19 June 2009
Cloth Diapering: Guest Post #1
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Welcome to the first of three guest posts on the oh so fluffy subject of cloth diapering! The following is a guest post from Upstatemomof3 who blogs about her life & family over at Our Life Upstate.
I did not come to cloth diapers by chance or by coincidence. I came looking for a better option. I was sick of my leaky disposable diapers. And cost was not really a factor for me. Actually cost was what kept me from making the switch. See, I had saved diapers and was probably not ever going to have to buy any.
I had run a daycare for the last ten years. And over the years people had brought diapers that their kids outgrew or brands they decided they did not like or whatever reason they thought they were useless. For the first few years I gave them to whichever other family they would fit. When Big Brother came along I used them on him but I did not have a ton so I bought some too. I didn't know about anything except the cloth diapers that are sold in Wal-mart then (you know the ones most people use as burp rags). So, after he was potty trained I decided to start saving them. And when Big Sister was born I had so many I knew I would never have to buy diapers for her. We were all set.
But then she constantly leaked. As in multiple times per day!! It was crazy. I had to buy a specific brand because it was the only one that lasted about 7 hours without leaks. And then she started sleeping 9 - 12 hours a night. Now she was waking up every morning all wet and gross plus she was still leaking and exploding out of them a few times a day.
A friend used cloth diapers and recommended I try them. I was really hesitant as they are a large initial investment. What if they did not work? But one of the local shops had a started package where I could rent a few days worth for a week for only twenty dollars. I did that and I was hooked. No leaks. Even all night. No explosive poo everywhere. No messy clothes.They worked great. I was totally in love.
I started out only using prefolds and Thirsties covers but since then have branched out. I use mostly pocket diapers now but I still like my prefolds and I have that AIOs are useful at times. I like them all. I have favorites, some for ease, some for cuteness and some for absorbency (really really important for overnight use). But all in all I am so glad I made the switch. It was the best decision and even though I had to spend some money on it I am so glad that we did it.
What a great post, thank you for sharing your adventure with us! To my lovely readers, please check back tomorrow for out next guest post! Peace.
Check out the rest of the series here:
Cloth Diapering: Guest Post #2
Cloth Diapering: Guest Post #3