Winter Magic

Winter Magic
"Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall." ~ Ray Bradbury

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Switch: from disposable to cloth

When I was pregnant there were three things I really wanted to do for my baby bug that caused me quite a bit of grief from other mammas: nursing, home made organic baby food, and cloth diapering.  I am a pretty strong minded woman; I like to think of myself as assertive, but I think some find me abrasive or over-bearing; however, I let myself get talked out of cloth diapering before I was even 6 months along.  How?  Because I hadn't done my research and therefore did not know the arguments to make when confronted with those set on disposable diapers. I held my own and stuck to my guns on the other two issues, but when my baby bug arrived I used disposable diapers.

So, here I am 20 months later, with a lovely baby girl who is almost ready to be potty trained, and I am making the switch!  I have many reasons: fewer rashes, easier transition to panties, no money spent on pull-ups, they are cute - but the main reason  is just because I WANT TO.  Yes, I'm mad at myself for not doing it to begin with, and I've decided that baby #2 will be cloth diapered, so I might as well start now!

I have a good friend who does all cloth diapering, so I contacted her and got the nitty gritty.  She let me borrow a few diapers just to try it out at night to see what I thought, and after only 3 days I had bought enough diapers to go a full weekend of cloth diapering, and after only a week I knew that I had made the right choice.

So -- if you are interested in cloth diapering - from the begining or making a switch I suggest you do the following:

  • ignore people who say you are crazy
  • don't listen to anyone who used cloth diapers prior to the 1990's
  • go to www.jilliansdrawers.com and do a lot of reading
  • go to "fluff swappers" on Facebook and buy some used diapers
  • if you are switching from disposable to cloth, start at night and weekends first
  • pre-stuff your cloth diapers and put them in the diaper holder your disposables used to be in, so they are easy to grab
  • keep a wetbag next to your changing table (mine hangs off) to quickly put away wet diapers
  • keep a diaper pail with a pail liner in the bathroom near the toilet to quickly put away soiled diapers
  • find a friend or two who supports you in your decision to share all of your fun "fluff" stories with!
  • have fun!

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