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Since Allie was born, we have used cloth diapers. Needing to find the most economical diapering solution, we spent $100 on prefold diapers and diaper covers. Joe and I washed diapers every other day, and we made it work for over 15 months.
Then my dad noticed that Allie, who had been walking for almost 6 months, wasn’t walking correctly. When she walked, her legs stuck out much further than is normal. My cloth diapers were holding her legs out and forcing her to waddle.
Until my dad pointed it out, I had never noticed.
Once I noticed, I couldn’t see anything else.
The next afternoon, I drove to Walmart, and I bought a big box of Huggies Sung & Dry diapers, and we’ve used them ever since. Allie went from waddling to sprinting in about three weeks, further confirmation that her diapers were impeding her movement.
I want to be as frugal as I can be, but I won’t do it at the expense of my daughter’s development. I had experimented with several different folds and tried to reduce the bulk between Allie’s legs, but nothing was snug enough. Every fold and twist I tried pushed her legs apart.
Around the same time, Allie had developed a diaper rash that wouldn’t heal. I tried my favorite diaper rash cream. It didn’t work, so I tried four others. Each time, the rash improved through the day while I changed Allie’s diaper every hour or two, but it would come back, red and angry as ever every morning, after a long night in a wet diaper.
Huggies keep babies’ skin dry by wicking urine away from the skin; cloth diapers hold urine next to the skin, keeping the skin wet. Having a dry bottom most of the time allowed Allie’s skin to recover.
The day after we started using Huggies, Allie’s rash began to disappear, not to return. We haven’t had any significant rashes since.
The movement and diaper rash were reason enough for us to stick with Huggies, but we have noticed one more benefit. While we were using cloth diapers, leaks were a fact of life. I could leave a diaper on Allie for 2-3 hours (as long as she didn’t have a rash), but any more, and the diaper would saturate and pee would leak out all over the place.
We had gotten used to traveling with a couple of spare outfits and a wet bag big enough to hold pee-soaked clothes. It was annoying, but a fact of life.
Now that we’re using Huggies Snug & Dry, we don’t have leaks. I still finding myself checking Allie’s legs and bottom to see if they’re wet, but they never are.
I thought we would use cloth diapers forever. Really, I did. I was committed to saving as much money as I could save.
Parenting isn’t always about intentions though, is it? Sometimes, parenting is about recognizing your kid’s needs and adjusting accordingly. I hope I can always be flexible enough to abandon something I believe in when it’s not right for my kid.
And also? Huggies are way easier than cloth diapers.
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This post is part of a Mom Central campaign for Huggies. Though I received product samples to review and a promotional item to thank me for participating, we had switched to Huggies a few weeks earlier and had been purchasing Huggies diapers on our own dime.
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