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The Disappearing Cloth Diaper Service

Judy Lange had a cloth diaper service. I babysat for her in high school. Every Friday night. I learned how to pin a cloth diaper at a babysitting class I took at my local library that was offered by the Red Cross. I knew how, I just didn’t know anyone, until Judy, that still had a cloth diaper service. Actually, even at 16, I thought it was great. Gross, but great.

You had to rinse out the poopy diapers by swishing them around in the toilet and then you put them in a special diaper waste basket. The service picked them up regularly and dropped off a new, freshly washed batch, ready for whatever your little one could throw at them.

When I had my first, I immediately thought of getting a cloth diaper service, like Judy. I wanted the best for my new bundle of joy’s behind and I did not want to dump untold numbers of so-called disposable diapers into a landfill to sit until who-knows-when. Well, I knew that cloth diapers now came in a variety of colors instead of just the run-of-the-mill white and I also knew that they came with Velcro. How cool is that? No more tedious safety pins to fiddle with when junior is squirming and trying to escape.

Here’s the problem. Even though I lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the time, a very eco-friendly college town, there were no delivery services. It seems while I was busy growing up the cloth diaper services disappeared. It was a shock. I tried with my next two babies as well, but nothing. Hopefully, they come back and soon.