Today my wife and I went to the county fair with our foster kid (DC). My wife wanted to change DC’s diaper in the ladies’ restroom… but the line for the baby changing station was long. So she came out of the restroom and asked me if the men’s restroom had a changing station?– And if it did, would I mind changing the diaper? I’m not going to go into a huge rant on gender equality here… but the fact that my wife felt it necessary to ask if the men’s restroom even had a changing station shows that some things are still evolving. I actually didn’t know if the men’s restroom had a changing station even though I had already used the restroom twice. It is not a priority of mine yet to see if the men’s room has a changing station. So I checked, and yes it had a changing station. Shockingly, there was no line of men waiting to change the diapers of their kids. So I went in with DC and changed his cloth diaper quickly.
Cloth diapering is not hard. Although it is occasionally gross, the impact on the environment is worth it. In addition, even with the laundry loads, they are cheaper than disposable diapers. I am glad we are doing it because of the saved money and the environmental friendliness (no disposable diapers filling up landfills). You can’t throw disposable diapers away… because “away” is still “somewhere.” Once a week there is an amazing discovery in the cloth diaper and I wish I could throw it away. But in general the gross factor is acceptable. I definitely recommend you choose cloth diapering for your infant/toddler.
Overall, our first four weeks of foster care have gone fairly well. We will have two kids sometime in August… so, you know… we’re not master parents yet, and now our house will go from zero kids to two kids in a flash.