Not every day in our house is full of fun activities, some days are just mundane things I must go do. Today was rearranging the bedrooms and doing laundry after Andma and Andad flew back east. It was also cloth diaper laundry day, so of course I got these diapers in the mail after I had done my laundry. No biggie though, I’ll just admire these GroVia limited release Chesapeake Bay print diapers until the next diaper laundry day.
I know some of you are thinking, cloth diapers!?!? YES!!! …all those not so good things you have heard about old time cloth diapers are NOT true. It really is quite simple to use and clean cloth diapers and they save so much money. I didn’t start my cloth diapering journey until Baby was 7 months old. With my older 2 kids I used disposable diapers and am kicking myself for not cloth diapering both of them and Baby from the start. At first, I was unsure if I wanted to cloth diaper and put up the initial investment to make the switch. After doing some research, I found a cloth diaper lending foundation that sent me diapers try out until I decided if I wanted to cloth diaper and to give me the time needed to build my stash at a pace I could afford. I applied for The Rebecca Foundation’s Cloth Diaper Closet Operation Fluffy Bum and was approved and shipped enough cloth diapers to get me started for FREE! At first, I wasn’t hooked…it was a lot of laundry to keep the 7 diapers I had washed every night and ready to wear the next day. I was still using disposable diapers overnight and any time we left the house. I joined a few Facebook cloth diapering communities like Fluff Love & CD Science and the PNW Cloth Diaper Group and was quickly overwhelmed with all the choices of cloth diapers and people posting about help with their laundry routine. I decided it to give it a whole hearted try and purchased a set of china cheapie diapers off of Amazon that doubled the size of my stash. Adding in more diapers and reducing the washing frequency to every 2 to 3 days really made the difference. I haven’t had any issues with my diapers stinking or leaking because I have a solid wash routine using Tide that I’ve used from the beginning. I am now hooked on the money savings of the cloth diapers and how cute Baby looks wearing the vibrantly colored solids and fun prints that the cloth diapers come in. I have fully switched to cloth, except when we go away from more than 2 nights, and have made the switch to cloth wipes as well. I’ve ended up buying more diapers than Baby needs, but I’ve also forged some great friendships and connected with a lot of other moms (and I only have to do diaper laundry twice a week now)!
My advice to you, if you are interested in cloth diapering, is to join some cloth diapering community pages, like GroVia Families or the pages listed above and connect to other cloth diapering families. You can apply for numerous diaper loan programs, or buy used cloth diapers that are cheaper than new. Also, try a few different types and brands of cloth diapers to find what style you like best and what works best for your little. Stay tuned for more posts on cloth diapering and an upcoming giveaway! Feel free to comment on anything questions you have about switching to or using cloth, and I will get back to you.