Why Not Cloth?

I’ve been asking myself recently, why not cloth?

Last summer I got heavily into cloth diapers.  For the first time in years I had more free time then I knew what to do with and I started sewing diapers and diaper covers.  SInce I don’t know how to sew the results are mixed.  I made one cloth diaper out of a piece of flannel and about 5 T-shirts for soakers, it can’t handle much pee, but its thin enough to wear out of the house, unlike the rest.  About 6 years ago my first experience with a cloth diaper was during my first 24 hour challenge and it went terribly.  I had some plastic pants and I had made what I thought was a cloth diaper out of a microfiber blanket I bought cheap at a dollar store.  I was under the impression that plastic pants would prevent leaks.  I was wrong.  My family was gone for the week and i had set up a sleeping area on the floor with several blankets.  I was unable to wear a diaper throughout the night this entire week because I couldn’t sleep and had to get up every morning early for work.  The night I was wearing the cloth diaper I had maybe wet it just a little, while I was laying in my blankets I began to wet.  I realized in about 30 seconds that almost all of that pee had poured right through the diaper and soaked my blankets and the floor.

This is how I like to wear my cloth diapers too.

I learned last summer that for a cloth diaper to really work right its got to be thick and layered.   I have some prefold diapers I’ve made that can be worn folded so that they are extremely bulky in the crotch and these can handle several wettings but the thick crotch keeps your legs spread apart, I’ve wore these working in the back yard, and I probably shouldn’t it looks exactly like I have a diaper on under my shorts.  I did lots of reading last summer about how to actually use cloth diapers on children and applied some of that.  I have to keep my adult baby stuff hidden from the rest of my family and I never considered I could hide everything that goes with wearing cloth diapers, mainly the wet diapers.  I found a 3 gallon trashcan and used it as a diaper pail.  It would hold about 5 wet cloth diapers, which was about 2 diaper day’s for more.  Washing and drying didn’t turn out to be much of a problem, but it was definitly more work.  Also it takes usually like ten minutes to change a wet cloth with all the folding and pinning.

So why not some money and use cloth for my 48 hour challenge?

I’ve got to work some during that period and I can’t wear the cloth diapers to work.

I want to leave the house and I can’t really go places in cloth diapers, nor can I change cloth diapers while out of the house.  Sure I guess I could carry a huge backpack around and get a wet bag but I’m not quite up to that.

Disposable diapers seem more, authentic.  This sounds kind of wrong, but my reasoning is that 99% of babies wear disposable diapers now.

On some kind of level I want to “use” diapers, I want to go through lots of diapers during this challenge.  I want to see a trashbag full of rolled up diapers I’ve used.  I know this sounds crazy, but that’s what’s on my mind.

CLoth diapers are great for when I want to spend a long period of time in a diaper without a change, they are time consuming to put on and lends themselves to being doubled up with a baby prefold for a stuffer and being worn for a long time.  I want to do lots of diaper changes during this challenge.


Adult Baby Challenge 2013

I’m going to be alone for a few days in a couple of weeks and have decided to devote the time to being an adult baby.  I’m framing it as a challenge.  I had a chance to do this once long ago, but didn’t really take advantage of it and have always regretted it.

The Rules

1. Incontinence:  No I wont’ be using medical appliances to simulate incontinence, but the rule is no toilets allowed.  I’ll be wearing diapers 24 hours a day.  Shouldn’t be a problem, I’ve been wearing diapers to work on and off for awhile now, and my shifts are fairly short.  I just won’t do any activity that I do that can’t do diapered, and there really aren’t many of those.  I tend to only have one big bowel movement in the morning, so poopy diapers in the middle of the day shouldn’t be a problem.  If I’m out and feel like pooping  I’ll probably cheat and practice a bit of bowel control until I’m home.  I don’t think a person should be walking around in public with a stinky loaded diaper.   Biggest problem I had in the past was sleeping in a diaper.  When I have a diaper on I just can’t sleep.  I’m going to work on some sleep aids for that.

2.  Fluids:  Only fluids allowed are milk, baby formula, juice and water.  Furthermore unless the situation doesn’t allow it fluid must be sucked from baby bottles.   I’m a heavy soda drinker and it will be hard to not drink any soda for 3 days.  This is going to be a hard one.  My goal is to drink a bottle of fluids every 2 hours when at home.

3.  Food:  Only soft baby foods may be eaten.  I like baby fruits and deserts, I can eat vegetables though I don’t like them, but the actual purred dinners turn my stomach.  I’ll eat lots of yogart and granola, and lots of baby cereal.  This may be even harder.

4.  Dress:  Unless the situation doesn’t allow it, I’ll be dressed in babyish clothes for the entire time.

5. Oral Fixation:  Unless the situation doesn’t allow it I’ll be sucking either a bottle or pacifier.


Since I plan to be on mostly liquid diet I think I’ll find myself needing more frequent changes.  I’m going to have about 60 hours for the challenge and I’ll probably need to change on average 15 times during that period.  I may find that with the liquid diet that number is much higher, and of course it depends on the diapers I’m wearing.  My supply of disposables is getting low, so it’ll be time to do some diaper shopping.  I plan on hitting up all the area thrift stores and I’m probably going to buy some premium diapers like Abenas for the challenge.  Perhaps I should make a shopping list.

Shopping List

1.Diapers, whatever I can find, and perhaps a couple of cases of premiums.  Decisions decisions…

2. Formula, never drank baby formula before but always wanted to.  It may taste so bad that I can’t do it, I’ll buy some cheap stuff and see.

3.  Baby Food, I’ll buy several varieties of vegetables and deserts along with baby cereal.

4.  Bottles, I only have one bottle and my plan is to drink alot of bottles, so I’ll buy some and fill them up for the day.

5.  Plushies, I’m going to buy several large plushes in thrift shops for my baby area.

6.  Diapering supplies, going to need more wipes and rash cream I think.

7.  Diaper pail,  should be easy to find a diaper genie type pail thing in a thrift store, always seem them.

8.  Playpen, this one is probably iffy.  I might buy a playpen if I can find a very cheap folding one at a thift store, it will have to be donated back in 3 days.


Setting up the Baby Area.

The final thing to prepare will be setting up a baby area.  Ideally I won’t have to worry about visitors over the 3 days and can leave everything set up.  I’m considering clearing away a corner of the living room laying down baby blankets and filling it full of big plushies and baby stuff.  It will also have a changing area.  I’ve got a big changing pad, but   I’ve got a little portable shelf container thingy full of junk that will be perfect to stuff with diapers, diapering supplies, and adult baby things.

I think the area will have to be small enough to be quickly dismantled, or at least hidden.