Today’s post was written by my very close friend Diana over at Hormonal Imbalances. She and I got pregnant around the same time and when she mentioned she was looking into cloth diapering, I was curious. Obviously, she won me over. Here is her story of how she got started.
When I got pregnant, cloth diapering was the furthest thing from my mind. I couldn’t imagine anything more horrifying than having poop waiting to be washed.
At about 20 weeks pregnant, my Dr. needed someone to watch her kids during the week. She mentioned that she cloth diapered, and I vaguely remembered that my mom had used them with my little brother. I thought of big, chunky pins being pushed through layers of cloth, pulling it towards you so you didn’t stab the poor kid, and ended up stabbing yourself instead. I was not thrilled but figured a few weeks of doing that wouldn’t kill me.
But I was in for a surprise, because she pulled out prefolds – which are a rectangular shape of cloth, with a thicker part down the middle, and Snappis, which are 3 teeth like clips for holding the diapers closed in the front. She put them on her son, who at 3 months already weighed 17lbs, and deftly tucked and pulled and twisted. She put a patterned waterproof cover on (enter my love of Thirsties) and that was that. I was amazed, and a little overwhelmed at the different kinds of diapers she had.
As the days went by, I found that it was fairly simple to change him, and unlike the houses with babies I’d worked with before, my house didn’t smell like dirty diapers all day long. I took the diaper off, used a wet cloth and some spray to clean him, and threw all of it into her “wet bag” – a bag with a waterproof lining. It was adorable as well, with little dinos all over it. I was slowly falling in love with cloth diapering.
I started looking online to see what I might need to cloth diaper my not-yet-born daughter Bella. I found so many sites, so many choices, that at times I honestly just thought about giving up. It was madness. I finally stopped by a store with my mom that I had found online. I explained that I didn’t even know where to begin, and they took me through different options.
I settled on 5 Bum Genuis XS, which are as easy to use as disposables because they have the cover and diaper all in one with Velcro attached. Then I went with 2 dozen prefolds, which are great since they are fairly cheap and easy to wash and store. Because prefolds are just cloth, you have to have a waterproof cover to go over them. I bought 2 Thirsties Diaper covers in XS and 2 Thirsties Duo Wraps (which work from 6-18 lbs). I also bought a few fitted diapers, which are diapers premade to fit a baby, they just Velcro or snap on, but still need a cover.
After washing them about 3 times in hot water to prep them, they were ready to go.
Cloth diapering has become something I look forward to doing now. I love to wash them, to fold and put them away all neat and clean. I love seeing new patterns and styles come out. It’s a joy to help people start using them. If you’re considering it – whether for a newborn, infant, or toddler, click on over to my How to Cloth Diaper page for all the info mentioned above, pics, dad favorites, and ideas for traveling, or email me. I’d love to help.