As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, with the new baby on the way, I am really considering cloth diapering this time around. There are a bevy of cute options out there which makes it all the more easier… cause I’m such a sucker for good design. Currently Apple Cheeks is the front runner of course with their button snaps. But I am still struggling with all the additional work I think using cloth diapers will require. Perhaps it’s all the extra work that I fear. Do you remember when baby first came home? It was sheer chaos for the first several months. Add breastfeeding every two hours and it compounds. I remember being in such a haze for the first few months. I’m not even sure how I managed. Everyday seemed to be filled with feeding baby every two hours, changing diapers 8- 10 times a day, doing laundry – washing and folding, washing bottles for milk storage, sterilizing bottles, pumping, cleaning pumping equipment. I remember my hands being so raw and dry from all the washing and antibacterial soap usage (pre–CleanWell discovery)… collapsing on the floor every now and then in tears of exhaustion. My husband picking me up off the floor and plopping me in a warm bath to breath… In retrospect, am I totally crazy to be doing this again?! Of course not. I love my Ava and it does get better every day. Getting through those first few months though is key. Perhaps I use the URBAN mom tag a bit too much to compensate for my being lazy, but once I commit to something, I go all the way… So if I go in with cloth diapering, I’m all in… just getting to the part where I’m all IN is TOUGH… I think one thing that is definitely a plus for cloth diaper is my commitment to breastfeeding this baby as well. I’m sure you know that the poo and pee of a breastfeed infant is much less “staining or damaging” than that of a formula fed baby. If I had to admit my biggest problem I have with cloth diapering is having to deal with POO… I already hate dealing with it in diapers, how the heck will I manage with cloth diapers. The germaphobe in me is screaming at the thought of poo stained diapers running through my washing machine and the thought of any other cloths going in there following… thinking there will be remnants of poo somewhere in the machine… mixing with my intimates… ewww!!!