Friday, May 6, 2011

Cloth Diapers and Cookie Monster

When we started thinking about cloth diapers, the first the biggest obstacle we thought about was poo.  Not the nice firm toddler poos, or the still icky but not particularly gross BF poos -- no, it was the soft messy I-really-don't-want-to-touch-that poos that came to mind.
It took a while to get over this, and once we did, we figured cloth diapering would be a breeze.

And then came Cookie Monster.
Some background -- Izzy was very into diaper changes in disposables.  She would run to her room, get a diaper (which requires pulling 3-4 other diapers onto the floor), and the excitedly insist you change her.  Then we got our gDiapers in the mail.  The instant we pulled the diaper out of the package she wanted it on.  We didn't have any inserts, but the person that sent us the diaper included two disposable inserts so we were set for two diaper changes.  And for two diaper changes she was happy.
By the time I finished the cloth inserts we had some new gDiapers.  We went through a few diaper changes just fine.  Then the protests started.  The minute John finished putting on a diaper it was off.  "Tight!"  Izzy protested every single time we put one on. We checked and it wasn't tight -- it was loose.  It was ridiculously loose.  She still cried and protested and yanked it off.  Back to 'sposies :(

We kept trying again and again and eventually Izzy would consent to a cloth diaper change, but only after we "ran out" of disposables.  We kept a couple disposables in the diaper change drawer for night time and one afternoon Izzy pulled a 'sposie out and pointed to the front with a big grin on her face and said "Cookie!".  Cookie Monster was on the front.  At first I was perplexed because Izzy doesn't watch TV and we don't have Sesame Street books.  John had been telling her the name of the characters on the diapers and she fell in love with Cookie Monster.  There are 3 or 4 other characters on the diapers, so the 3-4 she would pull out were the other characters she didn't want.  Goodness.
So I got some iron-ons and ironed a face on one of her gDiapers and flowers on another and now she loves them.  Go figure.

Moral: faces are cooler than pretty colors if you're 18 mos old.

BTW: I'm working on making a Cookie Monster gDiaper.

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