I actually think it's kind of amazing that Natasha is eight months old and we have yet to discuss poop on this blog. Well, today's the day. We started using cloth diapers with her when she was three days old. They worked great for us and we happily used them exclusively until she was about seven months old. Then we switched to disposables temporarily for a couple reasons. First, I had a pretty good case of morning sickness, and dealing with poopy diapers made me vomit. You still have to deal with poop when you use disposables, but with cloth, once a baby gets more in her diet than breastmilk, you have to scrape the poop off the diaper into the toilet, so there is an extra poop-handling step. I also didn't feel like handwashing diapers in hotel bathrooms while in transit, so we started using disposables. We tried several different brands, and while I did find that one worked better for us than the others, I truly hated them all. Up-the-back poop all the time, leaks and worst of all, the stink! I don't know who thought that scenting disposable diapers was a good idea, but I have to say that it's not. When Natasha pooped in her disposables, the smell was this putrid mix of poop and chemical perfume. Kind of like when someone tries to cover up a bad case of BO by putting on perfume. Not good. Plus, we had several times more blowouts in a month of using disposables than in seven months of using cloth.
Anyway, we've been in Moscow over a week, and I was still using disposables until yesterday, because it had been awhile since I'd done diaper laundry and I had built it up to be something more difficult than it is. But yesterday was the last straw. Natasha woke up soaking wet. Then around 11 a.m., she pooped all over herself and me. I couldn't stand to put another Pampers on her (not least because of their recent smear campaign against cloth diapers - sorry folks, but at least cloth doesn't give babies chemical burns!), so I pulled out one of my Bumgenius 3.0 pocket diapers. No more blowouts. No more leaks. No more wretched poop-perfume stink. I freaking love cloth diapers. I really hope I can keep up with it when #2 arrives.