Earlier today I read the online article on our “Cloth Diaper Whisperer” Kelly Wels in Raising Maine Magazine. Once I got past the picture of all those cute cloth diapers hanging on a rack (I would LOVE to actually go to a cloth diaper store!), I enjoyed reading the article on the history of Kelly’s Closet. As I neared the end of the article, I felt a little funny completely recognizing the cloth diapering momma I am when Kelly mentioned that some customers , “actually collect cloth diapers, believe it or not – the people who want to dress their babies in a green camouflage or cheetah print diaper and a T-shirt, as a fashion statement.” I must raise my hand and say that I am part of that customer base… or maybe I should say, “Hello. My name is Katrina. I am a cloth diaper addict.” However, I’m fairly confident I’m not the only one here that can say that, right?
When I was a child I used to collect things such as stickers and trading cards, which led to Barbie’s, then to CD’s and DVD’s (remember when CD was short for compact disk and not cloth diaper?!) I’ve always enjoyed collecting something, so I guess it shouldn’t have come as a surprise that once I started cloth diapering, I too would be collecting them as well.
My husband enjoys teasinge me about cloth diapers being my hobby, but I suppose in some ways he is right. He likes to watch for good deals on LEGOS (his hobby) and jumps at the chance to get a good deal. I admittedly do the same for cloth diapers. I surf Kelly’s Closet several times a week and find myself trying to justify yet another cloth diaper. While I don’t need any more diapers, I just LOVE trying new diapers and adding more color and variety to my stash.
Remember the old joke of receiving nothing but socks and underwear for Christmas? I sure hope my son doesn’t feel the same way about cloth diapers. Not knowing what else to buy my youngest son for Christmas (he gets all of his brother’s hand me down toys), for the second year in a row he received some new fluff. At 21 months old he’ll get the enjoyment of tearing open the wrapping paper, and I’ll get the enjoyment of bright new fluff at changing time. Now, if only it was that easy for my 3 ½ year old!
As I sit here anxiously awaiting my latest fluffy mail from Kelly’s Closet, I know I’m not alone! I’m sure there are others of you out there that can’t wait to see the mail delivery with a box bearing that wonderful DiaperShops sticker on it. Whenever I get a new package in the mail my husband just rolls his eyes and hands it over. Whatever will I do once my youngest is potty trained and no longer in diapers?
By Katrina W.