Have you ever heard someone say "I thought of using cloth diapers, but it was just too much work"? I have, many times, but figured that any increased work was a worthwhile tradeoff for the many benefits of using cloth. Until I saw a mom with two kids the same age as mine, wrestling boxes of 'sposies into her cart while her kids threw synchronized tantrums. So I decided to compare how a cloth diapering mom and a sposie using mom deal with common diaper issues. We will name them Claudia Cloth and Sandy Sposie. Of course the situations may be exaggerated a little... but not by much,

Oh no, we are almost out of diapers!!

Claudia Cloth

Step 1: Carry diaper pail to washing machine
Step 2: Empty into washing machine                                                                                        
Step 3: Press start
Step 4: Play with kids for a while
Step 5: Transfer to dryer
Step 6: Make supper, sip some wine
Step 7: Stuff/fold diapers while bingeing on Netflix and finishing the wine. 

Sandy Sposie

Step 1: Cram kid into clothes suitable for Walmart.
Step 2: Repeat Step 1 for any additional children
Step 3: Find everyone's shoes. Where the hell do those things go? 
Step 4: Put kid's shoes on. 
Step 5: Repeat for siblings. 
Step 6: Load screaming, wiggling kids into car
Step 7: Realize you've never had to pee so badly in your life
Step 8: Unload car and go pee. 
Step 9: Repeat step 6
Step 10: Drive to store listening to obnoxious children's songs on a perpetual loop 
Step 11: Arrive at the store to find a sleeping child in the carseat
Step 12: Choose to either wait in car playing Candy Crush until child wakes up or proceed to Step 13
Step 13: Enter store with grumpy child
Step 14: Put child in cart
Step 15: Make disgusted face as child LICKS cart (my kids have done this many times and are fine....ish)
Step 16: Make it to diaper section and load boxes into cart
Step 17: Back track through store to find lost boot/sock/mitt/toy
Step 18: Battle over what candy child ABSOLUTELY needs to have
Step 19: Pay for diapers while saying a quick prayer the credit card doesn't bounce (no judgement - we've all been there!)
Step 20: Leave the store
Step 21: Load kid(s) into car while full cart goes wheeling off on its own unknown mission
Step 22: Put boxes of diapers in the trunk
Step 23: Drive home listening to the same endless loop of the Wheels on the effing Bus. 
Step 24: Kid fell asleep again. Check Facebook until they wake up. 
Step 25: Unload kid(s) and diapers
Step 26: Change the bum
Step 27: Collapse on the floor utterly exhausted. 

(This might be a slight exaggeration, but this was exactly what my trip to the store with my kids was like yesterday. Thank goodness I don't need to do emergency diaper runs!) 

Goody... Little Junior pooped

Claudia Cloth

Step 1: Take little Peanut to the change area
Step 2: Remove poopy diaper while holding nose
Step 3: Wipe bum
Step 4: Put on a clean diaper
Step 5: Flip poop into the toilet with the assistance of a flushable liner (Skip this step if baby is exclusively breastfed)
Step 6: Put diaper in diaper pail

Sandy Sposie

Step 1: Take little Peanut to the change area
Step 2: Realize that a poosplosion has occurred at the same magnitude as Vesuvius, spreading poop into baby's clothes, hair and, oh look, your shirt
Step 3: Remove diaper holding nose
Step 4: Wipe bum, using 3/4 of a box of wipes. Mental note to hit the store later.
Step 5: Peel off child's clothes and place in a pile
Step 6: Carry child at arm's length to the bathtub
Step 7: Bath child
Step 8: Put a clean diaper on bum, praying you didn't use the last one, necessitating the above described store trip
Step 9: Put clean clothes on baby
Step 10: Return to change area to survey the damage
Step 11: Cram the dirty diaper into the diaper disposal, smearing poop everywhere as you go
Step 12: Put the poopy clothes and change pad cover into the wash
Step 13: Wipe up poop from floor/diaper disposal etc. 
Step 14: Belatedly realize you forgot the poop on your arm at an inopportune time (e.g. eating dinner)

The diaper pail is full!

Claudia Cloth

See above for steps detailing washing diapers

Sandy Sposie

Step 1: Cringe.
Step 2: Avoid the nasty task by piling dirty diapers next to the disposal until the situation becomes unbearable.
Step 3: Put on rubber gloves and nose plugs
Step 4: Pull yards of poop filled plastic sausage links out of disposal
Step 5: Stop to gag quietly
Step 6: Cram all of the diapers into a garbage bag. 
Step 7: Haul garbage bag to garbage can
Step 8: Realize garbage can is completely full from regular household garbage
Step 9: Leave garbage bag next to garbage can
Step 10: Look out window to discover raccoons have had a rather disgusting party with the diapers and they are strewn all over the lawn
Step 11: Repeat steps 3-9 (this time you're allowed to swear though)
Step 12: Haul bags of garbage to curb on garbage day in your pajamas

Junior Needs a Cuddle

Claudia Cloth

Step 1: Cuddle that baby and remember you are an awesome mom, no matter what is on baby's bum!

Sandy Sposie

Step 1: Cuddle that baby and remember you are an awesome mom, no matter what is on baby's bum!