Cloth diapers aren’t an all or nothing deal…

I work in our retail store on the weekends occasionally. Often, the customers who come in on Saturday work a full-time job outside the home in addition to raising a baby. These are very busy families who are concerned about the environmental effects of diapering and want to raise their baby in an environmentally conscientious manner. Cloth diapers are high on their list of priorities… but they are actually embarrassed to tell me that they use disposable diapers too!

Allow me to dispel any myths and knock myself off this “queen of all things natural” pedestal. I am the QUEEN of convenience. Our life is so incredibly busy that sometimes it seems like we are lucky to even eat dinner. I love the idea of cooking ahead so we can microwave dinner in the evening. My crockpot is my friend. I know its gross, but my kids eat McDonalds and Dominos Pizza in moments of desperation.

We created the all-in-one because I was a lazy cloth diapering mom. I am not a huge fan of “stuffing” diapers. I love the fact that I can adjust the absorbency of the bumGenius One-Size Cloth Diaper. This is perfect for overnight cloth diapering. During the day though, I just don’t have time to be looking for an insert. I always reach for my bumGenius All-In-Ones first. Always.

If the McDonald’s confession didn’t kick me from grace in the eyes of all good cloth diapering moms, this next confession will do it. If things are extraordinarily crazy in our life or we are traveling, our youngest son is in disposable diapers. I despise Huggies and prefer Pampers. Luvs are disgustingly over-scented. White Cloud diapers may as well not be there… and I have friends who swear by the Target brand that I’ve never tried. So there it is. Yes, I occasionally use disposable diapers – ultra absorbent gel and all.

I am a firm believer in practical family living. Sometimes the realities of life just won’t support cloth diapering. Yes, cloth diapering is easy. Sometimes though, it isn’t easy enough.

So there you have it… the creator of bumGenius and the owner of Cotton Babies occasionally uses disposable diapers. If this is you (and I bet it is) be guilt free. You are a good parent. The landfills won’t thank you – but there are moments when your child might. 🙂

Copyright Jennifer L. Labit. Post originally published at

Jenn is the Founder and CEO of Cotton Babies. She holds an Executive MBA from Washington University. She was awarded Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year award in the Emerging Category for the Central Midwest Region in 2011. Among many other awards, she recently received a 2017 YWCA Leader of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurship. Jenn holds many patents on various inventions in a number of different countries and is listed as one of 50 Missourians You Should Know. She is particularly fascinated by languages, chickens, and children (she has four) when she’s not reading economics journals. Jenn offers mentorship to product developers at any stage in the journey from idea to shelf.