(Disclaimer: this is a diaper-related post.) That is the question. With Elizabeth, I used cloth diapers for about 20 months. I tried to keep it up afterward but it got hard. She was drinking a whole lot of milk at the time (think 30-40 ounces a day) for some reason. It turned her bowel movements into huge, soupy-poopy diapers that occurred three times daily. It took a really long time to scrub the stains out of each diaper before washing, and it soon became a huge consumption of time. I wonder if the sprayer that attaches to the back of the toilet that some people use would have been useful here. I'm not sure, since I'd still have to scrub the stain with a stiff brush.
Fast-forward to the present. E is going through 6-7 disposable diapers a day. She's still got the soft poopy diapers (although she doesn't drink anywhere near as much milk anymore) which are like peanut butter, but she's also got rashes too. It just seems like she's near always got a rash. :-( She often has a bowel movement during her nap, which means sometimes she has to sit in it for awhile, but I always change her the moment I notice she's wet or poopy. Her butt looks so sore.
So, I don't think the diaper situation is working for me. I'm faced with the dilemma of deciding to go back to using cloth or to try to get E to use the potty sometimes. I think the latter will be a huge uphill battle, based on my experience yesterday. I felt so bad about E's sore butt that I let her hang around the house naked for about three hours between her nap and all of us going out to dinner. I tried several times to get her to sit on the potty in case she had to pee, but I was only successful once. And then she didn't pee. The other times, she yelled if I even suggested it. I was surprised, however, to see she stayed dry the whole time.
So I'm back to thinking about going back to using cloth. But I still need an easier way to get those poopy diapers clean. Any ideas?