I suppose, in some ways, I’m a little hippie-crunchy-granola when it comes to my ideas about parenting. I mean, I knew for years before I ever got pregnant that when/if I had children, I wanted a home birth and I’m all about breastfeeding and toting Gummibear around in a sling whenever possible. Thankfully, my family has been pretty accepting of my flower-child idealized vision of motherhood, but one thing everyone seems to be balk at is cloth diapering. In fact, I get looks of flat-out, “Are you INSANE?!” on a regular basis.
It really started with trying to come up with ideas to be more economical, and the whole environmental aspect was just a bonus. I’m a huge fan of MODG blog, and Amanda has written there about her success with using the bumGenius 4.0 cloth diapers with her little one. I used Google’s blog-search feature (ever used it? It’s brilliant) to dig around for some more personal stories from bloggers who cloth diaper their babies. Overall, I found a lot of very positive results, which lead me to think — Hey, I can DO this!
(Then again, maybe it’s just a cult of super-blogger-moms out there, setting me up for disaster? Would they DO that?)
I’ve actually had a lot of anxiety over wanting to cloth diaper Gummibear. Why? Because so many family members and friends have told me to not even TRY IT. So I feel like if I try and fail, then I’m going to be met with a slew of “I told you so’s” … which would be the last thing I’d need because (HELLO!) mothers are hard enough on themselves for their own perceived-shortcomings. (Or is that just me? AHEM.)
Anyway, I did a LOT of research (thank God for the interwebs, for serious) and decided that pocket-diapers would probably be the easiest route for us to go for our budget and time available for laundering and such.
I decided to build up a small stash of a few (mostly one-size) cloth pocket diapers of different brands for us to try so we can see what we like. I’ve read different brands fit babies differently (’cause hey, every body is shaped differently!) and sometimes it even changes as the baby grows, so we’re trying to have a few kinds to experiment with. Here’s what we have so far:
1x Thirsties Duo Diaper, Size 1 ($18.50 at Diaper Junction)
1x Kawaii One Size ($9.95 at Diaper Junction)
1x Diaper Rite One Size Pocket ($9.95 at Diaper Junction)
2x Just Simply Baby Double-Gusset Pocket Diaper ($9.99 at Zulily, limited time offer)
2x Awesome Blossom One Size ($9.99 at Zulily, limited time offer)
I’m planning to pick up a few bumGenius 4.0 diapers, as they seem to be the most popular and best reviewed, and perhaps Rumparooz and FuzziBunz as well. I’m shooting to have at least 20 or so in my stash by the time Gummibear arrives. Cloth-diapering mamas: are there any “must-try” brands that I’m missing from my list?
(Incidentally, where the crap do they come up with all the silly brand names for these things!?)
Because I’m pretty much the luckiest girl on earth, my awesome-talented mother has come around to the fact that I want to make this (hair-brained) attempt to cloth diaper, and she’s started SEWING cloth pocket diapers for us too! (Yes, be jealous!) Needless to say, I feel SUPER lucky.
(Now I just hope our washer and dryer hold out…)
Interested in cloth diapering? Here are some products, sites and resources I’ve found helpful so far:
- Charlie’s Soap Powder ($13.99 for 2.64lb on Amazon.com) – I purchased this to start washing/stripping diapers now and wound up using it for ALL my clothes, all the time. The little tub lasts a LOT longer than you’d think and I LOVE how my clothes feel after using it.
- Dryer Balls – Little, spiky blue balls of wonder! (Had to say that.) I actually got these as a stocking-stuffer at Christmas, and I LOVE them as a chemical-free alternative to fabric softner. Again, I use these for all of our laundry now, not just diapers and baby clothes. (The less chemical-residue in the washer and dryer, the better!)
- Sites to buy cloth diapers:
- Diaper Junction – I’ve purched a lot of my cloth diapers here and have been very happy with their speed and service.
- Green Mountain Diapers – My friend Julie recommended this site where she got many of her youngest daughter’s diapers. (She’s a SUPER-mom and used prefolds!) What I love about this site is that they have in-depth explinations of different diaper types and how to use them. They also have fantastic prices.
- Kelly’s Closet – Another cloth diaper site that is very popular, though I haven’t ordered from them yet. (They seem slightly higher-priced than Diaper Junction, but they run sales and have a rewards-points program that could offset it if you plan your purchases!)
- Zulily – Zulily is one of those daily-deals type sites like Fab, but it’s specifically for babies, kids and moms. Sometimes you can find some great deals (I also got a Halo sleep set fom them), but keep in mind they can take a while to ship, so it’s not good for last-minute orders/gifting.
- Information, resources, and blogs:
- Pinstripes and Polka Dots - A fantastic site that explains the ins and outs of different types of cloth diapers and how to use them. (Thanks, Chelsea, for recommending this site!)
- Cloth Diapering from Kosher on a Budget – A blog with lots of helpful articles on CDing.
- The Cloth Diaper Whisperer – This blog is associated with Kelly’s Closet (above) but they do share helpful articles AND they do a “Fluff Friday” giveaway every week where you can win different diapers to try!
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