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I started cloth diapering about 4 months ago. Before we considered kids, I “knew” I would use disposables. There wasn’t a question in my mind. Then, when I had to start thinking about two in diapers, I considered cloth but not seriously. Then, after having two in diapers for almost 6 months and not seeing an end in sight, I made the leap of faith one day. I bought three covers and then a dozen prefolds, and started using cloth on both kids during the day. Then, about a month later, I doubled our stash with an Econobum package. I have also added five one-sized pockets, four fitteds, and four hemp inserts to our stash over the past four months. After about two months, I had a large enough stash to cloth diaper full time, and we have only used a handful of disposables sense. And now I only have one child in diapers full time…
But, it hasn’t stopped me from researching cloth diapers more. I know I don’t need any more diapers, but I can’t help myself. I want to see what is out there. Luckily I am a penny-pincher most of the time, so I haven’t had a strong urge to buy just yet. I keep researching little diapers for if/when we have a third child. I can’t stop reading the posts on discussion boards, picking up little tidbits that might be useful later. I think I am addicted…
Just a week or so ago, I made the switch to cloth wipes thanks to the discussion board on DiaperShops.com’s Facebook page (and Stacy, the question answerer extraordinaire). Initially I thought it would be a pain and more work, but now I love not having to deal with any diaper trash! And since I only need to use 2-4 wipes a day, it is easy too.
But it doesn’t stop there. Now that I cloth diaper, I am looking into more natural/less expensive options for things around the house. I have started to hang/line dry some of our clothes. I am using vinegar or Rockin’ Green to mop the floors. I even learned that OxyClean is great for cleaning bathrooms from a post on The Cloth Diaper Whisperer Facebook page and put it into action that night. Our shower hadn’t looked that clean since we replaced it over two years ago.
I wonder why cloth diapering will take me next. It has already changed our lives in just four months!
By Stephanie U.