We've been dealing with a reoccurring yeast infection for 7 months now. It started when I weaned him from breast milk and it's been a problem in our little world ever since. We've tried creams, vinegar, yogurt, regular bathing. We've changed up his diet and added probiotics into the mix. Still he kept getting yeast infections.
So a couple of weeks ago I broke down and bought some disposables. It really wasn't a hard decision. His sore bottom was keeping him up at night, and I value sleep too highly to be stubborn about diapers. Within 24 hours of being in disposables he was sleeping better, and within a week his bottom was on the mend.
The moisture absorbing plastic stuff in disposables keep baby's bottom a lot dryer than cloth and absorb more which means he's staying dryer with less diaper changes. Win-win. Right?
Except that I miss my baby boy in his cute blue and greens. Plus, his pants don't fit now. I remember being so frustrated when he was little because his bottom was so big in cloth instead of that cute petite baby bottom we've all come to expect. Well, now I just wish the skinny kid had a diaper on to hold his pants up!
I also miss the feeling of cloth. Disposable diapers feel so...disposable. I equate disposable diapers to using Styrofoam plates at every meal. Sure Styrofoam is great for the occasional party or church fellowship. But it's just doesn't feel right for everyday use. I want to eat dinner on real plates, even if that means doing a few more dishes. I feel like cloth diapers have become a part of my kids' outfit. It's just something else to wear, wash, and wear again later.
Now, not everything about cloth diapers is hunky-dory. I mean, there is the whole dumping poop in the toilet thing and having to carry dirty diapers around in your diaper bag. Factor in the 4 extra loads of laundry a week and the nasty smell that reminds you to wash diapers if you should so happen to forget, and you've got a definite downside.
However, I've noticed that disposables have their weaknesses too. Rooster's trash can gets full fast and smells like peed on baby powder. Yuck! I can't believe I'm paying for that smell! I guess changing diapers is gross no matter what kind you use.
So while I much prefer cloth, we're going to stick with disposables for now. We may switch back to cloth in the future, but if we continue to have problems, I'm not above using disposables. A diaper is a diaper, and we'll do what we have to do.