Cloth Diapering: Peepoo edition.

Yes, I did just coin a new term. It means, "a slippery, runny, brown, stinky mixture typically found in a diaper; a hybrid of pee and poo." Genius, is it not?

And also, I KNOW! How very Sarah Palin of me. Or Shakespeare. Or whoever you want to credit with making up new words in the English language.

And yes, I still love my Fuzzibunz.

But I learned an important lesson when it comes to cloth diapering in one-size diapers: MAKE SURE THEY'RE PROPERLY ADJUSTED. If the leg holes are too big, you WILL eventually (deservedly) be punished with clothes covered in pee, poo, or any aforementioned combination of the two.

This happened to me yesterday while I was standing in line to check out at SAS Fabrics in Tempe. Which also happens to be one of my favorite places to spend an afternoon- crafty mamas, have you BEEN there yet?!- but I digress. My daughter disagrees wholeheartedly which apparently was why she decided to baptize me in her diarrhea. It came out of her diaper and ran down my shirt and into my shorts. YES, INTO MY SHORTS. She somehow managed to transfer her peepoo from her shorts to my shorts.

One would expect that if one would find human waste of any variety in her shorts, it better well be her human waste.

Don't say I didn't warn you, because apparently, this isn't always the case. How LJ accomplished that feat will forever remain a mystery, but let me assure you, I was in awe.

"You ate an entire wheel of cheese? I'm not even mad. I'm amazed." -Ron Burgundy, Anchorman

"You ate an entire jar of applesauce, and now your peepoo is no longer in your diaper, but is now in my shorts? I'm not even mad. I'm amazed." -Me, Real Life

That being said, I will forever remain an advocate for cloth diapering. This was not a cloth diaper fail; it was user error. This is the first time that anything of the sort has happened since we began cloth diapering, and I promise you that if LJ were still in disposable diapers that not only would I require a whole new wardrobe, this would have happened at least 8932754837603276980 times (as opposed to once), and peepoo comparable to the volume that shot out of her today would have left an EPIC mess. I still love our cloth diapers despite the fact that changing that diaper on the (leather) backseat of my Buick on a hot (and humid) Arizona afternoon in the dead of summer and having to keep it in the car the whole way home in rush hour traffic wasn't exactly a picnic (it wouldn't have been a big deal had I not forgotten the wet bag). Enduring the drive home in an outfit that made stripping down to my skivvies look like the better option in spite of the lack of tinting on my car's windows didn't even faze me. I would still advise any new parent to do it if they are weighing their options- I had the same reservations everyone has (namely THE POOP)- but it's so easy, and your wallet and your little one will be happier for it.

Anyway, lesson learned. Linnea isn't the only one who needs a spare change of clothes in the diaper bag. And when you are THAT mom in the store, with the shrieking kid on her hip wearing clothes freshly covered in diaper contents, you absolutely have to laugh at yourself.


6 thoughts on “Cloth Diapering: Peepoo edition.

  1. you crack me up! sarah palin, anchorman and poop- all things that make me laugh!
    and you are so right about disposables. i have many a time been covered in that mess thanks to my amazing claire. i was all set on fuzzibunz before we learned of claire’s special needs. then it became one more thing for me to research, learn, spend time on, etc. so i gave it up.
    i have some great ED stories to share with you sometime, they include the couch and the floor, ha! and i will def be going to that fabric store now, thanks for the heads up!!

  2. haha oh my goodness andrea i was reading this out loud to willy and i was laughing so hard i was crying!!! u are so funny girl 🙂 Im still interested in cloth diapers, even though your peepoo story was tramatizing haha

  3. If only our baby was a boy, then I’d have to call dibs on LJ. The peepoo technique she mastered is pure genius. What a keeper. I am looking into using cloth diapers for baby Chloe. About how many do you use per day?

  4. Nicky- I can’t wait to hear your stories! Now that I have a little one of my own… I can only imagine!
    Ash- Cody said that when he saw you tonight at LM, that you said you were reading it and you almost peed your pants, and he said, “You know what? THAT’S IRONIC! Because Linnea did.” Hahaha!
    Yasmine- If you were having a boy, he’d have to fight Cruz Williams for LJ. Actually, he’d have to fight Cruz’s parents because they already paid the dowry 😉 When LJ was in disposables, she didn’t last through one wetting! Total bummer because she peed ALL THE TIME! Now, we change her diaper every 2-3 hours (unless she poos, or peepoos, or whatever you wanna call it- those get changed ASAP, or after she lets loose all over one of us, whichever comes first) AND she didn’t start sleeping through the night until we started her in cloth! It made all the difference!

  5. Amber, you little environmentalist you, you MUST cloth diaper your future little peanuts, because it will SAVE the EARTH. AND some MONEY. And they are SO CUTE. Don’t even pretend like you’re not gonna love it.

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