Please note: I know I am touching on a sensitive topic in the cloth diapering world, but I do ask that comments associated with this be respectful. I warmly welcome education on the pros and cons of circumcision, but nothing that may encourage a parent to feel guilty.
I did a REALLY good job researching cloth diapers for my newborn. I did a great job building his stash under a limited budget. I stalked used diaper sites and found what I considered to be STEALS. I had the teeniest, tinniest diapers that were all ready to be put on my little man. But I neglected to research cloth diapering a circumcised baby. So imagine my horror when I found out that the doctor said that in order to treat my son’s circumcision, we would need to put a big ol’ dollop of Vaseline on it.
My heart sank. Since I cloth diapered my girl, I knew that Vaseline is PURE EVIL for cloth diapers.
So I went home and did my research. I tried every website I could, but soon found out that circumcision is pretty much taboo in the cloth diapering world. Most threads where a Mom is asking what to do about circumcision were hijacked (sorry, I can’t think of a different word to use, I know that sounds a little more aggressive than I want) by many kind and caring people who tried to dissuade the Mom from doing it. Well that didn’t really help me, the deed was done. It just made me feel cruddy.
I tried a few different things based on some tips I heard…
I used fleece liners – The problem was, I would have to throw them away afterwards. There’s no way they would go in the washing machine. In fact, I tried that–I washed them separate from my diapers and got a lovely coating n my machine, that led to me having to strip diapers my first week home from the hospital. And throwing away liners seemed just as wasteful as using a disposable diaper.
I used disposable liners – The problem was, I felt like they weren’t gentle enough against the circumcision. Plus they bunched up with all of the Vaseline.
I used gauze - Oh this was a MESS. First of all, we had to wrap it around it. Have you ever tried wrapping around something that is teeny tiny (sorry son, you were a newborn!)? The gauze popped right off. Plus the petroleum jelly went right through it. And I felt like it took FOREVER.
I tried using CJ’s (a cloth diaper safe cream) - But the doctor told me not to, saying there isn’t enough research out there on those products to determine whether or not it could harm the circumcision. Also, CJ’s is like liquid gold in our house and I didn’t want to use up a dollop of it every single diaper change.
Things were getting frustrating. Not only that, but it took two of us to change the title man’s diaper–one to put on the vaseline, the other person to keep little man’s heels from kicking the vaseline. I swear, that little guy’s heels got in it every.stinking.time.
And then I found the answer:
I got a small, circular cotton makeup pad and stuck my dollop of vaseline on it. I then put it on a weenis….just like a little hat over it. PERFECT. Not only did it keep my cloth diapers free from evil, it also made it even easier to change diapers than with the whole disposable diaper method. I soon got pretty skilled at it, having my dresser lined up with a few of them ready to go. I just put the “hat” on the bugger, then a diaper with a liner in it just in case, and we were good to go. I would even recommend this for someone using disposables.
The solution was so simple and it allowed little man’s circumcision to heal over time. I worry that so many people feel like they can’t use cloth diapers while taking care of a circumcision, but the fact of the matter is, that’s just not true. I hope this tip helps you out.
For those of you who haven’t done the circumcision yet, there are resources in the comments section below for you to look into as you make this important decision.
If you have a tip on using cloth diapers on a circumcised baby, please let us know.
And a friendly reminder, I know many of you have strong opinions about circumcision and I warmly welcome any resources you may want to provide a Mama so that she feels educated going into this. But keep in mind the people who may be reading this after having already done the deed. Please remember that we are all women and men who LOVE our babies and should NEVER feel guilty. I will remove comments that in any way serve to hurt a parent. I warmly welcome education but never judgement or criticism.
Special thanks to everyone who provided comments and information. Due to the high volume of comments, and my limited time to stay on top of them to approve them, I am going to close down the comment thread. I am leaving the present comments up because there is a lot of helpful information here that people can read through. But I think there is a LOT of info here, so hopefully that is enough for people to decide so that I can now close this. Thanks for the discussion everyone!