water or if it was the bleach but I’m hoping to be back to cloth 100% within the next month or at least by the new year. Right now we are just cloth diapering when we are in the house and at night. Bean seems to prefer the disposables but Sprout is in cloth most of the time while we’re in the house. So we’ll keep paying attention to this smell and hopefully we’ll be good to go.
Do you cloth diaper? What have been your challenges and how did you manage ?