This week we are trying to raise cloth diaper awareness…
I often think “Why didn’t I do this earlier?” I hesitated with my son, though I am still regretting it now (he’s been potty-trained for well over a year), and didn’t start with my daughter until she was 5 months. Honestly? I thought it would be difficult, a hassle. So I put it out of my mind. FAR out of my mind.
What made me change my mind? No, it wasn’t environmental at all. Not that I don’t care about our planet and want to trash it, but it wasn’t my motivation in the least. Was it cost? Really, no. Well, if it wasn’t for saving money or protecting the environment, what made me step out of my adamantly hesitant shell to do it? Read this post to find out the complete details.
Nervous and a little reluctant, I dove into the cloth diapering experience and tried not to look back. Sure enough, as I was warned by a few cloth diapering bloggers, it took about a week of full-time cloth diapering before I was completely hooked. Actually, I was addicted to those cute, fluffy bums and whole-hearted gave into the cloth diapering notion. I show off my cute baby bum as often as I can – in pictures on this blog and my personal one, and in public (I skip the bloomers under her dresses for full exposure). It’s incredible the feeling that you get when you have to go back to a disposable for a day. I cringe. Never thought I would ever feel that way. The papery-ness of it really stands out and even my daughter feels uncomfortable. After all, cloth is so much softer on those sweet baby cheeks.
It really wasn’t a hassle, even in public or traveling, as I had previously believed it to be. Especially when I thought about how precious my babies are to me, and how I would do anything for them if it meant they would be better, healthier. I mean, wouldn’t you, as a parent, give up practically anything (sacrifice convenience or whatever) for the well-being of your child when it comes down to it? I know I would.
When most people think of cloth diapers, they think prefolds and diaper pins. Cloth diapers have come a long way since our moms used to do it. There are so many types, one that is surely going to be perfect for your needs and lifestyle, I guarantee it. But I know there are a couple of issues with this:
- With so many types, how do you choose without breaking the bank at trying out every type?
- To get started, it really does cost what seems to be an arm and a leg.
Believe it or not, I really do have a couple of suggestions and solutions to these. I am working on something that I can’t yet reveal for #1, and would love to work with a cloth diaper company for the second part of #1. For #2, I have a few suggestions.
- If you know you want to do it in the future, start buying now, little by little. Buy one or two per month.
- Borrow from friends until you have built up your own stash.
- Find used ones online from places like Diaper Swappers or even ask a cloth diaper store for their secondhand, gently used ones.
- Go the old-fashioned way with prefolds and snappis, or even a wool soaker (which lasts about a month between washings if not soiled with poop).
- Consider the Cloth Diaper Foundation. If you don’t know about it, then go there and find out.
On this blog, we have an incredible resource for cloth diapers, and she loves to help whenever possible. Maria, our resident cloth expert, writes for us often on every facet of cloth diapering. Read her posts here – she’s got basics, FAQs, and even all you need to know about wipes. More will surely follow in future posts. You can also find many blogs in the blogosphere that talk about why they cloth diaper and how to do. Try this post from Mama to 3 Blessings.
I will continue to periodically have cloth diapers as giveaways (I have a Bumbino giveaway going on right now), because I know that when someone gets their hands on some adorable fluff of their own, it’s doubtful they will go back to disposables.
This post is part of Cloth Diapering Bloggers’ and Dirty Diaper Laundry’s Cloth Diaper Carnival VIII: Cloth Diaper Awareness. Please visit the other bloggers participating by following the links at the end of this post.
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